Our Staff

 

Driftwood's 2019-2020

Teaching Staff

 

 
Driftwood's 2019-20 Science Educators
 
 

Aidan Murphey is returning for his second year at Driftwood.  He grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and studied Math Education at Edinboro University and is currently studying Environmental Science at Southern New Hampshire University. He has spent the past seven years working at Camp Notre Dame as a camp counselor and, most recently, as assistant director. In his free, he enjoys playing guitar, looking for dogs on the beach, and watching the Cubs win.

 

Bethany Starkey grew up in Southaven, Mississippi and studied Marine Biology at the University of Southern Mississippi. She worked as a camp counselor for 10 years through X-Tended Missions Network Kids Camps and is excited to be working as an Environmental Educator at Driftwood as her first job out of college. In her free time she enjoys playing with animals, snorkeling & scuba diving, and seeking adventures both big and small.

 

Cassidy Barshinger is from Red Lion, Pennsylvania. She majored in Recreation Management, with concentrations in Outdoor and Therapeutic Recreation at Lock Haven University. Previously, she worked as an intern at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park Colorado and as an education instructor at Great Hollow Nature Preserve in New Fairfield, Connecticut. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, reading, and exploring new places.

 

Chi Bui is back for another year as an instructor! She grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam until the age of 16 when she moved by herself to Otisfield, Maine to finish high school. She studied Environmental Science at the University of Southern Maine. After graduating, she worked as a 4-H STEM ambassador for the University of Maine, as a naturalist for a YMCA camp in Texas, and as an environmental education instructor at the Mariah Mitchell Association in Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys painting, photographing landscapes and buildings, and watching television dramas by moonlight.

 

Dori Butler grew up in Athens, Georgia and studied Journalism, with minors in Spanish & Sustainability at the University of Georgia. She previously worked as an outdoor adventure leader in North Georgia. In her free time she likes to scuba dive and play frisbee.

Hunter Jackson grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and majored in Geology at Temple University. Previously, Hunter has worked as an Environmental Educator at Rock Eagle 4-H center in Eatonton, Georgia and Burton 4-H center on Tybee Island. He has also worked at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. In his free time he enjoys looking for dolphins and watching Philadelphia sports.

Jack Rumery grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and studied Science Education as well as Environmental Studies and Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University. In his time at MSU, Jack worked as a researcher for various Entomology labs, as well as at the Plant Conservatory & Teaching Greenhouse on campus. Most recently he worked as an RA for a summer program at Yale University. In his free time he enjoys reading, making art, and finding ways to get outside.

 

Liz Schatzkin is back for another year as a Driftwood instructor! She grew up in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts and studied Wildlife and Environmental Biology at Framingham State University. She has spent time working as a field technician for the New Hampshire Audubon Society, a camp counselor for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and a naturalist at YMCA Camp Willson in Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring new places.

 

 

Driftwood Education Center's Directors

Ann Marie Wilson is our Driftwood veteran, being that she started working here in 2000. She has been the Executive Director of Driftwood Education Center since 2003. Ann Marie is seen helping out all around Driftwood, whether it's setting up the Lorax set or helping students in the dining hall. She teaches off-site with Road Scholar programs a lot and is especially great at identifying birds during her birding programs. Ann Marie truly loves islands! Besides college, she has only ever lived on islands, and she continually travels to far-off and exciting islands for vacations.

 

Holley Maassen is the Program Director at Driftwood.  A California native, Holley grew up near the Bodega Bay coastline, falling head over heels for all wonders of the ocean.  Holley received her B.S. in Marine and Coastal Science and her B.A. in English at the University of California, Davis.  She finished her schooling off with research experience working with molluscs and enjoying the diverse ecosystems of the California coast.  Holley, a lifetime camper and subsequent camp counselor, had always enjoyed working with children and found environmental education a natural fit!  Before moving to Georgia, Holley loved being a Marine Science Educator in the Florida Keys and, therefore, was excited to delve into all that Driftwood Education Center had to offer.  Holley spends her free time travelling and getting to know the Georgia coast, exercising, and getting a cup of Joe at Wake Up! Coffee.  You'll be talking to Holley the most when planning logistics for your Driftwood trip!

 

Erin Mugge is the Education Director at Driftwood, where she helps care for the animals, teaches Driftwood students, and spends lots of quality time with the Driftwood science instructors. She joined the staff in 2011 after working at various environmental education and science centers in Georgia, Florida, and Iowa. Even though Erin grew up in land-locked Iowa, she loves living on the beach and teaching about marine organisms now. She did, though, enjoy growing up on the farm and enjoys meeting folks from the Midwest that know the simple fact that soda is actually called "pop."

 

Stacey Valimont is returning for her third year at Driftwood as the Program Director Assisstant where she corrdinates everyones crazy schedules and makes sure to keep everyone smiling including all of our fish, reptiles, and birds.  She grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and majored in Environmental Studies at St. Bonaventure University in New York. While at college, she studied abroad in Panama and Costa Rica, and has spent time volunteering in Kenya and Uganda. She has worked at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Camp Notre Dame. In her free time, she enjoys playing rugby, reading to the birds, and applying ointment to her many bug bites.