Island Institute "staff portrait" showing our personal and professional passions and commitments


Click on a staff member's name to read their full bio:


  • Kathy Allen
    Executive Associate

    As the Executive Associate, Kathy serves as an assistant to Island Institute President Rob Snyder and performs administrative duties, scheduling, and logistical and operational functions.

  • Nick Battista
    Policy Officer

    Nick provides proactive and strategic policy support for work across the organization, providing strategic support to our project teams, and increasing our effectiveness in engaging policy makers.

  • Chief Talent Officer

    Karen works across teams at Island Institute to maximize the contributions of individuals through personal and organizational professional development. She also oversees the technical and administrative aspects of our human resources operations.

  • IT Integration Specialist

    Chris uses information systems and technology resources to enhance our organizational capabilities.

  • President

    As President of the Island Institute, Rob is responsible for working with island and coastal leaders, in Maine and around the world, to identify innovative approaches to community sustainability.


  • Sales and Product Coordinator

    Patty provides customer service, merchandising, and back of the house support for Archipelago, the Institute’s retail store and fine arts gallery. 

  • Assistant Manager

    Frances coordinates and participates in the retail store and gallery’s day to day activities, including vendor recruitment and relationship management; merchandising; purchasing; and management of Archipelago’s staff.

  • Product Coordinator

    Lisa is responsible for managing Archipelago’s product inventory, updating the store website, processing web orders, and assisting with wholesale purchasing.

  • Archipelago Director

    Lisa is responsible for creating an arts-oriented retail and gallery space that promotes island and coastal artists in support of Archipelago’s mission as a program of the Island Institute.


  • Senior Communications Officer, Creative Director

    Marydale sets and guides the strategy for all communications, websites, social media, and public relations messages to consistently articulate the Island Institute’s mission.

  • Tom Groening
    Working Waterfront Editor

    Tom serves as editor of The Working Waterfront newspaper, overseeing all aspects of the paper's print and online editions, and edits the organization's annual publication, the Island Journal.

  • Communications Strategist

    Kim is responsible for developing and coordinating the organization's communications and public relations activities, including the Institute website, blog, email, and social media.

  • Multimedia Storyteller

    Jack documents the stories of the Island Institute’s work across media platforms including photography, videography, and writing.


  • Cathy Frederick
    Finance Associate

    Cathy provides general clerical assistance to the Finance Department staff, including the performance of accounts payable, data entry, filing, and administrative tasks.

  • Operations Coordinator

    Peter works collaboratively across organizational teams in the areas of revenue, expense, and grant tracking. He is also responsible for the oversight of organizational assets and provides additional support for the …

  • Finance Manager

    Ginny is responsible for managing the day-to day-accounting activities of Island Institute, including preparing for annual audits, providing advice in areas of compliance, preparing and interpreting budgets, and offering additional financial support as it arises.

  • Chief Financial Officer

    Peter provides leadership to the Institute’s financial operations, and also supports its small business development efforts. As a lifelong Mainer and resident of a coastal community, he embraces the Institute’s mission around sustainability of Maine’s coastal areas, and is proud to bring his professional experience to the benefit of such important work.


  • Development Officer - Membership and Events

    Hannah is responsible for maintaining and growing our annual fundraising through management of the Island Institute’s membership program.

  • Janet Bosworth
    Development Officer - Grants

    Janet supports the Island Institute's development efforts by helping to identify available grant opportunities and work with Island Institute staff to prepare and submit proposals, packages, and acknowledgements for grant awards.

  • Joyelle Jones
    Database and Reporting Specialist

    Joyelle manages our donor database and is responsible for maintenance, data integrity, and staff training within the Funder Relations Team. She produces reports and analysis to support fundraising activities and works closely with the Operations and Finance team to ensure accurate tracking of philanthropic revenue.

  • Development Officer / Grants Tracking Coordinator

    Lynn performs a variety of support functions that contribute to the day-to-day operations of the Development department, including data entry, managing the organizational switchboard, processing acknowledgement letters, and maintaining files.

  • Major Gifts Officer

    Bethany helps raise awareness and generate support for the organization’s mission and programs by planning, coordinating, and executing all development and visibility events.


  • Susie Arnold
    Marine Scientist

    As Marine Scientist at the Island Institute, Susie works on the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine resources and fisheries-dependent communities.

  • Infrastructure Finance Specialist

    Alli travels throughout the coast of Maine and works with internal and external partners to aid communities investing in infrastructure (e.g., clean energy, broadband, working waterfronts), support small business owners, and allocate organizational resources to help further the sustainability of Maine island and coastal communities.

  • Rebecca Clark Uchenna
    Community Development Officer

    Rebecca combines her passion for marine conservation, science, and education into a unique role at the Island Institute. She is currently responsible for the coordination of the Education team, working closely with island and coastal schools and educational organizations and also works on the Aquaculture team helping fishermen and students diversify their incomes by incorporating shellfish and kelp aquaculture into their businesses.

  • Community Development Officer - Student Services

    Ian works with the Education team on the Outer Island Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) and Mentoring, Access and Persistence (MAP) programs. He also contributes to both the Fellows team and the education work of …

  • Community Development Officer - Data Analytics and Translation

    Meghan collaborates across the organization and is responsible for data analysis and translation for project teams, as well as GIS work involving capturing, analyzing, and managing geographic data. She serves on the …

  • Senior Community Development Officer

    Suzanne is responsible for designing the organization’s strategic approach to sharing information and experiences across all areas of its work in order to further the sustainability of communities in Maine and elsewhere.

  • Senior Community Development Officer - Sustainable Community Infrastructure

    Stephenie works with island and coastal communities to strengthen diverse economies, future resiliency, and environmental connections. Currently, she is responsible for strategizing projects across the Broadband, Energy, and Sea-Level Rise teams.

  • Sally Perkins
    Events and Building Coordinator

    Sally assists in planning and coordinating events for project teams and oversees building and preventive maintenance programs for the organization.

  • Community Development Officer - Marine Business Specialist

    Peter works with and supports island and coastal fishermen through the Island Institute’s shellfish and seaweed aquaculture business-development and small-business Launchpad programs. By serving on project and other cross …

  • Kate Tagai
    Senior Community Development Officer

    Kate provides programming support for the Island Institute's Sea Level Rise, ILEAD, and Island Fellows Teams and designs the scope and direction of the organization's education and leadership programming.

  • Community Development Officer

    Andy is responsible for supporting Institute programming surrounding a diverse array of community development initiatives, including Island Fellows, the Energy program, and the organization's leadership development and support efforts.

  • Community Development Officer - Education Specialist

    Yvonne works closely with island and coastal schools and education organizations under our ‘Enhancing Education and Leadership’ strategic priority area—working collaboratively to develop projects, support teacher professional development, and strengthen networks to address the unique educational challenges and opportunities schools face.


  • Islesboro Fellow

    Maddy is working with the Islesboro Community Center to support health and wellness programming across the island.

  • Monhegan Island Fellow

    Dan is working with the Monhegan community to bring high-speed broadband access to the island and with the town assessors to set up municipal systems.

  • Millinocket Fellow

    Diana is working with the Millinocket Memorial Library to develop a community resource and volunteer coordination center for the Katahadin region.

  • Peaks Island Fellow

    Nell is working with the teachers and students of Peaks Island Elementary School to bring the edible schoolyard master plan to life.

  • Frenchboro Fellow

    Natalie is working with the community on the island of Frenchboro to support educational efforts with an after school and summer learning program.

  • North Haven Fellow

    Maria is working with teachers, parents, and students at the North Haven Community School to create dynamic, standards-based, agricultural curriculum.

  • Swan's Island Fellow

    Stevie is working with the Lobster and Marine Museum to help curate its extensive maritime and fishing history collection.

  • Isle Au Haut Fellow

    Molly is supporting the Isle au Haut community by adding capacity and technical support for a community telemedicine facility and affordable, sustainable year-round housing.