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.

  • Heather Deese
    Executive Vice President

    As Executive Vice President, Heather plays a critical role in assisting the Island Institute’s president, serving as the second-in-command, and providing strategic leadership and professional guidance to the organization.

  • 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.

  • Eric Waters
    Chief Financial Officer

    Eric oversees all financial operations of the Island Institute and also leads the organization’s day-to-day operations.


  • 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. 

  • Frances Holdgate
    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.

  • Lisa Mossel Vietze
    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.


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Kate Elmes
    Development Officer - Major Gifts

    Kate supports the president, vice president of strategic development and the donor relations director in their roles as major gift officers. She coordinates all aspects of major donor events and other major donor contact.

  • Joyelle Jones
    Information Management 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.

  • Senior Philanthropic Advisor

    Beth works with individuals, families and foundations to understand their philanthropic vision and values and to identify areas of common interest with the Island Institute's mission and work.

  • Julia Maher
    Senior Development Officer

    Julia is responsible for facilitating the leadership of the Funder Relations team at the Island Institute. With expertise in foundation and government funding, she works closely with leadership and project staff to ensure that the Island Institute continues to grow funding in ways that directly respond to the needs of our communities.

  • Development Officer - Events and Major Gifts

    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.

  • 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.

  • Community Development Officer

    Stephenie provides support for programs that address island and remote coastal communities’ priorities related to strengthening diverse economies and workforce development initiatives.

  • 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.

  • 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. She works collaboratively to develop projects, support teacher professional development and strengthen networks to address the unique educational challenges and opportunities schools face and helps develop a strong Maine workforce.

  • Community Development Officer

    Brooks coordinates the Island Institute's Energy team and leadership training programs and helps support projects and programming, including the work of the Island Fellows team, that help strengthen a diverse array of community development initiatives.


  • St. George Fellow

    Meredith works with the St. George school to build external networks, and determine the best way to create a service center to provide wrap-around support services to improve student growth and development. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Public Health.

  • Islesboro Fellow

    Maddy works with the Islesboro Community Center to support intergenerational collaborations between the elder care facility, preschool, and community center. She is also increasing the technical capacity of the artist economic support programing run through the community center. Maddy is a graduate of Bates College with a degree in Geology.

  • Millinocket Fellow

    Meghan works with the Millinocket Memorial Library developing a community resource and volunteer coordination center for the Katahdin region. Meghan is finishing her graduate degree at of the University of Southern Maine, pursuing a degree in Policy, Planning, and Management.

  • North Haven Fellow

    Maria works with the teachers at the North Haven Community School to create dynamic, standards based, agricultural curriculum. She is also supporting community health and wellness initiatives. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Morris with degrees in Biology and Psychology.

  • Swan's Island Fellow

    Stefanie works with the Lobster and Marine Museum helping to curate the extensive collection of local maritime and fishing history. She will also work on marketing, outreach and volunteer recruitment for the museum. Stefanie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master’s in Cultural Heritage Management.

  • Deer Isle - Stonington Fellow

    Dana works with the Deer Isle - Stonington Elementary School to bring place based aquaculture education and mentoring opportunities to middle school students, and with the Historical Society training volunteers to use technology and catalogue the extensive collection of oral histories.

  • Vinalhaven Fellow

    Hillary works with the Vinalhaven School and Partners in Island Education to build capacity for the afterschool program, adult learning options, and parent support programs. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Machias with a degree in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts and Creative Writing.

  • Eastport Arts Center Fellow

    Tarah will be working with the Eastport Arts Center to strengthen community partnerships through innovative arts programing. She will also be continuing to support the creation of a community makers space. Tarah is a graduate of Salve Regina University with a degree in International Studies.