Meet our Team

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Jude HamJudeel, Executive Director
Jude Hamel is the Executive Director of Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center.  Born and raised in rural Vermont, she was fortunate to make connections with nature at a young age and strives to create those opportunities for others through her work at Prescott Farm. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Southern New Hampshire University where she earned a M.S. in Community Economic Development, Jude has spent most of her career working in the nonprofit sector with a commitment to building community.  She is an avid lover of the outdoors and nature and enjoys a variety of hobby farming activities including beekeeping, gardening, and raising chickens and goats as well as spending time outdoors with her family.  She and her husband, Jim, have made their home in the Lakes Region since 2000 and live in Meredith with their two children.

 

DebbieDebbie Dunn, Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant
Debbie comes to Prescott Farm in December 2013 having worked as a bank teller, office manager, bookkeeper, and customer service representative. Although she loves to “crunch” numbers, she also loves spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, Scott and little white dog, Lemonade. Scott often kids Deb about being nominated as the recycler of the year due to her fanatical commitment to “reduce, reuse, recycle” program. She was born and raised in Portland, Maine, then raised three children in Wells, ME and now resides in Gilmanton. Her free time is spent exercising, playing racquetball, knitting, exploring the White Mountains and enjoying her grandchildren.

 

Jimmy Vollkommer, Development & Communications Assistant
Jimmy joined the Prescott Farm team as the Development & Communications Assistant in March 2018. Jimmy grew up in Gilford and fondly recalls school trips to Prescott Farm. After having completed his Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from Colby-Sawyer College, he worked as a conference manager for scientific lectures throughout New England, as well as abroad in Italy. Jimmy comes to Prescott Farm with great respect for the outdoors and a keen interest in naturalism, shown through his avid outdoorsman lifestyle; His other interests include playing music locally, reading, and woodworking.

 

Jeff Pearson, Maintenance
Jeff came to work at Prescott Farm in 2016.  He recently retired from a 32 year career with George C. Stafford & Sons/Stafford Oil Company in Laconia.  While at Stafford he had the roles of mechanic, truck driver, dispatcher, operations manager and partner.  He is also a gentleman farmer with a small Christmas tree farm, a flock of laying hens and a garden.  He also enjoys fishing in his spare time.

 

 


EDUCATION STAFF

SarahSarah Dunham-Miliotis, Education Programs Director
Sarah began working at Prescott Farm in December 2008. Sarah grew up in NH and graduated from Dickinson College where she majored in anthropology & archaeology.  She also holds an MS in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England. Previous to working at Prescott Farm she completed internships with Silk Farm Audubon Center in Concord and Massachusetts Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, MA, and worked as the Education Coordinator at Canterbury Shaker Village. Her interests include permaculture, lichens, using wild plants for food, medicine & dye, fiber arts, cooking, and archaeology.  She also loves being a mama!

 

Jake Newcomb, Camp Director
Jake grew up in Maine and currently lives in Fryeburg after receiving his B.A. in History with a minor in secondary education from UMaine Orono. He has spent time working for all three 4-H camps located in Maine before joining the team at Prescott Farm in July 2018 as the Interim Camp Director. Jake enjoys all things outdoors – including hiking, camping, backpacking and canoeing – when he is not at home with his cat Chloe and various foster kittens.

 

 

Andie Hession, Environmental Educator & Asst. Camp Director
Andie began with Prescott Farm in October 2017. She graduated from George Washington University in Washington, DC with a B.S. in Public Health, where she became interested in the connections between food, the environment, and health. She spent two years as a FoodCorps service member in rural Arkansas where she managed a school garden and taught food- and garden-based lessons to students of all ages. She has since returned to her native New England to continue working in outdoor education. Andie enjoys hikes with her dog, kayaking, gardening and cooking with the veggies, and is always looking for new ways to engage in New Hampshire’s great outdoors.

 

Jayne (2)Jayne Hastings, Preschool Director/Lead Teacher & Summer Pre-K Pioneer Instructor
Jayne is a NH certified teacher with more than 30 years of early childhood education experience.  She has two Bachelors degrees from Plymouth State University in Physical Education and Elementary Education with a concentration in coaching and recreation as well as a Master’s degree from Lesley University in Curriculum Design/Arts Integration. Jayne taught Kindergarten and Readiness in the Shaker Regional School District for more than 20 years before joining Prescott Farm to develop the curriculum for our nature-based preschool program. She is very passionate about Early Childhood Education and likes to share strategies and resources with parents and educators. She is also super creative and loves to teach through poetry, storytelling, puppetry, and music. Jayne lives in Canterbury, N.H. and is thrilled to have 6 grandchildren to teach and learn from! She is excited to be part of Fledglings Preschool at Prescott Farm!

 

kerryKerry Perry, Preschool Teacher & Summer Pre-K Pioneer Instructor
Kerry began working at Prescott Farm in August 2016. She’s an avid traveler and has driven across the USA two times. Kerry attended Saint Michael’s College in VT to attain a B.S. in Business Administration. She spent a few seasons teaching children how to snowboard at Loon Mountain in NH and at Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Having always loved working with children, she decided to return to school to obtain a M.A. in Elementary Education at the University of Phoenix in CO. She has been working in a school setting since 2009 and loves the creativity and wonderment that young students naturally emit. She is a NH certified teacher with recent training in NH Kindergarten Readiness Indicators. On weekends and in the summer months Kerry loves to go hiking with her son and husband. If you are wondering about family friendly hikes in the area, come ask her!

 

lisaLisa MacDonald, Preschool Assistant & Fledglings Extended Morning Care
Lisa recently moved to the Lakes Region and is excited to be a part of the Fledglings team at Prescott Farm.  She has been married for 35 years and has three grown children.  She is a graduate of Plymouth State University and has 20 years of experience working with children in public and private schools in Massachusetts.  She looks forward to a fun and informative year with the Fledglings!

 

 

naomiNaomi Mills, Education Assistant & Camp Instructor
Naomi Mills is an Assistant Educator at Prescott Farm working as an Assistant Teacher in the Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool classroom throughout the school year and as a Camp Instructor during the summer.  A graduate of Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood Studies and coursework in Outdoor Education, Naomi brings a lifelong love of nature to the Fledglings classroom.  In her spare time Naomi enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her two daughters.

 

Sam Hall, Fledglings Extended Care Provider & Summer Camp Counselor
Samantha joined Prescott Farm as a Fledglings Preschool Staff member in October 2017. Samantha’s educational goal has been to pursue a career working with young children. She has worked toward achieving that goal since her graduation from Winnisquam Regional High School in June of 2015. She has pursued Early Childhood Studies at the Huot Technical Center in Laconia, Lakes Region Community College, and is currently taking classes at N.H. Technical Institute in Concord concentrating on Early Childhood Education. Samantha was a Lead Teacher at a local child care center for 5 years where she was responsible for meeting the needs of children ages 3 months to 3 years. In her spare time Sam enjoys hiking with her two dogs and skiing.

 

Field Teachers:
Inez Andrews, Derek Colquhoun & Stephanie Doyle