Jude Hamel, Executive Director
Jude Hamel is the Executive Director of Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center. Born and raised in Vermont, she was fortunate to make connections with nature at a young age through her experiences hiking the Long Trail, fishing, camping and cross country skiing with her family. 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 the past 20 years working in the nonprofit sector with a commitment to building community. Still an avid lover of the outdoors and nature, Jude enjoys beekeeping, gardening, raising chickens, hiking, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Jim, have made their home in the Lakes Region since 2000 and currently live in Meredith with their two children.
Kimberly Drouin, Director of Marketing & Administration
Kim started at Prescott Farm in June of 2009. She is a graduate of Plymouth State College where she earned a B.A. in Communication Studies (’03) and a Masters two years later in General Management (’06). With a background in marketing and events combined with over 7 years of non-profit experience, she has helped Prescott Farm grow to what it has become today. Known as “media blitz” Drouin by her co-workers she always is tapping into new resources to help promote Prescott Farm. She is also an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking in the White Mountains.
Debbie 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 and exploring the White Mountains.
Part-Time Administrative Staff:
Barbara DeAngelis & Dick Vaillancourt—Weekend Greeters; Jeff Pearson—Maintenance Person
Sarah Dunham-Miliotis, Education Director
Sarah began working at Prescott Farm in December 2008. Sarah is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA where she majored in anthropology & archaeology and 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.
Will Robinson, Camp Director/Environmental Educator
Will joined Prescott Farm as an Environmental Educator and Camp Counselor in June 2014, was Co-Camp Director in 2015 and became Camp Director in 2016. Will holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Middle Georgia State College, and an M.Ed. in Outdoor Education From Georgia College and State University. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and has worked 12 seasons as an instructor and administrator in a residential summer camp setting. He is a certified American Canoe Association Instructor, has spent seven years on the road touring as a full-time musician, and organized an after school program for at-risk youth that focused on traditional western African music and therapeutic drumming. Prior to joining Prescott Farm he was an administrator at The Community School in South Tamworth, NH. Will enjoys spending time with his family and being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, gardening, raising chickens, rabbits, and keeping bees.
Jayne Hastings, Preschool Director & Lead Teacher
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 5 grandchildren to teach and learn from! She is excited to be part of Fledglings Preschool at Prescott Farm!
Kerry Perry, Preschool Teacher
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!
Lisa MacDonald, Preschool Assistant
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!
Naomi Mills, Education Assistant
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 Counselor 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.
Ellen Czaja, Field Teacher
Ellen is a NH native raised in a community of small, self-sufficient farmers. Those childhood days grew the roots for her work with children. After earning a BS from UNH’s College of Business and Economics and an Elementary Education certification from Mt. St. Mary’s College, she was an Early Childhood Educator for 15 years. Her Concord, NH classrooms participated in Project SEE, the district’s Environmental Education programs. A UNH MEd in Early Childhood Development followed. Under UNH Professor Donald Graves’ mentorship, her young students became early adoptees of the Writing Process. She volunteers as a NH Master Gardener and participates in a Community Garden.
Kay Anderson, Field Teacher/Preschool Substitute Teacher
Kay has lived in the Lakes Region since retiring in 2005. She spent her 38 year teaching/counseling career in K – 12 public education in California and Illinois. Missing contact with young people, she trained to be a docent at the Squam Lakes Science Center assisting the naturalist with school trips and snowshoe exploration classes in winter, but she jumped at the chance to resume contact with children and the environment at Prescott Farm. She believes that we have so much opportunity to develop an appreciation for nature and the need to conserve and protect what we have through our education of our children in New Hampshire and is happy to be a small part of that positive activity. Kay also substitute teaches for our Fledglings Preschool.
Inez Andrews, Field Teacher/Preschool Substitute Teacher
For thirteen seasons, Inez was an interpreter of the Fruitlands Museum collections in Harvard, MA, the location at which the Alcott family attempted their transcendental living experiment in 1843. She has completed studies at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts, focused on botany and oceanography. Inez has always been a nature explorer. She and her husband, Roger are new beekeepers and are a part of an active family which enjoys being outdoors. Inez enjoys the thrill of sharing her knowledge with people of all ages, to see faces light up, and to observe and investigate together. She believes it is fascinating to look on and see beneath the earth to see what truly is integral to our lives. Inez also substitute teaches for our Fledglings Preschool.
Substitute Teachers: Kelly Shumway & Laura Herbert