Meet Our Team

Meet the team of professionals dedicated to promoting the mission of Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

Jude Hamel

Jude Hamel

Executive Director

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.


Sarah Dunham-Miliotis

Educational Program Director

Sarah began working at Prescott Farm in December 2008. She 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.

Jayne Hastings

Preschool Director/Lead Teacher & Summer Pre-K Pioneer Counselor

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 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 nature-based curriculum for Fledglings Preschool. She likes to share strategies and resources with parents and educators. She is also super creative and enjoys teaching through poetry, storytelling, puppetry, and music. Jayne lives in Canterbury, N.H. and is thrilled to have 6 grandchildren to teach and learn from!

Jake Newcomb

Camp Director

Jake was raised in Norway Maine, and after attending the University of Maine and receiving his B.A. in History, worked as a camp coordinator on the coast of Maine. He worked at all three University of Maine 4-H Camps before moving to Fryeburg in 2017. Jake joined our team in July 2018 as the Camp Director, bringing with him his love of the outdoors, and passion for summer camp. Jake never went to summer camp as a child, and is thrilled to be able to work a job where he can make up for lost time! In his free time Jake enjoys hiking, backpacking, canoeing, camping, bushcraft, good books and his cat Chloe.

Andie Hession

Andie Hession

Environmental Educator

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.

Kerry Perry

Kerry Perry

Preschool Teacher & Summer Pre-K Pioneer Counselor

Kerry began working at Prescott Farm in August 2016. Kerry attended Saint Michael’s College in VT to attain a B.S. in Business Administration. She’s an avid traveler and 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!

Naomi Mills

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. She grew up in the Lakes Region area, so she knows many of the best outdoor hiking and exploring spots in the region! Her love for the outdoors was sparked when she joined the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project at the age of 12. She has continued to be involved in their diverse programming geared towards teaching teens leadership for 30 years. 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.

Lisa McDonald

Lisa 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 with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 20 years of teaching experience working with children in both public and private schools in Massachusetts. As someone who enjoys spending time outdoors, Lisa appreciates the nature – based curriculum that Fledglings offer to the student. She looks forward to a fun and informative year with the Fledglings!

Sam Hall

Samantha Hall

Fledglings Extended Care Provider

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.

Debbie Dunn

Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant

Debbie came 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 Vollkommer 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


Born and raised in Massachusetts and spent every summer on Lake Winnipesaukee. Graduated from New Hampshire Vocational Technical College and New Hampshire College. Settled down in Laconia, married and raised 5 children. Worked at Stafford Oil Company for 32 years the last 15 years as partner/owner and retired in 2014. Enjoy working on engines, farming, fishing and spending time with family.  

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Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
928 White Oaks Road
Laconia, NH 03246
(603) 366-5695
(603) 366-5720 (Fax)

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