Meet Our Team

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

Jude Hamel

Executive Director

Jude 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 her career 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 and goats, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Jayne Hastings

Preschool Director/Lead Teacher

Jayne is a NH certified teacher with over 30 years of early childhood education experience. She has Bachelor’s degrees in PE and Elementary Ed from Plymouth State University as well as a Master’s in Curriculum Design/Arts Integration from Lesley University. Jayne taught Kindergarten and Readiness for more than 20 years before joining Prescott Farm to develop the nature-based curriculum for Fledglings Preschool. She enjoys using her creativity to teach through poetry, storytelling, puppetry, and music. Jayne lives in Canterbury and is thrilled to have 6 grandchildren to teach and learn from!

Phoebe VanScoy-Giessler

Development & Communications Director

Phoebe joined the team in December 2018 and is thrilled to be able to tell the inspiring stories of Prescott Farm. She received her BA in journalism and politics at Ithaca College and completed Masters level work in Education at Plymouth State University. Formerly a classroom teacher and school librarian, she has previously worked at social services, environmental and educational nonprofits from Los Angeles, CA to Albany, NY. Phoebe lives in Tuftonboro with her husband and 3 boys. Her favorite way to enjoy the natural world is by running on the trails and roads of the Lakes Region.

Andie Hession

Community and School Programs Director

Andie is a Native New Englander who 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. 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.

Jake Newcomb

Camp Director

Jake hails from Norway, ME and received his BA in History from the University of Maine. He was camp coordinator on the coast of Maine before joining the Prescott Farm team in July 2018 as Camp Director.  Jake brings with him his love of the outdoors, and passion for summer camp. In his free time Jake enjoys hiking, backpacking, canoeing, camping, bushcraft, good books and his cats, Chloe and Mabel. Jake never went to summer camp as a child, but he is thrilled to be able to create enriching summer camp experiences for others.

Alex Dyer

Environmental Educator

Alex was born and raised in Maine and spent most of her youth running amok in the woods, exploring and engaging with the native wildlife. Alex received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Maine and moved to New Hampshire, where she spent some time as a Naturalist for the New Hampshire Audubon. At Prescott Farm, Alex hopes to bring her science and conservation background to the community, while she also pursues her M.S. in Sustainable Natural Resource Management. In her free time, she can be found mountain biking at Bear Brook State Park, or red-lining the White Mountain National Forest.

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. She loves spending time in the great outdoors with her husband and little white dog, Lemonade. Originally from Portland, ME, Deb raised three children in Wells, ME and now resides in Gilmanton. She is a ‘fanatical’ recycler but when she is not ‘reducing, reusing, and recycling’ she likes to exercise, play racquetball, knit,  explore the White Mountains, and enjoy her grandchildren.

Jeff Pearson


Jeff was born and raised in Massachusetts and spent every summer on Lake Winnipesaukee. He graduated from New Hampshire Vocational Technical College and New Hampshire College. Jeff worked at Stafford Oil Company for 32 years and retired as a partner/owner in 2014. He now enjoys working on engines, farming, fishing and spending time with family. He and his wife have 5 children and live in Laconia.

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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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