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

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 cat, Chloe. 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.

Kerry Perry

Kerry Perry

Preschool Teacher & Summer Pre-K Pioneer Counselor

Kerry began working at Prescott Farm in August 2016. A NH certified teacher, she has a B.S. in Business Administration from Saint Michael’s College in VT, an M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix in CO, as well as training in NH Kindergarten Readiness Indicators. 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. Kerry loves the creativity and wonderment that young students naturally emit. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her son and husband.

Kathryn Downey

Volunteer Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA

Kathryn holds an AA in Studio Arts from NH Technical Institute, a BS in Marine Biology from Unity College, and a MS in Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Education from Antioch University. She has been teaching environmental programs and managing volunteers since she was a teenager and enjoyed working with various non-profit organizations throughout her career. Her hobbies include kayaking, drawing, photography, visiting historic sites, camping, nature walks, and visiting nature parks. She enjoys working with volunteers so they can get the most out of their experience with Prescott Farm and supporting them through her own volunteerism.

Naomi Mills

Fledglings Assistant Teacher/WildQuest Camp Instructor

Naomi works with the Fledglings program throughout the school year and as a Camp Instructor during the summer. She has a B.S. in Childhood Studies and pursued coursework in Outdoor Education from Plymouth State University. A Lakes Region native, her love for the outdoors was sparked at age 12 when she joined the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project. She has continued to be involved in their diverse programming geared towards teaching teens leadership for 30 years. In her spare time Naomi enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her two daughters.

Sam Hall

Samantha Hall

Fledglings Assistant Teacher/WildQuest Camp Instructor

Samantha joined Prescott Farm in October 2017. A graduate of Winnisquam Regional High School and the Huot Technical Center, Samantha is pursuing an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education at N.H. Technical Institute in Concord.  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. 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.

Jimmy Vollkommer

Development & Communications Assistant

Jimmy joined Prescott Farm in March 2018. He grew up in Gilford and fondly recalls school trips to Prescott Farm. He received  his Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from Colby-Sawyer College and then he worked as a conference manager for scientific lectures throughout New England and in Italy. Jimmy has 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


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.

Locate Us

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

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