Who We Are

Sue Davis

Sue Davis | Volunteer Coordinator | Email >>

For someone with decades of experience in more areas than you might imagine, Sue is always ready to tackle more. Under her direction, our volunteer program has taken on a life of its own, with record-breaking volunteer hours in 2016, and big plans for the future. If you’ve met Sue, this should come as no surprise. Given a captive audience, she’ll make short work of organizing, strategizing, and motivating the group toward a common cause… name tags mandatory. She’s famous for her stories, stamina, and carousing around Kingfield in her vintage Stanley Steamer. Sue spends her down time gardening, exploring, and organizing people and places. It’s rumored that she makes the best Manhattans on the east coast.

Cayce Frigon | Deputy Director | Ext. 180 | Email >>

Cayce’s been working for Maine Huts & Trails longer than anyone and is really, really smart. The result: she knows the answer to every question, from any department, about any subject. She’ll even be really nice about giving you an answer, and might even make you a detailed explanation with a cool graph. She’s formally tasked with running our two person marketing department, but we also depend on her for IT support, budget planning, graphic design, and organizing cords of all shapes and sizes. One of her many smart decisions: marrying a trained chef and genuinely nice guy, Jarod. They have two rambunctious labs and make the best homemade wine you’ll ever try.

Kelsey Silfvenius | Adventure Travel Consultant and Business Systems Design & Support | Ext. 101 | Email >>

Kelsey might have the longest job title at Maine Huts & Trails, but she needs it! Assisting guests with reservations while insuring the processes are in place to make it all run smooth is a big job. Originally from New Hampshire, Kelsey and her husband moved to Carabassett Valley a year ago to spend free time on the bike and ski trails....and as a master craftsperson she could probably knit you a backpack for your next hike into a hut.

Mike Spurrier | Operations Director | Ext. 140 | Email >>

Mike originally from Baltimore, Maryland, has been working for Maine Huts & Trails over the past year providing top-notch hospitality and is our new Hut Operations Manager. He enjoys everything the Maine outdoors has to offer such as mountain biking, skiing, paddling, fishing and backpacking. Coming from a mechanical background, he has broad knowledge of off-grid and sustainable energy systems. If you see him in the hut or on the trail feel free to ask him questions or better yet an energy tour, he is more than happy to share the knowledge!

Savannah Steele

Savannah Steele | Trails Manager | Ext. 101 | Email >>

Savannah is trail genius. She knows the soil structure, pitch grade, and coordinates of every trail in our 80 mile system, and can create a digital map of all that and more. She’ll put you at ease with her adorkable hipster charm, but don’t be fooled: Savannah can wield a chainsaw like a veteran lumberjack, run an excavator, and happily work for days on end in the Maine woods while barely breaking a sweat. She loves to work in her garden, play with her pets, and knit chunky scarves. Originally from Oregon, Savannah fits in wherever she goes… especially if there’s a trail to be built.

Janice Tandy | Adventure Travel Sales & Reservations Representative | Ext. 110 | Email >>

Janice is your go to person for planning fun on the trails & in the huts. As part of the Adventure Travel Sales & Reservations Team, she can help you create a detailed trip you will never forget. A native New Englander, she has called Maine her home for 10 years. She loves spending time with her 3 daughters and husband skiing, camping and relaxing on their pontoon boat. See, she is definitely someone you want to talk to about fun in the outdoors.

Wolfe Tone | Executive Director | Ext. 190 | Email >>

Wolfe has two favorite questions around the office. Three actually. After, “How are you?”, Wolfe wants to know, “What do we need to accomplish?” and “How are we going to get there together?”  Wolfe’s love of the Maine mountains is undeniable. A flatlander by birth, Wolfe will tell you there’s a magnetism to Maine’s mountains that he just can’t shake. That love of Maine’s landscape shows up in everything he does: hike, fish, bike and paddle; work to conserve magnificent places; and a big passion of his, skiing – skinny or wide skis, it doesn’t matter. He is a big vision kind of guy, all the while paying attention to how the pieces of the organization are connected and work together. He wants the Maine Huts & Trails experience to make a real difference to our guests, heighten our appreciation of the Northern Forest landscape, and feel a connection to the Maine Huts & Trails' community and our neighbors. One more thing, he’s looking forward to a game of backgammon with you at one of the huts.

Merrie Woodworth

Merrie Woodworth | Youth & Educational Program Coordinator | Ext. 120 | Email >>

Merrie is tasked with carrying out one of the most important parts of the Maine Huts & Trails mission: getting kids of all ages outside to learn. She teams up with educators, guides, and volunteers to create inspiring nature-based curriculum for deserving students, using the huts and trails as the ultimate outdoor classroom. It’s a position that requires a great sense of humor, endless patience, and a lot of flexibility- so Merrie’s the perfect fit. When she’s not strategizing a life-changing educational experience, Merrie spends her time biking, skiing, and hiking with her husband Charlie, with whom she’s raised two charming sons who are currently saving the world. Like all respectable New Englanders, she likes good beer, puppies, and the Red Sox.

John Winter | Huts Manager | Email >>

"John “Young Gun” Winter, a native to Kingfield, ME, first started his adventure with MH&T manning a volunteer water station at Poplar Hut during the 2013 Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge. It wasn’t long when he discovered the many benefits of working on a hut crew: a steady paycheck, free room and board, the freedom that comes with working a seasonal job in the middle of the wilderness, a fully stocked commercial kitchen at his disposal, and most of all… a fantastic craft beer selection at his disposal! Throughout his 5 seasons in the huts as a Hut Crew, Hut Master, and Field Supervisor, Young Gun had been able to refine his cooking expertise, gain invaluable knowledge about off-grid sustainable living, and develop into a heck of a cribbage partner— all while having the time and incredible opportunity to have backpacked over 5,000 miles along the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Idaho Centennial Trail! He was welcomed aboard the full-time team in May of 2018 and has most recently been promoted to the position: Huts Manager.

Kelley Baickle | Adventure Travel Consultant & Membership Coordiantor | Ext. 100 |     Email >>

Kelley's favorite guilty pleasure is a cold Moxie soda, a love she developed from growing up in Lisbon, Maine where they celebrate the soft drink ever July. A firm believer that a quality suffer-fest does the body and mind good, Kelley is always up for type 2 fun. She can be found running trail marathons, biking 50 plus miles at a time, and loves a cold shower at the beginning of her day. In the colder months you can find her skiing down Kings Landing at Sugarloaf or exploring the nordic trails nearby. With her ever growing love of the area Kelley is excited to help you plan your next adventure: no suffering required.

Chris DeLisle | Strategic Content Director | Ext. 188 | Email >>

Chris is from Belgrade Lakes, Maine, where he spent most of his childhood playing on the waters of Great Pond. His love for the water and the outdoors led him to becoming a white water rafting guide, helping to lead commercial trips on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. After graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington, Chris ventured across the pond to Florence, Italy, where he worked leading American Study Abroad Students on trips across Europe. While traveling to almost every corner of Europe, he began to develop a deep reverence and understanding for the immense love he had for his home state. Once he returned from home, Chris wanted to find an organization that he could commit himself to, using his skills to help to achieve a mission in which he believed in. And that is what led Chris to Maine Huts & Trails where he served as a Hut Master for a summer season and was welcomed in as part of the year-round team the following fall.

   
 

Winter Hut Crew

Another Maine Huts & Trails winter has arrived! The 2018-19 Winter Hut Crew is ready to welcome you when you arrive at the Huts. They are a remarkable group of people. Learn the stories about your new Crew!


FLAGSTAFF HUT

Dawn Berthelette (Hut Master)

Dawn has deep family roots in southern New England where she grew up exploring and learning from the wild spaces of the little river valley that helped raise her. In the past two decades she’s developed a varied and unique set of practical skills. She's worked in the restaurant/hospitality industry, the nutrition/wellness industry, and as a photographer while playing in the woods and cultivating a close relationship with the natural world.

Dawn is excited for the opportunity to combine her passion for nourishing food and for living in accordance with nature by serving as hut master this winter. She especially looks forward to spending time getting to know the Carrabassett Valley and the people who love it.

Hannah Kiermayr (Hut Master)

Over the past few years Hannah has called: Maine, Arizona, Germany, Australia, and up and down the entire East Coast home. Her passions are in outdoor education and environmental stewardship.Before volunteering as a caretaker during the self-service season, Hannah spent the summer and fall working at Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center as a Trip Leader and an Open-Air Classroom Instructor along Maine's midcoast. 

Hannah's excited to fall deeper in love with western Maine this winter. She's looking forward to snowshoeing, skiing, good food, good people, and cribbage games by the fire. Inspired by her 2017 Appalachian Trail thru-hike she's planning to start her thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail on April 24th, 2019. A fun fact about Hannah is that she’s a triplet!

Morgan Bartos

Originally from Michigan, Morgan has lived in Maine, Florida, and most recently on a cruise ship! She travels where there are seasonal jobs, working as an adventure guide in Acadia National Park, a youth activities host at Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Lines, and leading cycling and paddling trips for youths across Michigan and the Great Lakes.

She’s stoked to start learning about sustainable off-grid systems (to use someday for a home on wheels!). Once the season is over, Morgan plans to travel out west to work for Backroads (an active travel company).Although she usually escapes to the south during the winter, Morgan is looking forward to the Maine winter and a chance to learn how to ski!

Conor Burke

Conor is from Ellicott City, Maryland everyone likes to eat steamed crabs and watch the Baltimore Orioles! Conor works for Chewonki Foundation and is returning for his second winter season at the huts. If you see him while at the huts, ask him to play you some tunes. Conor is quite the musician and knows how to play four instruments: the Irish fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and the banjulele!

His favorite part about working for the huts is their remoteness in nature and is looking forward to getting back on the trail for hikes through snow covered pines. A fun fact about Conor is that as a kid his dream was to always become a farmer when he grew up.

Olivia Lukacic

Originally from Massachusetts, Olivia’s spent her life playing, working, and learning all over New England. For the past few years she’s been working for the Chewonki Foundation in mid-coast Maine. At Chewonki Olivia has worked in outdoor and environmental programs with students from ranging from 2nd to 12th Grade. The courses she has run vary from day programs to multi-week expeditions. 

In her time off, you can find Olivia romping through the woods, painting, knitting, or going on adventures all over Maine and the world —spending most of her time covered in glitter! She’s very excited to hear guests’ stories while at the huts this winter. Also, winter sunsets while skiing are one of Olivia’s all-time favorite things and she hopes to get out for a ski every day.

Although she’s lived in Maine for over two years, Olivia has yet to summit Katahdin, something that she has her “fingers crossed” to accomplish in 2019! A fun fact about Olivia is that as a young child she was really into the history surrounding the revolutionary war period… so much that she taught herself to write cursive while in the second grade using a homemade quill!


Stratton Brook Hut

Hannah Marshall (Hut Master)

Hannah is excited to be returning for her fourth season with Maine Huts & Trails! Originally from Huntington, Vermont, Hannah moved to Maine to attend Bowdoin College and hasn’t left since. After graduating, she has been part of the Hut Crew here in the winter and has worked as an Outdoor Educator and Trip Leader for the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine. 

She’ll return to Chewonki in the spring for another season of teaching in nature and leading whitewater canoe trips on the rivers of Maine and Quebec. She’s most excited to be back in the kitchen at the Huts baking up a storm and to get out skiing on our trails as much as possible this winter!

Doug Marcum (Hut Master)

Once described as a lurking legend by his fellow graduate students at Kent State University, Doug has every right to be called “that dude who is always in the woods”.  Born off the shores of the cleaner section of Lake Erie, he’s spent most of his life in Northeast Ohio.  Doug has worked seasonally as a biological technician for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for eight years.  

After studying small mammal communities and their habitat affinities at two spatial scales, Doug earned his MS in Ecology and now has free time again.  Last off-season was spent working for the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project (Hawaii) in an epic position fighting to conserve critically endangered, endemic songbirds of the island. Doug didn’t get enough snow last year and is hoping for some northwoods serenity to help him figure out what may lie ahead.  It’s also very nice that he’ll be able to work alongside his girlfriend Kelsey. Doug is unique in many ways…he loves birds and is almost obsessed with trees…he’s also really good at wiggling his ears.

Danielle Walezak

Danielle was born and raised in New Hampshire and has lived in Maine for the past eight years. This summer Danielle biked for two months on a solo cycle tour of Scotland. When she's not planning her next bike tour she grows organic vegetables at Six River Farm, does ski tours, and contra dances.

Danielle is looking forward to cooking and sharing meals with all the guests at the huts. She believes by sharing a dinner table we can share much more about ourselves and tell stories through our commonality in food. Danielle is excited to share her favorite ski spots in Carrabassett Valley while hopefully learning some new ones. Danielle organizes an all-women/trans/queer ski group at Sugarloaf called the “Sugarloaf Sisters”.

After the winter season, Danielle plans on doing a mini bike tour in Colorado before heading back to the farm where she’ll manage the farm's five high-tunnels of tomatoes. A fun fact about Danielle is that her favorite vegetable is garlic!

Kelsey Lipp

Kelsey Lipp always dreamed of living in the great state of Maine! Growing up in Ohio means she's a flatlander, but she spent several summers in Maine where her dad's family all live. What she liked best was being on the water, launching out of Round Pond in sailing camp, or zipping around Damariscotta Lake in her dinghy.After graduating from Colorado State, Kelsey headed  back to Ohio where she's a ranger at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In just four years Kelsey has worked in every division of the Park Service besides law enforcement - teaching at the Environment Education Center, assisting in night operations with deer management, fighting wildfires in Montana and Oregon, and most recently working on trails.

She enjoys hiking, biking, birding and camping and is hoping to do some downhill skiing during her stint at Maine Huts. As a teen Kelsey won a local Iron Chef competition so she's really looking forward to cooking up some delicious meals for Maine Huts & Trails guests!


Poplar Falls Hut

Emmy Held (Hut Master)

Emmy grew up in the town of Honeoye Falls in western New York, spending a great deal of time in the Adirondack Mountains. She’s been living in Maine since her freshman year at Colby College in 2013.Upon graduation in 2017, Emmy started working for Chewonki as an outdoor educator and wilderness trip leader. Her favorite trips to lead are whitewater canoe trips on the Penobscot River and in central Quebec. Last winter was Emmy’s first winter at the Huts and she’s excited to be back!

One of her favorite parts of working for huts is the community and connections that are created with coworkers and guests in the backcountry context. Emmy believes that it’s hard to beat a lifestyle that consists of skiing daily, cooking and sharing yummy local meals, and living deep in the snowy Maine woods.In the spring, she’ll return for her third season working with kids in the outdoors at Chewonki! She has high hopes for finding time for sledding, skiing adventures, watercolors, and sleeping under the stars this winter! 

Rose Morgan (Hut Master)

Rose grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and spent her college years roaming the mountains of southern Appalachia. Afterwards, she quickly adopted the nomadic lifestyle until landing on a small island in southeast Alaska where she fell in love with a cedar tree and accidentally grew roots! She has been working in outdoor education and recreation for 7 years in Tennessee, Oregon, California, Colorado, Alaska, and now Maine!

Rose is most animated when identifying and foraging wild plants and mushrooms for culinary and herbal purposes. She has dreamed of living in Maine for many years. She is most looking forward to learning as much as possible about the Maine forest while also living and working in the huts.After the winter season, Rose will head back to her island to guide bike, jeep, and canoe trips in the Alaskan rainforest.

Brittney Stuard

Although her name is Brittney, most know her by her trail name: “Two Step”, which she earned while hiking the Appalachian Trail. She undoubtedly is a backpacking wizard with over 3,000 miles and counting under her belt.

Two Step is excited to work with and learn from others who share her passion for the great outdoors. She thrives in dirty boots exploring the fresh pines and higher heights than those from yesterday. The next step for Two Step is to travel to Machu Picchu! But she's excited to be back home in her old stomping grounds rediscovering the beauty that made her fall in love with the outdoors in the first place.    

Connor Phillips

Connor is from Lodi, CA, the town where Creedence Clearwater Revival got stuck! Since graduating from Bowdoin College, Connor has worked for the Chewonki Foundation. He leads camping, canoe, and whitewater kayak trips that emphasize place-based ecology lessons, cooking, and outdoor living skills. When not working, you can find him: skiing, mountain biking, whitewater paddling, or trail running all over Maine. Things that excite him about working at the huts are: ample cooking opportunities, access to the trail system, and supporting others in the exploration of the Maine High Peaks region.

Once satisfied with his exploration of the Pine Tree State, there's a good chance that Conor will spend a few years wandering across the country and world, eventually making the way back to his family farm in California. Upon returning he hopes that his eyeballs will remain uncut by turkeys' wings as they try to fly away; Connor warns that, though tasty, proceed with caution around turkeys, as they have very sharp wings.


Grand Falls Hut

Caleb Savage (Hut Master)

While Caleb calls Cape Code home, he’s had many homes over the past few years, living in 7 different states of the past 5. Caleb’s excited to return to the Huts for a second winter season!He just recently finished up his first season as an Environmental Educator with NatureBridge in Prince William Forest Park (PNW). Caleb also just completed his fifth road trip across the country to Seattle!

Caleb loves spending time off-the-grid in the deep Maine woods and connecting with people that visit the Hut who want an unorthodox type of vacation. After his season at the Huts, Caleb intends on heading back to the PNW to guide on the Deschutes River.

Gabrielle McSherry

Gabrielle was born by the ocean on the west coast of Florida, but she calls rural Maine her heart’s home. Gabrielle has a passion for travel, living in many places throughout her life. Most recently, she spent the past six months living in Vienna, Austria and has just recently returned to Maine. Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch.

She's looking forward to having time in the woods listening to the sound of silence and getting to know many new wonderful people at huts this winter. She's occasionally an artist, sometimes a farmer, and often between one thing and another. A couple of fun facts about Gabrielle is that plants whisper to her and she loves her cat Kiki!

Audrey Burns

Audrey is from the marshes of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts and spent her early years on boats and skateboards. She earned a degree in Natural Resources and Green Building from the University of Vermont and became a certified canoe instructor. After living in Scotland and Louisiana, she committed her mind and body into building and maintaining trails - leading crews in the National Forests of Montana and Idaho. She has spent the last 2 years as a Backcountry Ranger at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming where she packs horses and patrols wilderness lakes by canoe and kayak for a living. 

This winter Audrey is excited to get back in the woods of New England, refine her tracking skills, and visit her Canadian relatives. Most of all, she's looking forward to being outside without worrying about grizzly bears! As a lifelong snowboarder she’s hoping to get some more miles on skis without eating too much snow in the process. A few fun facts about Audrey are: she plays several instruments, has her motorcycle license, enjoys making people laugh, and loves spending time working on her antique (broken) Volkswagen convertible.

 

 

Lani Love | Maine Certified Guide >>

Lani Love has been guiding for over 20 years for her family's business, Allagash Canoe Trips. She specializes in back-country multi day trips, from canoeing, hiking, kayaking, rafting, and skiing. She has won multiple national titles in downriver canoe and poling races. In the off-season she is a physical trainer and alpine ski coaches for Carrabassett Valley Academy.

Allagash Canoe Trips

John McCluskey | Master Maine Guide >>

John is a third generation Master Maine Guide who has been guiding for twenty years. He specializes in white tail deer hunting and fly fishing for wild native brook trout. His love and enthusiasm for the outdoors is contagious.

Four Peaks Guide Service

Stacey McCluskey | Maine Fishing and Recreation Guide >>

Stacey is a registered Maine fishing and recreation guide and educator of fifteen years. As National Board Certified Teacher, she has taught in the local school system and has operated youth summer camps and outdoor skills days for local children and teens. Stacey's favorite outdoor activities are hiking and skiing in order to see beautiful landscapes and fascinating flora and fauna.

Four Peaks Guide Service

Kimberly Truskowski | Maine Certified Guide >>

Kimberly Truskowski lives, plays, and works in the Western Mountains of Maine. She is a Registered Maine Guide who enjoys sharing the beauty and adventure of the Maine outdoors with others. These adventures can include paddling a canoe or kayak, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Kimberly is also a Kripalu Yoga Teacher and brings her offerings outside into Mother Nature's classroom.

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Bob Peixotto, Chair | Chair

Jo D. Saffeir, Vice Chair | Conservation Consultant

Jeff True, Treasurer | COO, Integrity Holdings LLC

Phil Coffin, Secretary | Attorney, Lambert and Coffin

John BeliveauManaging Director, Portfolio Manager, HM Payson

Marcie Berkley | Retired, Management Professor, MIT Sloan School, Brandeis

Paul Boghossian | Principal and Owner, Hathaway Holdings

Emily Carville | Director of Online Marketing, L.L. Bean, Inc.

Calen Colby | PE, Co-Founder & Co-Owner, Colby Co. Engineering

Rob Holmes | Founder and Chief Story Teller, GLP Films 

Christopher Nichols | Forester, Vice President, Seven Island Land Company

Kate O'Halloran | Senior Consultant, The Rolfson Group - Business/Brand Manager, North America, The Shackleton Climate Project/Tim Jarvis AM

Carolann OuelletteDirector, Office of Outdoor Recreation, State of Maine

Happy Rowe | Treasurer, The Boston Family Office

Russell Walters | President, Northern Outdoors

Larry Warren | Founder, Western Mountains Foundation

John Witherspoon | President, Skowhegan Savings Bank