Bo Hoppin, Executive Director   Bo Hoppin is thrilled to be our current Executive Director after recently working as the Executive Director of Friends of Young Achievers and as the Experiential Education Coordinator for Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School. Located in Mattapan, Massachusetts, the school's mission is to provide a high quality K-8 public school experience for urban youth in science, math and social justice. The school uses experiential education activities that apply core classroom curriculum to the local environment and community as a central pedagogical strategy.  In the fall of 2015, Antioch University New England recognized Bo with its Annual Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award for Alumni. The award highlighted his current work serving Young Achievers students and lifelong efforts to make learning meaningful through real world experiences.  Bo recently worked as an independent contractor to facilitate the Boston Youth Environmental Network and to provide environmental education consulting for the Boston Nature Center. He brings his clients over 25 years of experience working to integrate environmental and place-based education into the landscape and culture of local communities and their schools.  Upon graduating from Antioch University New England, Bo worked with the faculty to conceptualize and found the Rachel Marshall Outdoor Learning Laboratory in Keene, New Hampshire and the CO-SEED project, which reached across New England. Both of these innovative education programs engaged kids in study of their local community and environment in a way that supported local and state curriculum standards. These programs received recognition by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education with its Grand Gold Award for Excellence in “University and Local School Partnerships”, by the New Hampshire Governor’s Office as an "Outstanding Service-Learning Program" and by the New England Association for Environmental Education's "Maria Pirie Environmental Program Award" for excellence in education programming.

Bo Hoppin, Executive Director

Bo Hoppin is thrilled to be our current Executive Director after recently working as the Executive Director of Friends of Young Achievers and as the Experiential Education Coordinator for Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School. Located in Mattapan, Massachusetts, the school's mission is to provide a high quality K-8 public school experience for urban youth in science, math and social justice. The school uses experiential education activities that apply core classroom curriculum to the local environment and community as a central pedagogical strategy.

In the fall of 2015, Antioch University New England recognized Bo with its Annual Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award for Alumni. The award highlighted his current work serving Young Achievers students and lifelong efforts to make learning meaningful through real world experiences.

Bo recently worked as an independent contractor to facilitate the Boston Youth Environmental Network and to provide environmental education consulting for the Boston Nature Center. He brings his clients over 25 years of experience working to integrate environmental and place-based education into the landscape and culture of local communities and their schools.

Upon graduating from Antioch University New England, Bo worked with the faculty to conceptualize and found the Rachel Marshall Outdoor Learning Laboratory in Keene, New Hampshire and the CO-SEED project, which reached across New England. Both of these innovative education programs engaged kids in study of their local community and environment in a way that supported local and state curriculum standards. These programs received recognition by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education with its Grand Gold Award for Excellence in “University and Local School Partnerships”, by the New Hampshire Governor’s Office as an "Outstanding Service-Learning Program" and by the New England Association for Environmental Education's "Maria Pirie Environmental Program Award" for excellence in education programming.

Phoebe Jekielek, Director of Program Development, Science and Research   Phoebe originally hails from Punxsutawney, PA, Home of the Groundhog! She received a BA in Biology from Boston University in 2003. She lived her love for the ocean and education for 5 years as a marine science instructor, aquarist and Assistant Program Director for the Catalina Island Marine Institute in southern California. She then returned to Maine to pursue her love of science and complete her Dual Masters in Marine Science and Marine Policy at the University of Maine in 2012. She was a Marine Education Associate for the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence - Ocean Systems (COSEE-OS) and a Research Associate for the lab of Dr. Richard Wahle, both at UMaine. She's glad to be working with HICSL to provide unique opportunities for experiential science education and leadership!

Phoebe Jekielek, Director of Program Development, Science and Research

Phoebe originally hails from Punxsutawney, PA, Home of the Groundhog! She received a BA in Biology from Boston University in 2003. She lived her love for the ocean and education for 5 years as a marine science instructor, aquarist and Assistant Program Director for the Catalina Island Marine Institute in southern California. She then returned to Maine to pursue her love of science and complete her Dual Masters in Marine Science and Marine Policy at the University of Maine in 2012. She was a Marine Education Associate for the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence - Ocean Systems (COSEE-OS) and a Research Associate for the lab of Dr. Richard Wahle, both at UMaine. She's glad to be working with HICSL to provide unique opportunities for experiential science education and leadership!

Julie Slade, Director of Administration Operations    Julie graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts with a B.A. in English Literature. After a whitewater rafting trip through Brown’s Canyon and the Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River opened her eyes to learning-through-living outdoor experiences she became a whitewater rafting guide; happily exploring the rivers of the Southwest and New Zealand. Eventually she came off the river to begin a career in corporate customer service team management and project management, which naturally (?) lead to her becoming a licensed massage therapist and day spa owner. Immediately prior to joining Hurricane Island Center for Science & Leadership, Julie was the Spa & Recreation Director and a member of the Executive Operating Committee at a prestigious coastal Maine resort.  Her position as Office & Admissions Manager with HICSL renews her spirit every day. Being part of the HICSL mission, seeing students and adults fall in love Hurricane Island, and supporting the team of HICSL Directors and Staff makes her “cup runneth over” in the employment (and life) department. Julie lives in Rockport on Chickawaukie Pond with her partner Nathan and his teenage son, their dog Emma, and kitties Lilly and Yahtzee.

Julie Slade, Director of Administration Operations


Julie graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts with a B.A. in English Literature. After a whitewater rafting trip through Brown’s Canyon and the Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River opened her eyes to learning-through-living outdoor experiences she became a whitewater rafting guide; happily exploring the rivers of the Southwest and New Zealand. Eventually she came off the river to begin a career in corporate customer service team management and project management, which naturally (?) lead to her becoming a licensed massage therapist and day spa owner. Immediately prior to joining Hurricane Island Center for Science & Leadership, Julie was the Spa & Recreation Director and a member of the Executive Operating Committee at a prestigious coastal Maine resort.

Her position as Office & Admissions Manager with HICSL renews her spirit every day. Being part of the HICSL mission, seeing students and adults fall in love Hurricane Island, and supporting the team of HICSL Directors and Staff makes her “cup runneth over” in the employment (and life) department. Julie lives in Rockport on Chickawaukie Pond with her partner Nathan and his teenage son, their dog Emma, and kitties Lilly and Yahtzee.

 
Dr. Jennifer Page, Director of Education    Work phone:  207.992.6362  Work email:  jenn@hurricaneisland.net   With her diverse background in education spanning traditional academia, K-12 education, teacher professional development, and out-of-school, place-based learning, Dr. Jennifer Page is adept at facilitating transformational learning experiences that affirm people’s individual strengths and personal experiences.  As Director of Education for the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, Jenn is helping to develop change agents through innovative science education programs that involve students in community focused, applied research. The core of her work revolves around supporting educators to design and facilitate these meaningful experiences for students, whether that is working with her own staff or with classroom teachers on opportunities they will implement in their own schools. For half of the year, Jenn works on Hurricane Island itself: a 125-acre, off-the-grid island in Midcoast Maine where students are immersed in the natural world and leave their electronic devices behind. The rest of the year she is based in Rockland, Maine and focuses on partnerships with local schools and collaborative work with other local and regional non-profits.  Before joining Hurricane Island, Jenn taught for two years in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine as a post-doc followed by 5 years as a science instructor at Bangor High School. While at Bangor High, Jenn was a passionate Speech & Debate coach, served as the district’s Chemical Hygiene Safety Officer, and helped develop the school’s rigorous STEM Academy. She also spent several summers at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory with Bangor students as a Visiting Researcher helping to restore historical eelgrass habitat. Throughout her career she has found the greatest joy through helping students fully realize their potential and comes alive as a dedicated and supportive mentor.  Jenn holds a BS in Marine Science from the University of Maine and a PhD in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to her work with Hurricane she currently serves on the Board of the Maine Environmental Education Association and is a reviewer for several professional journals in the education field. When she is relaxing Jenn spends as much quiet time at home as possible with her husband. She loves cuddling with her two cats while Bullet Journaling or knitting and enjoys listening to productivity podcasts while walking around her neighborhood.   Hear more about Jenn and Hurricane Island in this Maine Show podcast with Ben Sprague .

Dr. Jennifer Page, Director of Education


Work phone: 207.992.6362 Work email: jenn@hurricaneisland.net

With her diverse background in education spanning traditional academia, K-12 education, teacher professional development, and out-of-school, place-based learning, Dr. Jennifer Page is adept at facilitating transformational learning experiences that affirm people’s individual strengths and personal experiences.

As Director of Education for the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, Jenn is helping to develop change agents through innovative science education programs that involve students in community focused, applied research. The core of her work revolves around supporting educators to design and facilitate these meaningful experiences for students, whether that is working with her own staff or with classroom teachers on opportunities they will implement in their own schools. For half of the year, Jenn works on Hurricane Island itself: a 125-acre, off-the-grid island in Midcoast Maine where students are immersed in the natural world and leave their electronic devices behind. The rest of the year she is based in Rockland, Maine and focuses on partnerships with local schools and collaborative work with other local and regional non-profits.

Before joining Hurricane Island, Jenn taught for two years in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine as a post-doc followed by 5 years as a science instructor at Bangor High School. While at Bangor High, Jenn was a passionate Speech & Debate coach, served as the district’s Chemical Hygiene Safety Officer, and helped develop the school’s rigorous STEM Academy. She also spent several summers at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory with Bangor students as a Visiting Researcher helping to restore historical eelgrass habitat. Throughout her career she has found the greatest joy through helping students fully realize their potential and comes alive as a dedicated and supportive mentor.

Jenn holds a BS in Marine Science from the University of Maine and a PhD in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to her work with Hurricane she currently serves on the Board of the Maine Environmental Education Association and is a reviewer for several professional journals in the education field. When she is relaxing Jenn spends as much quiet time at home as possible with her husband. She loves cuddling with her two cats while Bullet Journaling or knitting and enjoys listening to productivity podcasts while walking around her neighborhood.

Hear more about Jenn and Hurricane Island in this Maine Show podcast with Ben Sprague.

Robin Chernow, Science Education Manager   Robin is originally from Chester, NJ. Before coming to Maine, she worked at Philadelphia’s FirstHand Lab, facilitating hands-on science labs for middle school students at the University City Science Center. Robin earned a B.S. in Geology from Haverford College, where she was a student leader of Haverford’s Public Observing Astronomy program, a teaching assistant, and a member of the women’s soccer and track teams. Her geology and ecology courses fueled her interest in the natural world, and she travelled to Spain, Argentina, and Belize for fieldwork. Teaching marine science outdoors is "the coolest job she can imagine," and after working as a seasonal employee in 2016, she is thrilled to join Hurricane's year-round staff.

Robin Chernow, Science Education Manager

Robin is originally from Chester, NJ. Before coming to Maine, she worked at Philadelphia’s FirstHand Lab, facilitating hands-on science labs for middle school students at the University City Science Center. Robin earned a B.S. in Geology from Haverford College, where she was a student leader of Haverford’s Public Observing Astronomy program, a teaching assistant, and a member of the women’s soccer and track teams. Her geology and ecology courses fueled her interest in the natural world, and she travelled to Spain, Argentina, and Belize for fieldwork. Teaching marine science outdoors is "the coolest job she can imagine," and after working as a seasonal employee in 2016, she is thrilled to join Hurricane's year-round staff.

Kelly McPhee, Development Officer   As Development Officer for the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, Kelly manages donor stewardship, grants, and events. Before joining the staff full-time, Kelly was a grant writing consultant with HICSL for more than 2 years. Before that Kelly worked in Rockland at Maritime Energy.  Kelly holds a B.A. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, with a minor in Professional Writing. She has lived in midcoast Maine for 12 years, and plans to stay here for the rest of her life. She loves the access to the coastline, and the beautiful landscape of Maine with its varied, incredible environment. When she's not thinking about how to raise money for Hurricane Island, her time is filled up with raising her 8 year-old son and spending time with her partner Kris.

Kelly McPhee, Development Officer

As Development Officer for the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, Kelly manages donor stewardship, grants, and events. Before joining the staff full-time, Kelly was a grant writing consultant with HICSL for more than 2 years. Before that Kelly worked in Rockland at Maritime Energy.

Kelly holds a B.A. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, with a minor in Professional Writing. She has lived in midcoast Maine for 12 years, and plans to stay here for the rest of her life. She loves the access to the coastline, and the beautiful landscape of Maine with its varied, incredible environment. When she's not thinking about how to raise money for Hurricane Island, her time is filled up with raising her 8 year-old son and spending time with her partner Kris.