Jennifer Hicks, Executive Director
Though raised in New Jersey, Jenn comes from a long line of Mainers and has spent time in the state almost every year of her life. She is happy to now call Maine her home.
Jenn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. She started her career working as an educator and a habitat restoration coordinator with Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis, MD. Later Jenn worked for Seacoast Anti-Pollution League (SAPL) and Clean Water Action in Portsmouth, NH as an advocate for clean energy policy. After her relocation to Maryland she served as the program coordinator for Chesapeake Climate Action Network in Washington, DC.
In 2004 she started her consulting firm Positive Force Consulting in Chestertown, MD providing program and organizational development services for environmental and community-based organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She specialized in building the capacity of small to mid-sized groups through strategic planning, board and staff development, and fundraising. She also started Sustainable Delmarva, an initiative that provides vision-to-action programs for communities on the Delmarva Peninsula, the area of land between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean made up of Delaware and parts of Maryland and Virginia.
Carolyn Shubert, Water & Lands Program Manager
Born in Philadelphia, PA, and summering in Maine since the age of five, Carolyn has lived in Boothbay a long time, moving there full time in 1977. She was co-owner of a jewelry store for 24 years and then worked for the Boothbay Region Land Trust for 8 years. She then went on a sailing adventure across the Atlantic and back on a 25-foot sailboat for 14 months with her Captain Jack Bassett who built their boat. Carolyn has been Program Manager at PWA since January 2013. Carolyn’s main goal at PWA is to find niches for all to help as volunteers.
Jody McKenzie Harris, Business Administrator
Jody’s roots are from Massachusetts, growing up on the coast south of Boston but spending most of her adult life in the rural foothills of the Berkshires. While on a visit to Mount Desert Island during high school, she decided that someday she was going to live on the coast of Maine. It took many years and many visits, but her dream came true 8 years ago!
It was her grandfather that cultivated her appreciation for the earth by teaching her to tend the soil. Her first real job was as an owner of a herd of milk cows, which then progressed (or maybe digressed) to a flock of sheep. With the abundance of wool from the sheep, she developed a fiber arts business, Botanical Shades in 2004, which she still operates today. She has a studio at her home in Round Pond where she specializes in natural dyeing, producing a line of hand-dyed yarns and woven items.
Having worked and volunteered for a variety of non-profits including a land trust, an art school and a museum, Jody has a strong conviction and commitment to the essential work that non-profits do. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking, paddling the magnificent shoreline of Maine and spending time with her family. Her next dream is to become a sailor and cruise the coast of Maine and beyond. But for now, she happily lives in Round Pond with her husband Bob and kitten Lincoln! Jody has been with PWA since April 2015.