Herring Gut Learning Center Staff

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TOM MULLIN

Executive Director

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Herring Gut Learning Center announces Tom Mullin as their new Executive Director.

Tom’s career has been working in the environmental education/natural resource management and open spaces arena.  Whether it was in the non-profit environmental education, land trust community, municipal, regional, state, or federal agency, land management and protection, or teaching environmental education/interpretation and resource management/ administration, his professional life has revolved around education and how to make it relevant and a vital role in people’s lives.  Truly the intersection of natural sciences and education at the core of it.  Herring Gut will benefit from his broad educational background and extensive national environmental education/interpretive services nonprofit management experience.

Mullin is former Associate Professor of Parks and Forest Resources at Unity College; Fellow of the National Association for Interpretation & Vice President for Administration; President of the Maine Woods Forever Board of Directors.

“Organizations like Herring Gut Learning Center with its diverse programs and projects along with its national, regional, state, and local partners, plays a vital role in educating the public on marine   ecosystems.   All the while protecting and ensuring the ecological and cultural resources surrounding the human interface are sustainable for the future” 

Tom’s experience and background lend itself perfectly for assisting Herring Gut to its next level of collaborative partnership reaching new audiences for its educational/outreach efforts. This background is ideal to help take the organization to its next level of educational outreach success all the while protecting the long-established successes and operations of the past.   

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SALLY BYRNE CRUSAN

Coordinator of Development and Marketing

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Sally is originally from the Boston area and has been living in Port Clyde full-time since 2016 with her husband Ron. Sally is a lifestyle enthusiast and enjoys all that Port Clyde and mid-coast Maine has to offer. Her background includes providing administrative support in a variety of educational and non-profit settings. Additionally, she has extensive experience in the fields of development, relationship building and special event planning. Sally was a founding board member of the Rowan County Community Care Clinic, President of the Framingham Creative Arts Council and has volunteered countless hours for a variety of non-profit and community organizations. With a passion for lifelong learning, Sally is excited to bring her networking and development skills and experience to Herring Gut Learning Center.

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PATRICK BURNHAM

Marine Science and Aquaculture Educator

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Patrick returns to his Maine roots after spending several years on the west coast.  He is a graduate of the University of New England with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science.  His experience includes teaching science at a private school in Redlands, CA where he developed and taught STEM curriculum compliant with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using Discovery Education program resources to 4th through 8th grade as the only science teacher in the school.  He was prior Assistant Program Director at Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) in Fox Landing, Catalina Island, CA.  During his tenure at CIMI he led students on educational snorkels, kayaks, hikes, and tide pool excursions. He taught classes on marine mammals, deep-sea, fisheries, marine debris, oceanography, plankton, islands ecology, and astronomy as well as labs on fish, sharks, and invertebrates, and algae using touch tank organisms and dissections. Patrick aims to motivate all of his students through their challenges, even if that challenge is a s simple as putting on a wetsuit and making a jump into cold, dark water for a night snorkel.  He is skilled in accommodating a variety of learning styles, physical, mental, and behavioral disabilities, and experience levels.  At CIMI is was also an aquarist, auspice diver and company captain.  He was responsible for the collection and care of aquarium and touch tank organisms. Patrick teaches primarily using hands-on, immersive approaches that follow the fives E’s: engage, explore, explain, elaborate , and evaluate.  His lessons often include interactive labs that enforce an understanding of the scientific method. He has skillfully tailored his teaching style to accommodate our current global situation, transitional teaching to online platforms.

National Institute for STEM Education Micro-certification in “Establishing the Virtual Classroom” recognized Patrick in August of 2020 and he was awarded a “Bringing STEM to Life” Grant from Azusa Pacific University in March 2019.  Patrick is certified as a rescue diver and is experienced in waterfront lifeguard skills, first aid, CPR, AED and oxygen administration through the American Red Cross.  Patrick is excited to be back in Maine and is excited to explore the St. George peninsula.