Driftwood's 2018-19 Teaching Staff
Aiden Murphey grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and studied Math Education at Edinboro University and is currently studying Environmental Science at Southern New Hampshire University. He has spent the past seven years working at Camp Notre Dame as a camp counselor and, most recently, as assistant director. In his free, he enjoys playing guitar, looking for dogs on the beach, and watching the Cubs win.
Camille Rossiello grew up on Long Island, New York, and has a degree in Environmental Science from Purchase College, SUNY. She previously worked as an environmental educator at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, and as a community field organizer with Clean Water Action New Jersey. In her free time, she enjoys cooking foreign food and traveling to foreign countries.
Chi Bui grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam until the age of 16 when she moved by herself to Otisfield, Maine to finish high school. She studied Environmental Science at the University of Southern Maine. After graduating, she worked as a 4-H STEM ambassador for the University of Maine, as a naturalist for a YMCA camp in Texas, and as an environmental education instructor at the Mariah Mitchell Association in Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys painting, photographing landscapes and buildings, and watching television dramas by moonlight.
Emily Groth grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and is studying Outdoor Recreation at Georgia Southern University. Before joining the Driftwood family, Emily worked at Teton Science Schools in Wyoming, and as a camp counselor at Georgia Southern Univserity Center for Widlife Education. In her free time, she enjoys connecting with her Southern roots through college football and Chick-fil-a.
Hailey Brown grew up in Logan, Utah and studied Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Science at Brigham Young University. She has spent time working at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, Wildlife Safari in Oregon, and Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum in Utah. In her free time, she enjoys eating ice cream, taking naps, and searching for birds to add to her life list. Hailey is returning for her second year at Driftwood.
Jake Marfise grew up in Tampa, Florida and attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where he majored in Biology and Environmental Studies. While in college, he studied abroad in Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Thailand, and Borneo. In his free time, he enjoys hunting for fossils, fishing, eating crustaceans, and encountering wild critters. Jake is returning for his second year at Driftwood.
Kendall Lunn grew up in Bangor, Maine and attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where she majored in Environmental and Conservation Biology. After graduating, she moved to Nevada where she worked on various wildlife monitoring projects and as an environmental educator. In her free time, she enjoys running, watching Jeopardy and music videos, and talking about her bunny Tobias. Kendall is returning for her second year at Driftwood.
Liz Schatzkin grew up in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts and studied Wildlife and Environmental Biology at Framingham State University. She has spent time working as a field technician for the New Hampshire Audubon Society, a camp counselor for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and a naturalist at YMCA Camp Willson in Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring new places.
Rachel Buissereth grew up in St. Lucia (a tiny island in the Caribbean) and New York City (a BIG city in America) and attended Rice University in Texas, where she studied Environmental Science and Theatre. Most recently, Rachel worked as a researcher and scientist in Cairns, Australia. In her free time, she enjoys working on puzzles, teaching friends her favorite card games, and singing along to musicals.
Stacey Valimont grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and majored in Environmental Studies at St. Bonaventure University in New York. While at college, she studied abroad in Panama and Costa Rica, and has spent time volunteering in Kenya and Uganda. She has worked at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Camp Notre Dame. In her free time, she enjoys playing rugby, reading to birds, and applying ointment to her many bug bites. Stacey is returning for her second year at Driftwood.
Driftwood Education Center's Directors
Ann Marie Wilson is our Driftwood veteran, being that she started working here in 2000. She has been the Executive Director of Driftwood Education Center since 2003. Ann Marie is seen helping out all around Driftwood, whether it's setting up the Lorax set or helping students in the dining hall. She teaches off-site with Road Scholar programs a lot and is especially great at identifying birds during her birding programs. Ann Marie truly loves islands! Besides college, she has only ever lived on islands, and she continually travels to far-off and exciting islands for vacations.
Erin Mugge is the Education Director at Driftwood, where she helps care for the animals, teaches Driftwood students, and spends lots of quality time with the Driftwood science instructors. She joined the staff in 2011 after working at various environmental education and science centers in Georgia, Florida, and Iowa. Even though Erin grew up in land-locked Iowa, she loves living on the beach and teaching about marine organisms now. She did, though, enjoy growing up on the farm and enjoys meeting folks from the Midwest that know the simple fact that soda is actually called "pop."
Colleen Murphy is Driftwood's Program Director, so if you're an incoming school you will definitely be talking with her. Colleen grew up in Roswell, Georgia and studied natural and cultural resource management at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Before Driftwood, Colleen has worked at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and Okefenokee Swamp, both of which she enjoyed being outside with kids. Some her best memories of working with students is slippping and sliding in muddy caves of Tennessee.