Our Staff

Carrie Kinne, Executive Director

Carrie graduated from the University of Maine and has lived and worked in Maine all her life. Her career has focused primarily in the area of fundraising where she has spent the last twenty-five years working with a variety of non-profits across the state. She grew up on the Kennebec River in Farmingdale but now lives in North Yarmouth and has a camp in Lincoln with her family. Carrie loves the State of Maine and exploring all the amazing places that make Maine “the way life should be”. ckinne@kennebecestuary.org


bk_easement monitoring_2015-001Becky Kolak, Program Director

Becky served KELT as an AmeriCorps volunteer in 2011 doing community outreach on the impact of water quality to regional shellfish beds, harvesters and local economies. From there, she became KELT’s first Education Coordinator. Now as Program Director, she energetically shares her knowledge of the natural resources of the Kennebec Estuary and manages KELT’s Education, Stewardship, and Restoration programs with fellow KELT staff. Huzzah!  bkolak@kennebecestuary.org


Ruth Indrick, Project Coordinator

Ruth found her way to Maine in 2011 as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the Department of Marine Resources. She started at KELT in 2012, leading the Kennebec Estuary Shellfish Area Project with a mix of outreach, education fieldwork, and science.  Since then, she has delved into more projects throughout the estuary, leading KELT’s focus on water quality and restoration through projects that target coastal ecosystems, fish passage, marine invasives, tidal restrictions, and water quality. Ruth also helps support regional water quality and bike trail initiatives.  rindrick@kennebecestuary.org


20150124_102424-001Cheri Brunault, Stewardship Coordinator

From May to October 2014, Cheri was the Regional Field Person for KELT helping to survey and map natural communities and trail corridors as well as assisting with grant applications. As KELT’s first Stewardship Coordinator, she will help recruit, communicate, and train volunteers and be involved with planning trail and preserve management activities- from new signs and kiosks to wetland mapping and species inventories. Much of her background is in invasive plant management, so she will be on the lookout for any undesirable species on KELT lands. cbrunault@kennebecestuary.org


jane 1-002Jane McGowan, Engagement Coordinator

Jane was introduced to KELT the summer of 2013 at the Kennebec Explorers summer day camps where she met staffers, Becky Kolak and Ruth Indrick. In fall 2014, she became more involved with the KELT through the engagement initiative. As KELT’s Engagement Coordinator, Jane will be looking at how KELT interacts with the community, how we connect with our volunteers and members, and how we can better these systems.  jmcgowan@kennebecestuary.org



Anna Christie-Carnicella, Development Coordinator

Anna found her way to KELT in 2015 as both a stewardship and a water sampling volunteer in Phippsburg. She joins the staff in 2016 as a development associate, using her background in land conservation to help KELT connect with current and potential members. She will also be working with the Kennebec Explorers Day Camp and some stewardship projects. acarnicella@kennebecestuary.org


ByronByron Schuldt, Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward

Serving with KELT as an AmeriCorps volunteer now until mid-November, Byron will be working with both staff and volunteers on projects ranging from trail maintenance to mapping to updating management plans. While much of his time will be spent with KELT, he will also undertake projects in collaboration with other regional conservation organizations. Byron grew up in Minnesota next to Lake Superior surrounded by fisherman, hockey players, and cross-country skiers. steward@kennebecestuary.org