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


KGravino- Clam Digging- 8.13.13 4Becky Kolak, Education Coordinator

Becky Kolak served KELT as an AmeriCorps volunteer in 2011 doing educational programs and community outreach on the impact of water quality to regional shellfish beds, harvesters and local economies. She did such a fabulous job that kept her at KELT as our first Education Coordinator. She now works with schools, camps, state and local agencies, and community groups to energetically share her knowledge of the natural resources of the Kennebec Estuary. Huzzah!  bkolak@kennebecestuary.org



Chris Cabot, Land Conservation and Farmland Protection Specialist

Chris has a background in conservation working for various non-profits and state agencies in Maine and holds an M.S. from Antioch University New England. He facilitates new conservation projects and manages the Local Farms-Local Food program which is focused on securing, preserving, and stewarding threatened farmland in the Bath-Brunswick region. He splits his time between the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and KELT and is a member of a CSA in North Yarmouth. chris.btlt.kelt@gmail.com


Ruth Indrick, Project Coordinator

Ruth found her way to Maine in 2011 as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the Department of Marine Resources. Since then she has led the Kennebec Estuary Shellfish Area Project and the Georgetown Water Resources Project working to better understand the sources and movement of fecal pollution on shellfish flats through a combination of outreach, water sampling, area pollution source surveys, stream surveys, GIS analysis, and data analysis. 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