Meet the 2022 Summer Staff!

Amy Wilson - Island Steward

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Jess Veo - Camp Coordinator

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Jess is from Massachusetts and got her B.S. in Biology and Marine Science at UMass Amherst. She has previously worked with the Shoals Marine Laboratory, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the New England Aquarium, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory where she conducted research studying marine mammals and lobsters. She has also worked as an interpretive park ranger for the National Park Service, as well as an environmental camp counselor for the Seacoast Science Center. Jess is currently working for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, where she is monitoring diadromous fish populations. In addition to her love of marine science, Jess is an amateur wildlife photographer and loves to knit. Jess is most excited to spend unplugged time in nature with the campers and the gulls at Penikese.

Julie Barrios - Camp Counselor

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Grace Leary - Camp Counselor

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Grace is from Rhode Island and has just graduated from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME with a degree in human ecology (with focuses in marine mammal biology and education). She was one of our counselors last year and we are so excited to have her back! Grace is passionate about marine mammals and has been actively involved in marine animal welfare programs. Grace has worked with Allied Whale and IFAW, as well as working as a Research Assistant at the Mount Desert Rock Research Station. She is looking forward to working in education after college.

Kaitlin Scowen - Camp Counselor

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Kaitlin grew up in Chandler, Arizona. However, she knew she wanted to be a marine biologist since her first visit to San Diego, California. It was difficult to feel a close connection with the ocean while living in a desert, but I was still able to scuba dive in the lakes of Arizona. Kaitlin holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in marine biology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and the University of Plymouth, UK. Kaitlin is certified as an AAUS Scientific Diver, Nitrox, Rescue, and Divemaster. Kaitlin is passionate about sustainability, ocean conservation, and feminism, and she loves sharing a mutual excitement for the outdoors with others. Kaitlin is excited to join the team at Penikese where all her interests align, and she cannot wait to be a certified lifeguard to allow our students to have closer interactions with the sea!

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