MIDCOAST OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE TEAM
LYNNE KAPLINSKY BROWN, M.D. | PRESIDENT
ophthalmologist, HOYT EYE CARE CENTER
Lynne moved to Maine nearly 20 years ago to start her family, her career, and her community involvement. Lynne is a fellowship trained board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma and cataracts. She has served as a board member of The Megunticook Watershed Association, Fivetowns Babe Ruth, Adas Yoshuron Synagogue and The Children’s House Montessori school where she served as board chair for a number of years.
In addition to all of this, since moving to Maine, Lynne has been able to enjoy her other passions in life including a love of the outdoors, running, hiking, skiing, tennis and spending time with her family. Lynne lives in Rockport, ME with her husband, their four children (ages 5th grade to college), dog and two cats
ERIN JACKSON | PROGRAM MANAGER
SUNDOG OUTDOOR EXPEDITIONS
Since graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a dual major in Business Administration and EcoGastronomy, Erin has gone on to hold an array of positions in outdoor education, business development, and investment banking. She found her passion in empowering youth and helping organizations build sustainable business strategies. Erin was the captain of the UNH women’s soccer team, where she developed her knowledge and appreciation of experiential education, teamwork, and mentorship. Upon graduating, she sought ways to bring these values to her community.
Erin has always had an affinity for exploring the natural world and the diversity of people whom call different places home. She has also developed a passion for rock climbing, backcountry snowboarding, and sailing. These pursuits brought her to live, work, and travel in places such as; Costa Rica, Patagonia, Ghana, Italy, Colorado, Martha’s Vineyard, and many more! Erin discovered Midcoast Maine while on a sailing trip with friends and fell in love with the community and natural beauty. She moved to the area in May of 2016. She is excited to empower the youth of Midcoast Maine through outdoor expeditions that foster learning, mentorship, and most importantly – fun! She also works for Hurricane Island Outward Bound School as a Course Advisor.
TIM BARKER | BOARD MEMBER
DIRECTOR OF OUTDOOR PROGRAMS, MAINE SPORT OUTFITTERS
Tim Barker oversees the Outdoor Programs Department for Maine Sport Outfitters and serves as a Board Member for the Midcoast Outdoor Leadership Initiative. Tim has worked in various settings including expedition-based wilderness therapy, back-country ski touring, and maritime education. He is a Registered Maine Recreation & Sea Kayak Guide, Licensed Captain, and Wilderness First Responder. Tim is passionate about outdoor education and the trans-formative educational experiences that can be had in a remote setting. Tim hopes that MOLI will grow to be a resource for midcoast youth to have positive experiences in the outdoors.
ERIC DENNY | BOARD MEMBER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HURRICANE ISLAND OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL
Eric Denny has been an Outward Bound leader for 23 years. He currently serves as President and Executive Director of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, New England’s largest and oldest Outward Bound School, serving youth, veterans and corporate clients. Eric previously served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Advancement Officer for Outward Bound USA, the country’s premier experiential education organization. Eric’s Outward Bound career began in 1991 as a wilderness instructor at Outward Bound. Eric and his wife, Andrea, have four children and live in Rockport, Maine.
MISH SOMMERS | BOARD MEMBER
ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR, HURRICANE ISLAND OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL
Mish Sommers has called Maine home since she moved here from Western Australia almost 20 years ago. Growing up in Australia gave her a deep love of the water and of wild places, and she has long had a passion for travel.
Since embarking on a Sail Training vessel at the age of 16, Mish has been drawn to working with people in challenging outdoor environments. She worked as a Program Director in Experiential Education in Australia before moving to the USA in 1999, where she worked as a teacher and then Program Director at the Chewonki Foundation. Mish fell in love with Maine and it's people, and has lived, worked and played in the Midcoast ever since. She now lives in Lincolnville with her husband, son and daughter.
These days she brings her big picture thinking (and detail-oriented systems mindset) to her work as Admissions Director at Hurricane Island Outward Bound. Mish's (passion) community project, Happier Outside, was started in 2014 with the goal of reminding people about the power of nature and the outdoors to improve our daily lives, and to bring people together. Mish is also a writer/photographer, and hopes some day to tell more stories about brave and courageous people in the outdoors. She is so excited about the potential for the Midcoast Outdoor Leadership Initiative, and its SundogOE program, to provide opportunities for local kids to get outdoors, build skills, connect with other like-minded peers and learn about themselves along the way.
MATT SMITH | BOARD MEMBER
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, CAMDEN-ROCKPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL
Matt began working at CRMS in January 2009. At that time he was a long-term substitute teacher of science, covering for Brad LaRoche in the 8th grade wing. In the summer of 2009 Matt became Assistant to the Principal for two years, before completing his certification to become Assistant Principal in 2012.
Matt first worked in Maine at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville. He worked as a camp counselor during summer vacations from university. After completing his degree, Matt taught secondary science in the UK, teaching all sciences from grades 6-12. Matt also pursued his musical interests during this time and left his full time teaching post to spend some time travelling around South America and New Zealand before returning to Tanglewood in 2007. After that time, Matt mixed summer, fall and spring seasons at Tanglewood with teaching work in the UK before arriving at CRMS. He is in love with Midcoast Maine and everything that it offers for a life rich in music, sports and the outdoors.