MEET OUR TEAM

A group of like-minded individuals who share a deep love of nature and a commitment to Through The Trees' mission



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MARCIA GRIFFIN
Founder and Executive Director, Chair of the Board, Adult Program Guide

Marcia has a unique blend of life experience -she is a Mother, Wife, Lover of Life, Entrepreneur, and has spent the last 15 years directly leading and Consulting in Business operations for multi-functional teams.   Marcia grew up immersed in the natural beauty of Maine spending her childhood drenched in backpacking local mountains, swimming and paddling off the coast and on the pristine rivers, lakes, and waterfalls throughout Northern New England.  Marcia brings her love of nature, fun, focus and intuition into creating magic for all who come into contact with her.


Marcia’s Certifications:

CTI trained Life Coach
200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher
2nd Degree Black Belt
First Aid & CPR (Adult & Pediatric)
Registered Maine Guide

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TRENT GRIFFIN

Director of Facilities and Grounds, Youth Program Guide

Trent is a Father, Husband, Carpenter of over 25 years (including building his own home) and Natural Teacher. He has been a practitioner of the ancient healing and protective arts for over 20 years. Much of his youth was spent trekking through the Maine woods which is the foundation for his natural, patient and calm teaching style. Trent has a way of bringing his connection to nature into all that he does.

Trent’s Certifications:
200-Hour Jaguar Path Yoga Teacher
3rd Degree Black Belt
Licensed Massage Therapist
First Aid & CPR (Adult & Pediatric)
Registered Maine Guide

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JENN CASONI

Director of Youth Programs, Youth & Adult Program Guide

Jenn has a natural gift of engaging children. Jenn began working with children in her early teens. Her compassion, intuition, mindful interaction, and skill has grown exponentially over the years. Whether she is facilitating team-building challenges, assisting in wilderness education programs for teens, or designing and planting a garden with homeschoolers, Jenn guides children to discover their passions and develop a strong sense of self. Jenn is also a co-facilitator for Full Moon Circles in our adult programs.

Jenn’s Certifications:
Registered Maine Guide
Serve Safe (Food Preparation Certification)
First Aid & CPR (Adult & Pediatric)

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KENDALL SCOTT

Director of Adult Programs, Director of Marketing, Adult & Youth Program Guide

Kendall is a nature enthusiast, homeschooling mom, a holistic health practitioner of over 10 years and co-author of the cookbook, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen. Kendall is a Guide in our youth Nature Immersion programs and offers Full Moon Circles and classes on wild edible plants, herbal & plant spirit medicine, forest mindfulness, and wilderness survival. Kendall believes as technology becomes more prevalent in our lives, it is vital to foster a connection with the Earth, especially for our children, so they may carry this healing relationship with nature into the future.

Kendall’s Certifications:
Registered Maine Guide
Forest Therapy Guide
Holistic Health Coach (American Association Drugless Practitioners)
First Aid & CPR (Adult & Pediatric)
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EMILY LETOURNEAU
Youth Program Guide (Maple)

Spending time outdoors with her two young, homeschooled children is what Emily is most passionate about, no matter the activity. She enjoys identifying and foraging for wild edible plants and fungi and outdoor mushroom farming. Hiking, camping, and swimming are favorite summer activities, and in the winter you can find her cross country skiing through the woods and alpine skiing with her family. Emily's childhood included being involved in her mother's daycare center, and she has been been providing childcare since she was a certified “Safe Sitter” at age 12. Emily's kind and gentle nature with children and her love of the great outdoors help create a supportive and fun experience for children in our Youth Nature Programs.

Emily's Certifications:
First Aid & CPR (Adult & Pediatric)
In-Training for Registered Maine Guide License
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NICHOLE CRANDALL
Adult Program Guide, Youth Program Guide (Maple)

Nichole is a homeschooling mom to her eight-year-old daughter and enjoys spending time on her paddle board and exploring outdoors. Nichole has been practicing yoga for over a decade and has first hand experience as to how yoga helps to meet the challenges and demands of every day life. She sought her first certification in 2012, completing the Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher Training, in order to share yoga with others. Nichole brings her yoga experience, mindfulness practices, creativity and a sense of adventure to Through the Trees.

Nichole's Certifications:
Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher Training (2012)
Yin and Meditation Teacher Training (Sagel Urlacher 2014)
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (Bernie Clark 2018)
In-Training for Registered Maine Guide License
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PENNIE SCHWARTZ
Youth Program Guide (Beech)

Pennie grew up in Acadia National Park, hiking and swimming, which fostered her love of nature. She is an outdoor adventurer, member of the National Ski Patrol and thrives on the challenges of inclement weather. Skiing, mountain biking, surfing, sleeping outside, wilderness medicine and a good cup of campfire coffee are all things Pennie enjoys. Pennie once ran a Waldorf-inspired preschool, inviting adventure and curiosity into daily activities. With a passion to learn freely and create a life that involves plenty of play, Pennie follows a self-directed homeschooling approach to education with her own three sons.

Pennie's Certifications:
Avalanche 1 Certification
National Ski Patrol Member
In-Training for Registered Maine Guide License
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STACEY FETTERMAN
Youth (Maple), Family & Adult Program Guide

Stacey brings many years of experience and a love for working with children in art, nature, yoga, and mindfulness. She developed and led Peaceful Painting workshops and Mind-Body-Nature camps in California. Most recently, she was a preschool teacher in Yarmouth, Maine and offered youth and family yoga classes at Sundara Yoga in Brunswick. Stacey enjoys deeply connecting with the earth, making art, tending to her gardens, hiking, and being on or near the water (and has spent time sailing, working on private yachts and giving kayak tours). Stacey has six chickens, two Nubian goats (Peanut and Honey) and a two-year-old rescue dog, Dobby Roo, who loves to walk everyday with Stacey in the woods.

Stacey's Certifications:
iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher (Yoga Meditation 2020)
Certified Creative Fit Coach with Whitney Freya (Art Certificate 2018)
Smiling Monkey Kids Yoga (2014)
Core Power Yoga 200hr RYT (2013)
In-Training for Registered Maine Guide License
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ANDREW ANDERSON
Youth Program Guide (Beech)

Andrew is a father, music maker, and lover of adventure. Growing up in the hills of Rome, Maine he spent most of his time outside skiing, hiking, swimming, canoeing and fishing. These early experiences kindled a passion for nature exploration that has brought him backpacking through Maine’s 100 mile wilderness, to the West Highlands of Scotland, and around the Sierra and Rocky Mountains. Andrew is an avid gardener, carpenter, and multi instrumentalist. He brings his zeal for nature, art, and life to the Beech cohort.

Andrew's Certifications:
PSIA 2 Ski Instructor

Maine Adaptive Skiing Volunteer

In-Training for Registered Maine Guide License

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WALLACE THOMPSON
Youth Program Mentor (Maple)

Wallace has been with Through the Trees since the beginning, starting as a participant in the nature immersion program, then moving on to a Mentor-in-Training. This past school year, Wallace has joined our staff as a Mentor with our youngest children in Maple. The children and staff love Wallace's sense of humor, pirate stories, fiddle playing and creative group games. Nature has been foundational for most of Wallace's life, spending time outdoors with friends, skiing, surfing, and visiting the ocean.

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NAHUM STEVENSON
Youth Program Mentor (Beech)

For the past year, Nahum has been at Through the Trees as a Mentor-in-Training and has recently joined our staff as a Mentor in the Nature Immersion Youth programs. He enjoys art, woodworking and teaching wilderness skills. He has spent the last few years refining his knowledge and experience of woodworking, tools, fire building and shelter construction and is always eager to lead the kids in a project in these areas. Being active outdoors is Nahum's passion, and he regularly goes mountain biking, skiing, hiking, fishing, canoeing, participates in parkour (which basically creating your own impromptu obstacle course and challenges with what you see in nature).   playing games and a ton of other stuff. He also enjoys art and woodworking.

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HAYDEN GUILIANO
Youth Program Mentor (Maple)

Hayden's kind and helpful demeanor seems to draw younger children to him, making him a perfect Mentor with our younger kids in Maple. Growing up in a family that loves being together outdoors has included adventures in skiing, snowboarding, swimming, kayaking and hiking. Hayden enjoys cooking and baking, spending summers at his family's lake house, and volunteering at a local organic farm doing farm chores, animal care and general farming. He also attended Kroka Expeditions for two summers participating in their white water II course.

Hayden's Certifications:
Boating Certification
Pilot license for paragliding

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CEIBA CROW
Youth Program Mentor (Maple)

Ceiba has always loved working with young children and has plenty of experience from being a big sister to three younger siblings. She grew up always being outside in nature, camping, gardening, learning about medicinal plants and exploring forests. Teaching and exploring various art projects with children is a passion, with her favorite mediums being painting, photography and printmaking. Ceiba values being a positive role model to children and is the children in our Maple cohort adore her!