Our Staff

Carrie King
Executive Director
Carrie is passionate about creating nourishing environments for people, plants, and animals. She is a solutions-based thinker who appreciates comical and creative perspectives. Carrie is devoted to leaving the world in better shape than when she found it. Her passions include connecting people to nature and strengthening ties within our local communities. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, home renovation, and spending time with family and friends. Carrie makes her home in Chester, VT. She is the founder of the Grateful Garden, an award-winning school and community garden at Chester-Andover Elementary School, a Jr. Iron Chef VT coach of The Skillet Takes at Green Mountain Union High School, and a Trustee of the Whiting Library in Chester.

Kimberly Galandak-O’Connor
Education Director
Kimberly made the switch from the business sector to the nonprofit world because of her belief in making a change for the better through environmental education. Growing up in the country and exploring nature planted the seed that now has grown into a full passion for all things environmental. Her interests include nature photography, hiking, traveling, gardening and fundraising. Kimberly’s undergraduate liberal arts degree concentrated in Environmental Studies and she holds a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management. She has taught environmental subjects to all ages but loves teaching the younger students.

Jay DeGregorio
Environmental Educator
Jay is passionate environmental educator who loves teaching all people, but most enjoys teaching young students in the outdoors. Jay believes all people can discover wonder and joy in learning, and that environmental education is one of the best platforms to foster these experiences. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA but now lives in Keene, NH. Jay enjoys teaching about forestry, wildlife, geography, and ecology in general. Jay received his B.S. in geography with minors in natural science and geographic information science from Penn State University. He received his M.S in environmental studies with a concentration in environmental education from Antioch University New England. Jay is a weather buff, enjoys amateur photography, loves to snowboard whenever possible, finds joy in any time outdoors, and is big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Katie Hamlin
Web + Digital Communications Coordinator
Katie grew up in the country just outside of Richmond, Virginia. She previously worked in publishing in New York City before moving to Vermont in 2014 with her family. She's grateful that the move has enabled her family to spend more time in nature. She's not the hardiest of outdoor enthusiasts, but she's slowly embracing the "wildness" of living on the side of a small mountain in the woods and she can envision a day when she confidently sets off to hike the Long Trail (with friends!). For now, she's happy sticking closer to home, enjoying the fresh air, and taking many photos. She maintains the museum's website and works with Carrie and the rest of the staff to communicate all of the exciting things happening at the museum.

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Caitlin Holden
Environmental Educator
Caitlin is passionate about sharing the beauty and wonder of the natural world with as many folks as she can. Having grown up in rural New Hampshire, a love for the natural world was a part of her life from day one. She has traveled extensively and lived in other places, but always comes back to the woods of New England. Other interests include yoga, gardening, and community-building. She has a BA in Sociology and a MA in Environmental Education. She enjoys working with learners of all ages, and loves meeting new people!


Leah Kotok
Environmental Educator
Leah hails from rural, central Massachusetts.  She studied Biology and Environmental Science at Smith College and she has an MA in Environmental Education from University of New Hampshire. Prior to coming to us, she taught science at a number of schools, most recently at the Inaidan Mountain School, in Lakeville, Connecticut. An avid hiker, Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire is a particular favorite spot.