Rick Cowan
Interim Executive Director

Although he began his non-profit work as communications director for the Massachusetts Society for the Protection of Animals, most of Rick’s career has been devoted to independent schools. He held teaching and administrative roles at Choate Rosemary Hall, Pingree and St. Paul's Schools and served as executive director of The Association of Boarding Schools in Boston and Washington, DC for 9 years. Locally, he was head of The Grammar School, Director of Admission at The Putney School and the Compass School before retiring in 2015. Rick lives in Cambridgeport and has two daughters. He also served as board chair for The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association, a local land trust, and as a trustee of the Grammar School.


Jay DeGregorio
Senior Educator
Jay is a 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 Brattleboro, VT. Jay enjoys teaching about forestry, wildlife, geography, and ecology. 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 + Social Media 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 can envision a day when she confidently sets off to hike the Long Trail. 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 online and on social media.

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Daron Blake
Communications Coordinator
Daron grew up in upstate NY, where she spent her childhood searching for newts among the hemlock and oak trees behind her house. She earned her BS in Environmental Studies from SUNY Binghamton and her MA in Environmental History from Kansas State University. Daron loves writing about nature, and is excited to work with The Nature Museum to connect more people with the world around them. Her hobbies are reading, roller skating, crocheting, petting cats, and hiking with her three-legged dog. 


Jill Bruning
Education Coordinator
Jill is a nature aficionado and life-long outdoor adventuress. She grew up in the woods of southern Michigan where she spent much of her time foraging for morel mushrooms, building forts, and cross country skiing. Jill earned her B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Geological Engineering from Michigan Technological University. It was there in the wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula that she deepened her love of outdoor adventure while backpacking and kayaking the untamed shores of Lake Superior. Jill served on The Nature Museum Board of Directors from 2014 to 2017. She now enjoys serving the organization as the Education Coordinator and loves to see people of all ages making stronger connections to the natural world.