Tamara Whitmore is the Executive Director of the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed. Beginning as the Friend's Education Director in 2006, Tamara expanded the number of educational offerings and the number of participants served. In 2012, she added the oversight of the organization's conservation programs to her duties, which included managing efforts to "Slow the Flow" of polluted runoff and combating the spread of Invasive Aquatic Plants. In Febuary, 2014 the Board of Directors appointed her Executive Director.
Tamara received her Masters in Environmental Studies degree from Antioch Graduate School of New England. Her undergraduate work was in Biology at Hood College in Maryland. Prior to joining the Friends in the fall of 2006, she served as a Maine Conservation Corps Americorps Volunteer placed with the Watershed Division of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as a Watershed Environmental Educator. As an active board member of the Maine Environmental Education Association and a member of the Southern Maine Children's Water Festival planning committee, Tamara works to promote environmental education across the state and region by incorporating real-life natural resource issues into relevant lesson plans for young learners.
Tamara enjoys traveling, playing outdoors, exploring Maine's amazing natural resources and attempting to satisfy her thirst for knowledge everyday. She lives in the "downstream" section of the Cobbossee Watershed, in Gardiner, with her husband and two cats.
Cami Wilbert is our new Watershed Educator. A recent graduate of USM with a degree in Environmental Science, she's been involved with the Friends for over a year, assisting with Nature Day Camps and fulfilled her final Internship here with the Friends in the fall of 2013.
Her twin daughters introduced her to the Friends, participating in many Friends educational programs.
Cami lives in Winthrop with her husband Doug, twin daughters, and many critters. She loves to be outdoors, and is looking forward to connecting children with our natural resources.
Slow the Flow Program Director
During the summer months, Jay combines his knowledge of the land with his experience in working with young people as the Slow the Flow Program Director. During the rest of the year, Jay is a science teacher and cross country coach at Winthrop High School.
With the Lake-Smart Start! program, Jay will visit your lakefront property to evaluate the flow of water moving across your land and any impacts this might be having on the lake water quality. A summary of issues and suggested sollutions are given to the property owner post-evaluation, along wtih resources and information on how to protect your lake or pond from polluted stormwater runoff. Jay also oversees our Youth Conservation Corps members, made up of high school and college aged students, as they provide the manual labor for landscaping projects that help to "Slow the Flow".
In his "spare" time, Jay keeps busy with wife Tammy and their three children, and enjoys running, cross-country skiing and being active in the local 4-H.