Mayhew

Meet The Staff

Jim NuteExecutive Director Mary Jo StephensAdministrative Professional Colin BuckleyProgram Director Colin LucasCommunity Outreach Jim O'BrienCommunity Outreach Grayson RicheyCommunity Outreach Steven RossmeisslCommunity Outreach Mark SmedbergCommunity Outreach Naatalgaii UtterCommunity Outreach

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Mayhew means a lot to me.  A lot.  I have met the finest friends here and been constantly stirred and awed by the people who make this much more than a mere ‘place.’  Since 1990, I’ve been lucky enough to call Mayhew, home.

For a long time, Mayhew and I have just seemed to be meant for one another.  After all, we were born the same year, 1969, and we share the same appreciation for building connections with others.  Despite this, it did take us a long time to meet.  Though I grew up just down the road in Concord, I never heard of Mayhew until the end of my junior year at UMAINE (1990).  As an English major, I knew the approaching summer would be my last chance to do something meaningful before returning to finish up at school and graduating to an illustirious career in unemployment.  Fortunately, Al Cantor, Mayhew’s director at the time, hired me for the summer and then decided I’d make out alright as a member of the year-round staff the following year, joining Michelle Bowie, David Bird and Kevin Johnson.

From that fall of ‘91 to the spring of ‘01, I had the good fortune to work all over New Hampshire as a member of the outreach staff, getting to know some truly astounding boys and their families and working alongside people who became dear friends and role models.  Meanwhile, I chipped away at my Master’s degree in Counseling, finally earning it in May 2001.

After two years working as a school counselor—first at Summit School in Amherst, NH then at Rochester Middle School in Rochester, NH—I was asked by the Mayhew Board if I’d like to rejoin the staff in the summer of 2003.  Coming back to this home-away-from-home was mighty attractive and I’ve been here ever since.

My life outside of Mayhew has been deeply enriched by my wife, Kim, our wonderful daughter, Emily, and our family and friends, making me feel, all over again, like one lucky guy!


Jim’s Cabin Groups-
Power Company (1990), Arachnid (1990), Apollo 7 (1991), Druids of Kodo (1991), Alpha Force (1992), Voyagers (1993), Raptors (1993)

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I am originally from Pennsylvania, by way of Florida and have now settled in this beautiful state of New Hampshire fulfilling my lifelong dream of running a Bed & Breakfast.  Coming to Mayhew has been equally rewarding.  Both my husband & I have a special place in our hearts for Mayhew, as he is an active trustee for the program.  What’s not to love, after one visit to the Island and getting to see how it all works, it just happens.  I love being part of such a great team and my co-workers all make it worth it, too. I’m also a Mentor for a Circle Girl, which I love and wish I had more time to spend with her.  We have two adult children.  Our son lives in Boston with his girlfriend and our daughter & son-in-law live in Florida with our two grandsons, who are the light of our lives.
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While I am originally from Canada I moved around a lot as a kid, and consider myself to be from the Great Lake State. I also lived in the Golden State for a short time before calling the Granite State home in 2010. Being from a very flat place I like to take advantage of the Mountains New Hampshire has to offer, and I’m making my way through the 4,000 footers. When I am not working or hiking I like to travel short and long distances. I also enjoy coffee and reading. I find myself very fortunate to be able to call Mayhew Island home for two and a half months out of the year. It is a wonderful and positive place where I am inspired daily by the boys out there who push themselves to find their best in both their challenges and accomplishments. 

Working at Mayhew checks all the boxes I would hope to have in a job: a chance to work closely and meaningfully with kids; the ability to be active and outdoors for my job; being part of a community that is supportive and sometimes more like a family than a work environment. What originally started as a summer job after graduating university turned into my life for over four years. I have been working with the boys in the Pemi Valley, Upper Valley, and North Country for that time. During the school year with my kids I enjoy playing chess, basketball, Ga Ga Ball, hiking or just skipping rocks on a river. During the summer you can find me on North Beach checking out a fantastic sunset, or on the basketball court trying to not get knocked out. My favorite activity on the island is Adventure. My favorite championship sport to watch is Kicking Crayfish Soccer. My favorite cookout site is South End. Finally, my favorite community night skit is pieing Grayson in the face. I hope to see you out there so you can check it out for yourself!

Colin’s Cabin Groups: Pangea (2009), Trail Mix (2009), Jabberwocky (2010), Evergreen (2010)
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I am overwhelmed with joy to finally be pursuing Mayhew full-time. I started as a cabin counselor in 2015 and little did I know I would soon fall in love with the program. After my first summer on island I somehow always found myself coming back to Mayhew, whether it was for school projects, helping out staff, or just to visit, I was clearly hooked. I am originally from a town not far from Chicago and got my degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University. Shortly after I graduated in May 2016, I packed my bags, said my goodbyes, and moved out to the east coast.

My passions include baseball, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and dancing… Okay maybe not dancing, but I have learned some great new moves on Island. One thing I like most about Mayhew is getting to share my passions with others, and to meet people with similar passions. I’ve always been used to being one of the players, and having a coach, and I can’t describe how rewarding it is to take a step back as a coach, and teach these boys just like my father used to do for me.

I look forward to all of the adventures and opportunities Mayhew will bring me and to learn and grow alongside a community full of genuine individuals. 

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I consider myself very lucky to work for the Mayhew Program. I started working back in 2008 and have enjoyed every moment of it. Not too many people can say that they enjoy what they do for work. While I get to say that some days I get to fish all day, hike a mountain, eat pizza or just the simple fact of getting to live on an island every summer, but I can. I am always inspired by all the amazing people that I get to meet on the island and there is nothing better than sharing stories and interest among the Mayhew Community. I have lived the vast majority of my life in the granite state where grew up constantly enjoying all the mountains, lakes, and present wildlife. I went to college at the New Hampshire Institute of Art were I majored in fine arts. Outside of Mayhew I pursue another passion as a landscape painter. The island has continued to he a huge source of inspiration in that aspect as well.

Overall there are many days that I simply don’t feel like I am working and maybe because I love my job or maybe its because Mayhew really is more than a place.

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Mayhew has been an important part of my life for a long time now.  In 2010 I joined the staff as the summer hiking counselor, and I was blown away by the program, the boys, and the island.  How can such a challenging, yet ultimately positive and rewarding place exist?  How do these boys manage to meet these intense expectations at such a young age?  This place had me: hook, line, and sinker.  My first summer taught me so much about myself, and the work I did with the boys gave me a sense of fulfillment that no other employment had.  So, naturally, I came back.

In 2012 I had the honor of being a cabin counselor for two amazing cabins: The Drakes of the Lake and Orangutan Gang.  This unique experience allowed me to experience the island from a whole other perspective.  It was this summer that I was asked if I would be willing to switch perspectives once again, and become a member of the full-year staff.  I considered the choice for some time, and in the end I was reminded of how much joy the boys brought into my life.  The answer quickly became obvious and in December of 2011 I joined the full-year team.

The three and a half years I spent as the Concord-area community outreach worker are ones that I cherish.  Every Concord-area guy that I had the privilege of meeting with enriched my life more than they will ever know.  In the past few years I have laughed hard enough to crack a rib, smiled wide enough to split a lip, and been so proud of their many accomplishments I worried I would lose my composure.  It warms my heart to know that Concord has so many kind, intelligent, and responsible young men in it’s community.

In the coming year I am excited to be coordinating Mayhew’s Extension Program.  I look forward to assisting young Mayhew men in the many goals set out by the program, as well as working with them to shape what those goals are.  This is an exhilarating step forward that Mayhew is taking, and I am delighted to be a part of it.
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The journey that brought me here to Mayhew has been a long time in the making and is far from finished.  Born and raised in Florida, I enjoyed hiking and camping around the southeast with my family when I was younger and could always be found outdoors.  I studied mechanical engineering at the University of Florida but struggled often with my studies because I knew that engineering was not a passion for me and had no idea what else I would rather do.  I graduated in the summer of 2013 with a degree and no direction, sold my car and most everything I owned and bought a one-way ticket to India, determined to “find myself” or something like that.  For most of a year I traveled, studying yoga in India, hiking the Himalayas in Nepal, visiting my girlfriend in China, volunteering in Thailand, and I saw many things and met many incredible people along the way.  But it wasn’t until I traveled back into the US, at a yoga festival out in Arizona that I first heard of a career that really appealed to me.  It involved working outdoors and helping youth to discover more about themselves, which I had never known even existed as a possibility. 

I applied for an internship when I got home but was turned down due to lack of relevant experience. So I set about boosting my résumé: I took a wilderness medicine course, volunteered as a youth basketball coach, and applied for a summer job at this camp in New Hampshire.  When I first came to Mayhew that’s what I thought I was doing, gaining experience to apply again for this other job, but I learned very quickly that Mayhew was far more than just a stepping stone.  First the island and the staff welcomed me whole-heartedly, and when the boys arrived the place took on this incredible energy and I learned so much about them and myself.  I was greatly honored to be offered a year-round position with the program, and more than happily changed all my plans to continue sharing and learning and growing with these boys. 

Steven’s cabin groups: The Supernovas(2015), Infinity(2015)
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I was born in Virginia and went to college in Pennsylvania.  I graduated in theater and psychology and have worked with youth in the arts, education and outdoors in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, New Hampshire and Albania.  I first worked at Mayhew in 2010 as a cabin counselor and in 2011 and 2012 as a Link-Up counselor.  After spending several years abroad, I returned to work full-time for Mayhew in the Seacoast area.  I enjoy reading, running, hiking and playing Ultimate Frisbee, among many other sports & games.
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I was first introduced to Mayhew back in 2001 when I was invited to come out to the Island for a 25 day summer camp. I faced many challenges, learned to swim, and even worked with my cabin, The Pride, to bring home a Regatta Championship. In my second summer on the island, my cabin, Agents of Change, won the Slapshot Hockey and Snake League Softball Championships. In addition, I was inducted as a member of the outer circle both summers.

I’ve come back every summer since.

I’ve done it all. I did my two summers of camp, two summers of fun exciting link up trips, four summers putting in hard work in the kitchen (two of which I was the assistant cook), one summer as the athletic counselor, four as a cabin counselor, and one as a Lodgemaster.

When I’m not at Mayhew, you can find me skiing. I love skiing and anxiously wait for the first snowfall of the year. I was a member of the racing team in high school, and let the passion for skiing take me out to Utah for some school and, more importantly, the greatest snow on earth!

I love Mayhew, as it has played a very important role in shaping who I am and where I am today. Working full time as a year round staff member seemed to be the only logical next step for me to take. So, I finished up my schooling at Utah State, married the most amazing woman, and headed back East so that I could start in on my next Mayhew adventure.

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