Mayhew

Meet The Staff

Jim NuteExecutive Director Mary Jo StephensAdministrative Professional Monica ZulaufDevelopment Director Greg StoutzenbergerProgram Director Dylan BellCommunity Outreach Colin LucasCommunity Outreach Giancarlo NegroniCommunity Outreach Jim O'BrienCommunity Outreach Grayson RicheyCommunity Outreach Steven RossmeisslCommunity Outreach Mark SmedbergCommunity 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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I came up with this real specific goal at the start of spring of 2oo7, which involved me swimming as much as I possibly could during the upcoming summer.  Having lived on an island once before, I knew my best chance would come from, well, living on an island.  So, in my hunt for water, I happened upon a listing for a summer staff position at Mayhew.  After the necessary “paperwork,” a highly interesting phone conversation with John Lynch, and a little thought and calculation, I was in.  I guess you could say that Mayhew found me as much as I found it.

At some instance during the first session, John Lynch asked if he could see me outside of the dining hall.  I’m pretty sure that while we were walking across the Lodge towards the library I said something along the lines of, “Oh man, you gonna fire me?”  He laughed, and then he proceeded to get all serious and business-like and offered me a year round position within the Program.  So, I thought about the offer and some other things for about a week, and then, on my first Challenge Day I let John Lynch and Jim Nute know for the second time, “I’m in.”

And now as I continue on from summer camp counselor to outreach worker to program director, I appreciate more and more the opportunity to work within such a great Program and am still most definitely “in.”

That’s the story that I’m sticking to, and as far as I go, well, that is a consistently evolving work in progress.  Anyways, I am New England through and through, being born, bred and raised from the anchor of the region, Rhode Island.  I called Rhode Island home for twenty-five years except for a brief spell one winter when I traveled around from one beach to another in Costa Rica. After high school, it took me every public institution of higher learning Rhode Island offers in order to get my degree in what I like to call “Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking.”  After college, I disappeared for three years into America’s Shangri-La, and then that led to a very short spell in NYC before finding Mayhew.  I can easily keep myself happy spending time reading or talking or listening or listening to music or walking.  I can also easily keep myself entertained for long stretches of time by either playing or watching basketball, and I will say that the short barn-style court on Island is easily one of my favorite places to play.  What keeps most of my attention these days though is spending time at home with my two young daughters, Lily and Acacia, their beautiful mother, Stephanie, and our young black lab, Ninja. 
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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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