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4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor
Maine 04679
(207) 244-7555

PO Box 254
Southwest Harbor
Maine 04679

Sean Charette


A Maine native, Sean has been at the Wendell Gilley Museum since 2017 after moving with his family from Williamstown, Massachusetts. There he spent two years working with three local museums (The Clark, Williams College Museum of Art and MASS MoCA) exploring how the museums could connect with local schools. For the prior eight years, Sean was on the left coast with the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, working internationally with museums and their historic collections. He holds a Masters Degree in Conservation from the University of Durham in Northern England.

Steven Valleau

Museum Artist

Steven doesn’t think of himself as an artist since he holds a degree in Biology. Carving birds is something he first did around 11-years-old when he finished a duck his uncle had begun. Steven continued carving birds because he feels it adequately expresses his deep interest in the species.

Jean Ellis

Director of Development

Jean is a seasoned non-profit executive with more than 25 years of experience. She led the development, marketing, public relations, and creative efforts for the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland Maine for two years before joining the Wendell Gilley Museum. Other organizations Jean has had an influential hand in developing are The Menil Collection in Houston, the Denver Zoo, and the Houston Symphony.

Theresa Merchant

Assistant to the Development Director

Tammy Packie

Gift Shop Manager

As the Gilley’s gift shop manager, Tammy strives to find interesting items to help visitors remember their time at the museum, on Mount Desert Island, and in Maine. She enjoys interacting with visitors to the museum and sharing her knowledge of Wendell Gilley’s story, the museum’s collection, and information about our island communities, including birding locations and other great places to visit.

Melinda Rice-Schoon


Melinda Rice-Schoon joined the Wendell Gilley Museum in 2020 to handle communications. A "military brat" who grew up to become a journalist, she moved from place to place her entire life until she found Mount Desert Island, and here she has stayed. Since coming to MDI, she has worked for nonprofits including the Seal Cove Auto Museum and Jesup Memorial Library, and volunteed with many others.

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