Contact us

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PO Box 254
Southwest Harbor
Maine 04679

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

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


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.

Tammy Packie

Visitor Services and 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.

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.

Cynthia Ocel

Museum Educator

Cynthia Ocel has enjoyed working at the Wendell Gilley Museum since 2017. Before that she was the MDI Education Coordinator at Acadia National Park. She has worked in the field of environmental education for more than 40 years. Cynthia loves all aspects of nature and is excited to share the amazing world of birds and art with visitors to the museum and with people of all ages who share the fun of museum programs and events.

Theresa Emerson

Assistant to the Development Director

Melinda Rice-Schoon

Director of Engagement & Communications

Melinda Rice-Schoon joined the Wendell Gilley Museum in 2020. As Director of Engagement & Communications she is responsible for programming, press relations and marketing, website and social media, and creative partnerships for the museum. She has more than 25 years of writing and editing experience at newspapers, magazines, and as a freelancer, as well as at nonprofits, along with a decade of experience in events planning and fundraising for nonprofits.

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