MEET OUR PEOPLE
Darren FelthamExecutive Director
Darren is currently the Executive Director with Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador. In this role, he is responsible for leading and developing strong partnerships and funding relationships with government departments, corporations, agencies and community organizations. Darren holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Acadia University and has over 20 years experience working in the environmental sector, including work with such groups as Parks Canada, Environment Canada and the Western Newfoundland Model Forest. Darren has held the positions of Regional Supervisor, Project Officer and Program Manager, and Director of Programs with Conservation Corps. In his current role as Executive Director, Darren is able to combine his diverse skills as a professional manager, leader, biologist, trainer/facilitator, and program developer, as well as advocate our province's youth, environmental, and cultural resources.
Megan StucklessPROGRAMS MANAGER
Megan Stuckless began working with CCNL in 2007 and her appreciation for the cultural and environmental well-being of our beautiful province, as well as the as the not for profit sector, has grown with each passing year. As the current Programs Manager she finds great value in being able to support and advance the goals of the organization. Being a mother and working with youth inspires her to continue working toward sustainability and cultural and environmental integrity for those to come.
Heather BolandFINANCE AND OFFICE MANAGER
With a genuine passion for budgets, financials and reconciliations, Heather Boland embraces the role of Finance and Office Manager with Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL). Heather ensures financial reporting compliance on all funding, maintains quarterly budgeting for all projects, processes payroll and accounts payable/receivable and maintains all financial records throughout the year in preparation for the annual year-end audit. Heather has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and has over 9 years’ experience working in the accounting industry. Prior to joining the CCNL Team in 2015 she gained diverse and exceptional experience working in public accounting firms serving clients in manufacturing, construction, retail and charities/non-profits.
When Heather doesn’t have her head in the books, she is likely found enjoying time with her two children, Nathan and Sadie. Heather loves to embrace the outdoors in every season through ice fishing, kayaking, hiking, swimming in the pond and berry picking.
Stephanie TuckerCOMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING COORDINATOR
After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree (Communication Studies and English) at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Spring 2015, Stephanie was delighted to return to CCNL as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator. She had previously worked with the organization as a Green Team member and then a Regional Supervisor.
Stephanie is excited to be able to share her passion for promotion, digital marketing, and media enhancement in this position. She has had the opportunity to create CCNL's new TV show EcoVision, develop many new promotional materials, and improve CCNL's social and online presence (including making the website you're currently reading!).
Stephanie is an animal lover and the owner of two adopted rescue pets: Nacho and Calvin. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, and getting outside!
Jess MaddenEDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Hailing from the east end of St. John’s, Jess is a longtime supporter of environmental conservation initiatives. She thanks her father for this, as he dedicated his career to environment stewardship and instilled in her a similar appreciation and awareness.
Jess has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her role as Education and Outreach Coordinator combines her interests in environmental preservation with her experience as a teacher. This exciting position has her traveling the island, meeting teachers and students, sharing ideas and learning new ones!
A DIY and upcycling enthusiast, Jess dreams of travelling the world in an Airstream trailer and stopping at every yard sale and antique shop along the way. All of this with her favourite person, Peter.
Mike KnoxASSISTANT EDUCATION & OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Mike has a passion for our environment and how we interact with it. His keen interest in nature began at a young age while spending his free time in the great outdoors with family. He loves being able to share his passion by visiting schools across NL to deliver free presentations on the science, impacts, and solutions of climate change with CCNL’s Climate Change Education Centre. Mike has previous experience working in the environmental and cultural sector with the Department of Environment and Climate Change and The Newfoundland Historic Trust.
Mike has a Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Political Science), Certificate in Public Policy (Urban and Regional) and is currently completing a Master of Marine Studies (Marine Spatial Planning and Management).
When he is not spreading the word on climate change or working on his Masters degree, you can find him hiking, fly fishing, camping or at the hockey rink, all while enjoying valuable time with friends and family.
Maria MercerASSISTANT EDUCATION & OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Maria is working with CCNL’s Climate Change Education Centre to give presentations to students across Western and Central Newfoundland. She is happy to be able to share her passion for the environment with others, in the place where she grew up and fell in love with nature.
Maria has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and is currently working on her Master's thesis in Creative Sustainability, focusing on the design and access to nature experiences in urban environments for the well-being of citizens. Maria spent the last two years living and studying in Helsinki, Finland, where she discovered a love for saunas, salty-licorice milkshakes, and korvapuusti (cardamom-flavoured cinnamon rolls).
In her free time, Maria can usually be found in a forest with a thermos of tea, on an outdoor photography adventure, at the gym, at a cabin, traveling, skating, snowboarding, or hiking.
Katie PowerWATER RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION PROJECT COORDINATOR
Katie has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Earth Sciences from Memorial University, which has helped her develop a strong interest in the responsible and sustainable development of our planet’s resources.
As part of the “Taking Action on Water Conservation in NL” project Katie will mainly be working to promote water conservation around the province. A large portion of the project will focus on making information accessible to people about home water usage, safety, and the opportunity for conservation. In addition, Katie will be conducting a homeowner study to assess current levels of water usage and conservation around certain areas of St. John’s. Katie will also be hitting the road to promote water conservation in areas all across the province through social media and in person presentations and town hall events.
If you’re still reading this, Katie enjoys being active by running, hiking, and playing basketball. She also recently started learning Aikido, a Japanese martial art. She loves the tv show The Walking Dead, and unfortunately doesn’t have time for any criticism of the plot moving too slowly! Check out her favourite TED talk “The happy secret to better work” by Shawn Achor.