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 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.
Megan StucklessPROGRAMS MANAGER
Heather BolandFINANCE & 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.
After a few years in the "Boston States," Melanie's love for Newfoundland and Labrador called her home. Now as Education and Outreach Coordinator, she's able to share this passion with teachers and students as she travels across the province!
When she's not spreading the word on climate change, Melanie can be found teaching first-year English at Memorial University, hiking with her husband and their dog Quinn, or sorting through wool and watercolours in her ever-messy craft room.
Melanie DoyleEducation & Outreach Coordinator
Meghan HollettPrograms Coordinator
Dynamic. Energized. Informed – some of the reasons why Meghan fits well with CCNL. Having worked with community organizations both provincially and nationally Meghan is back to work with Conservation Corps NL once again. She has worked with the Green Team program in multiple capacities as well as the Climate Change Education Centre.
With a passion for working with youth and a keen interest in community and culture, Meghan is at home with CCNL!
Beyond her work with CCNL, Meghan is an enthusiastic patron of the arts & enjoys being active outdoors.
Originally from Carbonear, Amanda has developed an appreciation for environmental preservation in Newfoundland and Labrador after moving to the West Coast ten years ago, being captivated by places like Gros Morne and Codroy Valley, while developing a general love for being outside. (She doesn’t miss that East Coast’s foggy weather!)
She attended Grenfell Campus, Memorial University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (English Language and Literature) and a Bachelor of Education (Primary/Elementary), which has led to a widely successful career as a writer and mental health blogger, the latter leading to a collaboration with New York author Joshua Rivedal in the book Lemonade Stand and several publications on The Mighty and #SickNotWeak.
When she’s not advocating for mental health rights across Canada, she’s busy writing contemporary fiction novels based in Newfoundland that focus on important elements of Newfoundland culture, including small town beliefs, family values, and fading traditions. When it comes to “the Rock”, Amanda believes we still have much to learn about our “homey” but dynamic province.
On her days off, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, snuggling her two rescue cats and English mastiff, and planning adventures with friends and family. Guaranteed whether indoors or outside, you’ll find Amanda with her nose in a book.
Amanda WilsonREGIONAL SUPERVISOR
Ben PierceyREGIONAL SUPERVISOR
When he isn’t trying to walk his over-excited Golden retriever, Tanner, Ben can be found patiently waiting for the Leafs to win the Cup. With an interest in people, cultures, and the laws under which we operate, Ben graduated Memorial University in 2018 with an Undergraduate Degree, majoring in Sociology and Law & Society.
Ben most recently worked with CCNL as the 2019 READY Program Coordinator, and is very excited to be back with the team this summer as a Regional Supervisor.
Originally from Ontario, Emily jumped at the opportunity to work with CCNL to help provide youth with meaningful work opportunities while also practicing environmental stewardship in the beautiful province of Newfoundland. In addition to environmental justice, she’s also passionate about human rights and social development, and dreams of making a career focused on giving back to communities. When not at work, Emily can often be found reading nonfiction and historical novels with a warm tea in hand, or shooting pucks her backyard.
Emily KovacREGIONAL SUPERVISOR
Jennifer ReidREGIONAL SUPERVISOR
Jennifer is the Regional Supervisor for the Central Newfoundland and Labrador Region this summer. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Science from Memorial University and is returning in the Fall to complete a Bachelor of Primary/Elementary Education. With a passion for event planning, Jennifer spends much of her free time crafting, designing, coordinating and administering special events, parties, and gatherings.
This is Jenn’s first summer with the CCNL team and she is very eager to partner with both youth and communities across the province to promote environmental awareness in a variety of different ways. Recently gaining an interest in minimalistic living, she hopes to discover more ways to contribute to environmental conservation and waste reduction – all while exploring the beauty and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Jenn is very excited to be a part of the CCNL team this summer and can’t wait to meet you all (and, of course, your dogs)!