Heather McCargo, MA, Founder and Seed-Program Manager
Heather founded Wild Seed Project in 2014 and was the organization’s executive director from 2014 to 2021. She now focuses her work on expanding our native seed collection and propagation nursery.
Heather is an educator with 30 years’s experience in plant propagation, landscape design, horticulture, and conservation. A former head plant propagator at the New England Wild Flower Society’s (now Native Plant Trust) Garden in the Woods during the 1990s, Heather has also worked at several landscape architecture/planning firms specializing in ecological design, and has contributed to research projects with USAID, the National Gardening Association, and MOFGA. She has lectured nationally and is widely published in journals and magazines such as Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s “Growing from Seed,” Horticulture, American Nurseryman, Ecological Landscape Alliance, and many others. More locally, Heather designed the master plan for the medicinal gardens at Avena Botanicals in Rockport and was the creator of the Bay School Agricultural Arts program in Blue Hill. Heather has a BA in plant ecology from Hampshire College and an MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design.
Andrea Berry, Executive Director
Andrea is thrilled to have joined Wild Seed Project as the organization’s new executive director. She brings to this role 15 years of nonprofit experience in fundraising and program management. A passionate backyard gardener and amateur beekeeper, Andrea’s love of nature and all growing things, will be central to her leadership here.
Before she joined WSP, Andrea was director of community engagement at Maine Initiatives, orchestrating events and managing communications. She was also program officer for the Grants for Change Fund and the Community Care Fund. In previous work lives Andrea has been a development director, a nonprofit technology trainer, a middle school math teacher, and even an archaeologist. A community organizer at heart, Andrea has spent her career working to build movements around racial justice, gender equity and equal access to education.
Andrea holds a BA from Wesleyan University in Archaeology and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University. She has served on the board of directors at the Maine Women’s Lobby, Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, and Friends of the REACH School.
At home, Andrea gardens to supply her roadside farm stand and bakes wood-fired pizza in her homemade outdoor clay oven. She lives in North Yarmouth with her partner, their middle-school-aged daughter, two dogs, a hedgehog and four chickens.
Jen Rowland, MS, Director of Operations and Development
Originally from southern New England, Jen moved to northern New England to attend college at the University of New Hampshire, and has been drawn to the area ever since. A plant-lover and gardener, she is thrilled to work at Wild Seed Project and put her detail-oriented nature to work in developing internal systems and operations. Jen received a BS in Environmental Conservation Studies from UNH and an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. She lives in Portland with her husband and goofy dog.
Anna Fialkoff, MS, Program Manager
As Wild Seed Project’s new program manager, Anna is ready to help Wild Seed Project further its educational programming, deepen relationships with partner organizations, and catalyze a movement to rewild Maine.
Anna was most recently Senior Horticulturist at Native Plant Trust’s Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA, where she designed and installed native plant gardens, managed interns and volunteers, and taught the public ways to incorporate native plants in their own gardens. With a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and an MS in Ecological Design from The Conway School, she brings with her a deep knowledge of native plant ecology, horticulture, conservation, and ecological landscape design.
Lisa Looke is a photographer who manages the image library for Wild Seed Project. Lisa has lived and traveled throughout much of the continental U.S., and settled in Maine after graduating from Bates College. Her love of photography was instilled by her grandfather and father, but it wasn’t until she met Heather that Lisa began to photograph plants. Her exploration and education of the world of native plants has been an unexpected and joyful adventure.
Marina Schauffler, Ph.D., is managing editor of Wild Seed, the annual magazine of Wild Seed Project. She is a freelance environmental journalist and editor whose work is online at naturalchoices.com. Since 2014, Marina has written a biweekly column on sustainable living, Sea Change, that is distributed to papers around Maine. She enjoys edible landscaping and serves as a volunteer Master Gardener.
Erin Clancy, President, is an independent consultant and activist that helps non- and for-profit enterprises articulate and achieve their strategic and business plans, and maximize their social impact. She draws upon more than 20 years of executive experience in early stage and start-up technology ventures, leadership of small non-profit enterprises, and a Masters in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from Babson College. Erin works to motivate people and companies to take positive actions to reduce our collective environmental impact, and to develop solutions for our urgent environmental problems. Early adventures in the great wildernesses of the Everglades and the coast of Maine imprinted upon her a sense of wonder and an awareness of their fragility, and eventually led her to work in environmental advocacy, most recently as Conservation Director for the Tropical Audubon Society. She is fortunate to split her time between South Florida and Maine.
Stina Kayser, J.D., Vice President, develops, operates, and advises economically profitable and environmentally sustainable businesses. She currently serves as general counsel and principal with Urban Villages, Inc. and Bio-Logical Capital, LLC. Stina earned a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School and a B.A. from Marquette University. Stina is passionate about the role native plants play in our ecosystem, and is particularly excited about how Wild Seed Project helps individuals take action in their own landscapes to support native plants. She lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she and her husband are active gardeners.
Greg Field, Ph.D., Treasurer, is currently the Director of Finance and Operations at the Maine Island Trail Association. In previous positions, Greg has served in Finance and Operations for other small Maine non-profits. He has served on numerous boards, most recently as Board Treasurer, then Board President at Maine Initiatives. Through his work at MITA he has learned firsthand about the spread of invasive species along Maine’s coast. Greg is an avid vegetable gardener and with guidance from his wife Ginny, he is discovering ways in which to restore native plants and habitat at their home in Yarmouth.
Ginger Laurits, PT, DPT, Secretary, started as a Wild Seed Project volunteer and joined the board upon retirement from a 44-year-long career as a physical therapist. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Simmons College and clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Utica College. Ginger has volunteered as a docent for Mass Audubon at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, which included maintaining the nature garden, and is currently a Master Gardener volunteer at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, coordinating and maintaining the native plant garden with other volunteers. She has been an avid gardener for most of her adult life, and has been enjoying growing her own native plants from seed for her home garden and the Wells Reserve.
Julia Frederick is a landscape architect who lives in Freeport, Maine. She holds an undergraduate degree in History from Yale and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard. Julia has joyfully folded the mission of Wild Seed Project into her life. Inspired by her study with master plantsman Piet Oudolf, she maintains a freelance practice designing native plant gardens and also works as a Senior Landscape Architect at Mitchell & Associates in Portland. Her work with STIMSON on Florence Griswold Museum in CT and Pulaski Park in Northampton MA earned national awards from the American Society for Landscape Architects. Her landscapes celebrate local ecology and enrich the relationship between humans and the natural world. In her free time, Julia nurtures her WSP seedlings and has fun rewilding her yard.
Suzanne Morse, Ph.D., is the Newlin Chair of Botany at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, and a visiting professor in life sciences at Norwegian University. She earned her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a post-doctoral researcher focusing on global climate change at Harvard University.
Michelle Smith began working with Wild Seed Project as a volunteer editor and is excited to become more involved as a board member. She is a freelance communications professional and has managed communications and marketing for several Maine nonprofits. She has a BA in English and Environmental Studies and an MA in American Studies. She has a lifelong interest in plants, herbal medicine, and gardening. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband and two children, where they are working to transform their lawn to a native plant garden.
Maggie Perkins has been involved with Wild Seed Project since 2018 and she is delighted to join as a board member in 2021. Maggie has worked for many local nonprofits as a Marketing and Communications professional, including the Portland Museum of Art and Greater Portland Landmarks. She currently works as a Project Manager for Green & Healthy Maine HOMES magazine. While she is a novice gardener, Maggie is excited to apply the lessons of Wild Seed Project to her first home garden and share what she’s learned with friends and family. She wants to spread the word that incorporating native plants into yards, decks, front stoops or fire escapes is an easy way to help in the fight against climate change – and Wild Seed Project can get you started!