Matt Louis - Education Director/Lead Dive Instructor

Matt began working with OceansWide in 2009, during his junior year of undergraduate study at the University of Maine.  He instantly became engulfed in the idea of using Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV’s) as an educational outreach tool.  In the summer of 2009, he directed the OceansWide Summer Camp Program using his experience both as a summer camp counselor and as a Marine Science student.  Over the following years, under the mentorship of OceansWide's President, Buzz Scott, Matt graduated from the University of Maine’s Marine Science Program in 2010, and continued to volunteer his time while working on his Master Degree in Science Education.  In the fall of 2011, using the knowledge gained though OceansWide, Matt accepted an invitation to work for the United States Antarctic Program.  With guidance From Buzz during his first voyage to Antarctica he learned proper ways to deploy, recover, and repair a variety of scientific gear. Since then Matt has completed 10 trips to the Antarctic with scientists from Universities including SIO, URI, FIT, WHOI, MIT, Stamford, and many more.  The multi-disciplined, practical working culture of being a Marine Technician on-board the Antarctic research vessels has afforded Matt an ever expanding discipline within the marine science field, from Geology, Chemical Oceanography, Biology and everywhere in between.  While still employed by the United States Antarctic Program, Matt is also the Education Director for OceansWide.  His passion is to share his love of the ocean and to give young students the same opportunities that he received.

Paul Savoy - Program Coordinator/ Dive Instructor

Capt. Paul M.T. Savoy is serving OceansWide as an SDI Dive Instructor. He also serves as handyman, coordinator, and storyteller. Having grown up on the coast of downeast Maine, Paul has spent his career in the wild and wide, and now works to share those skills with OceansWide students. 
 

Favorite quote: “Come, dear friends; 'Tis not too late to seek a newer world...” -Tennyson

Alex Brett - Program coordinator/ Dive instructor

 

 

Lydia Harris - Summer Program Counselor

Lydia is a recient graduate of  Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Maine. Living by the water most of her life, she has always loved the ocean and had a deep-seated interest and appreciation for marine life. When she was a sophomore, she joined Lincoln Academy’s new Marine Explorers Club, led by Buzz Scott, and has been involved in projects with Oceanswide ever since. Last summer, she volunteered at the Nature Center at Pemaquid Beach, which is part of the Pemaquid Watershed Association. In January of 2015, she earned her Open Water Dive Certification. Lydia received a scholarship which allowed her to participate in the Keller Bloom Program at Bigelow Laboratory. Lydia is looking to continuing working in marine biology in college At Brandeis University in the Fall .

Becky O'Keefe- Has lived in Gouldsboro, Maine since 1977 with her husband, a lobster fisherman out of Corea, Maine. Becky has been a member of the Solid Waste Committee for over 35 years.  As a part of this citizens group that met to talk about developing a Recycling program to the Gouldsboro/Winter Harbor area. they created Coastal Recycling in the mid 90’s. Becky is currently in charge of Gouldsboro’s Shoreline and Roadside  Cleanups as well as a week-long education block in the Peninsula School that promotes the 3 R’s. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  Becky began the effort to recycle lobster traps at the Gouldsboro transfer station years ago and look forward to working with OW and the Traps 2 Treasure program. As a result of all the volunteer work Becky has done related to solid waste and the environment, she was awarded the “Volunteer of the year“ award from the MRRA (Maine Resource Recovery Association)   - 

 

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