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Ellie Pendleton

MCHT welcomes Ellie Pendleton as our Herd Management Assistant at Aldermere Farm. This is a new position that offers us a chance to have a team approach when it comes to managing the cattle. Together Ellie and Heidi Baker manage the herd, with Ellie’s focus on the day-to-day care and ongoing maintenance of the cattle operation, show cattle and database administration!

Ellie has been a part of Aldermere Farm for over a decade! She began at the age of ten in our Farm Hands program. Through the 4H program and other agricultural leadership opportunities she has gained great respect in the cattle industry here in the Northeast.

Our cattle has been her passion and the farm has been second home her entire young adult life. She brings great energy to the group and we are so lucky to have her.


Jay Collier

On April 23rd, Maine Coast Heritage Trust welcomed Jay Collier, our new Digital and Communications Specialist. Jay comes to MCHT with a range of skills and experience in the digital realm, most recently as the Director of Computing and Digital Programs at the University of New England. He has also been an independent digital consultant to many conservation and education organizations in New England, with clients including the Harvard Law School and the Friends of Hog Island, on which MCHT holds a conservation easement.

He holds a B.S. in communications from Boston University and an M.A. in human development and voluntary service from Norwich University. Jay has lived in Maine for 12 years and has the distinct pleasure of teaching his teenage daugher about balancing the digital realm with an appreciation of the natural world.

At MCHT, he is responsible for stewarding and expanding our digital channels — websites, e-mail campaigns, and social media — to help constituents engage more deeply with our mission, programs, and activities.