Published on June 15, 2021

Familiar Faces Among New Staff Hires

Sean Kortis (left) and David Shapiro (right)
Sean Kortis (L) & David Shapiro (R)

Normal operations continue to resume at Wellfleet Bay, and our team of staff members is returning to pre-pandemic levels accordingly. 

While the positions may be newly-filled, not all of the new hires are actually new to Mass Audubon!

Education Staff

Our new Adult Education Programs Coordinator, Sean Kortis, comes from Barnstable's Sandy Neck, where he oversaw the seasonal ranger staff and led education programs. Before that Sean worked at our sister sanctuary, Long Pasture, as an Eastern Spadefoot Toad field technician and teacher naturalist.

Another familiar face, David Shapiro, is the new School Programs Coordinator. In the months preceding the pandemic, David worked as a teacher naturalist at Wellfleet Bay. Before that he had extensive experience as an interpretative ranger for the Cape Cod National Seashore. In his new role, David will work on school programming across the Cape, with a special focus on Long Pasture's Gateway to Nature initiative in the Barnstable schools.

Visitor Services

We're also excited to have new staff at the front desk this summer! Alexa Schmidt is a recent graduate of Manhattan College and can be seen greeting sanctuary visitors on Mondays and Wednesdays. Kristine Thayer is a third-grade teacher from Rutland, MA, who can be found staffing the front desk on Saturdays and Sundays.

Conservation Science

Horseshoe crab field researcher Abigail Costigan and coastal waterbird technician Madison Jerome have been out in the field for a couple of months already! And our Diamondback Terrapin monitoring team is happy to welcome back Jess Ciarcia along with Dylan Marat.

Property Management

Returning for his third summer is property staff assistant Theo Maier, who joins John DiFilippo, who joined the property team earlier this year.