The Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA) is pleased to announce that we have hired Matt Dubel as Executive Director. Matt took over the leadership of this Topsham-based environmental education organization following a brief transition with Interim Executive Director Ron Hall following the departure of long-time ED Rick Wilson last January. Ron led CREA most skillfully for the past 9 months, as CREA’s Board of Directors searched for an Executive Director to help the organization grow into the future.
CREA’s Transition Committee interviewed several applicants for the position. “We are feeling very lucky and excited to have found someone of Matt’s caliber to carry on Rick’s legacy,” says Board President Louisa Edgerton. “He is bright, passionate and full of the energy we need to continue CREA’s great work in the Brunswick/Topsham community.”
Matt Dubel comes to CREA from Maine Audubon, where he served as Director of Fields Pond Audubon Center, a 192-acre environmental center in Holden. Matt's passion is for cultivating ecological literacy and civic engagement, helping people, institutions, and communities learn their way toward sustainability and resilience. A former classroom teacher with wide-ranging experience teaching students from pre-school through graduate school, Matt has served on the faculty of several innovative schools and was instrumental in the development of the nation’s first Sustainability Academy, a public magnet school with a sustainability theme for grades K-5 in Burlington, Vermont. He holds a B.A. in Government from Colby College and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Antioch University New England. Matt lives in Brunswick with his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Hunter.