Meet Our Staff
Rich Meserve is the Head of School of the Katahdin Program. He has been involved in education for over 16 years after many varied pursuits in the world of work and is thrilled to have found this extremely satisfying and rewarding career working with students. Rich worked at the REAL School for 12 years as a teacher and an administrator after spending 4 years in Massachusetts as a teacher. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in History. Rich has a lovely and talented wife who is an elementary school teacher, 3 wonderful daughters and an eccentric yellow lab. When not at school, Rich can be found spending time with his family, working around the house, eating food, playing basketball or on (or in) a body of water.
Paulette, a Maine native and proud mother of three, serves as the Administrative Assistant at the Katahdin Program. Paulette has worked as a Secretary/Receptionist in K-12 public schools for the past 20 years. She feels fortunate to help with the needs of our students and to get to know the families and the community. Her goal is always to help our students, families and visitors feel welcome at our school and by our team. Her favorite pastimes are hiking, cooking and baking.
Rod joins our team as the Adventure-Based Counselor. His clinical training is in marital & family therapy with a Doctorate and Master's degrees from the University of Connecticut. He is a licensed social worker and a Field Instructor for the Schools of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine and the University of New England.
As an Outdoor professional, Rod has been a licensed Maine Guide since 1987 with designations in Whitewater, Outdoor Recreation, Sea Kayaking, and Commercial Boat Operation. He is a Wilderness First Responder and has numerous certificates and trainings in adventuring skill sets including swift water rescue, rock & ice climbing, ropes course management, facilitation, high ropes rescue, and CPR.
Rod helps organize and lead the the Dempsey Challenge each year since it's inception in 2009. He loves skiing, cycling, ice climbing, rafting , fishing, and spending time with his family on multiday adventures.
Paul is a teacher and the Special Education Coordinator for the Katahdin Program. He has been a Special Education teacher in RSU14's Katahdin Program (formerly The REAL School) since 2004 and has over 20 years of experience working in adventure-based alternative programs in Maine and New Mexico.
Paul completed his education training in Multi-Cultural Special Education at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. He brings to our school extensive experience in outdoor education, having taught rock-climbing and skiing to at-risk youth in New Mexico for many years. Paul believes that every student wants to succeed and, with a caring and patient mentor, they will.
Marie Reidman has been a teacher for over 20 years, and an employee in RSU 14's Katahdin Program, (formerly The REAL School) since 2009. She enjoys helping students rediscover their love for learning in an alternative setting that focuses on building relationships and trust.
Marie specializes in English, but is passionate about sharing her abilities in photography and cooking with her students as well. Marie loves the outdoors, her job, and her family.
Christine Caputo joined the Windham/Raymond school district in 2007. You can usually find her in the kitchen or in the garden. She likes getting involved in special projects and will write grants to fund these great ideas. Christine received the 2009 "Live Green" teacher grant from GM, the Drive for education grant in 2011, and three grants in 2011 that funded the start up of the REAL Lunch program and funded the building of two gardens from Communities Putting Prevention to Work. In 2012, Whole Foods funded a grant that helped to purchase additional supplies for the REAL Lunch program and allowed for partnerships with local farms. Creating delicious, beautiful meals with students from locally sourced produce is her passion, and her goal is to get students to find a new food that they didn't know they could love through exposure and experience.
Barbara Foss has been a van driver for the Windham/Raymond School District since 1990, when she began simply by volunteering before eventually becoming a full-time hire. She has loved working with kids ever since her first summer job at a day care when she was 14.
In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors with her family, whether it's camping, hiking, kayaking, or just having a warm meal. She enjoys taking pictures, tending to her garden and her cats, and has an eye for old-school muscle cars. Vroom!
Donna Lamb has been an employee of the Windham/Raymond school district for the past 17 years, and has served in student transportation for over a decade. She loves working with students, and finds meaning in helping them feel good about themselves. Donna enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, who has served the Windham community as a heavy equipment operator for nearly four decades. When she's not transporting students, Donna spends her time tending to her gardens, going out shopping, and camping with her husband, Tim; daughters, Jessica and Amanda; grandchildren, Bryce and Brianna; and "grand-dogs" Brady and Ninja.