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Say Hello to Some of Our New Staff Members

On Thompson Island we encourage students to get out of their comfort zones, meet new people, and learn to overcome obstacles as a team. We know that great support systems and lasting friendships all start the same way – with someone taking the time to say hi to someone new.

Each year an amazing group of new and returning field instructors and support staff come together on Thompson Island’s shores to create the transformative programs that inspire Boston students. Please join us in saying hi to a few of the new faces that are embarking on their first season with Thompson Island Outward Bound!

Meet Heather Schmidt, Thompson Island’s new Outward Bound Professional Coordinator

We are so happy to introduce Heather! Heather is the co-founder and owner of Union Square Donuts in Somerville (Yum!), an avid cyclist, and as a business owner, will offer a great corporate perspective within OBP. Having Heather as part of the team will provide a great new thought partner in Outward Bound Professional!


Meet Jay Esty, Thompson Island’s new Green Ambassador Program Manager

Jay comes to us with a very diverse professional background. He has been an English and Spanish teacher, a Dean of students, a custom home builder owner, a co-founder of a boat building program, and an outdoor educator! He’s a passionate educator, social justice advocate, and enthusiastic learner and we are so grateful to have him as part of our team.


Meet Kerri Fitzgerald, Thompson Island’s new General Manager

Keri brings to Thompson Island a wealth of hospitality, management and sales expertise. Once a sales director for El Al Airlines, and then a cruise ship company, Keri went on to serve in a sales role at the Marriott in Dartmouth, followed by ten years as General Manager at multiple sites. Keri is known for building strong teams, exceeding guest expectations, raising revenue while also implementing cost controls, ensuring safety for employees and guests, and balancing high standards with a warm approach.

Heather, Jay and Kerri will join the long list of amazing Thompson Island employees working on the island and in our Drydock office to create programs that allow students from our partner schools to discover who they are and what they can become amid Thompson Island’s marshes, beaches, woodlands and meadows.

We love to see all the new and familiar faces working together on Thompson Island to create these amazing outdoor learning opportunities for Boston students. Thank you to all our staff for choosing Thompson Island and working tirelessly to create a place where students can explore, challenge themselves, meet new people, and make new friends.