Alumni Profiles


Juan Pablo Hoffmaister '07
Juan Pablo Hoffmaister '07
Independent Researcher
"I found COA to be a place for people ready to engage with their peers, community and world."

Chellie Pingree '79
Chellie Pingree '79
Representative to US Congress from Maine's First District
"COA fed interests that I didn't know I had - that led to everything else."


Meg Trau '12
Meg Trau '12
Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Science, Boston
"I was looking for a community that shared my values, that really cared about learning, and was engaged with the world."

Hazel Stark '11
Hazel Stark '11
Graduate Student
"I firmly believe that Human Ecology is the most important concept for everyone to understand in order to make this world a sustainable place for all life."


Sam Miller-Mcdonald '09
Sam Miller-Mcdonald '09
Graduate Student, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
"At COA, I learned to act and make things happen independently of defined institutional structures."

Ned Ormsby '91
Ned Ormsby '91
Project Coordinator, Lithic Construction
"COA empowered me to try to make a difference in the world."


Rob Finn '92
Rob Finn '92
Owner, Rob Finn Fine Painting & Design
"The most valuable skill I learned was how to formulate and execute self-directed study."

Kate Hassett '08
Kate Hassett '08
Graduate Student, University of Southern Maine
"COA's self-designed curriculum puts trust and value in self-design."


Kerri Sands '02
Kerri Sands '02
Associate, Good Group Decisions
"At COA I was able to recognize and articulate my skills, and I learned how to apply them to the work that matters most to me."

Nikhit D'Sa '06
Nikhit D'Sa '06
Graduate Student, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
"I would one day like to work at a place like COA where people consider the community to be family."


Aoife O'Brien '05
Aoife O'Brien '05
Certified Nurse Midwife, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, ME
"COA simply is my favorite classroom."

Erin Heacock Zwirko ’04
Erin Heacock Zwirko ’04
Town Planner, Wellesley, MA
"There isn't a day that I don't remember what an amazing place to learn and live COA is."


Richard Epstein '84
Richard Epstein '84
Senior Architect and Urban Designer, RNL Design
"Change is at the heart of COA and I try to bring that idea of how can you build a better world into my work."

April Mauro '04
April Mauro '04
Equine Veterinarian
"I don't think there is any other small college where students receive such a complete education in such a large variety of fields."


Rohan Chitrakar '04
Rohan Chitrakar '04
Cinematographer and Photographer
"COA allows students to experiment with theory and practice in wide-ranging disciplines and across geographic boundaries."

Chelsea Mooser '00
Chelsea Mooser '00
Manager, Outreach, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
"Looking back, it seemed like COA was more like a graduate school for undergraduates."


Greg Stone '82
Greg Stone '82
Senior Vice President and Chief Ocean Scientist at Conservation International
"COA was my gateway to the world of marine biology and conservation."

John Long '86
John Long '86
Professor, Vassar College
"After attending graduate school, I realized that my education at COA was much like graduate school: few exams, much hands-on work, and very high expectations."


Jason Rich '96
Jason Rich '96
Assistant General Counsel, SunEdison
"An education in human ecology at COA is personally very rewarding."