Mike is a Newfoundlander-by-choice, who moved to the Southern Shore from the United States in 2012 with his wife, a native Newfoundlander. He has a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College and has worked for more than 40 years as the vice-president of a private Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm in the US. He continues to work part time as the company’s Chief Marine Engineer. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and previously served for many years on the Scholarship Committee of the American Society of Naval Engineers.

JANE SEVERS – Vice Chair

As principle of Jane Severs Interpretive Planning, Jane assists museums, historic sites and communities with the planning and development of visitor experiences. Jane is also the Executive Director of the Association of Heritage Industries Newfoundland and Labrador, an umbrella organization of provincial heritage groups, encompassing museums, archives, archaeology, genealogy, built and intangible heritage, and more.

Amanda Carter – Treasurer

Amanda is from Witless Bay. She completed the Business Management Accounting Program at College of the North Atlantic as well as the completion of the Bachelor of Business Administration at Memorial University. Most Recently, she has completed the Chartered Professional Accountant Designation. She is currently employed with Eastern Health as a Financial Analyst.

Jane Costello, PhD – Secretary

Jane has always had a keen interest in the community and the historical Colony in particular, her father having originally been from Ferryland. Jane holds a doctorate in eResearch and Technology Enhanced Learning from Lancaster University, UK, Master of Arts (Educational Technology) from Concordia University in Montreal, Diploma in Educational Technology from McGill University in Montreal and Bachelor of Arts (French and Linguistics) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) from Memorial University. Jane, a former K-12 teacher, resides in St. John’s where she works at Memorial University


David is originally from Renews, and his interest in archeology began while in high school when he volunteered on a project in his home community headed by Steve Mills. David later worked as a field assistant on the dig at Fort Townshend in St. John’s, and is excited to have the opportunity now to contribute to a program that is so important to not only Ferryland, but the Southern Shore and the province. David currently resides in St. John’s and is an associate lawyer with the firm of McInnes Cooper.

Des costello – DIRECTOR

Des is originally from Ferryland, growing up adjacent to the Colony of Avalon site. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics from Memorial University and works in Information Technology with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Des joined the board of the Colony of Avalon in 2010 out of love for his native community and the desire to contribute to the Southern Shore region.

John p. andrews – DIRECTOR

John Peter Andrews attended Memorial University receiving a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in 1976 and attended Dalhousie University receiving an MBA in 1977. During his legal education at Dalhousie University, he received the Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation Prize and Graduated in 1980. Following his call to the bar in 1981, he commenced private practice for three years before joining Mobile Oil Canada Ltd., responsible for legal advice to the offshore exploration projects and Hibernia Development Project. In 1990he joined Civil Division, Department of Justice, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador advising the Department of Mines and Energy and other natural resource departments. In 2001 he joined the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board as a Manager, Legal and Land was appointed Corporate Secretary in 2006. In 2009-10, he was a witness at the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry and Counsel For the C-NLOPB  at the Inquiry. In 2014, he was appointed Director, Legal, Regulatory and Public Affairs, a position from which he retired in April 2015. He has served in executive roles with The Arthritis Society (President 1985-87), Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club (President 2004-05), Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation (Seminar Co-chair 2007, President 2008-09), and was a director of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest.

Glenn Keough – DIRECTOR

Received a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University and masters in Military and Strategic Studies at the University of New Brunswick as well as coursework in Cultural Resource Management Diploma from the University of Victoria. For the last 20 years Glenn has worked for the Department of Tourism as an interpreter, special event co-ordinator, manager/curator, and provincial historic sites officer. He’s currently working with Parks Canada as Manager of National Historic Sites and Visitor Experience. Glenn is married with two children.