Mark kavanagh – CHAIR

Mark is originally from Ferryland and worked at the Colony as a field assistant for four seasons. He studied Business Administration at Memorial University and is enrolled in a Masters of Business Administration-Oil and Gas Management program at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Mark is currently the Director – Canada Region at TAM International Oil Services Ltd and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association (NOIA) and an Assistant Coach with the North East Minor Hockey Association.



Des costello – VICE-CHAIR

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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




Scott is originally from Aquaforte on the Southern Shore and has lived in Paradise for the last 12 years with his wife and two kids. Scott has worked for 11 years as a Realtor with Royal LePage Real Estate. Prior to that, he was the founding member of the group Celtic Connection whose first CD was themed and titled around Calvert’s Dream.