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.

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.


Laura is from St. John’s, NL, and has lived and worked throughout New England (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine) where she obtained her Assoc. of Science in Landscape Contracting from UMASS Amherst MA 1997, BSc in Communication Disorders 2002 from UNH Durham, NH and in 2007 graduated with a BSc in Nursing from USM Portland, ME. She was honoured to be nominated and to be accepted into the CoA board of directors just this past year. She has a very special appreciation for the Colony of Avalon as it was a favourite of her late father, Dr. James Tuck. She is encouraged to try and keep his vision of what the site could become. She is particularly interested in the re-beautification of the Gentleman’s Garden due to her background in Landscape Design and Contracting.


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.


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.