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.

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.

Maryanne Boland – Treasurer

Maryanne is from Calvert. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a background in Administration and Financial Management and is currently working with CBDC (Community Business Development Corporation) Celtic as a Development Officer. Maryanne joined the Colony of Avalon Board of Directors in 2016.

JANE SEVERS – Secretary

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.


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.


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.


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.

Jackie Walsh – DIRECTOR

Jane Costello, PhD – DIRECTOR

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.