Meet the Coordinators


img_8055AESOP is an entirely student-run operation- top to bottom, inside and out. This means that while we work within First-Year Programs, we are pretty much free to explore new trip ideas and keep the program fresh and student-focused!

We are highly dedicated to making this the best AESOP yet! We have already started preparing for this fall and will work continuously throughout the summer in preparation for your arrival on campus in August. We look forward to meeting each of you and hope you are all excited about coming to Bates. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at aesop@bates.edu. We’ll answer your questions as quickly as possible, but bear in mind that there are many of you and only a few of us, so please be patient!


Katie Hartnett ’18 – Head Coordinator

Hometown: Saint Paul, MN

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Mahoosuc II

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Hello Class of 2021! Get ready to experience one of the most special things Bates has to offer! AESOP was an amazing experience for me. Whether it is hiking on the Appalachian Trail, working on a farm, or canoeing down a gorgeous Maine river, AESOP provides a time for tons of fun to be had and for many friendships to be made before the start of the school year! Working to plan AESOP 2017 has made me SO excited for you to arrive and join our community here at Bates.

A few facts about me…

  • I hail from the most wonderful state of Minnesota (go Gophers!)
  • I work at a camp where I plan and lead canoeing and backpacking trips
  • I LOVE AESOP
  • I am an avid hockey fan (ice hockey, OF COURSE)
  • I am a Neuroscience major who is also on the pre-med track, woo!
  • I play on the ultimate frisbee team
  • My favorite foods are avocados and chocolate lava cake
  • I love spending my weekends at Bates hiking, skiing, and hanging out in my hammock

Having students plan and lead AESOP trips is an amazing way to integrate the class years. I think it really shows how unified our community is here and how willing we are to support each other. I am truly thrilled for you all to arrive! Have a happy end to the summer – see you in September!!


Kurt Niiler ’18 – Head Coordinator

Hometown: Freedom, NH

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Mahoosuc I

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-10-51-55-amWhat’s good, Class of 2021?? Welcome to Bates! AESOP ain’t no fable — it’s the best four days of your life to start the best four years of your life! To put it into a math equation: Making new friends + hangin’ outside in Maine and New Hampshire = awesome experience and great memories!  I grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, which means there’s a very good chance you will spend your AESOP time on my home turf!! I enjoy skiing and climbing and thoroughly enjoy climbing to ski! At Bates, I am a Geology major, Den food deliverer, string instrument picker, frequent Snapchatter, infrequent radio host and all-around fun-haver! The days that get me most hyped are those spent outside on a sunny day getting progressive on rock or snow with my friends!

Bates is great and you should be STOKED to be coming here! I cannot think of a better way to get more acquainted with your new classmates and surrounding area than AESOP! See you soon!


Adair Andre ’18 – Head Coordinator

Hometown: Edina, MN

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Penobscot River

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HELLO FUTURE BOBCATS! So glad all of you have decided to join our community, and I can’t wait to meet you all. Get pumped for AESOP!

I hail from the best of the Midwest, land of 10,000-plus lakes: Minnesota. I spend quite a lot of time outdoors hiking, canoeing, skiing, climbing, and chillin’, which is why Maine is a great place for me. Some other interests of mine on the Bates campus are badminton club, Bates Ecoreps, Frisbee (the ultimate kind), dancing in the moonlight (and daylight), switching majors too many times (currently a Bio and Environmental Studies double-major), and parler Francais.

Bates has so much to offer in every way, including AESOP! Check out the vast variety of trips we have and find the perfect one for you. Can’t wait to see your happy fresh faces in August!


Josie Gillett ’19 – Assistant Coordinator

Hometown: Seattle, WA

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Prezies II

Hey friends! We are so stoked to welcome you into the Bates community and even more stoked to give you the time of your life on AESOP 2017!

unnamed-4I’m from Seattle, Washington and am a Pacific Northwesterner through and through. I decided to come to Bates and give Maine a try because I was curious about things like blueberries and toothpicks and winter. Here at Bates I’m an Environmental Studies major and I dabble in French and Education. When I’m not doing my homework, you can find me on the Frisbee field, in one of the kitchens on campus, hanging out with Lewiston’s finest kindergarteners or playing in the snow.  I love to hike and have had an awesome time taking advantage of all the terrain that Maine and New England have to offer. I can eat Nutella like no other, have a flock of chickens, enjoy long walks on the beach, and most importantly I am so excited to make AESOP the best week ever!! Let’s get this party started!


Chandler Ryan ’19 – Assistant Coordinator

Hometown: Delmar, NY

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Mahoosuc II

Heya to our newest 2021 Bobkittens! Coming to Bates will be one of the best decisions you’ve made in recent years (especially considering all the tests you likely studied for only dubiously during your senior spring)! AESOP is organically certified as the best way to start out your college career. You knew you were coming to college in Maine, right?! Getting to spend time outside in Maine & New Hampshire is one of our greatest privileges as Bates students, and all 112 of our amazing AESOP Leaders are stoked to get to introduce you to this lovely place we get to call home for four years.

unnamed-2I’m from upstate-ish New York, close to the Adirondacks and the Berkshires, and all the best apple orchards. I discovered the great outdoors for real when forced by my mother to spend a week crawling through dark damp caves at the young age of thirteen, during which I contracted poison ivy that covered my entire body just in time for the midnight release of the 7th Harry Potter book. At Bates I’m an English and Studio Art double major. As a real life working gal I was a JA in Rand Hall and also work at Post & Print making sure your Amazon Prime orders truly get to you in two days. I’m a fan of yoga, photography (check out the AESOP instagram @batesaesop), canoeing, hiking, swimming in fresh bodies of water and working on my chaco tan.

We are all SO excited for y’all to get here, and we’re already busy making sure each and every one of you has an amazing AESOP experience to write home about.


Zach Guion ’19 – Assistant Coordinator

Hometown: Arlington, MA

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Mahoosuc I

unnamed-3What’s up class of 2021?! I hope you’re as stoked for AESOP as I am, it’s going to be the greatest four days of Bates College with the craziest crew of friends you never knew you had. A bit about me, I’m a rising junior with a double major in Politics and Rhetoric. When I’m not in class or the library, I enjoy skiing, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and all sorts of chilling in the great outdoors with the rest of the Outing Club. I’m also the most highly respected cake connoisseur in Commons (Pro-tip, pumpkin cake is the best, blueberry quinoa cake is not worthy of the title cake). Although I’m from J.O.B., I spent most of my childhood weekends and vacations roaming the White Mountains and exploring Maine, so I can vouch for how dope all your trips are going to be. Can’t wait to see all your smiling faces carrying trays around Commons this August!