Bios – Combined experiences of over 100 years

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imageRick Oellers attended the University of Southern Maine and formed New England Aquarium Services , Inc in 1985, which specializes in the design, installation and maintenance of aquariums. He founded the Maine State Aquarist Society in 1991 and opened a premier aquarium store that same year, with the intention of teaching hobbyist responsible aquarium husbandry. He later began work as the chief aquarist at the Science & Nature center in Seabrook, New Hampshire, a position he still holds today. Rick was a founder of the American Marinelife Dealers Association (AMDA), serving as president from 1997 to 2001. He taught aquarium husbandry at the University of New England where he became an adjunct scientist in 2008 and is currently an advisor to the ornamental marine fish and breeding project in the Marine Science department. He is an experienced diver and has worked recently surveying and studying lionfish behavior in the Caribbean.

 

Deborah Cheney
Deborah Cheney began fishkeeping thirty years ago. In 1986, her passion for tropical fish led to an aquarist position with New England Aquarium Services. In 1989 Deborah became Vice President, a position she holds today. Deborah has attended Southern Maine Vocational Tech, majoring in fishery science and general biology. In addition to servicing aquariums, she was a major player in the operation of Aquatic Concepts, a premier aquarium store, owned by New England Aquarium Services. Deborah specializes in African Cichlids and general aquarium fish health. Deborah served as Secretary of the Maine State Aquarist Society from 1992-1999. Deborah manages the fresh water breeding program for North East Aquatic Technologies, working with students from the University of New England. Other than tropical fish keeping Debbie’s favorite past time is boating and snorkeling in both lakes, the Gulf of Maine, Florida Keys and Mexico.

 

imageShane Deuben has been keeping fish since he was 4, and has been a full-time employee of NEAS since January 2007. He is NEAS’s Chief Marine Aquarist and the Director of Services and is involved with the marketing and social networking of the company. Shane graduated from the Maine College of Art in 2003 with a BFA in sculpture.

 

Steve Ziadeh imageis the newest member to our talented team. Steve is a former intern of ours that decided to join us after he graduated from the University of New England in 2014.  He holds his bachelors degree in biological sciences with an emphasis in aquaculture and aquarium sciences.  Steve is our coral facility manager and a top-tier technician that charms all of his growing number of clientele!

 

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Eric Oellers recently graduated from Thornton Academy and is currently working for his dad until He finishes his welding degree. Eric has been servicing with his dad all of his life. His favorite aspects of being an aquarist is installing and redoing systems.


 

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Nate Blanchard is our freshwater specialist and has been a hobbyist for a few years in high school and started working for NEAS during that time. Since then, He has attended the University of Maine and recently moved back down to Southern Maine to complete his Aquaculture undergrad. Nate is back at it and looking forward to new opportunities.


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