Natalie Barnett
Director of Operations, Bar Harbor

Growing up as a Navy brat, Natalie moved around a lot as a kid (Hawaii was the farthest flung place she briefly called home) before her family settled in northern New York state. The seven years she spent in rural Peru, New York instilled in her a love of ice cream (and most cow related products), apples, and cheap beer. 

Natalie first visited MDIIC when she traveled to Bar Harbor as a prospective student at College of the Atlantic in 2006. She has been working for Linda since the summer of 2009 and after graduating COA, she decided to live in Bar Harbor permanently and work in the ice cream business year-round.

Her favorite flavor is the Callebaut Chocolate with rainbow sprinkles on a wafer cone (a classic!). Her favorite beer is Pabst Blue Ribbon and her favorite movies are the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Brian Lowit
Partner, Washington DC

After 20+ years of running his own label Lovitt Records, and 15+ years managing DC punk mainstay Dischord Records, Brian wanted his next project to be something even cooler... ice cream.  Brian’s love of Mount Desert Island Ice Cream and friendship with MDI’s owner Linda Parker made him decide that Washington DC needed an MDI ice cream shop of its own. Brian is looking forward to finally opening DC’s premier shop in the NW DC neighborhood of Mount Pleasant, where he will oversee operations, wholesale sales and promotions. When he isn’t working or going to see live music, he enjoys going to Washington Capitals games, being an extra on TV shows and of course spending time with his wife, Gwen, and their two rescue dogs, Philip & Porter.

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Melissa Quinley
Partner, Washington DC

After a long career of nurturing and operating small DIY organizations, including working for many years with DC punk label Dischord Records, Melissa has decided that her business experience combined with her lifetime love affair with premium desserts should be put towards bringing MDI Ice Cream to Washington, DC. She will be running the new DC store with long-time friend Brian Lowit, where she will be the chief ice cream maker and shop organizer. She enjoys playing music with her band Soccer Team, jogging, photographing her cats, and hanging out with her husband Dennis who she lives with in Brightwood.

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Tara Allen
Manager, Bar Harbor

Tara started working at MDIIC in 2014 while she was attending College of the Atlantic. After graduating she moved back to her home state of Florida where she managed an organic farm, lived in a tiny house, and spent countless hours at the beach. She recently moved back to Maine and had such fond memories of scooping ice cream that she had to work at MDIIC again. Tara is vegan and in her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, and doing puzzles.