Meet Our Team


Carroll Fernald Owner

Before moving to Mount Desert Island 32 years ago with her family, Carroll was a real estate agent in Houston, Texas. She started her Maine real estate career in 1997, which included learning the ropes as a rental agent as well as a broker. She is a senior vice president with Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty and is a specialist in the markets of Mount Desert Island and surrounding areas. Knowledge of her community and market area, attention to detail, communication with her clients, and follow-through are Carroll's hallmarks.

Carroll is an active member of the Mount Desert Island community and is involved in a volunteer capacity with the Mount Desert Historical Society, Westside Food Pantry, and Harbor House Community Center . She has three grown children and ten grandchildren, and lives in Somesville with her husband, Tom in an historic old house.  She is a passionate grandmother, gardener, cook, and traveler, when time permits.

Kate Weir  Office Manager 

Originally from Vermont, Kate grew up skiing/snowboarding, riding horses, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors. She attended Garrison Forest School in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Champlain College with a BS in Business. A summer trip to MDI turned into many repeats where she met her future husband. She dragged the 'boat guy' to Vermont where they had two children and she helped to found True North Wilderness Program; a wilderness therapy program for struggling teenagers. But the sea called her husband and they moved back to Bar Harbor full time in 2007. After taking time to raise their children, Kate started at Summer House in 2012.

Lisa Wissinger
, Rental Agent

Lisa has a background in education, software training and implementation and project management. She enjoys being active and some of her favorite activities include biking, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and traveling. This love of adventure is what brought her and her husband to MDI. After a couple of vacations here, they bought into the sloganMaine- The Way Life Should Be. In 2007, they moved to Southwest Harbor and purchased a seasonal cottage rental business where they were able to not only provide accommodations, but to also share their enthusiasm for and knowledge of Acadia and MDI with their guests.  They sold the business in 2014 and Lisa spent some time working as a facilitator at Camp Beech Cliff’s Acadia Leadership Institute and devoted more time to some of her other hobbies.  Lisa now brings her love of adventure and her project management skills to Summer House Cottage Rentals to help others plan the perfect stay on MDI.   

Ben Paulsen, Rental Agent

A lifelong resident of Mount Desert Island, Ben grew up in Bar Harbor and attend MDI High School. He has been a caretaker and property manager for fifteen plus years and he has a vast knowledge of the area. He enjoys meeting and talking with new people and sharing his passion for MDI. He currently lives in Seal harbor with his wife Angela and two children, Nora age 11 and Elias age 7. Ben spends his free time playing golf, coaching youth sports, enjoying Acadia with his family, cooking and gardening.