- Position Title
Team Leader, NYC Sandy Recovery
- Field Site Name
Gateway National Recreation Area
SUNY ESF (B.S.) and Antioch University New England (M.S.)
B.S. Environmental Studies (focus in Communications and Culture) and M.S. Conservation Biology
- Dream Job
Managing or directing a citizen science organization
- If I could pass a law…
I would ban industrial factory farming and all forms of animal cruelty.
- The person who inspires me post is…
Liz Putnam! Ever since I saw her speak at my SUNY ESF Commencement in 2006 (and had somehow never learned of her or the SCA until my senior year of college!) she has given me strength to continue on the conservation path, and become a stronger leader in the conservation ﬁeld. I owe her and the SCA a great deal for where I am now.
- If I were a shape-shifter, I’d turn into…
a bird! I’d love to soar above beautiful mountains , canyons, rivers, and oceans and feel the air rush against my wings!
- Most memorable outdoor moment
I have so many! One of my ﬁrst memorable ones though was driving cross-country with my college friends Melissa and Ashley. We stopped at the Grand Canyon, and hiked some of the South Kaibab Trail. Its magniﬁcent beauty overtook me as I watched the birds soaring above the deep canyons (and made sure my crampons were still attached in the icy conditions!) I wish someday to return and complete the hike to the bottom of the canyon… not during the winter!
- Favorite Song
“I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead
Think positive, act positive! Smile! It works wonders!
I’m so excited to be leading a leader team, a high school team, and in general working with and meeting so many great people on the Hurricane Sandy Recovery at Gateway National Recreation Area – from Sandy Hook to Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge and sites in between that I’ve visited throughout my life! We’re going to do some amazing work!