Director of Education
My love of nature started as a young child. I grew up on a small farm in Warren, Rhode Island and was surrounded by a variety of animals including chickens, ducks, geese, pheasants, goats, a cow, a pony, and even miniature horses. My father and uncle were also the go-to rescuers for raccoons stuck in chimneys and squirrels trapped in attics which proved to be interesting introduction to wildlife rehabilitation and solidified my love of wild animals.
After receiving a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Dubuque in 1995, I unexpectedly fell in love with environmental education after accepting a position at a YMCA residential camp in East Troy, WI. Since then, I have gained nearly 20 years of experience in the field and hope to spend my life sharing my passion for nature with others through teaching, children’s books, photography, and more.
I have been fortunate to work for several well known and respected organizations including the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Norman Bird Sanctuary. I am thrilled to add the Maria Mitchell Association to that list and look forward to working with the Nantucket Community.
Interests and Accomplishments
In 2006, I returned to school to study digital photography at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts. I chose this area of study because of my personal goal to write and photographically illustrate my own children’s nature stories. Since then my successes in photography have included:
- An honorable mention in National Geographic’s International Photography Competition for the image above. This was 1 of 13 images selected from 148,000 photographs taken around the world.
- Cover photo for Southcoast Insider Magazine
- Cover photo for the Audubon Report from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island
- Cover photo for the Rhode Island Environmental Literacy Plan
- Several images selected over multiple years for inclusion in the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Annual Tide Calendar
- Several images were used in the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association’s Strategic Plan and Annual Report
My other accomplishments include:
2006 Volunteer of the Year for the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society
1995 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer to the State of Iowa
Since graduating from BU’s CDIA, I have written 4 short children’s stories that have been used in education programs and 1 full length children’s book that I will be illustrating during the summer of 2014
Board Member – Massachusetts Environmental Education Society 2015 – present
Massachusetts Environmental Literacy Plan – writing committee 2016 – present
Board Member – Rhode Island Environmental Education Association 2012-2014
Board Member- Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative 2010-2013
Plant Conservation Volunteer for the New England Wild Flower Society – 2000 – present
Marine Mammal Stranding Volunteer for Mystic Aquarium – 2012 – present
Biomes Marine Center – Painted 10ft x 7ft wrap around mangrove exhibit
Invasive Plant Atlas of New England – 2002-2004
Volunteer for the Audubon Society of RI – 2006-present – provide photography for fundraisers, family events, brochures, etc
Save the Bay: 1999-2008: collected seasonal data on seal and horseshoe crab populations
International Coastal Clean-up organizer 1997-2006, participant 2007 – present
Roger Williams Zoo, Volunteer/Zoo Docent, Summer 1995, January 1997 – May 1999