"Education We Need for the World We Want" ~NAAEE 2019

My passion is to connect people with nature in their own communities. I specialize in coordinating and running outreach programs where people live, work and play. I love showing people the hidden natural gems in their own backyard and helping people see the beauty in the "ordinary". 

Personally, I have been married to my husband, Joe, for 20 years and have two children, Grace and Emma. We recently combined households and now live as a multi-generational family with my Mother-in-law. I try very hard to live as I work; everything I do has additional weight attached as I seek to leave the earth better than I found it for the sake of my children. My life's motto is: "We are all in this together." because, well, we are all stuck on the same rock floating in space (for now).

Professionally I am the Project Director – Urban Education & Outreach for New Jersey Audubon and have been with the organization since 2009.  I have been involved in environmental education since 1996 when I worked with Isles, Inc. in Trenton as an AmeriCorps Member with New Jersey Community Water Watch. I then moved on to Greater Newark Conservancy in Newark, NJ where I worked with schools to create teaching gardens and then to the Essex County Environmental Center where I was the Specialist for Environmental Programs for the Department of Recreation.  I hold a B.S. in International Environmental Studies with minors in Meteorology and Human Ecology as well as a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University.  I also hold NJ Teaching Certification in K-12 Earth Science and am Highly Qualified in Elementary Science. I completed the Eastern Regional Network fellowship with the Environmental Leadership Program in 2016 and continue to be active as a Senior Fellow. I was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the ECO (Environment Community Opportunity) Charter School in Camden and serve as the Board Secretary for the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education.