Our Team

The TerraCorps team consists of:

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TerraCorps Staff

David Graham Wolf

President and CEO

As President /CEO, David lead the spin-off of TerraCorps beginning in 2017 and continues charting the course for its expansion beyond Massachusetts.  For more than a decade, David provided leadership for Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, first as Conservation Director, then Deputy Director, where he designed the original TerraCorps program model and nurtured its growth from a pilot project with four Members to its current scale.

David is an unshakable advocate for authentic engagement of diverse peoples in the mission-driven work of land conservation. Having grown up in an under-resourced urban community in Worcester Massachusetts, David has valuable perspective for engaging populations struggling with socioeconomic and environmental challenges that effect health and quality of life. Through his career in land conservation, David has learned that people from all walks of life have different personal and cultural connections to the land and that it can be mutually productive to explore these connections together. Having once measured success in terms of acres conserved, he now sees victory in each invitation he receives to collaborate with organizations, people, and communities that are seemingly disconnected from or marginalized by the traditional land conservation mission.

David is a conservation biologist, educator, and entrepreneur with an M.S. from Antioch University New England, M.Ed. from UMass-Boston, and B.S. from Johnson and Wales University. Prior to his tenure with Mount Grace, he helped land trusts and municipal commissions prioritize conservation land acquisitions as managing partner of a small consulting practice, and also served at Franklin Pierce University as an adjunct professor of natural sciences.  dgwolf(at)terracorps.org

Maria Infante

Chief People and Culture Officer

Maria joined TerraCorps as Chief People and Culture Officer in October 2018.  As a key member of the leadership team, Maria cultivates an intentially inclusive organizational culture by designing and implementing innovative systems for Board, staff, and AmeriCorps member recruitment, learning experience design, and organizational behavior.  Maria comes to TerraCorps after working for Project Bread- The Walk for Hunger for more than a decade, most recently as Director of Community Outreach focusing on inter-agency collaboration, community engagement, and education and training. Prior to joining Project Bread, Maria worked as a state certified legal interpreter for Massachusetts’s District Court Department, Criminal Division.

Maria is a longtime volunteer facilitator with Community Inroads in Lawrence, MA, and also serves on its Board of Directors and Cultural Inclusion Steering Committee. Maria’s past Board service also includes time with the House of Hope in Lowell, MA, and STRIDE, a Boston-based training and support program for college students. Maria graduated magna cum laude from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, has a graduate certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from the Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University, and has earned an M.S.A. in international development through Andrews University.  In her professional and personal life Maria is guided by a strong commitment to servant leadership and intellectual curiosity, values that also support her love of dictionaries, art museums, and political cartoons. minfante(at)terracorps.org

Hanna Mogensen

Chief Program Officer

As Chief Program Officer, Hanna oversees all aspects of TerraCorps program development and delivery at a multi-state scale to maximize the experience of TerraCorps members and our service site partners.  Hanna joined TerraCorps in Feburary 2017 when the program was still administered by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and her visionary and engaged leadership style are deeply connected to TerraCorps’ post spin-off success.

Prior to joining TerraCorps, Hanna spent two years working on a large-scale coastal restoration project along the North Shore of Massachusetts where she started as an SCA-AmeriCorps member. She also worked as a research technician on Mount Desert Island with the MDI Biological Laboratory and taught environmental education with Maine Audubon, Catalina Island Conservancy, and The Advent School. Hanna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College in biology and environmental science & policy. She originally hails from Maine, but now calls Somerville home and is enjoying a taste of city life. hmogensen(at)terracorps.org

Sean Pollock

Chief Innovation Officer

As TerraCorps’ Chief Innovation Officer, Sean oversees the systemization of TerraCorps’ financial, data, and technology operations. Sean has provided key leadership for TerraCorps since 2010 when he helped design the program model while serving as Director of Finance and Operations at Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. Sean became TerraCorps’s Massachusetts Program Director in 2013 and successfuly grew the program from 20-36 members as a direct result of his success engaging new organizations and cultivating partnerships. Sean joined Mount Grace in 2006 and also served as its Director of Community Engagement.

In Sean’s early career, he worked as the Operations and Technology Coordinator at the Environmental Leadership Program and as a Naturalist Teacher at San Joaquin Outdoor Education where he led young people from diverse backgrounds through an outdoor residential program of science-based discovery.  Sean is an AmeriCorps alumni having completed two years of national service with the Student Conservation Association in New Hampshire, and the California Conservation Corps.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Skidmore College. spollock(at)terracorps.org

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Mackenzie Sains

Massachusetts Program Co-Director

Mackenzie joined the TerraCorps team in August 2018.  As the Massachusetts Program Co-Director, Mackenzie focuses on building and cultivating strong partnerships, as well as supporting TerraCorps members’ service experience and professional development. She helps orient, train, support, and supervise TerraCorps Members and Service Site partners as well as offering general day-to-day program support.

Mackenzie is a TerraCorps alumni (2017), having completed her service year as a Community Engagement Coordinator at Backyard Growers in Gloucester, MA.  In Mackenzie’s early career, she farmed with The Food Project and worked as a Communications Manager supporting families with dignifying older adult services. Mackenzie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and brings experience in interpersonal communications, community development, urban agriculture, and sustainable farming. Originally from sunny Southern California, Mackenzie now calls the North Shore beaches home.  msains(at)terracorps.org

TerraCorps Board of Directors

Lianna Lee

Founding Board Director (Chair)

Lianna was elected by her peers to serve as Chair of the TerraCorps Board of Directors at the June 2019 annual meeting. Lianna is a TerraCorps alumni (2012), founding Board Director, and also serves on TerraCorps’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Lianna completed her TerraCorps service year at Wildlands Trust in Southeastern MA as a Community Engagement Coordinator in 2012.  After TerraCorps, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the rain forests of Cameroon and worked at both the Ammonoosuc and Tug Hill Tomorrow land trusts leading community programs. Today Lianna is the Communications Specialist at the Northern Forest Center in Concord, NH. As a Millennial and person of color, Lianna is interested in cultivating a more inclusive next generation of leaders for the land trust movement. She presented a workshop to a national audience called Developing the Millennial Leaders that Land Trusts Need at LTA Rally 2018, and in 2019 she is currently a New England Regional Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program.

Thai Ha-Ngoc

Founding Board Director (Treasurer)

Thai is a founding Director of TerraCorps and was elected by his peers to serve a second term as Treasurer of the TerraCorps Board of Directors at the June 2019 annual meeting. He is a Senior Finance Director, Global Supply Chain and Logistics for Target and formerly the Director of Finance and Operations at Daily Table, an innovative not-for-profit grocery store focused on increasing community health in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  Prior to his joining Daily Table, Thai worked for five years at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation as a Grant Program Associate supporting projects aimed at creating a resilient and healthy food system in New England. Thai is a TerraCorps alumni (2010) having completed his service year as a Land Stewardship Coordinator at Sudbury Valley Trustees. Thai holds an MBA from University of Michigan, a Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in Environmental Studies and Economics, and is Steering Committee Co-chair of the Saffron Circle, a giving circle funding social change in the Greater Boston Asian community.

Marcela Maldonado

Founding Board Director (Secretary)

Marcela is a founding Director, serves on TerraCorps’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and is serving her second term as Secretary of the Board of Directors. Marcela is the Preserve Coordinator at the New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy where she stewards a portfolio of properties in Mount Kisco, New York. Prior to working at TNC, Marcela was the Stewardship Program Manager at Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, and worked for the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy on habitat restoration and volunteer management, and also lead Spanish language natural history interpretative programs. Marcela has supervised and mentored a handful of TerraCorps members, and led workshops on cultural competency and active inclusion at the annual TerraCorps residential orientation at Harvard Forest. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, serves on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Next Generation Advisory Council, and is a New England Regional Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program.

Reggie Hall

Founding Board Director

Reggie is a founding Director of TerraCorps and was elected by his peers to serve as At-Large member of the TerraCorps Executive Committee in January 2019.  Reggie is the Director of the $50  million Conservation Loan Program at The Conservation Fund (TCF) and also serves as TCF’s Conservation Acquisition Representative for MA, CT, and RI.  Throughout his distinguished career, Reggie has helped conserve nearly 300,000 acres across the U.S. and Canada. During his tenure as the Director of Land Protection at the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Reggie helped initiate AmeriCorps Project Conserve in 2004 to boost land conservation capacity in western North Carolina.  He serves on the Land Trust Alliance’s Conservation Defense Advisory Council and has received numerous awards for his work to protect America’s special places including a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Region 5 Division of Realty Service Award, a U.S. Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award and a National Trust For Historic Preservation Award For Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation.  Reggie grew up and was educated in New England attending Williams College and Vermont Law School where he received his JD and MSEL degrees.

Brittany Laginhas

Founding Board Director

Brittany is a founding Director of TerraCorps and serves as the Co-Chair of TerraCorps’ Alumni Advisory Committe. Brittany is pursuing her Ph.D in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, where she focuses on geospatial analysis of invasive species distributions at the global scale. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Brittany earned an M.A. in Biology and B.S. in Environmental Science from Clark University. Brittany is a field biologist with significant professional experience conducting vegetation and bathymetric surveys, designing restoration plans for aquatic and wetland systems, and assessing wildlife habitat for mitigation and permitting projects. A GIS expert, Brittany is currently a teaching assistant in the GIS lab at UMass-Amherst and volunteers at environmental non-profits helping them map and analyze environmental data.  Brittany is a TerraCorps Alumni (2015) having completed her year of service as a Land Stewardship Coordinator at Kestrel Land Trust.

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Ben Padilla

Founding Board Director

Ben is a founding Director of TerraCorps and serves as the Co-Chair of TerraCorps’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, where he studies the ecology of urban ecosystems, and works to bridge the gap between scientists and the public by engaging people in the exploration of the natural world in their own communities.   Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Ben earned an M.Ed. from UMass, an M.S. from Ohio State University, and a B.S. from Gordon College. He is a certified high school teacher having taught 9th grade environmental science in Springfield, Massachusetts and an environmental educator having developed and run a number of summer camp programs.  Ben is a TerraCorps alumni (2012) having completed his year of national service as a Community Engagement Coordinator at Groundwork Lawrence.

Dr. Jason Rhoades, Ph.D

Founding Board Director

Jason is a founding Director of TerraCorps and serves as the Co-Chair of TerraCorps’ Partner Steering Committee.  Jason directs the International Service Program and serves on the faculty in the Departments of Environmental Studies and Management at Antioch University New England.  In his teaching, research, and work as a practitioner, Jason focuses on fostering grassroots engagement at the community level to create positive social and environmental outcomes.  Jason is a TerraCorps alumni (2010) having completed a year of national service as a Community Engagement Coordinator at Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. Jason is also a Peace Corps alum having served two years in Armenia.  He earned his Ph.D in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England in 2016 and his M.S. in Forestry from Michigan Technological University in 2008.

 TerraCorps Service Members

Katie Adee

Community Engagement Coordinator
Full Circle Earth

Katie Adee is a recent graduate of St. Lawrence University where she majored in Environmental Studies with a double minor in African Studies and Peace Studies. During her time at St. Lawrence University she spent a semester abroad in Kenya and was able to experience beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and fascinating cultures. She loves traveling and learning about different ways humans impact the environment around us. In her spare time, she really likes to hike, swim, and spend time with her friends, family, and dogs. She is so excited to begin serving with TerraCorps and Full Circle Earth as the Community Engagement Coordinator!

Andrew Ahern

Community Engagement Coordinator
Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

Andrew is serving as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. He plans to further incorporate climate change in the discussion concerning Broad Meadow Brook and the greater Worcester community. He looks forward to collaborating with community members in collectively solving some of the issues that afflict Worcester, especially as it relates to its carbon footprint and its use of land, all while making social justice a priority. In his free time, he likes to play music, read, and adventure to different cities and natural landscapes.

Sara Amish

Regional Collaboration Coordinator
Sudbury Valley Trustees

Sara grew up in the Bitterroot Valley in Montana, flanked by two ranges of the Rocky Mountains. She grew up wandering in the woods in the summer and skiing in the winter. She received her bachelors degree from Montana State University in conservation biology and ecology in December. Over the last couple years, she had done everything from guiding to research to canvassing. Throughout it all, she had enjoyed a deepening appreciation for the diversity of the natural world. She is thrilled to be serving with the Sudbury Valley Trustees for a second year and learn more about the Northeast. She enjoys backpacking, climbing, and doing pretty much anything outside. Her favorite fun fact is that the scientific name for bison is bison bison.

Sophie Andrews

Youth Education Coordinator
East Quabbin Land Trust

Sophie Andrews has come from upstate NY to bask in the lovely climate and wildlife of Western Massachusetts. Originally from NYC and New Paltz, NY, she loves to cook, laugh, make friends, and most of all be outside and hike! She studied art and experiential education at Hampshire College, and is looking forward to planting trees with help from the local kids and community members. She will be the Youth Educator for the East Quabbin Land Trust this year. Sophie has her Permaculture Design certification and is excited to learn more about how to engage youth with nature, and inspire. Sophie has been a camp counselor for many years.

Denise Barstow

Regional Collaboration/ Community Engagement Coordinator
Kestrel Land Trust

Denise Barstow is a seventh generation dairy farmer at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, MA. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2014 with a degree in Recreation Management and Policy, she headed west. Denise served as a trail guide naturalist for the Glacier Institute in Glacier National Park where she developed a love and appreciation of place. To take the best care of the place she loves most, Denise returned home to the farm in 2017 where she took on the role of Marketing and Education Manager. Between offering farm tours, speaking in classrooms, and being available to farm customers, Denise has become fluent in the language of dairy. She looks forward to becoming more fluent in the language of land conservation while serving at the Kestrel Land Trust, in Amherst, MA.

Dan Boudreau

Youth Education Coordinator
Mass Audubon Museum of American Bird Art

Dan graduated from Colby College in 2018 as a Spanish lit major and geology minor. He’s thrilled to be returning to his native Massachusetts after serving his first AmeriCorps term as an elementary school reading tutor with Literacy First in Texas. He’s excited to share his love for nature with kids at the Museum of American Bird Art. When he’s not hugging trees or picking up rocks, he enjoys skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and playing ultimate and disc golf.

Jonas Bruggemann

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Jonas was born in Boston but grew up in central Germany. In Germany, Jonas spent most of his time scavenging the nearby forests and medieval landmarks which sparked his interest in conservation and history. Returning to the US in 2012, Jonas attended high school in Boston and eventually UMass Amherst where he finished his B.S. degree in Natural Resources Conservation in 2019. This past spring and summer, Jonas has been interning at the Mansfield Conservation Department which inspired him to eventually work in that field himself. When Jonas isn’t working to save the trees, he is usually found hiking, drinking coffee and listening to music, potentially at the same time. Jonas is thrilled to serve with Broadmoor where he will be focused on trails, engage in community projects and helping with bird surveys.

Valerie Cedrone

Regional Collaboration Coordinator
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust/ North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership

Valerie is originally from Newton, Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for her undergraduate degree. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Public Health, she decided to stay close to the Pioneer Valley because she loves the community, the mountains, and all the farmland! She spent her time in college driving buses for UMass Transit, which left her with many interesting stories. She is passionate about food and educating others about healthy, fresh, and sustainable food choices. Her favorite thing to do in her free time is go on hikes with her dog, cook, and learn about building a van to live in. She is excited to be serving with the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust this year and learning more about land protection!

Jack Christensen

Regional Collaboration Coordinator
Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance

Jack grew up in coastal southwestern Connecticut. He recently graduated from St. Lawrence University in New York’s North Country with a combined bachelor’s degree in English and Environmental Studies. His time in the remote North Country deepened his fascination with environmental subjects and the outdoors, and he is thrilled to draw upon that passion as a Regional Collaboration Coordinator with the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance.  His other interests include creative writing, forest therapy (shinrin-yoku), deep travel, and further examining the ways human communities are entangled with their natural ecosystems.

Julia Damiano

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Julia is originally from Long Island, New York! Back in June 2019, she finished her B.S from the University of Delaware, where she majored in Agriculture and Natural Resource and had a double minor in Resource Economics and Environmental Humanities. Now, she is an M.S candidate at Northeastern University where she is pursuing her master’s in environmental science and Policy. She is beyond excited to be serving with TerraCorps as a Land Stewardship Coordinator for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy! During her free time, Julia loves to hike, explore nature, and travel!

Tessa Dowling

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Hilltown Land Trust

For Tessa, New England forests feel like home.  Taking an invasive species control internship in California and traveling abroad to Latin America were temporary adventures, as the call of spring peepers and the lure of tracking animals on cross-country skis would always bring her back to Western MA.  Tessa revels in canoeing, hiking, and getting really muddy, and she tries to get others, especially children, to join her in exploring the peculiarities of the natural world.  This photo, for instance, was taken to show a class of three-year-olds how beavers chew down trees.  Tessa has recently completed her master’s degree from the University of New England in Maine studying salt marsh ecology.  She is excited to serve with the HIlltown Land Trust and help protect the land she knows and loves.

Sam Evers

Regional Collaboration Coordinator
Growing Places

Sam grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania surrounded by the Delaware Water Gap, where he gained a deep curiosity of how people interact with the Earth they inhabit. He graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor’s of Science, completing an Integrated Degree combining Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development, and is thrilled to continue his learning by serving as a Regional Collaboration Coordinator with Growing Places. He is passionate about helping to build regenerative and equitable food systems, especially analyzing food systems in order to inform collaborative decision making and design. Sam is grateful to have had opportunities guiding his journey, from researching mushroom production in Cambodia, to developing biodegradable plates out of coffee chaff in Chicago, and even flash-mobbing the Mezquita in Spain.  Music and singing are very important parts of Sam`s life and cast albums of musicals are his favorite to listen to.  Other interests include knitting, cooking, and thinking about life.

Elana Feldman

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Elana is very excited to be serving as the Land Stewardship Coordinator for the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. She was raised in Swampscott, MA, where she learned her love for outdoor recreation, and graduated from Middlebury College in February 2018 with a degree in conservation biology. This past year, Elana served with ECO AmeriCorps in Vermont as the Habitat Steward for the CISMA for the Batten Kill Watershed. She is very excited to return to the Massachusetts North Shore for a second service year to give back the community that raised her.

Daniel Forkner

Regional Collaboration Coordinator
Growing Places

Daniel was born in raised in Atlanta, GA and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in finance. After a time as a commercial real estate agent, he spent a year traveling abroad and started a podcast dedicated to systemic environmental and economic issues. Now, he can’t wait to serve the communities of North Central MA as the Regional Collaboration Coordinator for Growing Places in Leominster, MA, working to build equitable and sustainable food systems adapted to community needs. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, playing the piano, getting outside, and reading.

Allie Garland-Foster

Community Engagement Coordinator
Hilltown Land Trust

Four years ago Allie was in search of a rather unorthodox educational experience, and that’s when she stumbled across Hampshire College. From her quaint hometown of Liberty, Missouri she made the journey out East. Four years later she graduated from Hampshire where her thesis focused on the Critical Pedagogy of Place and its role in environmental education curriculum design. This year she will be bringing her passion for place-based learning to Hilltown Land Trust as the Community Engagement Coordinator. She is looking forward to bringing community together through the education and stewardship of the land in order to promote and protect ecological diversity. In her free time, you can find Allie cooking up a storm of yummy vegan recipes, practicing her German, playing around with the camera, and always taking on new creative pursuits!

Katrina Goldowsky-Dill

Urban Agriculture Coordinator
Natick Community Organic Farm

Katrina (she/her) grew up in Somerville MA, where as an eleven-year-old she grew a crop of potatoes in her bedroom. As a child, Katrina wanted to be an educator but learned in college that goat kids are as fun as human kids. Since then, she has worked with both: leading field trips and educational programs on many farms, from the middle of London to the rooftops of Queens. When not telling bad jokes or chopping vegetables with third graders, she enjoys contra dancing, crocheting octopuses, and playing fetch with her cat.

Nydia Hernandez

Urban Agriculture Coordinator
Gardening the Community

Nydia recently graduated magna cum laude from Springfield College where she majored in Sociology with a concentration in Community Leadership & Development. As a Springfield native, mother and resident, she is highly committed to building an inclusive and equitable community through empowering others especially in her home town of Springfield, MA. She is passionate about serving her community, advocating and practicing food justice to lead strong local food systems. Nydia is excited for the opportunity to continue collaborating with Gardening the Community (GTC) through Terracorps, as she previously interned with GTC during the Spring. Nydia plans to increase public awareness around the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) to educate and expand local participation. She hopes to inspire youth in her community to become leading urban sustainers. Her hobbies include hiking, thrifting, traveling, and learning.

Dylan Hillman

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Sippican Lands Trust

Dylan grew up on Cape Cod and was raised by a professor of environmental studies at the local college. He is a recent graduate of Wheaton College where he was a co-leader of the Outdoors Club. His interests include dog walking, rock climbing, and integrating technology to enhance our nature experience (i.e. geocaching). He is very excited to be engaged with a multifaceted approach to Land Stewardship for the Sippican Lands Trust that exercises a variety of skills. Dylan believes we need to take care of our backyards so they will be there for future generations.

Eamon Horrigan

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Wildlands Trust

Eamon is a recent graduate of Connecticut College with a major in Biology and a minor in Sociology. He hails from the concrete jungle of Baltimore, Maryland. In college, Eamon enjoyed a semester abroad in the actual jungles of Australia, where he conducted research studying Australian public opinion on climate change. His past work experience has been in horticulture at Tower Hill Botanical Garden, forest management in New Jersey and Pennsylvania this past summer, and general land maintenance at his college’s arboretum. In college, Eamon played four years of Ultimate Frisbee, and still like to play when he can. He also enjoys playing pickup basketball and soccer, and has recently picked up the guitar.

Kyla Isakson

Youth Education Coordinator
Wareham Land Trust

Kyla is from Kingston, MA, and she recently graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, with a BS in Marine Science and a minor in Environmental Studies. She has participated in environmental education internships at the South Shore Natural Science Center in MA, and Tampa Bay Watch in FL. She studied abroad in Australia in 2018, and she loves to travel and explore new natural environments. Her most recent adventure was to California to see the redwoods in Muir Woods. The ocean is her happy place; she loves kayaking, working on boats for whale watches, relaxing on the beach, and learning more about the creatures living under the surface. She’s looking forward to getting involved with Wareham Land Trust, learning more about Massachusetts ecosystems, and adding to her experiences.

Evan Johnson

Regional Collaboration Coordinator
Berkshire Natural Resources Council

Evan is from North Adams, MA and has a degree in natural resource conservation. He enjoys traveling, playing any sort of game, and hiking with his dog, Murphy (who is a very good boy). Evan is excited to be filling the position of the Regional Collaboration Coordinator for the Berkshire Natural Resources Council this year. He hopes he can get a lot done.

Rob Kearns

Youth Education/ Community Engagement Coordinator
Mass Audubon Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Robert is from Braintree, Massachusetts a community on the South Shore outside of Boston. Robert received his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Robert has an interest in environmental protection and has a specific passion for rivers and the marine environment. Robert has worked to restore the rivers in his hometown of Braintree. He is excited to serve as a Youth Education and Community Education Coordinator with Mass Audubon at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary, which is the site of the largest freshwater ecological restoration in the Northeast. In his free time Robert serves as the Executive Committee Secretary and Outings Chair for the Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter. Robert loves hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and kayaking.

Kaleigh Keohane

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Mass Audubon Lincoln- Conservation Science Department

Kaleigh is very excited to be serving as the Land Stewardship Coordinator for Mass Audubon in Lincoln. She grew up as a TV production nerd in Shrewsbury, MA and got into environmental studies her senior year of high school. At UMass Amherst, she combined her passions for storytelling and environmentalism by obtaining a dual degree in Natural Resources Conservation and Journalism. In her free time you can find her bird-watching, a hobby she picked up from a passionate graduate student she interned for in college. Birding has led her to field jobs on the prairies of Montana and the grasslands of Virginia, where she’s been lucky to explore some beautiful areas of the country. Aside from climbing, hiking, and reading, Kaleigh has recently been working on her kitchen skills and finding new ways to cook and preserve local foods.

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Hayley Leonard

Community Engagement Coordinator
Wildlands Land Trust

Hayley is from Braintree, MA and is a recent graduate from the University of Maine where she earned her B.S in Ecology and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Renewable Energy Economics and Policy. She is especially interested in natural resource management and the human dimensions of climate change. Prior to joining TerraCorps,  Hayley spent a summer as an intern with the Earthwatch Institute, and two summers prior to that as a nature counselor at an overnight camp on Cape Cod. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing with her cat, Simon. Hayley is excited to serve a second year as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Wildlands Trust.

Steve Lin

Youth Education Coordinator
Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Steve was born in Taiwan, but grew up just outside of Boston. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 2016 with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies as well as German Studies. Since college, Steve has taught high school biology and environmental science at an international boarding school. He was also a lead instructor for the Harbor Discoveries Program at the New England Aquarium. Steve currently works part-time at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center while attending graduate school at Boston University for his Masters in Science Education. This year Steve will be serving with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy as their Youth Education Coordinator. During his free time, Steve plays keys and drums in two bands and you can also find him at the tennis or basketball courts. Go Celtics.

Zach Melisi

Urban Agriculture Coordinator
Natick Community Organic Farm

Zachary grew up in Massachusetts, exploring the dangerous wilds of New England suburbia and developing a strong sense of the natural world. In 2017 he graduated from Colby-Sawyer College with a B.S. in Environmental Science, with a newfound focus in teaching in the outdoors. He has been acting as an educator since, focusing on ecology and the outdoors with organizations including the Mass Audubon Society and the W. Alton Jones Nature Center. He is excited to be taking those skills into the area of urban and community agriculture, where he can also further develop his interests in sustainability, environmental advocacy, and permaculture. During this time Zach will also be developing as an artist and storyteller, bringing the influence of a life with the outdoors into visual and written artwork. Or at least he’ll be buried in a good book, a new cooking project, a movie, podcast, or an interesting game.

Casey Merkle

Community Engagement/ Land Stewardship Coordinator
Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center

Casey Merkle was born outside of Chicago and graduated with a major in biology and concentration in aquatic ecology and studio art from Lawrence University. Since graduating, she has held internships in urban science, community engagement, and youth education located in Chicago and Milwaukee. Last year, Casey served as the Youth Education and Community Engagement Coordinator with Groundwork Somerville. She is excited to be serving another year as the Community Engagement/ Land Stewardship Coordinator with Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center.  Casey enjoys fresh smoothies, biking, canoeing, painting, and mural art. In her free time, she is playing soccer, running along the water, or spending a day at the beach.

Emily Merlino

Community Engagement/ Land Stewardship Coordinator
North County Land Trust

Emily Merlino is a former Project Manager in Clinical Research making a career change to contribute to protecting and sharing the wild lands of New England. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nutritional Sciences from UMass Lowell and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Ecological Restoration from the University of Florida. Emily grew up in Groton, MA appreciating the trails around her neighborhood and escaping to them frequently. Recently she has completed through hiking the Long Trail in Vermont and is always looking forward to the next hike. When she isn’t hiking, Emily enjoys listening to music, gardening, cooking, and craft projects. Emily is excited to join North County Land Trust as their Community Education/Land Stewardship Coordinator and to get out from behind her office door and into the community and the woods!

Kadie Moonitz

Regional Collaboration Coordinator
New England Forestry Foundation

Kadie was born and raised in the Santa Clarita Valley in Southern California. She recently graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Landscape Studies. She spent a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and a summer in Rhotia, Tanzania. During that time, she fell in love with traveling and developed a greater appreciation and passion for environmental conservation. Kadie has been working with a service dog organization, Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, since 2017 where she has been helping train dogs for service work. She will be serving with Nova, a golden doodle who is preparing to go to her forever person. In her free time, she enjoys reading, working on a craft project, and going on walks with Nova. She is excited to join New England Forestry Foundation as their Regional Collaboration Coordinator for Landowner Outreach.

Matt Morris

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Sudbury Valley Trustees

Matt is a recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire where he studied wildlife and conservation biology. His previous work has involved research and public education with wildlife ranging from deer mice to humpback whales. Matt is a native New Englander as this is where he grew up, attended college, and worked. He is excited to join Sudbury Valley Trustees and partake in land stewardship and public engagement through conservation. His passions outside of conservation include hiking the White Mountains, reading, and fantasy tabletop RPGs.

Becky Nesnevich

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Mass Audubon Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

Becky recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Zoology. After college she worked as a New England fisheries observer, collecting biological data aboard commercial fishing vessels in Massachusetts. She is now pursuing her interest in ecological restoration as the Land Stewardship Coordinator for Mass Audubon Habitat in Belmont, MA.  She is excited to engage the community and connect people to the wildlife that is all around them. Becky spends her free time practicing Russian, camping in Vermont, and exploring the city of Boston.

Mike Perrin

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Buzzards Bay Coalition & The  Wareham Land Trust

It has been his passion for birds, uncovered through a high school job at a Wild Birds Unlimited store in his hometown of Franklin, MA, that has led Mike to pursue an education in conservation and ecology. He recently graduated from the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Vermont with keen interests in regional land protection and wildlife conservation. Through organizations like Audubon Vermont and The Nature Conservancy Vermont, Mike has spent his summers conducting research on shrubland birds and forest ecosystems and working with stewardship teams to protect and manage beautiful lands across New England.  When he isn’t chasing birds, Mike likes to try new foods and appreciates home-cooked meals with his family. He enjoys discussing natural history and local ecology with anyone interested. Mike is eager to contribute to coastal land protection and restoration as the Land Stewardship Coordinator at the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Wareham Land Trust.

Cameron Piper

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Mass Audubon Lincoln- Conservation Science Department

Cameron grew up outside Denver, Colorado right along the Rocky Mountains. While volunteering at the Denver Zoo, she fell in love with conservation and wildlife field research. She recently graduated from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.S. in Conservation Biology and minor in Food Studies. She is excited to begin exploring her interests in wildlife research and management. Cameron has spent her previous summers as a field researcher studying Red-Headed Woodpeckers, exploring the Adirondacks, creating enrichment at the Bronx Zoo. She also spent a semester abroad in northern Mongolia studying ungulate occupancy, pikas, waterfowl migration, and endangered plant ecology. Cameron absolutely loves to cook and bake, listen to music, see theater, craft, spend time outdoors, and look at adorable photos of Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo.

Connor Rockett

Regional Collaboration Coordinator
New England Forestry Foundation

Connor is a recent graduate of Bowdoin College, where he received his B.A. in Government and Legal Studies and Francophone Studies. He is thrilled to be serving as a Regional Collaboration Coordinator with New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF), where he will be supporting the organization’s tall wood construction programs. He is looking forward to learning about sustainable forestry and conservation, all while pursuing his broader interest in policies for and the development of sustainable, inclusive regional economies. He will be building off past experiences in environmental advocacy and stewardship in this role. A Sherborn, Massachusetts native and an avid runner, he will be training for the 2020 Boston Marathon throughout his TerraCorps term and enjoying each chance he gets to explore new green spaces.

Baie Rogers

Community Engagement Coordinator
CitySprouts

Baie was raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts. She graduated from Hampshire College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree studying photography and sociology. Recently, she spent a year serving FoodCorps, in the Lynn district, under The Food Project, a non-profit organization that she has worked for since 2011, starting as a youth member. Baie is extremely excited to serve CitySprouts as a Community Engagement Coordinator! In her free time she loves to photograph, read, play video games, and visit museums.

Bec Sheinkopf

Youth Education Coordinator
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Bec is a Rhode Islander with a love of nature, science and teaching. They’ve been teaching primarily preschool to elementary grade children in several jobs for around 4 years now, and love making learning new information fun and exciting! Bec loves cooking, D&D, and sci-fi/fantasy stories and will gladly talk for hours about their current favorites. If they see a potential pun, they’ll make it. Bec will be serving as the Youth Education Coordinator for Mount Grace Land Trust in Athol this year.

Eli Smith

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Kestrel Land Trust

As the Land Stewardship Coordinator Eli expands Kestrels ability to establish and maintain signature properties by creating land management plans, conducting habitat management activities, and promoting recreational use of public lands through leading stewardship projects and improving mapping capabilities. As a graduate of Appalachian State University, Eli received his B.S. in Recreation & Park Management and double minored in Geography and Sustainable Development. Internships and seasonal positions up and down the east coast deepened his passion for public lands and environmental stewardship. Eli is professionally motivated to use natural resource based recreation as a piece of the puzzle to address climate change, public health, and environmental justice with the goal to increase quality of life for all people living in all landscapes.

Jansyn Thaw

Community Engagement Coordinator
Just Roots

Jansyn grew up in Amherst, Mass., and has eagerly returned to the Connecticut River Valley after almost a decade in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley. While at Vassar College, Jansyn’s undergraduate work focused on ecology and urban studies. She then earned a Master’s of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School in New York City. Jansyn has many years of experience in environmental systems, food and farming, and was most recently immersed in local agriculture through work on commercial farms in Western Massachusetts and a policy internship at American Farmland Trust. She’s active around social justice issues of race and class, and she’s super excited to be the Community Engagement Coordinator at Just Roots for TerraCorps 2019-2020. When she’s not working, Jansyn likes going to see local theater productions, listening to podcasts, playing recreational sports, and walking through the woods.

Melissa Ward

Youth Education Coordinator
Grow Food Northampton

Melissa is delighted to serve as the Youth Education Coordinator at Grow Food Northampton. For a Western Mass native who wants to create change at home; this is a wonderful opportunity. Melissa earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Smith College and was a teacher for several years. She returned to school for sustainability studies and completed an internship at Just Roots Farm, working with some of the best people on the planet. These experiences allowed her to participate in food justice by increasing access to locally grown, healthy food. She is thrilled to teach about sustainable agriculture, which is where her heart is now. Grow Food will allow her to continue learning about and contributing to nurturing the biotic community and maximizing symbiotic relationships. When not devising ways to save the world, Melissa likes eating blueberries or other summer fruit (except blackberries, too many seeds), and lying on the grass.

Ali Wentzell

Youth Education Coordinator
Mass Audubon Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Ali is so excited to be the Youth Education Coordinator at Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro, MA.  Ali’s love for nature stems from spending every summer at a Girl Scout camp, which she started as a camper in second grade and eventually ended as the Art Director. Ali received her Bachelor’s in International Relations with a focus in Global Environmental Politics, and later received her Master’s in Secondary Social Studies Education. Since then she has been working as a special education paraprofessional for students with moderate and severe disabilities. In her free time, Ali enjoys reading, playing Ultimate Frisbee, pet sitting, and exploring new places.

Corey Wrinn

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Corey is very excited to be joining Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust as the Land Steward Coordinator for the 2019-2020 TerraCorps program year. Having grown-up in Rockport, MA, the ocean ecosystem has been at the forefront of his life and education. Corey graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2018 with a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and Marine Sciences. After spending a season as a naturalist in Homer, Alaska and a year sailing education tall ships in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, his passion for experiential and environmental education lead him to this program where he looks forward to engaging with Massachusetts communities. He is an advocate for environmental justice, Leave No Trace principles and environmental decision-making. You can most likely find Corey playing his guitar on the street, at a venue or sauntering in local forests.

Alissa Young

Land Stewardship Coordinator
Mass Audubon Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary + Southeastern Cape and Islands

Alissa Young obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology and Natural Resources from the University of Vermont in 2018. Alissa is captivated by the connectivity of the natural world and has studied a variety of ecosystems. Alissa was the Regional Collaboration Coordinator for the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA) for the 2018-2019 TerraCorps service year. At SEMPBA Alissa helped facilitate citizen science projects and engaged several municipalities to help start the foundation for regional conservation planning for the Pine Barrens eco-region. For the 2019-2020 TerraCorps program year, Alissa will team up with Mass Audubon Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary as their Land Stewardship Coordinator.

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