We’ve got an awesome crew of individuals at Riveredge working to help bring the great outdoors to families, schools, and neighborhoods, and we want to let you know a little more about them. In this edition of our new feature, Meet The Staff, find out who believes in ghosts, who grew up going to Riveredge, and whose pump up song is the Packer Rock Anthem.
Family and Community Programs Manager
What do you do at Riveredge? I am an instrument of collaborations, connections, and community engagement. I work to welcome all families from surrounding communities to the wealth of programs at Riveredge. Coordinating seasonal family festivities that are organically awesome (such as Fall Family Festival, Frog Fest, and Handmade for the Holidays) are my forte! I am quick to high five local scout groups for their achievements, create a clamor about a birthday celebration, and extend a hand to other community entities committed to the health, development, and merriment of local families and the environment.
What is your favorite spot at Riveredge? The Milwaukee River is certainly my favorite spot at Riveredge. The hike along the River here is one of my favorite and the river is so dynamic. The river is so peaceful and holds so many opportunities to spend quality time in the wild. It is a great spot to see bald eagles flying over, crayfish scurrying under rocks, and kids cross to Trailblazer Island!
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? I believe in ghosts.
What words do you try to live your life by? “We do not inherit the earth from our
ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Cree Proverb
What do you like most about Riveredge? I grew up going to Riveredge and so I love rediscovering the land which has changed SO much over the years. It’s beauty has matured and deepened tremendously. I also really enjoy getting to know the staff and volunteers — there is such a tangible feeling of community at Riveredge!
What do you like to do outside of work? I grew up in Wisconsin but just moved back after being gone for 20 years. So, I love to explore my new/old state and find beautiful spots where I can hike and explore with my family. I’m also one of those strange people who love winter and SNOW – I especially like to cross country ski and go animal tracking. Also high on the list are trail running, traveling, and cooking yummy meals after all that fun outside.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Exactly what I am today!
Who’s your favorite Disney character? Ms. Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks — she was one heck of a creative problem solver!
Educational Technology and Evaluation Specialist
What do you do at Riveredge? My role at Riveredge is that of a “princess of gadgetry to enhance learning and measure social change”. Like many of the educators at Riveredge, I teach programs to area schools, children, and families, but during the other half of my day, I specialize in experimenting with new technology that will innovate and expand our already-high quality educational programming.
What do you like to do when not at Riveredge? It would be accurate to call me a “horse fanatic.” Outside of work, I have the fortunate privilege to live on a horse farm with my boyfriend and Golden Retriever named Hoover.
What’s a quote you try to live your life by? I heard a quote recently from Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farm that resonated with me. He said, “a society is only as healthy as the first ten inches of its topsoil.” There is no better way to link the story of environmentalism and land stewardship than through our stomachs.
What is your go to pump up song? Packer Rock Anthem.