Vice President of Community Engagement, Education, and Inclusion
- Provide overall vision, leadership and strategic direction for the planning, management and implementation of all conservation education on-site, off-site and community based programs as well as exhibit development strategy, acquisition and exhibit improvement efforts.
- Provide organizational leadership as a member of the Pavilion’s executive team providing strategy and vision specifically related to Pavilion’s programs, exhibits, volunteers and interpretation.
- Spearhead inclusion and equity strategies in support of Butterfly Pavilion's organizational objectives. Implement policies, programs, training, and opportunities to foster a corporate culture that values inclusion and engagement for all employees, volunteers and guest.
- Supervise staff in a complex and sizable Education and Exhibits Department. Provide training and performance evaluations of personnel.
- Oversee the research, production and promotion of educational programs including age/grade appropriate curriculums, general audience and professional level classes, seminars and workshops.
- Act as a creative and entrepreneurial catalyst for the division, exploring and producing ideas for new opportunities, partnerships, programs, and exhibits
- Compile, maintain and report current statistical information on program participation as it pertains to youth and adult education; identifying current regional trends in order to remain viable, competitive and innovative.
- Develop annual budgets and ensuring that income targets are met and expenses are kept within budget. Prepare periodic budget revisions and other financial reports.
- Direct the design, development and installation of Pavilion exhibitory including the production of educational interpretation in coordination with organizational strategic planning.
- Oversee comprehensive zoo evaluation plan.
- Support strategic development of future exhibit planning and organizational needs assessment.
- Work with a variety of stakeholders including staff, board members, institution committees, external partners and other private and governmental entities; foster relationships, and identify new partner opportunities
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Director of Education
- Provided leadership and management and oversee hiring for all educational program staff including: School Program Coordinator, College Coordinator, Adult & Family Coordinator, Community Coordinator, Seasonal Field Station Educators, Interns and Volunteers..
- Oversaw planning, development, coordination, and enhancement of all CBFS conservation based education programs.
- Administered $2 million education program budget.
- Set department policies and procedures.
- Managed program staff assignments, responsibilities, and schedules; fostering autonomy, authority, and accountability relative to the leadership and management of specific program areas.
- Encouraged collaboration and cooperation with and among respective education staff.
- Planned and administered overall education program budget.
- Trained and oversaw training and evaluation of educational staff in all aspects of their positions.
- Developed and maintained connections with the local, state, regional, and national education and environmental education professional communities.
- Collaborated with the Marketing and Development Director to market CBFS Program.
- Collaborated with the Operations Manager to schedule housing and facility needs for educational groups.
- Collaborated with the Boat Captains to maintain current vessel use schedules, and staff training activities.
- Maintained good communication and working relationships with CBFS partners (including universities, USF&WS, NPS, NASA, The Nature Conservancy, and all other current and future partners)
- Developed and teach various classes, workshops, and training opportunities.
- Maintained a comprehensive, current knowledge of educational best practices, safety best practices, applicable laws/regulations and maintains an awareness of new techniques, practices and trends in the profession.
Beckwith Camp and Conference Center – Coastal Wonders Environmental Education Program
(2008 – 2009)
- Curriculum development and implementation
- Maintained and supervised care for animal collection
- Summer Camp Challenge Course training, management and facilitation
- Hired, trained, supervised and evaluated staff
- Maintained inventory and financial records for camp store
- Promotion and advertisement of program
- Grant writing
- Program coordination with staff, teachers and chaperones
Jekyll Island 4-H Center
Lead Staff / Marine Science Educator
- Created and developed lesson plans and instructional activities
- Taught interdisciplinary marine-based environmental education classes for K-12th grade
- Provided leadership to school groups participating in the program
- Animal husbandry: provided ongoing care for a large teaching animal collection, including invertebrates, fish, amphibians, and reptiles Performed daily cleaning, feedings, and operation of life support systems.
- Performed lab work, such as regular water quality testing
(Summers 2000 thru 2005)
Program Director / Challenge Course Manager
- Managed a group of 90 college and adult counselors
- Created and planed programming for 300 campers
- Developed, coordinated and supervised Challenge Course Program
- Ensured compliance with American Camp Association Standards.
- Led high and low ropes classes as well as rock-climbing classes.
- Developed a Manual for Challenge Course Staff Training
Logandale Middle School Boys and Girls Club
Instructor / Summer Camp Art Director
- Provided age appropriate programming, tutoring and leadership activities.
- Planned and facilitated field trips, programs, club events and meetings.
- Worked with school officials to align programming goals with school curriculum.
- Art Director for Logan Square Club Summer Program.
- Developed summer program art curriculum and ordered supplies.
- Conducted five daily age appropriate art classes.
Thousand Pines Outdoor School
Lead Naturalist Teacher
- Coordinated and conducted the study trail activities
- Assisted with the general overall program.
- Acted as a supervisor and resource person to the team cabin leaders.
- Oversaw a progression of cabin activities that complemented the outdoor school’s curriculum.
- Positive behavior management, group cooperative skills, cabin inspections, and health and safety needs.
Gads Hill Center
Lounge Supervisor and Program Assistant
- Lead programming for Teen Connection, an after school tutoring and college prep program for Latino youth.
- Planned and chaperoned field trips and service learning opportunities.
- Assisted in the planning of community meetings, staff meetings, staff trainings, and parent meetings.
- Grant Writing
- Responsible for pairing students with tutor-mentees best suited to aid them
- Assisted in managing youth tutee participation success and service learning projects.
YMCA Storer Camps
Environmental Education Teacher
- Prepared natural history, ecology, outdoor recreation, science and environmental educational lesson plans for students 4th thru 10th grade.
- Conducted evening and weekend programs with students, families and adults.
- Assisted program managers with management of the camp educational resources and programs.
- Instruction of educational programs at area schools.
- Provided logistical, administrative and operational support to education department, including curriculum development, gear repair, and office tasks.
Rock Eagle 4-H Conference Center
Director – Special Interest Program
- Planned classes and wrote lesson plans.
- Developed and supervised a new program focusing on Native American education
- Supervised and critiqued a staff of 66 college age staff members
- Adventure course class development. (Summer/1998)
- Taught herpetology classes (handling, cleaning, feeding and general care of 21 snakes and various other reptiles) (Summer/1997)