Vice President of Community Engagement, Education, and Inclusion
- Responsible for the planning, management and implementation of all education on-site, off-site and community based programs as well as exhibit development strategy, acquisition and exhibit improvement efforts and volunteer engagement at Butterfly Pavilion.
- Direct institutional efforts around Equity, Diversity, Accessibility and Inclusion.
- Provide organizational leadership as a member of the Pavilion’s executive team providing strategy and vision specifically related to Pavilion’s programs, and exhibits.
- Supervises Education Department staff including education coordination, on-site and outreach instructors, interns and organization’s volunteers. Provide performance evaluations of education personnel.
- Oversee the research, production and promotion of educational programs including age/grade appropriate curriculums, general audience and professional level classes, seminars and workshops as it pertains to organization’s mission.
- Develop strategic models for department including proposal, sponsorships, and implementation of departmental budget.
- Identify and propose alternative educational program funding sources, including the preparation of grant proposals and the development of specific donor support.
- Compile, maintain and report current statistical information on program participation as it pertains to youth and adult education; identifying current trends in regional marketplaces in order to remain viable, competitive and innovative.
- Direct the design, development and installation of Pavilion exhibitory including the production of educational interpretation in coordination with the Executive Team and organizational strategic planning.
- Supervision of the Exhibit build and Exhibit interpretation teams.
- Supervision of Volunteer engagement team. Direct strategic growth of volunteer engagement throughout Butterfly Pavilion, ensuring that the organization embraces volunteer culture through the incorporation of trends and best practices in volunteer management.
- Represent Pavilion in local partnerships, collaborations and affiliations as community leader and liaison.
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
- 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 education programs.
- Administered $1.5 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.
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
- Created, developed and coordinated adult and family programs and lesson plans that highlight environmental education and marine science concepts, local ecosystems, history and culture
- Road Scholar program management and facilitation
- Created and managed Adult and Family departmental budget
- Staff Hiring, management, scheduling, training
- Developed and coordinated registration protocols for special programs
- Led eco-excursions including boat trips, kayak tours, hikes
- Spearheaded organization’s promotion, marketing and advertisement of programs and manage organization’s marketing budget
- Used Microsoft Office, Publisher, and Adobe InDesign to design, develop, and produce print media to publicize the Field Station and its programs
- Represented organization at conferences and events
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
- 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)