I have a B.S. in Environmental & Forest Biology from SUNY ESF and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University. I have worked as a zookeeper (San Antonio Zoo & Disney's Animal Kingdom), wildlife biologist (Everglades Wildlife Management Area), staff ecologist (Audubon International) and Pet Care Manager (PetSmart) in the past, and am currently working as an environmental educator for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. I am also the editor of the NYS DEC publication Conservationist for Kids. I am particularly interested in birds, biodiversity conservation, environmental education, sacred sites, and sustainability. In addition, I have been working on my "Earth Survey Project" for several years now, which is an informal questionnaire regarding personal views of and connections to nature and the environment. I also have recently become a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication, IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, the IUCN WCPA Specialist Group in Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas, the IUCN WCPA International Connectivity Conservation Network (ICCN), and the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group. I have been an active member of the National Audubon Society for years, having served on boards of multiple local chapters.