Born in Brooklyn, raised a Jersey girl. Lover of diversity, culture, art, fashion and the buzz of the city. Lunch on the street, meandering through shops and art museums, taking in architecture, mirrored skyscrapers and the raw diversity, color and flair of humanity. Comfortable walking the street, taking the subway or hailing a cab.
Always eager to camp and see our nation's outdoor treasures. Trained in scuba and wreck diving off the Jersey Shore. Learned how to canoe and ride a dirt bike in the Pinelands. Now residing in a historic New Hampshire town. Hiking along a gorge or brook in mountains of NH and VT, with camera and small dog, are peace in a world of chaos.
Degreed in Environmental Science and Communications, Biology and English, with a secondary science teacher certification makes teaching and public speaking a comfort zone. Teaching polar climate change, environmental science, biology and journalism and bringing students to youth conferences, has been a labor of love.
ECHO Action was founded when Kinder Morgan rerouted the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline into Southern NH in 2014. Writing, organizing, photography, social media, graphic design, marketing, education and organizing skills provided the opportunity to bring communities together to protect historic towns.
Climate change, energy, health, air and water quality, food security, women's rights, democracy, social and racial justice issues mean continuous engagement and striving to be part of the solution in a very political state. Keeping climate change and energy as priority issues, all major 2016 candidates for President were questioned.
Chosen from hundreds to be on a grade school newspaper, an early passion for writing was evident. With a background in literature as well as science, became a journalism advisor, bringing environmental students writing awards. A creative wordsmith and naturalist, writing explores humanity's impact on every life around us.
Began a lifelong passion for dance at age 4, in Brooklyn, with a former NYC Rockette dance teacher. Performed with dance companies and took classes at New York's Joffrey School of Ballet. Years as a dance teacher, studio owner, choreographer, performance and community event coordinator has brought vibrance and creativity to my life.
Thanks to a Louisiana teacher friend, the BP oil spill in 2010 provided the opportunity to see spill impacts first hand. Field study in the Gulf of Mexico, New England and California increased understanding of climate change, human impact on shorelines and oceans, giving credibility to work and building a network of teacher colleagues.
A meticulous, obsessive editor, graphic design is a skill essential in environmental and political advocacy work. The ability to combine ideas, images and text quickly can mean the difference between getting public or an influential person's attention or not. It can also be the vehicle for strong event attendance or contributions.
From being able to document pipeline threatened or impacted sites to capturing the glory of nature or the accomplishments of students dancing or in the laboratory, a good camera with video is an essential tool to enhance articles about climate change, human impact, letting the scenery tell the story or engaging others in live events.
Camping, hiking, photography, parasailing, scuba diving, ziplining, kayaking, watching shore birds, being on research vessels and exploring tide pools are faves. Whether it's a suitcase packed for Europe or a backpack and tent to go off into the woods, wanderlust, exploring culture and nature are always an adventure.
As an educator with a passion for field studies, professional development is always above and beyond requirements. Summer workshops, field courses, featured speakers and conferences maintain relevance and increase enthusiasm. In recent years, pipeline education has become a critical piece for informed community advocacy.