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Vice President of Programs, Interpretation and Exhibits

Butterfly Pavilion (2017- Current)

  • 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.
  • Provide organizational leadership as a member of the Pavilion’s executive team providing strategy and vision specifically related to Pavilion’s programs, and exhibits.
  • Work with executive team members on special projects, staff development and the implementation of organizational culture.
  • 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.
  • Research and compilation of information in instructional areas.
  • 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.
  • Remain current with latest information concerning standards in the professional field; maintaining peer affiliations.
  • 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.
  • Support 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.
  • Support of Volunteer engagement team.
  • Represent Pavilion in local partnerships, collaborations and affiliations as community leader and liaison.
  • Support institutional evaluation and inclusivity and diversity directions.

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Education Director

Chincoteague Bay Field Station (2014- 2017)

  • 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.

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Adult and Family Education Coordinator

Chincoteague Bay Field Station (2009 – 2014)

  • 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

Letter of Recommendation

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Assistant Director / Challenge Course Coordinator

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
  • Scheduling
  • Maintained inventory and financial records for camp store
  • Promotion and advertisement of program
  • Grant writing
  • Program coordination with staff, teachers and chaperones

Letter of Recommendation

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Lead Staff / Educator

Jekyll Island 4-H Center / (2007-2008)

  • Created and developed lesson plans and instructional activities
  • Taught interdisciplinary marine-based environmental education classes for K-12th grade
  • Scheduling
  • 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

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Program Director / Challenge Course Coordinator

Med-O-Lark Camp / (Summers 2000 thru 2005)

  • 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

Letter of Recommendation

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Instructor / Summer Camp Art Director

Logandale Middle School Boys and Girls Club (2006-2007)

  • 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.

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Lead Naturalist Teacher

Thousand Pines Outdoor School (2005-2006)

  • 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.

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Lounge Supervisor and Program Assistant

Gads Hill Center (2002- 2005)

  • Assisted in 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.

Letter of Recommendation

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Environmental Education Teacher

YMCA Storer Camps (2001-2002)

  • 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.

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Director – Special Interest Program

Rock Eagle 4-H Conference Center (Summers 1997-1999)

  • 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)

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