EDUCATION

Master of Arts candidate, George Mason University.  Fairfax, VA.  Art History.

Graduate coursework, Harvard University, Extension School.  Cambridge, MA.  Courses in History of Art and Architecture.  2003-2007.  3.8 GPA.  

Master of Science, Tufts University, Medford, MA.  Joint degree in Environmental Health/Environmental Engineering and Urban and Environmental Policy, 2001.  3.8 GPA.  Recipient of Biology Teaching Assistantship, Fall 1999 – Spring 2000. 

Bachelor of Science, Messiah College, Grantham, PA.  Degree in Biology; minor in Environmental Science, 1999.  Magna cum Laude.  3.7 GPA.  Boyer Scholar.

 

EXPERIENCE

Adjunct Faculty in Classical Liberal Arts, Spring 2018 – present.  Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA.  Responsible for teaching courses in Art History, and Environmental Science and Stewardship.

Director of Children’s Ministries, March 2017 – November 2018.  Oakbrook Church, Reston, VA.  Managed the children’s education program which included curriculum selection, volunteer management, and event planning.  

STEM Teacher, February 2016 – June 2017.  AviationEd, Manassas, VA.  Served as a lead teacher in several schools for AviationEd’s aviation-based STEM enrichment classes, targeted to ages 3-14.  Also responsible for electronic parent communication and marketing campaigns.

Environmental Specialist, December 2013 – February 2016. Virginia Department of Transportation, Northern Virginia District Office, Fairfax, VA.  Led the environmental coordination of transportation projects administered by localities to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements.  Responsible for the preparation of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, Section 4(f) evaluations, and other compliance documents.  Assisted in public involvement efforts and stakeholder coordination.    

Volunteer Consultant, October 2011 – October 2012.  Goumbook, FZE.  Dubai, U.A.E.  Worked as a consultant to this Middle-East centered environmental non-profit.  Prepared contract proposals for corporate social responsibility grants, and assisted in the running of the annual Future Green event.

Adjunct Faculty of Natural Sciences, August 2008 – May 2011.  Grove City College, PA.  Taught core courses of Life Science, Life Science Laboratory, and Environmental Science.  

Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science, Fall 2008.  Thiel College, PA.  Developed and taught the upper-level elective class, Land Use Planning.  

Environmental Protection Specialist, August 2001 – December 2008.  US Department of Transportation, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA.  Dedicated environmental professional with attention to detail developed into reliable environmental project manager, focusing primarily on NEPA compliance for transportation projects.  Highlights:    

  • 2007 Director’s Recognition Award winner for dedicated efforts toward protecting the occupational safety of Volpe Center employees
  • Served as project manager for various NEPA compliance projects up to $1M U.S.  
  • Evaluated the environmental effects of new ballast water technologies under the Coast Guard’s Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program, which aims to reduce aquatic nuisance species
  • Spearheaded the effort to compose and execute an Implementation Plan for the Federal Aviation Administration’s multi-million dollar Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) Program
  • Coordinated natural and cultural resource compliance and corresponding consultation meetings with native Hawaiian groups across three islands under the ATMP Program
  • Developed Request for Proposals and participating in contractor selections for projects which necessitated additional expertise
  • Conducted qualitative research assessing the health effects of air toxics for the Federal Highways Administration as part of their ongoing air quality program evaluation
  • Performed research and analysis on the potential for hybrid and diesel technology to be used by light truck manufacturers to respond to potential reforms of the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program

Teacher, Summer 2001.  Outward Bound/Boston Public Schools, Thompson Island, MA.  Taught at-risk urban students in a unique summer program, which combined the philosophies of the experiential learning with traditional summer school curriculum covering subjects of English, math, and science.  Independently designed a science curriculum for the program for 6th grade students, which focused on the coastal ecology of the Harbor Islands and taught them to identify local flora and fauna.  

National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellow, Summer 2000.  Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Federal Activities, Washington, D.C.  Developed a guidebook of statutory summaries that relate to environmental impact assessment.  Assisted analysts in reviewing environmental compliance documents.  Became familiar with NEPA requirements and the process for official filing of all environmental impact assessments.  

Teaching Assistant, August 1999 – May 2000.  Tufts University Biology Department, Medford, MA.  Served as a lab instructor for general biology classes.  

Docent, Spring 1999.  Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Naturalist Center, Leesburg, VA.  Researched and cataloged specimens, concentrating on archaeology and geology.  Directed tours and aided in exhibit interpretation.

COMPUTER SKILLS

Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Access, Adobe Acrobat, CEDAR, VDOT GIS Integrator

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

  • University of Virginia – Introduction to NEPA.  Transportation Training Academy.  February 2013.
  • National Preservation Institute – Integrating Cultural Resources in NEPA Compliance.  May 2006.
  • National Association of Environmental Professionals – Writing the Perfect EA/FONSI or EIS.  April 2004.
  • Duke University – Tribal Consultation.  Nicholas School Environmental Leadership Program.  May 2003.
  • Management Concepts, Inc. – Project Management Principles.  Spring 2003.

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • National Association of Environmental Professionals Annual Conference, 2004.  “NEPA Compliance Process for the National Parks Air Tour Management Plan Program.”  Portland, OR.
  • Society of Automotive Engineers, Government/Industry Meeting, 2003.  “Diesel Engine and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Outlook.”  With Kevin Green.  Washington, D.C.
  • 82nd Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting, 2002.  “Air Toxics:  The Next Poison Pill for Transportation?” With Aviva Brecher.  Washington, D.C.
  • Expo ’99, International Seminar on Tourism Development and Environmental Conservation.  “Environmental Conservation:  An American Student’s Perspective.”  Kunming, China.
  • American Scientific Affiliation Annual Meeting, 1999.  “Stewardship of the Eden Conservancy, Belize, Central America.”  With Joseph K. Sheldon.  Siloam Springs, Arkansas.