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TANJA ROOS M.N.A., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

For the last thirteen years, Tanja has devoted herself to helping build the infrastructure and award-winning programs at the Hilton Bialek Habitat, the 10-acre environmental education center at the mouth of Carmel Valley, California where MEarth runs its programs. Originally hired as an 11-hr/week intern on the property in 2003, Tanja quickly became an integral part of the overall visioning and development of the project. In 2008, she co-founded MEarth (pronounced ME-Earth), as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders in Monterey County through environmental stewardship. [continue reading here]

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JULIET POOL, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Juliet comes to MEarth after a long career at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where she oversaw the Aquarium Adventures Programs.  She brings her love and passion for inspiring conservation of the world’s ocean to the land and to the stewardship programs at MEarth.  She developed her love of nature following her mother around the hills and trails through California, and still remembers all the times her mother got her lost in the woods.  These early childhood experiences inspire her to find ways to increase the opportunities children have to experience the wild world around them and to loose themselves in nature.  She believes that these opportunities are key in growing the next generation of environmental stewards. [continue reading here]

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KRISTIN ADAMS, FUND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Newly transplanted to California, Kristin was drawn to the Monterey Bay Area for its sunny, temperate climate, spectacular geography, and endless outdoor recreation opportunities. Growing up in rural southwest Michigan, Kristin developed a deep appreciation for nature as a kid and loves being outdoors whether she’s hiking with her dog, kayaking, gardening, or taking photographs. Her love of nature led her to pursue B.S. degrees in environmental studies and geography from Western Michigan University (2010). Before relocating to California, Kristin worked for Western Michigan University’s Natural Areas Program and most recently, the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy. [continue reading here]

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KATY CROCKETT, EDUCATOR: FOODCONNECT PROGRAM

Katy Crockett is a long time resident of the Carmel area and was educated in the Carmel Unified School District through middle and high school. Her early experiences at MEarth/Habitat manifested in a lifetime of sustainability practice and education. Katy graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Anthropology with a focus on sustainability courses and infant and maternal public health. [continue reading here]

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MELISSA LOPEZ, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Melissa grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and moved to Monterey in 2000 to attend CSU Monterey Bay majoring in Social and Behavioral Science. Melissa has over a decade of experience working in the education field. Her passion in gardening and the hands on learning environment brought her to MEarth. She has been working with volunteers for several years in various organizations. With her organization and creativity skills, Melissa is excited to grow the volunteer program. [continue reading here]

 

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KATIE REEVES, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Katie Reeves comes to MEarth with a background in landscape architecture and psychology with degrees from Arizona State University. Growing up on the Central Coast she recognized the value of environmental stewardship and healthful living.  Her passions lie within design, sustainability, food, education, and looking to solve various social justice issues. She has work experience in sales, publishing, media, design, political campaigns, and education. She is excited to be contributing to an organization whose vision aligns with her passion and values. [continue reading here]

HANNAH ROOT, HABITAT EDUCATOR + PROPERTY ASSISTANT

Hannah is a Vermont native, raised on a small homestead with cows and chickens, and the forest as her playground. Throughout her education, two things were always clear: nature is the best classroom and someday she wanted to be a teacher. Hannah studied environmental science, creative writing, and education at Middlebury College in Vermont, graduating in January of 2016. At Middlebury, she was able to spend many hours student teaching in local elementary classrooms, and worked closely with Bill McKibben to write a creative thesis on teachers’ efforts to bring education for sustainability into their public school classrooms. After graduating, Hannah found her way to the Monterey Bay area and to MEarth. Teaching at the habitat has been a meaningful way to bring together these threads in her life and share them with her new community. Hannah is continually inspired by the magic that this place has to offer and the strengths of her coworkers! [continue reading here]

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ALICIA TAO, PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Alicia is new to the world of environmental education after working in a variety of fields, including advertising, entertainment, and fitness. After several years off for raising two young boys, Alicia is excited to be working at MEarth, supporting a great organization that provides excellent hands-on learning for students of all ages. [continue reading here]