Meet the Team
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Michael joined our staff in August of 2015. He has volunteered for many environmental organizations and is a board member of several more. He was an intern for us during the summer of 2013, while he was acquiring his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science/Biology at Kutztown University. He spent a lot of his time at Kutztown involved in extracurricular activities. He was the vice-president of the Kutztown University Environmental Action Club, research assistant, teacher’s assistant, tutor, and did independent research. He has experience in management, photography, citizen education at the Department of Agriculture, laboratory work, and concentrated on limnology (water ecology) at school. He lives in Sinking Spring with his son Michael Jr.
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Throughout her academic career, Regan nurtured a love for communicating science through art and stories. It was this passion for creative science communications that eventually drew her away from academia. Now, Regan spends most of her free time building her art portfolio, playing Ultimate frisbee, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband.
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Beckey is passionate about educating the public and future generations about conserving our natural resources, and enjoys helping adults and children in developing a deep relationship with the natural world. She lives in Robeson Township with her husband, Dave, and two children, Ben and David. They enjoy spending time together on their forested property in the Hay Creek Watershed.
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Before she lived in Pennsylvania, Melissa lived in NYC where she previously worked for another non-profit organization named Greenpeace. In 2017 she had a life changing camping experience on the Virgin Islands where she came to the realization that environmental conservation has always been dear to Melissa since she was a child. She knew she was on the right path and made a vow to continue her work to conserve mother nature throughout her life. Melissa is honored to be able to continue this work even after she has moved out of NYC and into the city of Reading. She believes if we continue to ‘Think Globally and Act Locally’ we can be the difference we need and want to see for our future.
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Alyssa has worked with kids since she was 11 when she volunteered for story time at a local library. Loving nature herself, Alyssa embraces the idea of bringing the outdoors into the classroom and, in turn, bringing the classroom outside.
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Berks Nature recently completed a nearly $4.2 million capital campaign to raise money for a new nature center, “The Nature Place” at Angelica Park, which opened in September 2017 and has achieved LEED GOLD certification.
The Berks Nature team has focused on preserving agricultural land, forests and open space; protecting the quality of our streams and ground water; preserving historic landmarks and scenic landscapes; environmental education and by promoting those values that contribute to a sustainable future for our community.
Before joining Berks Nature, Kim spent nearly 12 years as director of development at Penn State where she managed the development, alumni and university relations programs for both the Berks Campus in Reading and the Lehigh Valley Campus in Fogelsville. Kim graduated from Penn State University, University Park in 1985 with a degree in Elementary Education. She did her student teaching at Mill Rythe First School on Hayling Island in England.
Kim serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) and shares her time with many other organizations in the community. Kim lives with her husband, Kevin in a 218-year-old stone farm house in Jefferson Township, Berks County; her sons Carver and McQuillin are adults.
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Born and raised in Berks County, Tami’s passion has always been focused on protecting the natural resources that make our community so special. She enjoys sharing her experience in both conservation efforts and fundraising with others in our community. Tami, her husband Todd and sons Paul, Charlie and Johnny live in South Heidelberg Township. Family time typically includes spending time outside in nature!
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Allison grew up on the Delaware River where she built a foundation for her love of the environment. She is enthusiastic about connecting kids to nature as they navigate their ways through our global society. As a career educator, Allison was a middle school English teacher for fourteen years and a National Board Certified (NBCT) high school librarian and instructional technology coach for fourteen years. Most recently, she was a Director for Curriculum Development and adjunct instructor in higher education.
Allison holds an undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education from Penn State University, an M.A. in Writing from Northeastern University, an M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton. She also earned a graduate certificate from the University of Pennsylvania Virtual Online Teaching (VOLT) program and a Certificate in Media and Technology for Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Allison has earned an Environmental Education Outcomes Certificate from Cornell University and a professional development Nature-Based Teacher Certification from the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools.
Allison and her husband, Dale, enjoy camping, kayaking, and maintaining their property on the Swatara Creek as a certified wildlife habitat.
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Anne’s love of children has carried throughout her adult life and influences every professional decision she makes. Her understanding and passion for exposing young children to nature are what brought her to Berks Nature. After joining the Berks Nature team, Anne earned a professional development Nature-Based Teacher Certification. This workshop highlighted the positive impacts daily contact with nature has on children’s social, psychological, academic, and physical health. Whether running, hiking, or biking. Anne expresses her own love of the outdoors by utilizing the parks and trails in and around Berks County.
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Born and raised in Lancaster County, Kaitlyn moved to Berks County after graduation and fell in love with the area. She has a passion for protecting our natural resources and connecting people to nature. In her free time, you can find Kaitlyn hiking, mountain biking, camping or traveling!
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Moving back to Berks County, Joan applied her paraprofessional expertise in an elementary special education classroom (learning/autistic support). She also coached for the Girls on the Run program. In addition, Joan holds a professional development Nature-Based Teacher Certification from the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools.
Joan knows that interacting with nature and incorporating it daily in the preschool allows children to learn by doing. Children benefit in a multitude of ways, such as improving academic achievements, learning engagement, critical thinking, confidence, and social, emotional, and physical skills. Her passion for teaching young children, an active lifestyle, and a love of the outdoors make Berks Nature the perfect fit for Joan.