Deputy Manager - Volunteerism and Natural Area Preservation
Becky Gajewski, Stewardship Specialist
I am very excited to join the team at NAP as a Stewardship Specialist! I've always had a strong interest in learning about nature and ecological restoration, and that naturally led me to Ann Arbor to pursue my bachelor's and master's degrees from U of M's School of Natural Resources and Environment. After graduating, I spent three years completing natural resource management and restoration projects for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Now I am glad to return to Ann Arbor and give back to the city that has given me so much over the years.
Phone: 734.794.6627 x43476
Patrick Terry, Herpetologist
My experience as an Eagle Scout in Alaska developed the
appreciation of nature that I hold today. Since then, I have devoted much of my
life to conservation with a particular interest in herpetology. While at Ohio
University, I spent a summer internship in Maryland, helping to restore diamondback
terrapin populations. Now, while I work towards my Master’s degree at Eastern
Michigan University, I am researching the origin of Michigan’s red-eared slider
turtle. I am overjoyed to be working as NAPs new Field Biologist in Herpetology
and am excited for my future work with Ann Arbor’s amphibians and reptiles.
Phone: 734.794.6627 x43477
Juliet Berger, Ornithologist
I'm a lifelong birder, so I am thrilled to join the NAP staff as the new Ornithologist. With my backgrounds in both Social Work and Science, I operate at the nexus of birding, bird science and community organization. I have been President of Washtenaw Audubon Society for two years, and I love to lead bird walks and answer bird-related questions. I am a coach for Feathered Friends, a Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad event about birds, and I am a longtime NAP Breeding Bird Survey volunteer. I am excited to work with all the amazing NAP volunteers and staff.
Phone: 734.794.6627 x43478
Tina Stephens, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
Each and every day I am touched to see how much our volunteers give to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and care for their neighborhood parks! I joined NAP in 2008 and enjoyed three years as the Adopt-A-Park coordinator. In 2012 I was honored to be hired as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for NAP and Adopt-A-Park. After growing up in southeast Michigan, I attended Ferris State University and studied Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor and Environmental. Working at NAP I get to express my love for Michigan, and use my talents and training to inspire in others a love of nature through volunteer efforts!
Phone: 734.794.6627 x43472
Katie Carlisle, Park Stewards Coordinator
With a strong passion for the natural world and a diverse science background, I’m excited to be working with NAP as your new Park Steward coordinator. I recently relocated back to Michigan from the Pacific Northwest where I was working as an outdoor environmental educator near Seattle and attended school at Boise State University. I am eager to work alongside all the dedicated volunteers and stewards in Ann Arbor’s natural areas.
Phone: 734.794.6627 x43474
Madison Roze, Communications Assistant
Soon after earning my
undergraduate degree in environmental studies from the University of Toledo, I
was thrilled to accept the position of Outreach Assistant at NAP. Here, I
hope to continue cultivating my lifelong love of ecology and inspire the
public to protect and conserve Michigan's beautiful and diverse natural areas.
Phone: 734.794.6627 x43479
Dana Novak, Outreach Assistant
studied Environmental Science and Wildlife at The Ohio State
University, and then wandered around the states from the east coast to
the Rockies as a semi-professional volunteer before settling in Boise,
Idaho, working in the realms of storm water and environmental
consulting. The births of their two beautiful boys in 2008 gave them
a new definition of "tired" and a renewed sense of their collective
ability to make a positive impact. Dana can be found leading workdays,
but is no longer in the NAP office. She says, "I challenge you all to
get out there and join us at a workday, if you haven't before - or
attend one more workday than usual! If you're like me, it will
invigorate your body and refresh your spirit."
Mike Hahn, Stewardship Specialist
For the past eight years I managed natural areas and
coordinated volunteers for a land trust in the Chicagoland area. My passion for
ecological restoration is continually growing and I am eager for the
opportunity to share that passion with the residents of Ann Arbor. I hope to
see you in the field!
Phone: 734.794.6627 x43484
Amy Wells, Conservation Worker & Workday Coordinator
My name is Amy Wells, and I'm a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a degree in Plant Biology. As someone who has always loved exploring and protecting Michigan's natural areas, I'm thrilled to be joining the NAP crew! I've worked for Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum as a natural areas intern, and also as a landscape foreman for a private gardening company. What I enjoy most about these jobs is seeing the dramatic changes in landscapes as I remove weeds and invasive species to make way for gorgeous native plants and flowers. I'm looking forward to a great burn season this spring, and the wildflower blooms to follow!
Alex Sasyk, Conservation Worker
I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science from Grand Valley State University in Natural Resource Management with a minor in Biology. After learning the values and aesthetics of environments and ecosystems, I decided that I want to focus my career on conserving it and restoring it in needed areas. I was excited to hear Ann Arbor does so much in conservation and restoration, and I am overwhelmingly excited to working for Natural Area Preservation and the City of Ann Arbor.
Drew Zawaki, Conservation Worker
After spending last summer working for the National Park Service, I'm glad to be back at NAP. I look forward to working on the field crew in order to help restore Ann Arbors natural areas. I'm excited to be back in time for burn season to begin.
Morgan Boyer, Conservation Worker
I graduated from the University of Michigan – Flint, earning a degree in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies. My previous work with the DNR and the Genesee County Parks has focused on public education and conservation. I am excited to join the NAP field crew to see the restoration practices I have taught other people about put into use within the city park system. I look forward to working with the wonderful people of Ann Arbor in helping promote natural areas for everyone to enjoy!