David Borneman, NAP Manager
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
Anat Belasen, Field Biologist
My appreciation for reptiles and amphibians dates back to my childhood in rural upstate New York. I’ve worked with herps through my undergrad and grad school careers, and enjoyed opportunities to study a diversity of these animals around the globe. My interests lie in both conservation science and public outreach, so I am thrilled to join NAP in working with volunteers to help protect Ann Arbor’s native herp species.
David A. Mifsud, Herpetologist
David A. Mifsud, herpetologist, certified professional wetland scientist and certified professional ecologist, has been the herpetologist for the City of Ann Arbor since 2000, and is the owner/founder of Herpetological Resource and Management (HRM). He has been working for over ten years in wildlife biology, wetland ecology, and habitat conservation and management. David has developed Michigan’s first salamander monitoring program as well as a mudpuppy monitoring program. He's also overseen numerous projects for non-profit and governmental agencies, including wetland mitigation design and monitoring, herpes to faunal inventories and habitat design, wildlife and habitat management, large scale ecosystem mapping, amphibian and reptile rescue and translocation, and educational outreach. His primary research interest is the effect of urbanization, habitat loss, and habitat fragmentation on amphibian and reptile species diversity and distribution within the Great Lakes Region. Although his work includes conservation of all amphibians and reptiles, he specializes on turtles which he has been working with for over 25 years. Mifsud holds an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan as well as degrees in Biology, Geography and Environmental Studies from Aquinas College.
Dea Armstrong, Ornithologist
Dea Armstrong joined NAP in 1998 while still in graduate school at SNRE at the University of Michigan, but she served as a volunteer on NAP's Breeding Bird Survey before that. She is active with the Washtenaw Audubon Society and enjoys both local and international birding. She loves working at NAP!
Dana Novak, Outreach Assistant
Dana 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."
Laura Mueller, Adopt-A-Median and Photomonitoring Coordinator
After spending a few years as a photographer, Laura switched gears and joined an AmeriCorps program which focused on environmental education and stewardship. The next years led to field crew positions with The Nature Conservancy throughout Indiana and Minnesota. She returned to Michigan to help care for the Natural Areas of Ann Arbor. She says, "It’s wonderful to have a chance to be a part of conservation efforts close to home!"
Phone: 734.794.6627 x43475
Molly Notarianni, Park Steward Coordinator
My background is in ecology, and I have ten years’ experience in environmental education, sustainable agriculture, and food system policy. Most recently, I spent four years managing one of Ann Arbor’s oldest parks, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market! I am excited to have an opportunity to get back to my “roots,” exploring Ann Arbor’s many natural areas and sharing them with others.
Phone: 734.794.6627 x43474
Penny Richardson-Bristol, Workday Coordinator
I am excited to join the Outreach team to work as the Workday Coordinator. I am very grateful for my experience this past year working outside on the Field Crew to help restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and to observe and identify wildflowers, insects and birds. I am happy to be in a position where I can apply my organizational and communication skills to help coordinate our volunteer workdays. I will also keep working on the field crew one day a week and also be working with volunteers at many of the upcoming stewardship workdays! Phone: 734.794.6627 x43471
Quentin Turner, Adopt-A-Park Coordinator
My background with community involvement began by working in the volunteer center of Eastern Michigan University, where I coordinated environmentally focused service opportunities for students with local non-profits and organizations including NAP. My passion for community service, social justice, and native ecosystems has taken me across the country and as far away as New Zealand. I am greatly anticipating using my knowledge and skills to work with Ann Arbor’s passionate park adopters.
Phone: 734.794.6627 x43475
Renée Hytinen, Outreach Communications & Special Events Coordinator
After two years as Adopt-A-Park Coordinator, I was looking for a different opportunity to use my skills, as well as a more flexible schedule while raising a toddler. My diverse background covers everything from food service to food systems with a healthy dose of visual and performing arts in between. I'm really looking forward to helping NAP share the spirit of stewarship in Ann Arbor and beyond!
Tina Roselle, 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
Yousef Rabhi, Outreach Assistant
Having grown up in Ann Arbor next door to Leslie Woods, I developed an ethic of stewardship of the wonderful resources that our community’s parkland has to offer. Since I was a youth, I have been involved with the Buhr Park Children’s Wet Meadow Project, helping me to understand the power of community to make change for the better. For the last five seasons, I worked on the natural areas crew at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, learning valuable technical skills for preserving our natural heritage.
Josh Goldman, Field Crew
Having grown-up in Ann Arbor, it had always been my dream to attend the University of Michigan. I am now working to finish up my senior year with a B.S. in Environmental Science. I have been involved in various environmental student groups on campus and am very excited to intern here at NAP. I go out daily with the field crew and assist in GIS projects. I am excited to develop my knowledge in the environmental field and work on restoring our beautiful natural landscape.
Kegan Schildberg, Field Crew
Kegan is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a dual degree in Environmental Assessment and Natural Resource Management, and Environmental studies. He has been working in conservation since graduating in spring of 2011. In his spare time he enjoys drawing, learning and playing musical instruments, and is working on self publishing a graphic novel.
Rachel Maranto, Field Crew
I grew up in Fort Wayne, IN and went to school at Indiana University, where I earned a B.S. in Environmental Science. After graduating, I spent two years in the greater Seattle area working as an AmeriCorps service volunteer in the environmental restoration field. I joined NAP’s field crew in March of 2012. I am very happy to be back home in the Midwest working for a cause I believe in!
Rob Schubert, Field Crew
Rob started with NAP as an intern, but since graduating from the University of Michigan, he's now full-time on the field crew. He says, "and though the rain may often fall cold upon my head, birds do also sing me songs, flowers greet me in a myriad of hues, and, on occasion, I’ve the warmth of a good fire upon my face. Cheers to the good people of Ann Arbor for having the wisdom to recognize a need for preservation."
Robb Johnston, Crew Leader
Robb has been living in Ann Arbor since May 2009 and soon after became a member of NAP's field crew! Previously, he worked as a research assistant at Michigan State University on a project studying biological control of Garlic Mustard and graduated in 2006 with a degree in International Relations. Robb recently illustrated and published his first children's book, "The Woodcutter and The Most Beautiful Tree."
Ashley Craig, Field Crew
I'm so excited to be a part of NAP this year! I'm currently a student of Biology with a focus in Zoology at Eastern Michigan University. I recently discovered NAP and instantly knew I wanted to devote more time to help this organization. Spending a few days a week with the field crew I hope to gain experience and knowledge in our local ecology, get my hands a little dirty and make a few friends.