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Erika Pratt

Recreation Supervisor


Started with GIVE: March 2014

Favorite Park: West


I am very proud to be the leader of the GIVE 365 Volunteer and Outreach program for Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation. I have a master's degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Resources and I am passionate about public spaces and leisure opportunities for all the ways they enrich life! It is a joy to work in this city as the Ann Arbor park system is large, diverse and oh, so special. The GIVE program is rooted in community engagement and volunteerism and we are so fortunate to be in a community that values parks, stewardship and civic involvement. Here at GIVE, we work side by side with our volunteers to improve and enhance our awesome park system.

Meet the team!

DSC00485.jpgMelissa Schacht

Adopt-A-Park Coordinator;

Melissa has a bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Management from GVSU. She works with long term volunteers, coordinating resources and providing support to park adopters. She loves advocating for unique park projects and if you are interested in adopting a park, you will love working with Melissa! 

Started with GIVE: April 2016

Favorite park: Mary Beth Doyle

                                                                   "Visit Every Park" Challenge: 77/159


Jessica Cichowlas​

Outreach Coordinator;

Jessica earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from EMU and is working on a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. At Give 365, she  manages our volunteer inbox to coordinate workdays and events with volunteers. In her free time, she loves working in her garden, traveling, and cooking.

Started with GIVE: April 2017

Favorite park: West


Givestaff_isabella-1_square.jpgNatalya Stallworth

Outreach Team

Natalya is a recent graduate from Western Michigan University. She earned her bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration. She enjoys trying new things and cooking. In addition, Natalya is exciting to start this new journey with the Give 365 team! 

Started with GIVE: March 2019

Favorite park: ​West



Karen is a lifelong gardener and is currently working on her Master Gardener Certification through Michigan State University Extension. She is a recently retired Envornmental Consultant who resides in South Lyon.

Started with GIVE: June 2019

Favorite park: Gallup​

Givestaff_isabella-1_square.jpgMichael Burbidge

Field Coordinator

Born and bred in Texas, Mike is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Cameroon who currently lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  He completed his master's degree at the UM School for Natural Resources and Environment with a concentration Environmental Justice in protected areas.  He is shifting his career domestically and engaging communities to develop public spaces for equitable use and climate mitigation.  Mike loves the ability to meet new humans every day, skill build as a necessity of frugality, and to move to music.   

                                                                    Started with GIVE: June 2019

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Crew/Event Team

Biography coming soon!

Started with GIVE: June 2019

Favorite park: To be determined