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!
Coordinator; [email protected]
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
Outreach/Marketing Assistant; [email protected]
Ryan earned a bachelor's in Social Sciences from EMU and a master's in Higher Education from the Unviersity of South Carolina. At Give 365, he leads volunteer workdays, specializing in river clean-ups, and works on creative projects. In his free time, he loves seeing live music, being outdoors, hiking, and practicing photography.
Started with GIVE: April 2014
Favorite park: Hunt
Crew/Event Team; [email protected]
Oliver is working towards earning his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Michigan. At Give 365, he works with volunteers and staff alike to ensure our parks stay maintained, clean, and safe. In his free time, he loves swimming, films, music, and being outside.
Started with GIVE: May 2019
Favorite park: Barton
Outreach Assistant; [email protected]
Abby earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton and is working on her master's in Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She coordinates the volunteer experience from the first email to the last. She loves meeting new volunteers and connecting them to our parks!
Started with GIVE: April 2021
Favorite Park: Bandemer
Playground Technician; [email protected]
Andy is a loving father of two highly energetic and eternally curious little girls. Within GIVE 365, he helps to oversee the maintenance of Ann Arbor's 70+ city playgrounds by prioritizing parks most in need of volunteer care. Outside of GIVE 365, he visits parks with his daughters, draws comics, strums a banjo, and hikes through the quiet of nature constructing cairns along the way.
Started with GIVE: May 2021
Andy's favorite park: Bird Hills
His daughters' favorite park: Waterworks
Gardener; [email protected]
Amelia is our resident gardener! At GIVE 365, she works independently and with volunteers in gardens and landscaped areas big and small throughout the parks. In her free time she runs, hikes, bikes, and listens to lots of podcasts and NPR, works on a farm, and - you guessed it- gardens! She is passionate about continued self-education and sustainable land management.
Started with GIVE: May 2021
Favorite park: Bird Hills