Natural Area Preservation

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David Borneman
 

David Borneman

 Deputy Manager - Volunteerism and Natural Area Preservation

Phone: 734.794.6627


 

Inventory

Becky Gajewski
 

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​


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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


 

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George Hammond, Field Biologist

George came to Ann Arbor for graduate study in ecology, got a Master's degree, then never left. He worked in the Museum of Zoology, helping build and manage the Animal Diversity Web website, then briefly taught at EMU before getting hired at NAP. He has been a NAP employee for just a couple of years, but was a NAP volunteer for many years previously, inspired by the (then new) salamander survey. He volunteered with other NAP surveys, and started coming to public workdays as well. He says "I very happy to be organizing the surveys that I once volunteered for. I have a new appreciation for the work involved! There are so many small wonders in our parks, so many great things to find. I hope you will get out into our parks and nature areas, and find the beauty there."

Phone: 734.794.6627 x43477


Outreach

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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


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Krissy Elkins, Workday Coordinator

The City of Ann Arbor is lucky to have a whole team of wonderful people dedicated to preserving and restoring our natural areas. I am even luckier to be one of those people! I am a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and am thrilled to help conserve the very city that gave me my degree. I have spent time working for the UM Herbarium, learning the ins and outs of plant collecting. I worked to digitize part of the 1.75 million specimens in the collection. Now it is time to shift from curated flowers to the real thing! I look forward to organizing workdays that help connect anyone and everyone to our beautiful planet. 

Phone: 734.794.6627 x43471


Dana Novak
 

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." 


Renee Hytinen, Communications and Special Events

After a six-year pause, I'm coming back to my old position editing the newsletter and helping get the word out about NAP's good works. NAP is a unique workplace—as is the NAP community at large—and I am grateful to be back working with all you great people, and excited to start this new chapter. Both of my kids were born during my previous time with NAP, and I now have a first grader, Isaac, and a third grader, Aaron. I'm looking forward to bringing them along to workdays and other NAP events once we are all able to gather safely again.​

Phone: 734.794.6627 x43479​


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Hannah Bradshaw, Outreach Assistant

I am currently a student at the University of Michigan, and prior to coming to NAP I've spent time working at the UM Museum of Natural History and the Washtenaw County Conservation District. I love the outdoors and open spaces, so in my free time I like to be outside with my dog Blue or reading a good book. I am grateful to be a part of such a passionate team here, filled with truly kind people who care deeply about the work that they are doing. I'm really excited to have the opportunity to work with more volunteers here at NAP, as they're some of my favorite people to interact with and learn from.


Field Crew

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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


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Amy Lipson, Conservation Worker

My name is Amy, 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!


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Ashley Keesling, Conservation Worker

I recently graduated with a Master's degree from Ohio State where I studied systematics and host specificity in a species of parasitic plant, Ghost pipes (Monotropa uniflora). I was also secretary of my university's chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration where we managed a site along the Olentangy River and organized efforts to remove invasive Callery pear and Honeysuckle. In my spare time, I like to explore parks and take photos of plants, insects, mushrooms, and anything else that I find. What excites me most about working with NAP is the opportunity to learn more about methods in invasive species management and how to apply these methods to different species.  

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Ethan Glassman, Conservation Worker

Hi everyone, I'm really excited to be part of the NAP crew! I'm originally from Cincinnati and I went to BGSU and studied Ecology and Conservation Biology. I love spending time outside, looking for and photographing rare wildflowers. I'm new to the Ann Arbor area and I'm really excited to get to know everyone and all the natural areas!

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Kathleen Gosselin, Conservation Worker

I am incredibly excited to be joining the NAP team! I received my bachelor's degree in ecology from Northern Michigan University where I worked with the Marquette/Alger County conservation districts throughout my college career. After I graduated, I spent a few years in Montana working in forestry. I am excited to be back in Michigan working in the field I love. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my two dogs and riding horses.

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Michael (Max) Miley, Conservation Worker

I recently graduated with an Environment degree from the University of Michigan where I filled much of my course load with field classes about plants. Spending time outside and seeing the natural world change with the seasons has filled my free time since I was a kid, and I'm excited that working for NAP will let me continue those activities into my professional life. Outside of school and work, I enjoy photography, hiking, and identifying plants (usually all at once). I'm honored to be working for a local government whose residents so enthusiastically support its natural areas, and I can't wait to get out in the field!


 



 

 


 

​​Natural Area Preservation
Office:
3875 E. Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.794.6627

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Dave Borneman
  Deputy Manager
Tina Stephens
  Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Becky Gajewski
  Stewardship Specialist
Michael Hahn
  Stewardship Specialist