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Dec 06

Welcome our New AmeriCorps!

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 8:47 AM by Allan Warren

Each fall, we are blessed to be joined by a cohort of AmeriCorps members who bring fresh energy and enthusiasm to our work. Over the next 10 months, these dedicated individuals will help us increase our impact across all programs. Get to know each of them, as you will likely see them in the field leading planting events, educational workshops, and more!

Allie CampbellAllie Campbell
Allie joins us as an AmeriCorps service member who serves as our Water Quality Outreach Specialist, after originally starting out as an intern for Pierce Conservation District. Her focus for her term at PCD is assisting with rain barrel workshops, managing our Urban Tree Sale, and updating our Rain Garden outreach material. Allie graduated from the University of Washington, Tacoma in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Urban Development. While not at work, she enjoys hiking, running with her dogs, paddle boarding and traveling.

James MooreJames Moore
James is a returning AmeriCorps service member who now serves as our Stream Team Specialist. Currently helping coordinate aspects of the Stream Team program and various workshops, he has been working with the Water Quality program since February 2019 with various behind the scenes projects. James graduated from the University of Washington, Tacoma in 2014 with a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree and is passionate about promoting environmental understanding throughout Pierce County and beyond.

Katherine GiesekeKatherine Gieseke
Katherine Gieseke joins us as the Harvest Pierce County AmeriCorps service member working with the Gleaning and Native Plant Sale programs. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Katherine studied the intersections of Environmental Policy and Decision Making, and Gender and Queer Studies. Outside of working with trees, Katherine enjoys backpacking, kayaking, gardening, and working on a variety of DIY projects.

Kela Hall-WieckertKela Hall-Wieckert
Kela is a southern transplant originally from Nashville, TN and recently graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She’s passionate about agroecology, land accessibility, and collaborative ecological restoration. Kela will facilitate volunteer planting parties at various restoration sites; maintain ongoing restoration projects; and help monitor revegetation. “I greatly look forward to the year ahead at Pierce Conservation District!”

Rebecca CrossRebecca Crust
Rebecca is the AmeriCorps member serving in the Environmental Education program. Their hometown is Des Moines, WA, and they recently graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Biology. In their free time, Rebecca likes to bake, garden, and play computer games with friends. Rebecca loves community engagement and is super excited to work with the K-12 students in Pierce County.


WCC CrewWCC CREW
PCD’s 2019-2020 Washington Conservation Corps crew started in early October and have already contributed valuable assistance to projects on South Prairie Creek, in the city of Puyallup, and with partner Forterra. Crew members Rhea McMahan, Mark Reimann, Grace McKenney, and Hayley Compton (l-r), with supervisor Kayla Inks (center) help with a variety of District projects, from restoration plantings, to the Native Plant Sale, rain garden maintenance, Children’s Water Festival, and more!

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