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The original item was published from October 6, 2023 10:59 AM to October 6, 2023 11:00 AM
Please join us in welcoming new staff and AmeriCorps members to the District. Over the summer we've had many new faces join our team, and we are excited for all the new energy, talent, and possibilities they bring. These are just a handful of our new staff, and we'll spotlight other staff in the future as well. Don't be afraid to say hi if you see them in the community- we'd love to get to know you!
Bryan Mohlman, the new Habitat Stewardship Program Manager, grew up in Southern California near the LA area. He spent much of his childhood in and around local hiking trails and park spaces. He moved to Western Washington after college and fell in love with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Bryan Decided to take a more direct role in habitat restoration by participating in the Habitat Steward Program at PCD in 2021. In 2023 Bryan successfully completed his master’s degree in environmental studies to strengthen his knowledge of how to rebuild and reinforce natural habitat within a rapidly growing urban environment. He loves being able to spend time in the urban green spaces that provide so many positive benefits to our cities and ensure they remain resilient for years to come.
Gracie DeMeo, our new Communications and Community Engagement manager, is originally from the Pacific Northwest but has traveled across the United States in search of unique natural locations and their stories. She has a Masters in Environmental Studies from Antioch University of New England, where she studied the intricacies of connecting people with nature. When not buried deep in a graphic design program, she enjoys talking to the plants in her raised garden beds, birdwatching with her dad's hand-me-down binoculars, and piddling away on the piano.
Bailey, our new Volunteer Coordinator, was born in Pierce County but spent most of her childhood in Northern California and returned to the wonderful Pacific Northwest while serving in the Navy. Bailey earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington Tacoma, where she studied Environmental Sustainability and the ways people interact with their environment and each other. She is passionate about serving her community and helping people discover the joys of volunteering and teamwork, making her role with PCD something of a dream come true. When not at work, Bailey enjoys spending quality time with her partner and animals, playing in the garden, and, you guessed it, volunteering.
Lex Barnard is the 2023-2024 season’s Americorps Gleaning Specialist. They’re a recent transplant from Florida (Seminole/Timucuan and Ais territories) who was lucky enough to plop down right into the middle of the best possible place to learn about agriculture and conservation here in Pierce County. He’s also an herbalist-in-training, a native plant nerd, and is extremely passionate about food security, building community, land stewardship, making friends with any animal they come across, and learning from and listening to Indigenous wisdom and science. Previously a professional baker, Lex values the connection people form with each other through the food we eat and seeks to continue exploring and creating that bond we have with our food through the work at Harvest Pierce County. Previously, Lex has interned with IDEAS for Us as a farming intern through their Fleet Farming program and is currently a student with the Florida School of Holistic Living. After trying to volunteer with PCD since moving here, he jumped at this opportunity to join through an Americorps position. Lex spends his free time learning about their new home here in the PNW, planning hiking and foraging trips, cooking, baking, and making new friends.Graham French is one of the 2023-2024 season’s AmeriCorps Water Quality Specialists. She is passionate about improving water quality through restoration ecology, green stormwater capture, and urban habitat management. As a Pierce County resident, Graham is excited to help improve local water quality and build connections with local communities. In her free time, Graham enjoys spending time in forests, having quality time with her chickens, and creating art such as painting, jewelry, and small hand-sewn projects.
Maddie Snook spent most of their life in the Pacific Northwest and developed a love for the natural world through its landscape and wildlife. They earned a degree in Earth & Conservation Science from Washington State University and since graduation, they have traveled across the country taking on multiple roles within conservation and education. This included ambassador animal training, summer camp instructing, and zookeeping. Now they are an AmeriCorps member for the education program at Pierce Conservation District.