Patrick has worked in the non-profit and local government worlds for the last seven years and brings a wealth of experience and skills needed tosuccessfully run a non-profit organization. As a father, and husband who is passionate about community and the outdoors he spends his time when not recreating, volunteering to serve on community event planning boards, fundraising committees, as a ski and soccer coach, and playing host and emcee for local community events. His connection to the community of Leavenworth, and the Greater Wenatchee Valley intersects many circles andinterests.
Patrick’s educational background is in program development and risk management. His work experience over the last 20 years has provided him a background in business development, management and working within diverse organizational structures, from small local business, to non-profit to local government to large semi-corporate organizations.
Youth Education Director
Rebecca Ryan received her Masters in Education with an emphasis in Environmental Education and Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Administration from Western Washington University and North Cascades Institute. After earning her Masters, she worked at NatureBridge in Yosemite where she taught front country residential environmental education programs, led backcountry field research courses, and helped connect youth to the natural world. Eventually Rebecca began taking on new challenges, working for NatureBridge in the administrative side of program, focusing on operations and education. After spending the past six years living, working, and playing in the Yosemite area, Rebecca is excited to be returning home to the Pacific Northwest. Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys hiking and backpacking, cooking, river time, and being with family and friends.
Youth Programs Manager
Will has been involved in youth education for the last ten years. He has spent over three years working and volunteering in public schools around Washington, been involved with multiple summer camp programs, led seabird population surveys and classes, and produced science education music to be utilized by educators around the world. Outside of work he enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, playing music, and spending time with family and friends.
C.O.R.E. Adult Programs & Community Events Manager
Brook has always been intrigued with the intersection of society and the environment. She graduated with a B.A. in Geography from the University of Washington and is finishing her Master's in Professional Science Management at the University of Idaho. Prior to pursuing her Master's degree she spent 6 years working in Special Education. She enjoys gardening, canning, horseback riding, and camping with her husband and two sons.
Megan has been working in the Environmental Science and Green Building
industries for over a decade specializing in residential energy
conservation. She has a Masters degree in Green Design from Carnegie
Mellon University. In 2014 Megan moved to the Upper Valley from Bend,
Oregon where she managed weatherization programs for both the local
Community Action Agency and Energy Trust of Oregon. She is excited to
be living in an area that reminds her of growing up in Vermont.
Heidi has worked at several Environmental Education schools over the past 20 years in California and Colorado and is passionate about getting kids in natures as much as possible. She earned her MA in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast and spent many years exploring public lands for potential wilderness deisgnation. She now spends most of her time with her family. If they are not playing soccer, they are usually hiking or sking in the mountains. With every free moment, she tries to get her hands in the soil and grow as much food as possible.
Trinity received her degree in Biology (Natural Sciences) from Concordia University in Irvine, California. Her degree included focus research on protecting southern California sagebrush ecosystems from invasive species. In previous work experience, Trinity has focused in educating the public to preserve wetlands throughout California. In 2014 Trinity moved to Washington to serve with the nonprofit; AmeriCorps. This gave her the opportunity to teach natural science activities in classrooms and during the Wenatchee School District’s after school program. One of her many goals is to inspire students to take the health of the environment into their own hands by practicing environmental stewardship. Outside of work she enjoys backpacking with friends and family, advocating for animal rights, mentoring, and long walks with her dog.
After School Instructor
Rachel received her Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. Since graduating she has been working at a multitude of environmental education organizations across Washington state. Living on the eastside of the Cascades is new to Rachel and she is very excited to connect youth to this beautiful ecosystem. Outside of work you will find Rachel climbing, skiing, mountain biking, basking in the sunshine and/or relaxing with a book.
AmeriCorps Field Educator
Elisa was born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Washington State University where she was involved with the Raptor Club and the Tasmanian Devil Research lab. Her passion for the natural world started at a young age and she hopes to create amazing experiences for youth at WRI. She is also very excited to collaborate with the many environmental organizations in the area for the Earth Day and Bird Fest events! Outside of work she enjoys cooking, biking the loop trail, and bird watching