Fostering Health y Communities
through Connection with Nature
Chiara D’Amore, Ph.D. (President) is a mother, educator, researcher, writer, community organizer, and environmental consultant. She lives in Columbia, Maryland where she serves as the founder and director of a family nature club and president of Trilogy Eco-Systems Solutions. Her work is focused on understanding the effects of time spent in nature on personal, social, and ecological well-being. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education.
Julie Dunlap has a Ph.D. in social ecology from Yale University and teaches about environmental history and management at the University of Maryland University College. A freelance writer, her works range from natural history books for children to essays about climate change. As a volunteer, she is Education Chair for the Audubon Society of Central Maryland and Kids Team Leader for Interfaith Oceans. Julie’s writings, teachings, and outings with family and friends seek to nurture, explore, and celebrate intergenerational relationships with the natural world.
Alvin Findlay (Treasurer) has worked in the accounting industry for more than a decade. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a background comprised of supervising, managing and participating in full cycle accounts payable, full cycle accounts receivable, invoicing, full cycle payroll, crate to grave contracts administration, internal auditing as well as innovative and resourceful reporting and procedural documentation, in large, medium, and small enterprises. He is an active participant in Columbia Families in Nature with his wife and son.
Cynthia Marshall (Vice President) has been the Executive Director of non-profit organizations since 2009, and has trained multiple environmental non-profits on how to engage a broader and more diverse group of constituents. She has led successful campaigns in Maryland with the Industrial Areas Foundation, including creating a youth conservation corps. She earned a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School in Education, and her B.A. at Carleton College in Biology. She lives in Columbia, Maryland with her husband and two children.
Dave Morgan (Secretary) is attending law school at the University of Maryland where he is concentrating on Environmental Law. He is an intern with the Choose Clean Water Coalition in Annapolis, which is a nonprofit advocacy group that serves as an umbrella organization for roughly 207 clean water-related organizations within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, assisting in the formulation and regulation of policy for cleaner waterways. His previous work as a paralegal provides insight into some of the legal elements of running a non-profit and he has a love for research.
Jen Walker earned her Ph.D. in English at the George Washington University with a primary area of interest in environmental humanities. Jen is the founder and Executive Director of World House Community Supported Education. She has taught English, history, environmental studies, and education at Salisbury University and McDaniel College. She is a proponent of service opportunities for people of all ages, and has worked with groups as diverse as the local homeless population, post-hurricane animal rescue, children with terminal illnesses, a horse rescue facility, and various environmental organizations.
Betsy Wier, Ph.D., has over fifteen years of experience as a senior manager in international development and humanitarian relief programs. Her work has included program development, project management, business development leadership & strategy, staff and partner capacity building. Her program development and field experience ranges from Fair Trade and ethical sourcing initiatives to immigration policy and child protection programs. Betsy holds a M.A. in International Development from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education.
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