Chiara D’Amore, Ph.D. is the founder of the Community Ecology Institute and of our Columbia Families in Nature and Roots & Wings Learning Community programs. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education and teaches graduate courses in environmental sustainability, civic ecology, and climate action. Her overarching work is focused on understanding the effects of time spent in nature on personal, social, and ecological well-being. She is dedicated to helping create a healthy, beautiful and abundant future where people and nature thrive together.
Lindsay Kreisher - Roots & Wings Learning Community Director. Lindsay is an experienced educator with a BA in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution from Salisbury University. She is dedicated to serving the community through children’s programming that promotes independent learning, creativity and environmental civility. She utilizes her mediation and restorative justice trainings to support her in community work with young people, including programs for at risk youth populations ,acting as a volunteer mediator and teaching Conflict Resolution at Howard Community College.
Meet our wonderful Roots & Wings Teachers!
Taylor has been around the world working on organic farms, learning about other cultures and exploring the natural world. After working on a number of organic vegetable farms he ran a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and market garden in Westminster, Md for four years. Now he works as an educator, teaching gardening, woodworking and primitive skills/ nature connection. He is excited to share his skills in the garden, the woods and the workshop with Roots and Wings! Taylor is a musician, poet, gardener, canoe-tripper and lover of the natural world.
We are very excited to introduce Veronica Adler, a CEI Youth Volunteer and Art Coordinator! Veronica is an Atholton High School graduate who now attends the University of Maryland College Park. She is studying psychology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences in order to pursue a career and life that merge helping people along with the environment. She has previously worked as a coordinator for the children’s program Special Friends at Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and as a Lab Coordinator/Supervisor with the program Juntos en Pareja, a service that provides marriage and financial counseling for Latinx couples. Her passion for nature bloomed when she was 10 years old and became a scuba diver. She is an artist, musician, and environmentalist who is excited to be a part of the team bringing nature, sustainability, and art to an amazing farm in her hometown.