Project Dragonfly Directors

Chris Myers

Chris Myers

...received his Ph.D. in ecology from Vanderbilt University and is now a professor of Zoology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University. His research areas include community-based conservation, participatory science, and national education reform. Chris is the founding Director of Project Dragonfly and served as Editor-in-Chief of Dragonfly magazine--the first national magazine to feature the investigations of children. Project Dragonfly has reached millions of children through award-winning print media, teacher programs, and the Emmy-Award winning national PBS children’s television series, DragonflyTV. He has written more than 60 professional articles and has directed projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization for Tropical Studies, and other agencies. Chris directs Earth Expeditions and the Global Field Program, served as a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, and taught environmental education at Yale University.

Lynne Born Myers

Lynne Born Myers

... is a founder and co-Director of Project Dragonfly, where she oversees national exhibits, participatory media, and learning programs. She served as the founding editor for Dragonfly magazine and now leads the development of national exhibits for Wild Research and Saving Species. These two NSF-funded projects are designed to engage millions of families at zoos, aquariums, and other public learning institutions throughout the U.S. Lynne also writes fiction and nonfiction books for children with her husband, Chris, including McCrephy's Field (Houghton Mifflin), Forest of the Clouded Leopard (Houghton Mifflin), and Galapagos: Islands of Change (Hyperion). Lynne received her B. Phil. from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University. She has developed conservation partnerships in many countries for Earth Expeditions, and works on a variety of research and education projects addressing human relationships with nature.

Program Faculty (faculty are full-time at Miami with graduate standing and serve as instructors of record)

Chris Myers

Chris Myers

...received his Ph.D. in ecology from Vanderbilt University and is now a professor of Zoology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University. His research areas include community-based conservation, participatory science, and national education reform. Chris is the founding Director of Project Dragonfly and served as Editor-in-Chief of Dragonfly magazine--the first national magazine to feature the investigations of children. Project Dragonfly has reached millions of children through award-winning print media, teacher programs, and the Emmy-Award winning national PBS children’s television series, DragonflyTV. He has written more than 60 professional articles and has directed projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization for Tropical Studies, and other agencies. Chris directs Earth Expeditions and the Global Field Program, served as a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, and taught environmental education at Yale University.

Jamie Bercaw Anzano

Jamie Bercaw Anzano

... is Director of Communications and Research at Project Dragonfly at Miami University, where she instructs international and web-based graduate courses and serves as a graduate advisor. When Dragonfly began more than 17 years ago, Jamie served as an editor for Dragonfly children's magazine. She has since worked on a number of Dragonfly initiatives to implement inquiry-driven reform in formal and informal learning environments. Prior to her work at Dragonfly, Jamie wrote hundreds of articles as a newspaper reporter and magazine writer. She has a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University in journalism, a master's in environmental science with concentrations in environmental education and public policy from Miami's Institute of Environmental Sciences, and post-master’s work in pursuit of a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Miami. Her interests lie within the intersection of theory and practice and in helping educators and other professionals explore ways to use inquiry to improve human and ecological communities. Jamie has explored many countries throughout the world, but she particularly enjoys rediscovering her backyard with her husband and two sons.

Hays Cummins

Hays Cummins

... is a professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University. Hays is a founding Co-Director of Project Dragonfly and served as the science editor for Dragonfly magazine. Hays received his Ph.D. in oceanography from Texas A&M University and has led international courses for years to the Bahamas and the Florida Keys, Curacao Island, and Costa Rica. His research focuses on the reconstruction of past ecological communities in marine systems and understanding ecological change. He also has a passion for weather and astronomy. Hays has authored many research papers and popular articles focusing on science and science education.

Jill Korach

Jill Korach

... is the Assistant Director of Field Programs for Project Dragonfly at Miami University where she instructs international and web-based courses and serves as a master's advisor. Jill is president of the board of Imago, a Cincinnati-based grassroots environmental organization focused on connecting communities to nature and sustainable living (http://imagoearth.org). Jill earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis where she focused on tropical rainforest ecology, a master's from Miami University's Institute of Environmental Sciences concentrating in conservation biology, and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in biology. As a part of Miami’s Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology doctoral program, Jill is exploring the role important natural areas play in our lives and how ecological, cultural, and social values contribute to conservation. She credits her love of the natural world to the outdoor adventures she takes with her family and getting a chance to climb trees as a child.

Kevin Matteson

Kevin Matteson

... is the Assistant Director of Master's Programs for Project Dragonfly at Miami University. Since 2002, Kevin has researched ecology, pollinator conservation, and entomology in heavily developed urban landscapes in both Chicago and New York City. For his doctoral research, conducted at Fordham University, Kevin utilized high-resolution GIS datasets to evaluate landscape factors influencing the diversity of bees and butterflies in community gardens of East Harlem and the Bronx. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate- and graduate-level, Kevin has served as an educator in a variety non-traditional settings including bilingual art-based science education in the Bronx and student-led programming while at the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society. Kevin has also engaged in scientific outreach through work as a scientific consultant and blogger for an urban citizen science program (http://greatpollinatorproject.org/) and currently serves as Chair of the Urban Ecosystems Ecology section (http://www.esa.org/urbanecology/) of the Ecological Society of America. He currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio with his wife and two young children.

Program Facilitators & Partners

Adriana Rodriguez-Ferraro

... is a Venezuelan Field Biologist/Ecologist. She is currently working as a consultant for Provita in the "Evidenced-base Conservation" Project. Adriana, has worked in Environmental Education, Wildlife Legislation, and Avian Conservation. She has taught many life science courses at high school and university level. Currently, Adriana's research interest is in Population Ecology, Genetics, and Avian Conservation. She graduated with a BS in Biology from the Universidad Simon Bolivar- Venezuela and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Missouri.

Adrienne Fox

...is a high school science teacher in Ohio. She enjoys teaching Biology and Anatomy as well promoting sustainability within her school. She completed her M.A. in Biology from Miami University through the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP). Her Master Plan for AIP focused on raising awareness of plastic pollution. Adrienne enjoys having her students experience first-hand the impacts of sustainable efforts. As a result she has started a garden and organized beach cleanups within her school community. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and enjoying nature in any way possible.

Allison Beard

...is an outdoor instructor and field biologist. She alternates between a cozy home in Eugene, Oregon and camping in the field, wherever that may be. When in Eugene she specializes in recreation and outdoor education, leading forest ecology classes, rafting expeditions, mountain biking courses, and more. With a particular interest in raptor biology, Allison has pursued field work with the Peregrine Fund, Arizona's Game & Fish Department, and HawkWatch International. She believes that life should be an adventure, embrace it!

Allison Gray

…teaches in the BS and MA degree programs in science education at Northern Arizona University. A former newspaper editor, she has served as a high school teacher and school administrator, and has taught in the education programs at Willamette University and Oregon State University. Her commitment to wildlife conservation led her to volunteer for the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, where she used her publishing experience to produce educational materials for local farmers and teachers. She has traveled throughout southern Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. When not traveling or working, she can be found exploring the high desert of the southwest with her husband and two young daughters. 

Amanda Berlinski

…works at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo as the Manager of Guest Engagement. Here she oversees interpretive programs and planning, and is also the Education Advisor for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Lion Species Survival Plan (lions being her absolute favorite animal). Amanda holds her B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology and graduated from the Advanced Inquiry Program with her M.A. in Zoology. In attempting to understand how the arts and sciences intersect, she seeks out opportunities to connect people to nature through fine art. She also dabbles in experience design, and works with the Chicago-based organization Museum Explorer Inc. to develop exhibits and interactives for non-formal learning environments. When she’s not at work you’ll find her walking or biking around Chicago, playing with one of her two cats, or backpacking through one of America’s National Parks - avidly collecting stamps in her National Parks Passport.

Amy Amspoker

...is currently a high school Advanced Biology and Zoology teacher at Elida High School in Northwest Ohio. She earned a B.S. in Life Science Education from Bowling Green State University and has state licensure to teach grades 7-12. Amy received her M.A. in Zoology through the Advanced Inquiry Program at Miami University. During her coursework for the AIP, she was able to take part in an Earth Expedition to Costa Rica where she studied Neotropical Ecology. In her spare time, Amy loves gardening, hiking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and two children. Being a recent graduate of the Project Dragonfly program, Amy is excited to begin this new chapter as an instructor and have the opportunity to share what she has learned with other Advanced Inquiry Program and Global Field Program students. 

Amy Fultz

… is a primatologist whose focus is on chimpanzee behavior and conservation. Amy is the Director of Behavior, Research and Education at Chimp Haven, Inc., a sanctuary for over 160 retired chimpanzees. Amy is also one of the co-founders of the non-profit organization and is responsible for the socialization of the chimpanzees, as well as overseeing the enrichment and training programs at the sanctuary. Amy also conducts observational research on the chimpanzees as they adjust to their new lives at the sanctuary and has published and presented a number of scientific papers based on her research. Amy holds a degree in Biology from Hillsdale College in Michigan and graduated from the Global Field Program with an MA in Zoology in 2012. She has traveled to rain forests in Panama, Mexico and Uganda, as well as traveling to Belize and Borneo, with the GFP. Amy has also traveled to the Amazon as both a student and a co-instructor. In Amy’s free time she enjoys reading, spending time exploring her two daughter’s interests, gardening and being creative. Amy looks forward to additional learning experiences and collaboration with interesting individuals all over the world. 

Anna Busse

...currently manages the tropical and indoor plant inventory at Molbak’s nursery in Woodinville, Washington, where she also leads seminars on plants. She lived abroad in India and Jordan during her undergraduate studies and returned to Washington with a B.A. in International Studies from The Evergreen State College. In 2011 she enrolled in Miami University’s AIP program at Woodland Park Zoo, where she earned her M.A. in Zoology. Anna has pursued numerous avenues for engaging her community with the natural world and hopes to be involved in sustainable development locally in the future. While abroad, she discovered the value of simplistic, sustainable living and connection to the land, and it is her dream to design and build a permaculture farm and educational institute that offers free educational resources which make simplicity, sustainability, and connection to the land more accessible to her community. Anna loves exploring the forests of the Pacific Northwest, learning about native plants and their medicinal uses, gardening indoors and out, and helping others to make meaningful connections between themselves and the natural world.

Beth Krisko

Beth Krisko

...completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Miami University in 2001, and began her career in conservation and environmental education. After obtaining her Ohio Science teacher credential from Antioch University in 2005, she spent six years as Director of Antioch's Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center in Yellow Springs, OH. In this role, she directed and facilitated environmental education programs for over 3,000 children each year. Prior to becoming Director at Glen Helen, she coordinated the volunteer and service-learning programs for the preserve, engaging adults in stewardship and education through ecological restoration activities. In 2010, she was awarded a fellowship with the National Audubon Society’s TogetherGreen program, which recognizes and trains leaders in conservation. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Forests Today and Forever, which educates children and adults on sustainable forestry in the Pacific Northwest. She volunteers her time to serve on the Long Tom Watershed Council Board of Directors, and "after hours" she is a yoga instructor at a couple of studios in Eugene, OR. She is thrilled to join Project Dragonfly as an instructor this fall, and excited to connect with others that are also passionate about conservation and our planet. 

Brittany Bankovich

...recently graduated with her MSc. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, and is currently teaching Biology in the Age of Technology (BAT) for Dragonfly and Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences at the University of Florida. She is also working for St. John's Water Management to update the Florida Agricultural Lands GIS database. Prior to attending the University of Florida, she worked in the Great Basin trapping small mammals and volunteered for Saguaro National Park and Arizona Game & Fish doing wildlife surveys. She earned her BS in Biology from the University of Akron where she was a member of the varsity swim team and volunteered in the lab of Dr. Ron Salisbury researching innate hypertension in SHR-Y rats.

Candee Ellsworth

... graduated in 2013 with an MA in Zoology from Miami University (and with a Biology degree from the University of Findlay in 1997), and she is currently the Executive Director of Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation Education outside of Toledo, Ohio, where she lives with her husband, son, two giant rescue mutts and a cat.  She has spent the past 16 years working as the Conservation Coordinator at the Toledo Zoo in charge of field conservation work local and abroad, as an adjunct professor for the University of Findlay and has done private ecological consulting for a variety of conservation projects throughout the West Indies.  Her more recent master's work involved raising environmental awareness in base residents living and working at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, thus increasing their global awareness about conservation issues that they will hopefully take with them too other duty stations.  Much of her conservation work over the years has been focused on dry, tropical forests of the Caribbean, reintroduction efforts of endangered species, island ecosystems and island biodiversity. She is also most well known for her captive breeding work to restore the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly to the Oak Openings in Northwest Ohio and the federally endangered Mitchell satyr butterfly captive rearing for Southern Michigan.

Cari Krippner

...graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL in 1986. After teaching in TX and IL, Cari relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her partner, Cindy, to explore the mountains and further their education. Cari was part of first graduating class of the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) cohort at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, earning her M.A. in Teaching in December of 2013. In her free time, she enjoys critter sitting, tutoring at-risk children, and volunteering at Woodland Park Zoo. She spends any remaining daylight hours outdoors and is a Forest Steward for a local park organizing invasive plant removal and native plant restoration. In addition, Cari has recently begun a non-profit organization, OutdoorLearning4All, which focuses on connecting older adults and younger children outside to learn about nature, art and music while promoting compassion and enhancing creativity. Cari is very excited to begin the next step in her partnership with Project Dragonfly, teaching web-based courses.

Chrissy Graszer

...is a science educator with experience in both formal and informal education. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Western Illinois University and an M.A. in Education from Roosevelt University. Chrissy has worked in a variety of schools and zoological institutions throughout the Chicago area. She was most recently at Lincoln Park Zoo where she served as the manager of student and teacher programs. Chrissy has a strong expertise in informal learning methodologies, especially inquiry-based science education and conservation education for K-12 grade levels. During her tenure at the zoo, she developed and/or facilitated numerous professional development workshops for formal and informal educators, educational curriculum and resources, and student programs. All of these utilized or focused on inquiry-based learning aligned with the work of zoo researchers as the primary method for teaching science. Recently becoming a first-time mom, Chrissy has decided to take time away from her full-time career to stay home with her new son. She is excited to be part of Project Dragonfly, looking at it as away to stay connected with her passion for conservation science and education.

Claire Lannoye

... graduated with the first GFP class in 2011 with an MAT. My day job is the Curator of Education at the Detroit Zoological Society where I oversee the day-to-day operations of the education department. I have the privilege of facilitating the Amazon Rainforest Adopt-A-School program in Peru, an absolute highlight of my job since 2007. I'm also a NOAA Climate Steward Regional Leader, supporting five states of climate stewards. I love being outdoors and can't wait to share the wonders of the natural world with my daughter as she grows up. 

Corenna Roozeboom

...currently works as a garden educator for a public charter school in Chicago. Her life changed when she discovered that organic gardening involves everything she’s passionate about: community development, environmental stewardship, social justice, conservation education, healthy people, delicious food, beautiful flowers, and slowing down. Upon making this discovery, Corenna set out to learn more about sustainable agriculture by earning her master’s degree through the Advanced Inquiry Program, starting a community garden in her neighborhood, reading lots of books, and working for a variety of environmental education organizations. In her free time, Corenna loves to read, travel, do yoga, listen to public radio, watch movies, and spend quality time with the people she loves (preferably over a delicious meal!).

Courtney Ryan

...knew, after teaching in Seoul, South Korea for six years, that it was time to reconnect with the things that were most important to her--informal education and the outdoors. Her experience in the Global Field Program gave her the opportunity to do just that. Now as the Program Operations Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, she is able to use inquiry in her daily life, inspiring children and adults to become conservation leaders in their community. She is ready to take inquiry from a local to a global perspective as an online facilitator as well as leading Earth Expeditions for Project Dragonfly!

Dana Kennedy

...spent seven years working at the North Carolina Zoo as a zookeeper before she and her family moved to Pittsburgh, PA. During her time as a keeper she was fortunate enough to work in various sections in the park and got to experience everything from rhinos to baboons and gorillas to bears (her personal favorite). She also worked closely with the conservation department, helping to write the latest edition of the Zoo's conservation / research report, and she was an active member of the Zoo's environmental management team and AAZK chapter. Since moving to Pittsburgh she has become a stay-at-home mom to her own little human ape, while also working part time as a freelance writer where she tries to incorporate conservation-minded content into as many articles as she can. She and her husband love to hike and camp and are now enjoying sharing their passions for nature with their daughter. Dana received her B.S. in zoology from Michigan State University and her M.A. in zoology through Miami University's Global Field Program. She is thrilled to be continuing her journey with Project Dragonfly and looks forward to the coming semesters where she can help guide students on their own journeys through the Dragonfly program.

Elizabeth Katoa

... is a high school biology teacher for the North Ridgeville City Schools near Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her MA in Zoology from Miami University through the Global Field Program and traveled to Belize, the Amazon, and Baja. Elizabeth's teaching career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific where she taught secondary science and trained local counterparts in instructional methods to increase the use of laboratory experiences in their teaching. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology with an environmental emphasis from the University of Montana and a M.Ed. from Cleveland State University which focused on teaching in urban settings. Her love of travel, nature, and interest in conservation started as a child when she spent her summers camping and visiting national parks all over the United States. She enjoys traveling internationally and finding ways to incorporate the experiences into meaningful learning opportunities for her students and colleagues.

Gail Lemiec

...while originally from Cleveland, OH, currently works as the Coordinator for Charlotte Nature Museum in Charlotte, NC. There she has the opportunity to connect families with nature and the wildlife in their own backyards. She earned her BS in Environmental Studies from Northland College, situated in the Wisconsin northwoods, before traveling to Romania with the Peace Corps to live for two years as an English and Environmental Education teacher. Upon returning to the States, she immersed herself in informal environmental education, marine conservation, and animal training--working with raptors, shorebirds, and small mammals. Her passion for conservation and travel was ignited once again with the enrollment in Project Dragonfly's Global Field Program. Gail traveled to Belize, Hawaii, and Baja before completing her MA in Zoology in 2014. She happily spends her free time with her husband and their pets, reading anything and everything, and communing with nature.

Jeannie Miller Martin

... completed her B.S. at Juniata College then earned her Master’s in Zoology in the GFP at Miami University. She managed sea turtle nesting research programs in several states and abroad prior to joining the Georgia Sea Turtle Center team in 2007. While at the GSTC she served as a rehabilitation technician before developing the GSTC AmeriCorps program, and has since taken over the GSTC Volunteer program as well including the creation of the Georgia Sea Turtle Marine Debris Initiative. She is excited to have the opportunity to continue to stay involved with the GFP as an instructor. 

Jeannine Richards

...is currently the Communications Coordinator at the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. In this position, her primary work is in writing, editing, and graphic design, as well as co-instructing workshops in discussion facilitation and conservation ethics. She was a graduate in the first class of the Global Field Program in 2011 and studied in Trinidad, Baja, and Thailand. She will be beginning a PhD program in tropical ecology in the fall. In the meantime, she is delighted to be returning to the Dragonfly virtual classroom as an instructor.

Jeffrey Amato

...has been awed and inspired by nature since his earliest memories of camping and hiking in the Rockies as a very young child. These feelings remain to this day as he spends his free time perusing outdoor activities such as skiing or hiking, reading about the latest scientific discoveries, learning about and then visiting various ecosystems, or just sitting outside and enjoying the birds. When stuck inside Jeff takes care of his two dogs, three cats, four lizards, and live reef aquarium. He received his BS in Communication Systems Management from Ohio University and his MA in Zoology from Miami University's Project Dragonfly. He currently works in IT but is planning on changing to the field of conservation and field research.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

... just completed her MA in Zoology in December of 2012 from the Global Field Program through Miami University. She attended the international courses in Baja, Namibia, and Amazon. Through these experiences she has come to appreciate the diversity of organisms and has found a passion for protecting the endangered species of the world. Jennifer currently works in Environmental Consulting as an ecotoxicologist. She has worked in this field for over 12 years consulting on the impacts to wildlife from large oil spills, completing risk assessments for the protection of children from lead exposures, assessing the damage to wildlife from past mining and refinery operations, completing mammals and herpetological surveys, and assessing the risk of chemical poisoning in litigation cases. Jennifer received her BA from Wittenberg University in Biology and her first MA in Environmental Studies with a concentration on Risk Assessment from University of Illinois at Springfield. Her graduate work was concentrating on the risks to children from environmental asthma triggers. 

Jenny Hinz

...graduated in 2012 with an MAT in Biology Science from Miami University and is currently a co-founder of the non-profit conservation and volunteer organization, Urban-Eco. She has spent the last two years with the organization spreading conservation awareness and involvement in the Chicago K-12 setting. She is an active workgroup liaison for the National Geographic's Geo-Educators in Chicago. Her days are spent teaching computer science in Chicago at Lane Tech High School and as a Visiting Lecturer at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her unique background in computer science and biology has let her integrate conservation into everyday hands-on technology platforms to enrich student engagement. Beyond her love for spreading conservation, she also enjoys traveling, volunteering, learning, and spending time with her husband and Siberian Husky.

Jim Miller

... is in his 9th year of teaching Biology and Environmental Science at Cleveland Heights High School and also has been the head swim coach there for the past 12 years. Jim received his bachelor's degree in environmental studies through Allegheny College and his teaching certificate through Ashland University. He was honored as part of the first group to receive their master's degree through the Global Field Program at Miami University in 2011! For the GFP he participated in the Earth Expeditions in Costa Rica, Belize, and Namibia. Some of his favorite experiences in the natural world include: seeing an ocelot on a night hike while at Monteverde in Costa Rica; getting his head licked by a jaguar at the Belize Zoo; snorkeling with sharks, sea turtles, and sting rays in Belize; swimming with the great white sharks in South Africa; sandboarding down the sand dunes in Namibia; and watching 25 elephants frolic and drink at a waterhole in Namibia. Since graduation, Jim has also participated in the Earth Expeditions programs in the Amazon, Mongolia and Borneo. In 2011, he was selected as one of only twelve teachers in the country to participate in PolarTREC; an educational research experience in which K-12 teachers engage in polar research, working closely with scientists from Cornell University as a pathway to improving science education.

Joanne McGonagle

Joanne McGonagle

...completed her MA in Zoology in December of 2012 from the Global Field Program through Miami University. Joanne received her Master of Business Administration from Ohio University and is currently a marketing consultant in the consumer packaged goods field. She is the author of The Tiniest Tiger and An Ordinary Toad's Extraordinary Night as well as The Tiniest Tiger's Conservation Cub Club online site. Joanne often speaks at social media conferences and is considered a top influencer in the pet (feline) industry. Joanne's field experience in the program took her to Baja, Kenya and Namibia. She is happy to be back participating in the Project Dragonfly program as an instructor.

Josephine Finley

... got her MAT from Miami University and a BA in Environmental Studies through the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She works for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a Park Ranger at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Rigefield, WA. She runs the education and volunteer programs there as well as being in charge of other visitor activities and facilities. Josephine gets to teach Refuge visitors, volunteers, teachers, students, and even her colleagues locally and nationally in a hands on inquiry driven way. She is also currently involved in a national working team to bring urban communities to visit, enjoy, and support National Wildlife Refuges across the nation. Her idea of saving the earth is reconnecting people with their natural biophilia. And, of course, inspiring Project Dragonfly students that they can and will do anything they set their mind to.

Joshua York

... is currently an Education Supervisor and Naturalist for Five Rivers MetroParks, protecting 15,000 acres of forests, prairies, and river corridors in and around Dayton, Ohio, USA. There, he builds a culture of conservation through immersing diverse groups of people in local habitats. From exploring a creek to bird watching, his visitors engage with nature, realize they are a part of it, and get involved with conservation efforts. Joshua understands that conservation knows no age boundaries, and has a passion for inspiring preschoolers to take action for healing natural areas. Joshua holds an Associates Degree concentrating in nature interpretation from Hocking College, a B.S. in Biology from Ashland University, and is a graduate of Miami University's Global Field Program, visiting Baja, Namibia, and Australia.

Kate Nordyke

…currently serves as co-director at Evergreen Holistic Learning Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, a non-profit organization that she and her family established in 2009 with the mission of offering unique, hands-on learning opportunities that promote environmental awareness, holistic health, and personal and professional development. She is an avid supporter and practitioner of sustainable urban agriculture and actually has the great fortune of living on an 8.5 acre farm in the middle of the city. Kate holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies/Education from Union Institute and University, and recently graduated with her M.A. in Biology through Miami University’s Global Field Program. When she’s not working in the garden or tending to her 2 horses, 4 rescue cats, and 2 rescue dogs, Kate also really enjoys hiking, dance, yoga, and traveling.

Kathayoon Khalil

Kathayoon Khalil

... is a fourth year doctoral candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Kathayoon received her master's in environmental science from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and her bachelor's from Claremont McKenna College in Biology and Literature. Kathayoon has spent 13 summers at the Oregon Zoo working in education and volunteer resources. In her "spare" time, Kathayoon provides consultation and trainings to zoos and aquariums on program evaluation. She also enjoys traveling, teaching and playing music, yoga, crafting, and being outdoors.

Katie Krafte

... is thrilled to continue to explore her passion for education and conservation as a Dragonfly instructor. Katie is currently a doctoral student at Clemson University where she is studying parks and conservation area management. Prior to beginning her program at Clemson, Katie taught middle school science for 5 years in North Carolina. She believes in the power people of all ages have to make a positive impact on our planet. Katie double majored in biology and education as an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina and earned her MA in Zoology from Miami University's Global Field Program in 2013. Katie is addicted to learning and exploring. She also loves to read, be outside, and spend as much time as possible with her dog, Sammy. Katie is excited to take on the role of facilitator and continue her work with Project Dragonfly.

Kelsie Fowler

...is currently a middle school science teacher in Seattle, Washington where she is able to enjoy the closeness of friends, family, mountains, and the Puget Sound. Prior to living in Seattle, Kelsie earned a B.A. in Science Education from North Park University in Chicago and then moved to Moscow, Russia to teach science at an International Baccalaureate School. In 2011 Kelsie started her adventure with Project Dragonfly, earning an MAT in the Biological Sciences. During these studies she helped assess international science programs, lead science teacher workshops, write curriculum for rural schools, and travelled to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Belize. Over the last few years Kelsie has become a strong proponent for improving both local and international science education as a method for decreasing poverty, increasing sustainability, and positively changing individual lives. She is delighted to be extending her time with Project Dragonfly as a facilitator.

Kristin Regan

... is a recent graduate from the GFP. She enjoys traveling to different countries to explore culture, interaction and different ways of living. Sustainable living and permaculture are two of the areas that she is heavily involved in with her local community and aboriginal communities near the Rocky Mountains of Canada. She works in leadership programs providing mentoring, supervision and instruction to individuals who work in the field of coaching and intervention. Besides traveling, she enjoys yoga and meditation, and the pursuit of balance. 

Leah Crowe

...is a Spanish teacher who is enamored of all creatures great and small. She likes nothing better than to wander her property in Southeastern Indiana in search of the critters that call it home with her husband and four dogs. She ignited a love of travel while studying abroad in Spain and working as a flight attendant for five years. This love of discovering foreign places ultimately led her to become a Spanish teacher. With no prior scientific experience, she decided, at the age of 42, to embark on a new adventure by applying for the Global Field Program. This program proved transformational for her as she traveled to Baja, Peru and Australia and met some of the most inspirational people on the planet. After graduating from the program, she could not imagine her life without Project Dragonfly and applied to be an instructor. Her current vision focuses on encouraging other foreign language teachers to incorporate conservation and environmental issues into their classrooms with the hopes of designing travel and study experiences where teachers can get first hand knowledge of the problems faced by the countries of which they teach. In her own classes she encourages her students to step out of their comfort zones and become responsible global citizens. She is incredibly excited and humbled to be included among the remarkable people that make up Project Dragonfly and is excited to see what the future has in store.

Lindsey Hagen

Lindsey Hagen

... is currently a middle school science teacher in Cicero, IL, the first suburb outside of Chicago. She uses inquiry-based learning and hands-on activities to help her students learn about the wonders of the world around them. Lindsey earned a B.S. in Education from Loyola University Chicago in 2008. She was a part of the first graduating class from the Advanced Inquiry Program with an M.A. in Zoology in December 2012 and was able to have a field experience in Kenya. In her free time, Lindsey loves to travel the world, learn new things, spend time with her loved ones, and explore the great outdoors. She is so excited to join the Project Dragonfly family as an instructor!

Megan Fox

...is currently an informal educator at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, where she spends her days holding owls and feeding giraffes with the Wild Encounters team and her nights teaching Nocturnal Adventures, but always inspiring children and adults with wildlife every day. She graduated in 2011 with her BA in Zoology from Miami University where she worked in the Animal Behavior Lab; while there she helped in research studying social monogamy in Prairie Voles. She was lucky enough to have Chris Myers as her senior capstone professor, where she was first introduced to Project Dragonfly. She graduated in 2014 with MA in Zoology from the GFP. During her time, she was able to search for Antillean Manatees in Belize, roam the Mongolian Steppe looking for Pallas Cats and Przewalski's Horses, and help research cheetahs and their prey in Namibia. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing soccer, photography, and caring for her own zoo at home. She is incredibly excited to be a part of Project Dragonfly's instructor team.

Meghann McDonald

... has been an ocean-based creature from the very start. She grew up on the Sea of Cortez -- snorkeling, dissecting marine creatures, and listening to her father lecture his college students on the magic of upwelling since she could crawl. Meghann went on to earn a B.S. in Earth Systems Science and Policy, with a concentration in Marine and Coastal Ecology at CSU Monterey Bay. However, it was there in the Monterey Bay -- at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories -- that she found her true loves: scientific research diving and ichthyology. Meghann is a recent graduate of the Global Field Program with a Masters in Zoology and is the Vice President of the Vermilion Sea Institute, a non-profit dedicated to education and field studies. As such she gets to introduce students of all ages to the terrestrial and marine worlds of Baja California. Here, she fuses scientific field methods with first-hand experience to show students that they can overcome any obstacle from plunging into the world of fish to conquering the really scary stuff: statistics.

Michelle Amato

…is a nature fanatic and loves to share her enthusiasm with everyone in her life. She is an eighth grade science teacher at Wake Forest Middle School in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she received her BS from Kent State University and recently completed her MAT in December 2014 from Miami University through the Global Field Program. While in the GFP, she traveled to Baja, Australia, and Guyana and thoroughly enjoyed learning how to bring what she learned in-country to her classroom. Michelle loves to travel and is passionate about learning the ecology of each area she visits. Her other hobbies include hiking, mountain biking, birding, photography, and cooking. She looks forward to connecting with GFP and AIP students and faculty while facilitating the web-based learning courses.

Miciah Jacobs Marzano

…worked as a zoo educator and animal trainer in Florida before becoming a high school science teacher in Washington State. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington and completed her M.A. in Zoology from Miami University's Global Field Program. For the GFP, she participated in Earth Expeditions in Baja, Borneo, and Belize. Her biggest passions are animals, conservation education, spending time outdoors, being in and around the water, and traveling. She has traveled to various international locations where she has taught and worked with animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations. Miciah currently resides in Seattle where she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and the beautiful waters of the Pacific Northwest. She is excited to continue to be a part of the Project Dragonfly community.

Nickele Morgan

Nickele Morgan

... works as a sixth grade math and science teacher in Perry, Ohio, a little town right on Lake Erie not quite an hour east of Cleveland. Prior to her current position, she has taught students in grades 6-8 in Cleveland Heights, OH, and Leadville and Summit County, Colorado. Nickele earned her bachelor's degree from Kent State University in Middle Childhood Education and her master's degree in biology from Miami University's Global Field Program. Her studies have given her the opportunity to study abroad in New Zealand, Baja, Thailand, and India. When she's not too busy teaching and learning, Nickele enjoys skiing, bicycling, bluegrass, and romping in the outdoors with her two human children and energetic Australian shepherd. Her latest passion involves rehabilitating the fifth generation family farmland she lives on and learning all there is to know about the intersection between small-scale agriculture and conservation.

Nikki Nageotte

...graduated from the GFP in December of 2013. Her Earth Expedition trips took her to Baja, Peru, and Mongolia. The combination of both the trips and the online community of the Global Field Program made a huge impact in her life and she is thrilled to be able to continue in this program as an instructor. Nichole earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2008 with a major in Wildlife Care and Education from Unity College in Maine. She currently works as an outdoor education instructor and nature center coordinator for a Christian camp called Heartland Conference Retreat Center. Before working for this job, she had experience as a zoo educator, laboratory technician, and animal keeper.

Patricia Idema

... is a professional indoor air quality analyst specializing in mold and asbestos. She is interested in conservation, history, politics, economics, botany, and ethnobotany. Patricia received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Albion College and her MA from Miami University in the Global Field Program. She enjoys learning, reading, cooking, and CrossFitting and can often be found basking in the sun on beautiful Michigan summer days. Patricia is also the conservation specialist at her company, having created the office-wide recycling program, instituted climate change awareness seminars at the National Association of Mold Professionals training course, and designed a worker health incentive program which promotes fitness and healthy eating among her coworkers. Patricia's favorite moments are those that happen between individuals filled with passion, and Project Dragonfly has no shortage of those!

Rebecca "Bec" Detrich

...is a leader in the field of Environmental Education and currently the Education Director at Westminster Woods in Sonoma County, CA. Before overseeing the Environmental Education and Challenge Course programs at Westminster Woods, Bec led the Field Science program at NatureBridge, Golden Gate. She has worked within the field of environmental education in Yosemite, on Catalina, and throughout the East Coast as well as in Australia and Panama. In her time she has developed marine science and climate change programing, led teacher trainings focused on inquiry, developed stewardship projects within the National Parks and built collaborative relationships with a variety of private and public organizations. Bec holds a bachelor's degree from Willamette University where she majored in Environmental Science and completed her GFP Master's degree in 2014. Her studies have taken her to Tanzania, Belize, Borneo and Namibia.

Sara Weisberg

...is a recent graduate of the Global Field Program. She had the privilege of traveling to Belize, Baja, and Australia, including spending a year living in Australia working as a SCUBA instructor during her time in the GFP. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from University of Colorado, Boulder. She recently moved to San Francisco and works at The Marine Mammal Center as their Extended Learning Programs Coordinator overseeing programs like summer camps, overnights, and family programs. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area with her dog Ellie, skiing and snowboarding in Tahoe in the winter, and surfing and SCUBA diving in the summer.

Sarah Crumb

...recently graduated from the Advanced Inquiry Program in December 2014. Her Master Plan focused on connecting children to nature with arts-based activities. Her paper, "The Role of Zoo Playgrounds: Beyond Playtime and Into Conservation Awareness" was based on research she did with Woodland Park Zoo and was published by IZE Journal in August 2014. As part of her coursework, Sarah traveled to Belize with Earth Expeditions. She is a School Programs Presenter and Animal Unit Volunteer at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington. She also volunteers in her children's elementary classrooms and is a Girl Scout troop co-leader. Sarah is passionate about getting kids outside to learn and play and strives to educate her audiences about local and global nature topics.

Sarena Randall Gill

Sarena Randall Gill

...lives in Phoenix, Arizona and works at the Phoenix Zoo as the Community Engagement Manager. This role enables her to express her passion for higher education as well as nonformal environmental and conservation education through engaging and interactive interpretation. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Arizona State University, her M.A. in Zoology through Project Dragonfly's Global Field Program at Miami University, and is a doctoral student in the Ph.D. Sustainability Education program at Prescott College. Sarena continues to appreciate her time in the GFP and her Earth Expeditions to Baja, Borneo, and Namibia and brings all she learned and experienced into her daily life. Lifelong discovery and experiential learning sparked and continues to encourage her desire to groom the connection to and fascination for the natural world, inquiry, and learning in others.

Scott Wingate

... is the School and Graduate Program Manager at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where he manages the Zoo's youth public programs. He received his B.S. in Biology from The Ohio State University with an emphasis on Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology and a Master of Arts in Zoology from Project Dragonfly's Global Field Program. After graduating he found himself sharing the joys of the natural world with others as a naturalist. Working at the Wilds really piqued his interest in global conservation and how important education is in its success!

Shelley Steele

Shelley Steele

... realized at a young age that she wanted to help save the world and has been working and studying hard ever since. She most recently worked as the Program Coordinator at the Hawaii Conservation Alliance (HCA) where she coordinated a cooperative collaboration of conservation leaders representing more than twenty government, education, and non-profit organizations collectively responsible for managing the biodiversity of Hawaii’s lands and waters.  Her professional and educational background is in informal marine science and environmental education. She has worked with many very good people, dolphins, and children of all ages. She has earned her associate of arts degree in diversified studies with a certificate of mastery in child development, bachelor of arts degree with honors in liberal studies of environmental education and marine science, as well as her master of arts degree in teaching biological science from the Global Field Program through Miami University. She is passionate about climate change communication and education-related projects and consistently works to move efforts forward in this field. Personally, she loves music, art, and literature as they inspire her appreciation of all that is beautiful in the world. She has lived across the US, from the Adirondack Mountains in New York to Sacramento, California; but she was born and raised in Moore, Oklahoma and now lives in Hawaii. She currently resides with her husband, daughter, and two cats on Mt. Tantalus in Honolulu.