Anne Moore Siebecker - Trustee - Director
In addition to her role on our Board, Anne also serves as the New Weis Center's Director, and oversees the education programs, nature camps, marketing, development, partnerships and intern programs. Anne is a Ringwood, NJ resident with a deep appreciation for the region's rich history, natural beauty and abundant wildlife. After leaving the corporate world (Sony, Hunter Douglas) where she held positions as marketing manager and project leader, Anne earned a certificate in Green Technologies and Sustainability from Bergen Community College, and was certified as a Rutgers Environmental Steward in 2016. She was the recipient of the 2017 NJ Governor's Jefferson Award for public service in Environmental Stewardship, and received a Certificate of Appreciation at the 2018 & 2019 Russ Berrie "Making a Difference Awards". She is also a Green Advantage Certified Practitioner, is First Aid & CPR/AED certified, and recently became certified in Mental Health First Aid. In addition to her work at Weis, Anne serves as a Ringwood Environmental Commissioner, is a member of Sustainable Ringwood and a Ringwood Library Trustee. She enjoys engaging with the community, developing new programs, and mentoring our student interns.
Sarah Crosby - Senior Educator/Naturalist
Sarah grew up in Ringwood, NJ, studied Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Rutgers University, and has worked in environmental education throughout the state of New Jersey. She began as a junior counselor at The Weis Ecology center before its closing in 2012, and returned after the center reopened as The New Weis Center in 2016 as a Camp Counselor. She also worked as a field trip educator, and was promoted to Head Counselor in 2018. Sarah went to work as a seasonal Monarch Field Naturalist at NJ Audubon’s Cape May Observatory. Throughout 2019, she worked as an educator at the Watershed Institute in Pennington, NJ, while continuing to serve as an education advisor for The New Weis Center. We are thrilled to now welcome Sarah back to Weis as our full-time Senior Educator, beginning in January 2020! She recently became certified in Mental Health First Aid. Sarah is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and interest in forest ecology, biodiversity, botanizing and birding, and spreading love for the natural world that is right outside our backdoor by expanding our programs and engaging with the community.
Emily Shovlin - Lead Educator
Emily graduated from Ramapo College with a BS degree in Environmental Studies. Her previous experience includes 2 summers as Head Counselor at the Nature Place Day Camp, where she educated children on environmental awareness and sustainability, and led hiking and canoeing trips. She served an internship at the Ramapo Saltbox Environmental Research Center, where she worked at the medicine garden, helped educate high school students, and learned edible plant identification from a local forager. Emily also interned for the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, in the Rockland Conservation and Service Corps, where she monitored streams and taught 3rd and 5th grade classes about water quality. She has also volunteered for the Mahwah Environmental Volunteer Organization's Fresh Roots Farm and the Ridgewood Green Team Advisory Committee. Emily enjoys connecting students with nature in her role as a field trip educator, and served as co-head counselor for 2019 Nature Camp.
Julia Broadbent - Educator/Counselor
Julia grew up in Upper Saddle River, NJ. When it came time for college, she knew that she wanted to accomplish something big and make an impact on the world. Her search took her to the University of New Hampshire, where she is set to graduate in the spring of 2021 with a degree in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, with a minor in Community Planning. While at school Julia works as a barista at a coffee shop, as well as at a small boutique. In May 2019, she joined the Weis team as an intern, and assisted with school field trips and summer camp. As someone who had babysat children of all ages while in high school, Julia was ready to jump in and work with the kids. While not initially focused on the education part of Environmental/Sustainability studies, Julia took to it quickly and it became something that she was passionate about. Throughout her internship, Julia demonstrated her initiative and leadership skills, and was promoted from an assistant to a full educator/counselor role. She recently returned as head counselor for 2019 Winter Break Camp, and will rejoin the Weis team again in summer 2020 as head counselor.
Jazmine Garcia - Educator/Counselor
Jazmine is an Environmental Studies major with a minor in Plant Studies at Ramapo College of NJ, who previously completed a 1-year internship with us as one of the 2018-2019 Ramapo College "May H Weis Environmental Award" interns. During her internship she served as a camp counselor and field trip educator. She previously interned at the Mahwah Environmental Volunteer Organization in Mahwah, NJ where she experienced farm life and helped educate new volunteers about the farm. She was co-president of the Garden Club at Ramapo College as well as the Ramapo Green gardener for the summer of 2018. Jazmine loves being part of a welcoming community with a strong passion for sustainability and environmental protection. During her time at Weis she enjoyed engaging with the community and helping children (of all ages) learn about and connect with nature. The internship helped her strengthen her environmental advocacy skills and learn more about native and invasive plant and animal species. She is First Aid and CPR certified and joined us in summer 2019 as a part-time educator, camp counselor and scout program leader.
Stephen Stella - Educator/Counselor
Stephen is a Law & Society major at Ramapo College of NJ, who previously completed a 1-year internship with us as one of the 2018-2019 Ramapo College "May H Weis Environmental Award" interns. During his internship he served as a camp counselor and field trip educator. Stephen was inspired to join our team after reading about our educational programs that teach young people about the beauty of our natural environment. He believes these programs are vital for an environmentally responsible society, and feels if more youth were exposed to the natural world, then surely the next generation will cherish nature for the wonder that it is. As an Eagle Scout, he firmly believes in the principles of protecting and preserving our environment, and hopes to develop a career in property and environmental law, to help conserve our outdoor spaces. In his free time he is an avid hiker, and rears Eastern Hercules Beetles (Dynastes Tityus) which he finds fascinating. Stephen is First Aid and CPR certified and joined us in summer 2019 as a part-time educator, camp counselor, and scout program leader.
Lauren Lynch - Assistant Educator/Counselor
Lauren is a environmental science major at Ramapo College, and expects to graduate in Spring 2020. She served an internship with us in Spring and Summer in 2019 and did an excellent job and field trip assistant and summer camp councilor. Lauren previously worked for Plant Detectives Garden Center in Chester, NJ where she assisted customers with garden design and plant selection. She recently became certified in Mental Health First Aid. Lauren is excited to bring her extensive plant knowledge and love of the outdoors to Weis, and looks forward to offering public Flow Arts and Hoop Dancing workshops.
LJ Barthelemy - Assistant Educator/Counselor
LJ is a graduate from Rider University, where he majored in Entrepreneurial Studies with a concentration in Philosophy. LJ has been a volunteer since 2016, and remains committed to the Center's success through the launch of his first venture, Elemental Roots, a sustainable agriculture company focused on Aquaponics, and is in the process of setting of a pilot project in one of our outbuildings. He hopes to create a unique system that can be easily scaled for commercial, personal and humanitarian usage. He also hopes to team up with local schools and education programs to teach youth about the importance of sustainable agriculture, which he sees as the future of food production which, if practiced responsibly, can lead generations to come to a healthy, greener future. LJ joins our education team in 2020 as an assistant field trip educator and camp counselor, and looks forward to sharing his interest in sustainability and the natural world with the students and community members who visit our Center for programs and events.
Beca Macedo - Assistant Educator/Counselor
Beca is a Biology major at William Paterson University of New Jersey, and expects to graduate in May 2020. She is a member of the Green Team Club, and volunteers at neighborhood clean up events. She was a camp counselor for 2 summers at Liquid Church, working with kids ages 5-13. Beca is bilingual, and speaks Portuguese as her native language, and has experience working with children with learning disabilities and speech impediments.
Tara Kolton - Assistant Educator/Counselor
Tara received her BA in English from Rutgers University, with minors in Geography and Cinema Studies. She is a local journalist who worked for nearly a decade at NorthJersey.com, covering towns in northern Passaic and Morris Counties. During her time as a managing editor and staff writer at the bi-weekly Suburban Trends, Tara became aware of the admirable efforts of The Highlands Nature Friends to preserve and restore the historic Weis property. In 2018, she was inspired to begin volunteering with The New Weis Center to support their mission to bring educational environmental programs to the community, and has assisted with the marketing and communications efforts and special events. An amateur naturalist, Tara looks forward to bringing her appreciation for the region's nature and the knowledge she has gained from hiking, birdwatching, and photography in the area to our programs.
Stephanie Hunger - Education Advisor
Stephanie resides in Hewitt, NJ with her husband and 2 children. She and her family enjoy hiking, camping and snowboarding together. Stephanie earned a BA in Fine Art from Ramapo College and a master’s degree in Special Education from William Paterson University, and holds New Jersey teaching certificates in both fields. She has over 15 years of experience teaching both art and recreational programs to Pre-K and Special Education students as well as adults and seniors with cognitive disabilities including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Stephanie enjoys home gardening and composting, and maintains a Butterfly Garden at her children's school. She is thrilled to join the team at Weis to facilitate connecting people to nature and the environment, and is excited to develop new curriculum for our education programs.
Jeremy Strube - Buildings, Gardens & Grounds
Jeremy has been involved with the Weis Center (then known as the Weis Ecology Center) since he came for his first visit as a toddler to see the lifecycle of the butterfly sign. He has attended many programs here through the years, and began volunteering in 2018. He assists with the upkeep of the garden and grounds, and helps maintain the buildings. Jeremy has recently received his Eagle Scout rank, and chose to plan and build a gaga ball pit at the center for his Eagle project. In addition to his volunteer work, he also works part-time for us after school and in the summer, and is a favorite with all of our Trustees, staff and interns!
Natalia Jasiak - Buildings, Gardens & Marketing
Natalia is a recent graduate of Lakeland Regional High School in Wanaque, and is now attending Bergen County Community College. She joined us in the Summer of 2019 as a part time marketing assistant. Natalia has a keen eye and takes many of the beautiful photographs we use on social media.
We are fortunate to have two college interns from Ramapo College join us every year, as part of the "May H. Weis Environmental Award". The award was established In 1984 with a generous donation in May Weis’ memory by her son, Leonard W. Weis, Ph.D. It is a joint program between Ramapo College and The New Weis Center. Recipients of the award participate in a one-year paid internship and receive a full tuition scholarship for one semester at Ramapo College. They receive training and professional development, and assist with field trips, summer camps, and public programs.
We also accept interns of all ages throughout the year on a rolling basis. Depending on their experience and the nature of the internship, they may assist with field trips, nature camp, public programs, gardening, marketing and outreach. Learn more about our current Interns and Internship programs
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