Jill Burgy - Lead Educator, Camp Director
Jill completed her Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies at Ramapo College, NJ in May, 2017, and is excited to be working at Weis full time now. She grew up in Key West, FL where she first developed a personal relationship with the natural world. As an Environmental Studies major at Rowan University, she completed an internship working as an outdoor educator with the NJ nonprofit Saddler’s Woods Conservation Association. Graduating in 2013, Jill took a summer position at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ, where she honed her public speaking skills with daily programs and led interpretive marsh and kayaking tours. Hooked on the idea of becoming a full-time environmental educator, she moved to New England to work for the Nature’s Classroom organization. Her experience there shapes how she writes programming and hosts activities, and taught her that you don’t need a classroom to make an impact on a student’s life. Jill brings these experiences to Weis, where she is developing programs that combine organic outdoor learning with technical skill development, and are impactful, create understanding and ignite students' creativity.
Sarah Crosby - Educator, Camp Counselor
Sarah grew up and lives in Ringwood, and is majoring in Philosophy at Rutgers University. Sarah worked as a Jr. Counselor before the former Weis Ecology Center closed, and returned as a New Weis Center Camp Counselor for the 2016-2017 seasons. She is one of our field trip educators, and has a great rapport with kids of all ages. Sarah has also represented Weis at farmers markets and volunteered at several special events. She says: "I spent many years volunteering as a counselor at the former Weis Ecology Center and now that the center has re-opened, I am looking forward to continuing to educate others about the environment. Being able to share my passion for everything outdoors is something special about the the New Weis Center!"
Heather Frisbie - Educator, Camp Counselor
Heather moved to Ringwood when she was 9 and lived near Weis for many years. She explored the trails, caves, waterfalls and hidden places within Weis and that love of the outdoors propelled her into studying the natural world. She graduated from Ramapo College with a Bachelors degree in Biology/Environmental Studies and went on to intern with SCA/Americorp in Harriman State Park as an Environmental Educator. Currently Heather runs the Sunday School program at the Community Presbyterian Church in Ringwood, teaches music at their vacation bible school, runs the Ringwood Girl Scout unit annual campfire and works as a teacher’s aide at Christ the King Nursery School. She continues to reside in Ringwood with her husband and 3 girls. Heather is thrilled to be an educator at Weis and hopes to provide an engaging outdoor education program so children can learn to love our natural environment just as she did when she was a kid.
Michael D'Agnilli - Educator
Michael has a B.S. in Biology from Rowan University. He has worked as a high school science teacher in Kinnelon, NJ and as an outdoor science instructor for the Galena Creek Visitors Center in Reno, NV. He also took his skills to the ocean, where he worked as a NOAA observer on commercial fishing vessels, long with collecting data and compiling reports. Michael grew up in the Highlands region of NJ and has always enjoyed hiking and exploring the forest. He looks forward to bringing his science background to Weis field trips and new lab series. Michael now lives in Ringwood, NJ with his wife and 2 dogs.
Ramapo College "May H Weis Environmental Award" Interns:
Liam Hickey (Intern) - Educator, Camp Counselor
Liam Hickey is an Environmental Science major at Ramapo College, and is interning at Weis for 2017-2018. He served as a Counselor, and then Head Counselor, for 5 summers at the Dumont, NJ Summer Rec program, where he supervised the campers as well as other Counselors, and planned activities and events. He has also worked as a Land Surveyor and Theater Assistant. Liam is active in community service and is a member of Ramapo’s 1Step club, which works to help further the 'Ramapo Green' initiative . An avid hiker and backpacker, Liam also enjoys photography and says being in nature is his favorite thing, Liam hopes to share his enthusiasm for nature with others during his year at Weis. He is First Aid and CPR certified, and serves as our 2017 Summer Camp Co-Health Director.
James O'Neil (Intern) - Educator, Camp Counselor
James O’Neill is an Environmental Studies/Biology major at Ramapo College, and is interning at Weis for 2017-2018. He previously worked at YMCA Camp Bernie, where he was an overnight counselor and taught wilderness survival, He has also worked for Clean Water Action and was a teacher's assistant at the Meadowlands Environment Center. James manages Ramapo’s on-campus gardens, organizes student volunteers to tend the greenhouse, and is working to form the college’s first gardening club. He is a member of Ramapo's 1Step club, which works to help further the 'Ramapo Green' initiative. His interests include birdwatching, hiking, activism, writing and working with kids. James has always been passionately interested in nature, and enjoys connecting with younger generations and learning from them as they learn from him. He is First Aid and CPR certified, and serves as our 2017 Summer Camp Co-Health Director.
Kristen Jajko (Intern) - Communications and Outreach
Kristen is a Sociology Major with an Environmental Studies minor at Ramapo College, and is interning at Weis for the 2017-2018 school year. She is from Wayne, NJ, but developed most of her love for nature and adventure in her experiences with family in upstate New York, Vermont, and Maine. Growing up she discovered many passions, including hiking, kayaking, nature photography, sustainability, dance, history, music, and theatre. Kristen is excited to be interning at The New Weis Center because she feels her interests align with what Weis stands for, and she sees the positive impact our nonprofit has on the community. She is looking forward to gaining valuable knowledge of how a nonprofit functions and cultivating the skills required for a career in Communications and Outreach.
Kyle Fedele (Intern) - Gardening and Groundswork
Kyle is an Environmental Studies major at Ramapo College and is interning at Weis for the Fall 2017 semester. Kyle grew up and lives in Ringwood, NJ, where he remembers enjoying many summers swimming at Cupsaw Lake, hiking, and exploring the beautiful wooded area that Ringwood has to offer. Kyle enjoys working outdoors and traveling to see other parts of the world. He is passionate about sustainability and nature, and is very excited to be a part of The New Weis Center, which he feels is such an important resource for the community and future generations. After graduating from Ramapo, Kyle hopes to find a position where he can make a difference and benefit the environment.
Previous Ramapo College "May H Weis Environmental Award" Interns
Andrew Herrera (2016-2017 Intern Educator/2016 Co-Camp Director)
Andrew interned at Weis while pursuing an environmental studies major at nearby Ramapo College. He is first aid certified and served as a Weis Co-Camp Director in summer 2016. Andrew volunteered at an animal sanctuary in Costa Rica in January 2015, and participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters at Ramapo College. Andrew has previous experience working at summer camps, including the Parsippany Recreation Department's summer "Tot Time" program (2010-2014), and was happy to have an opportunity to share his enthusiasm for wildlife and the environment with Weis campers and students. In the future, he hopes to study abroad to augment his education in environmental science and stewardship.
John Curnyn (2016-2017 Intern Educator/2016 Co-Camp Director)
John interned at Weis while pursuing an environmental studies major at Ramapo College, with a minor in public policy. John is first aid, wilderness first aid, and first responder certified, and served as Weis Co-Camp Director in summer 2016. He previously worked at Spring Lake Day Camp as an adventure specialist. John attended the spring 2015 semester with the National Outdoor Leadership school in Utah and Wyoming, learning to lead outdoor activities including backpacking, white water kayaking, climbing and horse packing. John says that experience helped him see outdoor education as a viable career option, and inspired him to work towards that goal. John grew up in Ringwood, NJ, and fondly remembers visiting the former Weis Ecology Center on school trips. He worked to pass on his many outdoor skills and environmental studies knowledge to campers and visitors during his internship, and still assists Weis part-time as a field trip Educator.
L-R: Liam Hickey, James O'Neill
L-R: Andrew Herrera & John Curnyn
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