STAFF

​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 operations, education programs, 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 a 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 has been nominated for the Russ Berrie "Making a Difference Award" four times (2018-2021). She serves on the NJ Commission on Environmental Education, and the Morris County Vocational School's Academy for Environmental Science Advisory Council. She is also First Aid/CPR/AED certified and Mental Health First Aid certified. In addition to her work at Weis, Anne serves her local community as a Ringwood Environmental Commissioner, is a member of the Sustainable Ringwood Green Team and the Stigma-Free Task Force, and a former Ringwood Library Trustee.

​2021 reflections: "I’m grateful that my role with The New Weis Center has given me a sense of purpose and a path to channel my passion for connecting people with nature and share the importance of environmental education. I’m thankful to have this opportunity to support and enhance the community, to provide meaningful experiences to so many, and to know that I’m truly making a difference! I am also grateful for my wonderful colleagues and co-workers, who continue to inspire and motivate me to achieve my personal and professional goals."


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 as a Camp Counselor after the center reopened as The New Weis Center in 2016. She continued at Weis as a field trip educator, and was promoted to Head Counselor in 2018. Sarah continued her career with a position 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 were thrilled to welcome Sarah back to Weis as our full-time Senior Educator & Naturalist in January 2020! Sarah is First Aid/CPR/AED certified and Mental Health First Aid certified, and completed a Master Ecologist program at Duke Farms in 2021. In her "free time", Sarah leads guided nature hikes for Passaic County, NJ Parks & Recreation. She is passionate about 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.

​2021 reflections: "For me, it's all about shifting someone's perspective. Helping people to see the diverse and exciting wildlife that live right outside our backdoors. Being a part of The New Weis Center makes me appreciate having that opportunity every single day, and incredibly grateful to everyone who supports us to make these outdoor discoveries possible. Thank you for being a part of someone's first look at a chickadee through binoculars, a child's first peek into the world of creatures living under a rock, and a person's first walk in the woods after living only next to the woods their entire life."


​​Jeremy Strube - Part-time Marketing Assistant, Tech Support, Buildings & 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 before transitioning to part-time staff. In addition to assisting with marketing communications and administration, he also assists with the upkeep of the garden and grounds, helps maintain the buildings, and is working to categorize and display documents and artifacts in our history room. Jeremy received the rank of Eagle Scout in 2018, and built a gaga ball pit by the pavilion for his Eagle project. He is currently attending William Paterson University where he is majoring in Biology, and plans to pursue his interest in plant science.
2021 reflections: "I am thankful for the opportunities to be able to study, research, and grow the history of Weis. I have learned so much and hope to continue to educate myself on its history and importance."


Lauren Lynch - Environmental Educator/Marketing & Administration

​Lauren graduated from Ramapo College of NJ with a degree in Environmental Science. She completed an internship at The New Weis Center in the Spring-Summer of 2019, and did an excellent job as a field trip educator and summer camp counselor. Lauren previously worked for Plant Detectives Garden Center in Chester, NJ where she assisted customers with garden design and plant selection. She also worked at the children's garden at the Marydell Faith and Life Center in Nyack, NY, teaching children about organic gardening and the importance of our connection to our food. She is First Aid & CPR/AED certified and Mental Health First Aid certified, and also brings an extensive plant knowledge and love of the outdoors to her role at Weis. Lauren leads Scout and homeschool program, and assists with coordinating the special needs transition programs. She developed and leads Forest Bathing walks at Weis, and will introduce Flow Arts and Hoop Dancing workshops in 2022. In addition, Lauren assists with marketing and administration.

2021 reflections: "I am so very grateful for being able to help bring people of all ages closer to nature through my involvement with Weis. I am thankful for this community, all that we learn, and for this beautiful land that we all share. The support of Weis and everyone involved has helped and continues to help me in my life, and I am very grateful to be part of this community!"


Scott Campbell - Part-time Environmental Educator

Scott is a familiar face to many visitors, as he was an intern at Weis in 2018-2020. He graduated from Ramapo College of NJ with an Environmental Science degree, with a minor in Plant Studies. Scott's past work experience includes positions at Eden Farms and Rohslers Nursery. His interests include hiking, mushroom foraging and fishing, as well as edible/medicinal plants, entomology and herpetology. Aside from all his nature related hobbies and interests, Scott is a guitarist and enjoys writing music. Scott currently works for Passaic County NJ Parks and Recreation as a Park Ranger, in addition to his role as a part-time Environmental Educator at Weis!


Morganne Vogel - Part-time Environmental Educator

Morganne is another former Weis intern who has continuing with us as a part-time Educator! She graduated from William Paterson University with dual degrees in Environmental Sustainability and Disability Studies. During her time at WPU, she was President of the environmental club and the recipient of the Making a Difference Award, the Benevolence Award and the Environmental Science Award. She is an instructor for WPU's special needs Transition Program, teaching students from ages 18-21 career readiness skills and professional development. Morganne works at Staten Island C & D, LLC, where she tracks waste and handles administrative functions. In her free time, she is training for an OSHA certification. 

2021 reflections: "​I am grateful to be a part of The New Weis Center programs. I love teaching kids about the environment around us. I am always happy to see them enjoying the program that we put together. I am thankful to be a part of such an amazing team."


Eric Bartkowski - Part-time Environmental Educator/Administration
Eric is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where is earned a BS in Environmental Science. Eric previously worked for the US Forest Service as a Forest Technician for the Allegheny National Forest, and currently works as an environmental educator at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, in addition to his role at Weis. He is an Eagle Scout, and is certified to teach multiple badges. Eric joins our staff beginning in February, 2022.


Aaron Bloom - Part-time Environmental Educator
​Aaron is a recent graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where is earned a BA in Social Science, with a minor in Environmental Studies. He is certified in American Red Cross Basic Life Support. Aaron previously worked as a Guest Experience Keeper at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, and at the Winnebago Scout Reservation where as an Eagle Scout himself he taught a wide variety of Merit Badges. In his free time, Aaron volunteers at a local animal shelter and fosters rescue dogs. Aaron joins our staff beginning in February, 2022.




INTERN EDUCATORS

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 extensive training and professional development, and assist with environmental education programs including field trips, summer camps, scout badges and public programs. Our May H. Weis interns for 2021-2022 are Mikayla Bivona and Charlene Trippeda!


We also accept seasonal interns of all ages throughout the year on a rolling basis. Depending on their experience and the requirements of the specific internship, they may assist with field trips, nature camps, afterschool and homeschool programs, public programs, marketing and outreach. Learn more about our current Interns and Internship programs



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