SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
- Eight years experience as a Director of nonprofit organizations with a community science education mission
- Three years of professional grant writing and fund-raising experience as a Director of Development for a local non-profit organization; including annual giving, capital campaigns, and special events
- Eleven years experience in non-profit organization leadership, management, and strategic planning; as well as experience in creating and implementing special events to achieve agency goals
- Twenty years of public speaking experience
- Twenty years experience in creating and conducting education and community outreach special events
- Eighteen years formal and informal science teaching experience (over six at the university level)
in outdoor environmental education setting, private and public schools, and local space science museum
- Seven years of academic research and data collection experience
- Proven effective skills in leadership, community building, problem-solving, organizational, and oral/written communication skills
- Demonstrated outstanding ability to work with diverse segments of the community, including Board of Directors, staff, universities, foundations, local and state wildlife experts, governmental agencies, community organizations, industry, media, educators, students, and the general public
- Reputation for taking the initiative in organizing and implementing creative and innovative projects and special events and following them through to completion with minimal supervision
- Self-motivated, confident, visionary, passionate, energetic, and results-oriented
- Master of Science degree in Environmental Science (earth resource/ecology emphasis) from Texas Christian University
- Master of Education degree in Elementary Education (biology specialization) from Texas Christian University
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Nonprofit Administration Work History
Bob Jones Nature Center, Southlake, Texas (February 2013 - October 2013)
- Serve as the chief executive officer for the Bob Jones Nature Center.
- Responsible for implementing the Bob Jones Nature Center's master, strategic, and operational plans.
- Manage a $200,00 annual budget and maintain financial records.
- Primary responsibilities include strategic and operational leadership, center management and administration, including staff recruitment, development, supervision, and evaluation; revenue generation and fiscal management; community relations and awareness; program development, management and implementation; and working in cooperation with the City of Southlake.
- Developing key relationships and partnerships with external stakeholders including the City of Southlake and other cities in northeast Tarrant County, local school districts, chambers of commerce, environmental/conservation organizations, businesses, and governmental agencies.
- Restructuring educational programming through initiation of development of ecotherapy programs, creation of an urban ecology field school, and implementation of a comprehensive citizen science program.
- Increasing potential funding sources through strengthening membership benefits and initiating membership drive, identifying corporate and foundational support for urban ecology field school and restoration projects, cultivation of community relations, and increasing public awareness.
- Repurposing indoor available space through turning upstairs storage room into functional office space, eliminating clutter, organizing supplies and files, and revamping classrooms for multi-purpose use.
- Enhancing appeal and aesthetics of the exterior of the facility and surrounding grounds by relocating compost pile, compost bins, and outdoor storage area, initiating the development of two outdoor learning areas, improving the landscaping through the creation of volunteer demo garden teams, and developing a plan for post-oak savanna restoration.
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas (April 2003 - June 2011)
Director, Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery
- Collaborated with Dean of Science and Engineering, Geology Department Chair, Curator, and university administration to define gallery policy, direction, and educational programs.
- Designed, implemented, and managed educational outreach programs and special events for local
schools and community through hands-on activities, scientific speakers series, workshops, in-services, extended education classes, and public presentations.
- Initiated, created, and implemented an education programs and events evaluation system to enhance and assess the effectiveness of museum programs and the satisfaction of museum visitors.
- Managed gallery daily operations, maintenance, repairs, and improvements in accordance with all university policies. Ensured safety of all visitors.
- Hired and recruited student employees and docents. Trained, supervised, and evaluated performance through one-on-one and group meetings with employees.
- Developed continual training program for employees and docents to increase skills and competencies.
- Delegated tasks and projects to employees and docents as needed to provide challenge and motivation.
- Provided practicum experience in the field of informal/inquiry science learning for graduate student in the School of Education.
- Compiled quarterly and annual end-of-the-year reports for distribution to supervisor, curator, staff, administration, and other key stakeholders.
- Successfully managed a $275,000 annual budget and maintained financial records.
- Forged collaborations with other departments within TCU, universities, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Texas Space Grant Consortium, Chambers of Commerce, museums, private industry, community organizations, and school districts.
- Worked collaboratively with TCU's Advancement office to develop and enhance key relationships with Chancellor's Council, Parent's Council, alumni, and prospective donors to the university and the College of Science and Engineering.
- Created docent program assisting with tour, educational programs, public presentations, and special events.
- Produced press releases, media kits, and special events promotional materials collaboratively with TCU's Marketing and Communications department and Publications department.
The WARM Place, Fort Worth, Texas (October 1990 - July 1993)
Director of Development
- Developed short- and long-range strategic plans in alignment with the organization's vision and mission on board/staff retreat.
- Supervised an evening grief support group and led the pre- and post-meetings for the volunteers.
- Produced a newsletter to increase public awareness and to encourage volunteerism and donations.
- Designed all fund-raising promotional materials together with a board member.
- Wrote and distributed all press releases to local media contacts.
- Gave public presentations to promote the organization and to raise funds for operational budget.
- Collaborated with the board, staff, and volunteers to research, plan, and implement development strategies to raise funds for the $250,000 annual operational budget.
- Diversified the fund raising strategy to include grant writing, annual giving, and special events.
- Oversaw a capital campaign for renovating the second floor to allow for expansion of programs and services.
Nature Center Work History
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, Seagoville, Texas (April 2012 - October 2013)
Educator, Informal Environmental Education, 4th - 12th Grade & Community
- Developed a phenology/citizen science program.
- Initiated revision of existing educational programs and creation of new educational programs for grades 4-12 that include more scientific rigor and clear educational objectives.
- Collaborated with other nature centers, non-profit organizations, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, governmental organizations, universities, local Master Gardener and Master Naturalist Chapters to recruit speakers for educational programming and to provide workshops/training to staff, volunteers, and community.
- Conducted site visits to other nature centers to collect information on their citizen science programs before developing the citizen science program.
- Attended professional development opportunities to stay abreast of current and upcoming trends in environmental education and integrate this knowledge and skills into educational programming.
- Utilized outdoor environmental education certifications in GLOBE, Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and Texas Stream Team Water Quality Monitoring.
Science Education Work History
Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Bedford, Texas (October 2012 - April 2012)
Certified Substitute Teacher (K-12)
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas (August 1993 - December 2010)
Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Environmental Studies (August 2008 - December 2010)
Environmental Science Graduate Teaching Assistant & Lab Coordinator (August 1999 - May 2002)
Geology Graduate Teaching Assistant (August 1999 - May 2002)
Research Assistant/Ethnographer (Spring & Summer 1995)
Editorial Assistant, Reading, Research, and Instruction (August 1993 - August 1994)
Handley Middle School, Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth, Texas (August 2002 - April 2003)
Classroom Teacher, Science and Honors Science, 7th Grade
North Ridge Middle School, Birdville ISD, North Richland Hills, Texas (January 1999 - May 1999)
Classroom Teacher, Science, 7th Grade
R. F. Patterson Elementary, Kennedale ISD, Kennedale, Texas (August 1997 - September, 1998)
Classroom Teacher, Self-Contained/All Subjects, 6th Grade
Country Day School of Arlington, Private School, Arlington, Texas (August 1996 - May 1997)
Classroom Teacher, Math, 6th Grade
Classroom Teacher, Science, 5th - 8th Grade
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, Texas (Fall 1994 & Spring 1995)
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas (August 1988 - May 1989)
Laboratory Research Assistant
- Invited by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Stephen F. Austin University to be a partner with the Science and Public Interface project (June 2013 - Present)
- Invited to join the Children in Nature North Texas' Education Regional Action Team (June 2013)
- Served as TCU Frog Camp faculty/staff facilitator (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010)
- Served as TCU Common Reading group discussion leader (2009 & 2010)
- Appointed to serve on the Academic Appeals Committee at Texas Christian University (2007 - 2010)
- Invited to attend the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University's Centre for the Environment (August 2006)
- Selected as a NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador (2005 - Present)
- Co-founded Informal Educators of Fort Worth (2004)
- Invited to present at the LiftOff Summer Institute at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, sponsored by NASA and the Texas Space Grant Consortium (July 2003)
- Received Dean's Graduate Teaching Assistant Award at Texas Christian University (April 30, 2002)
- Received Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award from the Geology/Environmental Science Department at Texas Christian University (May 2001)
- Served as Teaching Assistant Coordinator for Environmental Science Program at Texas Christian
University (2000 - 2002)
- Invited to serve on the Commission on the Future of TCU as a member of the Graduate Education Task Force (September 1999 - June 2000)
- Nominated by colleagues for Campus Teacher of the Year award (1997 - 1998)
- Invited to serve on the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association's EarthKind Program Advisory Committee (October 2013 - November 2014)
- Completed Native Plant Landscape Level 1 certification through the Native Plant Society of Texas (September 2013)
- Invited to co-present with Cappy Smith, TPWD Aquatic Education Resource Specialist, at the March Informal Science Education Association convention (March 2013)
- Completed Cross Timbers Texas Master Naturalist training through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (August 2012 - October 2012)
- Volunteer at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) as an Ambassador and education volunteer at BRIT's SEED School (March 2012 - Present)
- Volunteer for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (February 2012 - Present)
- Volunteer for the River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington (January 2012 - Present)
- Completed Tarrant County Master Gardener training and volunteer as a Master Gardener (January 2012 - Present)
- Completed Master Composter training with the City of Fort Worth (November 2011)
- Nominated to join the Northeast Leadership Forum (June 2013)
- "Big Sister" volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fort Worth (June 2010 - June 2011)
- Invited to attend "The Leader's Discipline: Creating a Community of Practice" workshop hosted by TCU's Institute for Environmental Studies (February 2006)
- Invited to attend the Seventh Gordon Cook Conversations at Windsor Castle, England (May 2004)
- Served on the Title IX Advisory Committee for Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District (November 2000 - July 2002)
- Developed, organized, and oversaw the formation of a River Trails Homeowners Association; served as the RTHA spokesperson for media releases and various neighborhood presentations; elected to serve as Secretary for the RTHA; developed, organized, and implemented a RTHA newsletter; served as editor of the RHTA newsletter; and strengthened and increased community awareness and participation in Fort Worth's Crime Watch program by becoming a Crime Watch Block Captain (1989 - 1993)
- Invited to serve on the East Fort Worth Crime Task Force to help plan and develop ways to reduce crime and increase awareness of crime prevention (1989)
Research & Museum Evaluation
- Conducted environmental research for Master's Thesis on the Walsh Ranch in Aledo, TX (2001-2002)
- Conducted educational research for Master's Thesis in the Hands-On Science exhibit at the Fort
Worth Museum of Science and History (Spring & Summer 1995)
- Conducted consultant evaluation work on museum exhibits at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, Texas (Fall 1994 & Spring 1995)
- Conducted physiological psychology research in UTA's Animal Research Facility for undergraduate honors thesis (1988 - 1989)
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
Master of Science in Environmental Science, Earth Resource/Ecology Emphasis, December 2007
Thesis: A Baseline Study of Sediment and Nitrogen Flux in a Pre-Urbanized Watershed, Parker County, Texas
Master of Education in Elementary Education, Specialization in Biology, May 1996
Thesis: Adult Ways of Seeing and Being with Children Which Enhance and Stimulate
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Biology minor), May 1989
Thesis: The Role of Progesterone and Intrauterine Position on Pregnancy Induced Aggression in Mice
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
Association of Nature Center Administrators
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Northeast Leadership Forum
National Science Teachers Association
Science Teachers Association of Texas
North American Association for Environmental Education
Texas Association for Environmental Education
Informal Science Education Association of Texas
Native Plant Society of Texas
Cross Timbers Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists
Tarrant County Master Gardener Association
Certified Texas Stream Team Water Quality Monitor
Ambassador for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Fort Worth Chapter of Texas Outdoor-Woman Network