Michele was hired as coordinator of the Wildlife Leadership Academy in 2009 and was promoted to Executive Director of the non-profit in late 2012. She received her M.S. in Zoology from Clemson University and her B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. Michele has a diverse research background ranging from studying the ecological effects of an invasive plant species to fish behavior and genetics. She has participated in coral reef surveying in the Bahamas, fish health and husbandry research, and dolphin cognition projects. Michele enjoys teaching in formal and informal settings. Her experience includes teaching environmental science courses at community colleges, leading workshops for the general public on the indigenous flora and fauna of Oconee State Park in South Carolina, and introducing marine ecology to guests of Disney’s The Seas. Michele has published several scientific manuscripts and has presented her work nationally and internationally. She is an avid conservationist and enjoys traveling, birding, painting, nature journaling, and nature photography. For questions, comments or concerns regarding the Wildlife Leadership Academy, feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (570) 245-8518.
Wildlife Leadership Academy Program and Outreach Coordinator – Katie Cassidy
Katie leads coordination and implementation of the Academy field schools as well as post field school mentorship including coordination of college visit days, students’ attendance at professional meetings, and field trips. Katie is a Penn State graduate, receiving her M.S. in Agricultural Extension Education, and her B.S. in Forest Biology, with a minor in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management. While at Penn State, Katie participated in a number of entomological research projects, including virus as a control for Gypsy Moth, monitoring Asian Longhorn Beetle populations, and exploring and rearing biological control agents of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Katie has been involved with 4-H for a number of years, both as a member and leader, and has guided members through projects ranging from quilting to insect studies. Having grown up in the mountains of Pennsylvania, Katie has long enjoyed being out of doors and sharing that love of nature and the importance of conservation with others. She teaches conservation education to children through interactive learning, bringing insects to presentations in local classrooms. Katie can be contacted at email@example.com or (570) 939-5109.
The mission of the Wildlife Leadership Academy is to engage and empower high school age youth to become Conservation Ambassadors to ensure a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations. The Academy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations.