Corvallis Environmental Center Team
Administrative Director, Avery House Nature Center
In 1993 Connie completed a Master’s in Natural Resources Communications and Education from OSU’s College of Forestry. After graduation she traveled the state doing outdoor education for OMSI. From 1995-2001 she was the Education Director for the Corvallis Environmental Center with the charge of restoring the Avery House into a Nature Center. After family leave in 2005, she became the EE Director for Chintimini Wildlife Center and more recently worked for Cascade Pacific RC&D doing Forest Stewardship. She is very excited to be back involved at AHNC and continue the efforts to connect kids and adults alike to nature. She looks forward to helping maintain and provide the community with a place to learn about our precious planet’s creatures and their habitats! When not working, she enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, gardening, playing sports and being outdoors with her two boys and her husband Marc.
Director, Edible Corvallis Initiative
Jen has 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and has developed and coordinated a wide range of environmental education programs on topics from sustainable gardening to watershed ecology. She has been with the CEC since 2008, and was a lead on the team that developed the Edible Corvallis Initiative.
Estany is a recent Oregon State University graduate with a degree in Environmental Science with a predilection for entomology. She came to the CEC as an intern and now works behind the scenes to help keep the CEC running like a well-oiled machine. In her free time she enjoys drinking tea, gardening, reading, and traveling near and far.
Youth Programs Coordinator, Avery House Nature Center
After graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, Grace worked as the Education Program Coordinator at a local farm in Santa Cruz County and as a kayak guide and naturalist in the Elkhorn Slough. She recently relocated to the Willamette Valley and is excited to bring her passion for conservation, stewardship and community education to the Avery House Nature Center.
Community Food Educator, Edible Corvallis Initiative
Elaine is an Oregon native. After graduating from OSU she spent several years working on organic farms in the Corvallis area and learned to cook with fresh produce from the farmer’s market. Her focus now is on connecting community members with healthy, local food and providing education so people can use that produce regularly.
Food Corps Service Member, Edible Corvallis Initiative
Phoebe is from Oakland, CA and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geography. She is passionate about getting students excited about healthy food and she believes access to healthy food should be a right, not a privilege. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and adventuring.
Director, Energize Corvallis
Carly is an interdisciplinary researcher, writer, and community organizer. She holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in applied ethics, anthropology, and sociology from Oregon State University with a research focus on climate change. Carly has over ten years of program design and management experience for environmental organizations such as the Spring Creek Project, Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative, The Wildlife Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Great Basin Institute.
Program Coordinator, Energize Corvallis
Chrissy has 10 years experience working for Oregon State University Extension Service in small farms, groundwater protection education, and natural resources. She has an extensive background in youth & adult education, community outreach, event planning, and volunteer management.
SAGE Garden Manager, Edible Corvallis Initiative
Carrie first came to the CEC as a volunteer at SAGE. Her appreciation for farming and the land that sustains it is a natural outcome of growing up on her family farm and working in the nursery trade. During time off from SAGE, you can find Carrie going on hikes with her daughters, camping, or playing in her own garden.
Farm to School Coordinator, Edible Corvallis Initiative
Prior to coming to the CEC, Cassidy has spent four years working in the Corvallis community as a Nutrition & Garden Educator for youth and families while pursuing degrees in Public Health and Sustainability from Oregon State University. Cassidy is passionate about connecting students in the Corvallis School District to healthy, local food, and is working to grow the Farm to School program to reach as many students as possible!
Liz has a Master’s Degree in Ecology from Rutgers University and worked in marine policy for 20 years. Originally from West Virginia, she came to Oregon to work as a lead guide on wilderness expeditions. From there she returned to her background in scie nce and policy to work for Jane Lubchenco at OSU for many years. Liz has been a leader for several non-profits in a development capacity, including a successful capital campaign.
Environmental Engineer, Energize Corvallis
Cassandra has a master’s degree in environmental engineering and has managed energy efficiency and conservation programs for nearly two decades. She directed the Resource Efficiency Program providing on-site energy analysis at commercial facilities to help participants cut operational costs through energy efficiency and renewable energy. She is the lead energy analyst for the Communities Take Charge program and develops the energy savings and calculation methods used on the Communities Take Charge website.
Education Assistant, Edible Corvallis Initiative
Brittany grew up in the Corvallis area and graduated from Oregon State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s in Health and Human Science. She found a passion for nutrition and health education, and moved to Colorado in 2014 to complete her master’s degree in Public Health. As a graduate research assistant at Colorado State University, Brittany worked in local elementary schools teaching basic nutrition lessons, providing weekly produce tastings, and helping students grow and develop cooking skills using fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients.
Nature Educator, Avery House Nature Center
Robbin came to Corvallis two years ago from Southern California to continue her journey in development and behavioral studies. She holds a degree in Educational Studies, with interests in Development and Behavioral Studies. At Avery House, she strives to help students overcome obstacles so they can learn with confidence. Robbin is delighted to contribute to an environment geared for discovery, imagination, and skill development.
Outreach and Events Coordinator
Jennah moved to Oregon in 2009 to attend University of Oregon and studied Public Policy and Community Development. As someone who is passionate about people, food, and the planet, she’s worked various roles in the natural food industry, outdoor recreation, agriculture, small business start-up, non-profit development, and sustainability. She love to be outdoors on a different adventure every day, whether it be trail running, rafting, fly fishing, river paddle boarding, rock climbing or backpacking.
Education Director, Avery House Nature Center
After graduating from Oregon State University studying Fisheries and Wildlife, Meika Vingelen began a career connecting children with nature. She has been at Avery House for over 10 years and has nurtured the program and continues to help it grow into a unique place-based education option for the Willamette Valley. You can find her in the classroom or out hiking with her little explorers.
Rachel moved to Oregon from Orlando, FL where she graduated from UCF with a degree in Hospitality Management. She is passionate about providing excellent customer care, supporting the CEC’s important programming, and all the little details. In her spare time, she likes to garden, can, cook, build fires, and spend time with her awesome dog in the woods.