Mallory calls Alabaster, Alabama home sweet home. She spent much of her childhood around the freshwater lakes and meandering rivers in the south, thereby sparking her interest in the great outdoors. From then on she knew that she needed to spend her life exploring, learning, and sharing her love for the environment. Mallory obtained a Biology and Marine Science degree at The University of Alabama (you can hear her yell “Roll Tide” frequently…) and quickly moved into the Environmental Education field. She first started her adventures at Seacamp in the Florida Keys where she was able to snorkel and scuba dive with campers on a daily basis. Hello, talk about a marvelous tan! From there she moved to YMCA Camp Thunderbird in South Carolina to teach EE in an opposing terrain from the Keys. Most recently in 2015, Mallory found herself on the ocean side working at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station at Wallops Island, VA. You just can’t keep this southern gal away from the water. Now, she has made it back to her old stomping grounds and has joined the Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River family to teach participants all about the Cahaba River watershed! Roll Tide.
Program & Outreach Coordinator, Shannon Moore
Born in Georgia and raised in Alabama, Shannon has always called the south home. A childhood filled with playing outside and catching tree frogs and lightning bugs on summer evenings instilled a lifelong curiosity about the environment. She attended Samford University, where she was a Geography major with a double minor in Biology and Spanish. Soon after, she moved out to the McDowell Environmental Center. After two and a half years of teaching and learning there, she moved a little further south to work as a guest naturalist for an environmental center near Córdoba, Argentina. For the next few months she lived, worked, and traveled around Argentina, working on her Spanish and trying every new food she could get her hands on. Now she's back in the Alabama woods, ready to share all of the hidden treasures here with the students that come. In her free time, Shannon may be found reading in her hammock, playing the violin, baking biscuits and cookies, or lying on the ground trying to get the perfect picture of a bug or a dew drop.
Born in Tacoma, Washington, Kaci grew up exploring the shores of the Salish Sea, where the beaches are rocky, the tree are ancient, and the horizon is anchored by mountains. Kaci earned a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education and Interpretation and a master’s degree in Environmental Education, both from Western Washington University. Outdoor education is their calling! Since 2009, Kaci has been allowed to call many places home, but their roots run deepest in the soggy rich soils of the Pacific Northwest. Kaci’s northerner friends and family thought they were crazy to move away from the stunningly gorgeous Seattle area and head for Alabama. However, Kaci has learned so much about the unique and captivating charm of the Cahaba and cannot wait to learn more! Kaci is thrilled to be back at the CEC for another season!
Christopher has been led around the country by his love of outdoor education. Since graduating with a Psychology degree from Shippensburg University, he has helped children explore the outdoor world through Outdoor Education Programs in Pennsylvania, Southern California, Maine, and now Alabama! Christopher is originally from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, where he loaded up on bug repellent and poison ivy ointment every time he left the house. Most recently, he has been working as the Adventure and Camping Program Head at Camp Beech Cliff in Maine where he led weekly overnight camping trips for children of all ages! Christopher is beyond excited to join the CEC team and dive into what the Cahaba river has to offer! (Not literally.)
Brittany was born and raised in South Carolina, where her passion for the environment started on her family’s farm. She spent her childhood catching critters in the woods behind her house and making forts along the edge of flowering fields. Her love for the outdoors led her to pursue a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University. Since graduation, she has made her way across the Southeast researching wildlife in different states, including Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and now Alabama! She recently completed an 8 month-long research project in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa. Along with researching animal behavior, Brittany had the opportunity to teach children there about the local wildlife, inspiring her to pursue a job in Environmental Education. In her free time, Brittany may be found exploring the outdoors, reading a good book, photographing wildlife, or tending to her garden. She has never felt more rewarded than when she is teaching people about the incredible environment we live in, and she is excited to continue that with the Cahaba Environmental Center.
Morgan was born in Colorado, but has lived and worked across the United States and around the world, including Washington and Australia! Morgan currently lives in Fort Rucker, AL with her husband and dog. She is an avid outdoorswoman and has explored mountains, rivers, forests and deserts since she was a toddler. In fact, Morgan just returned from a month-long canoe trip in the Alaskan arctic! Morgan received a B.S. in Forestry from Colorado State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. Her career includes wildland and prescribed fire, watershed management, and environmental education. Most recently, she worked for the Nisqually River Foundation (Olympia, WA), where she coordinated a watershed council and co-led the Nisqually Stream Stewards, an adult environmental education program. She is passionate about connecting people to their local environments, and is excited to continue that work here in Alabama. In her spare time, Morgan is an avid long-distance runner, and can usually be found training for a half-marathon, marathon or triathlon.
Karli is a recent graduate of Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She studied Environmental Science with a concentration in Chemistry and minor in Business. She originally had her sights set on being a teacher, but after being immersed in the 37,000 acres of outdoors that Berry had to offer, she decided to pursue a major that let her play outside in a professional manner. At Berry, Karli studied past fire disturbances in the watersheds of two high elevation lakes in Western Colorado, and worked in the Chemistry Department as a teaching assistant and lab coordinator. Karli spent the summer of 2016 interning for Coosa and Cahaba Riverkeepers as the Lead Swim Guide Intern where she was responsible for delivering bacteriological data to the public about popular swim sites. During this internship, it was made certain that rivers would be the piece of the environmental puzzle she would pursue. Karli is extremely excited to share her enthusiasm for the Cahaba River with others.
Justin grew up just outside the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2014, he started working at a summer camp called Crestfield Camp and Conference Center, located in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. It was there that he instantly fell in love with working in the outdoors and being able to teach campers of all ages. He served as the Summer Camp Program Director for two summers there. Now, he's moving to Alabama to work at the Cahaba Environmental Center, excited for the chance to help children explore nature and find new ways to learn!
Matthew is a proud Alabama native with a passion for working with young people and a fullhearted belief in the healing power of laughter. In recent years, he has worked as a field instructor for a wilderness therapy program in the mountains of Georgia, served as co-director for a social justice leadership camp in central Alabama, taught US History for a traveling school in New England, and co-founded a nonprofit in Birmingham, Alabama that aims to provide easy access to social emotional learning opportunities. While in college, Matthew also served as an AmeriCorps member and traveled to local schools to facilitate discussions on dating violence prevention and crisis management. In his free time, he enjoys digging in the garden, exploring the great outdoors, and working on renovations to the hundred-year-old mountain top bungalow that he calls home. Matthew is so very excited to be back in the woods for his forth season as an outdoor educator with the Cahaba Environmental Center!
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