Lauren Allred is a native of Anniston, Alabama and has a deep love of nature and learning. She enjoys kayaking the beautiful rivers and creeks Alabama has to offer, reading a variety of books from Harry Potter to Jane Austen, and teaching children to love learning as much as she does. Lauren has a B.S.E in Elementary and Collaborative Education and a M.S.E. in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University. She is a former elementary school teacher at The Donoho School located in the Anniston region. Lauren has been involved in the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley camping program since she was a camper at Gulftreat and was a former counselor in the camping program. She is excited to marry her love of teaching and camp by becoming the CEC Director. Executive Director, Rev. Betty Angelini, is thrilled with Lauren’s passion for the mission and ministry of Living River and her desire to share the Environmental Center’s educational programs throughout Alabama in new and creative ways. Lauren believes the opportunity to educate as many children and adults about the impact the Cahaba River watershed has on Alabamians and the impact Alabamians in turn have on the Cahaba is an essential mission for the CEC. By supporting sponsorships and providing pathways for children and adults from all walks of life to learn about the environment through hands-on experiences, Living River’s CEC can help the river of knowledge, passion, and community spring forth and flow for generations.
Mallory Pendleton Program and Education Coordinator
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.
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.
Anne was born and raised in the south, and harbors an intense passion for animals, the southern heat, and all things outdoors. She spent most of her childhood in Wartrace, TN, where her love for the outdoors was fostered by living on 32 acres of land with no neighbors. She graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and decided to follow her passion of working outside and traveling, leading her to an outdoor education center in New York called Clearpool. After realizing how rewarding working in nature was, she has only had jobs that require her to be outside! Her dual passions of education and the outdoors have taken her to the Tennessee Division of Forestry to fight the hemlock woolly adelgid and to the Southeast Conservation Corps leading a youth camping crew for five weeks. She is excited to continue educating in the outdoors and learning from new faces and cultures all the while! Her favorite hobbies include hiking, backpacking, camping, photography, writing, watching movies, trail building, jewelry making, continuing renovations on a van that took her on a cross country trip this summer, spending time with her dog Reggie, listening and dancing to music, and anything that has to do with being outside and working with kids!
Kirsten is a Birmingham, Alabama native, born and raised. As a child she would spend weeks out in nature in camps all over the country and sometimes even abroad, which is where she first began to explore her love for wildlife and the environment. This passion for protecting wildlife has grown ever since. She further grew that passion while studying Biology at Stillman College and Environmental Management at Samford University. Her love for wildlife spurred her to spend time in the Galapagos Island learning about the things that they do to help to protect the environment on the islands. She is excited to get to explore new ways to protect our environment here in Alabama and be able to share that with others.
Jessica hails from Tampa, Florida and has recently transplanted to Birmingham, Alabama. From scuba diving to sky diving and everything in between she loves trying new things and adventures. As a Floridian she grew up fishing, kayaking, camping and exploring the swamp. Her love for the outdoors and passion for wildlife led her to study Environmental Science at the University of South Florida. After working in a lab testing environmental waters, Jessica decided to pursue a new path in the hope to educate and inspire youth to appreciate nature as she does. She loves exploring in her new stomping grounds and enjoys hiking and discovering all Alabama has to offer.
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.
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