Ben Rome & Nina Santos, Commonwealth Corps Environmental Educators
For the sixth year, the Coalition is hosting two full-time service members through the Commonwealth Corps, a state-funded initiative to engage Massachusetts residents in direct service to address unmet community needs. Ben Rome and Nina Santos have joined more than three dozen other Commonwealth Corps members serving communities across the state.
A native of Cape Cod, Ben has returned to Massachusetts after attending college and working as an environmental educator in northeast Florida. “The Coalition gives me the opportunity to learn from proven professionals what it takes for a nonprofit organization to bring a community together in pursuit of a common goal,” he said. “I hope to be able to improve the Coalition’s already strong programs and hone my ability to better interpret science to youth and adults of various backgrounds.”
After serving as a high school education intern with the Coalition in 2012, Nina has returned with a degree in biology to further her future career goals in environmental science and education. During her year of service, Nina hopes to “not only make a difference in the lives of the members of my community, but also gain skills such as public speaking, lesson plan creation, and volunteer support and management.”
Logan Johnson, Michelle Krauser, Lizz Malloy & Amy Pettigrew, TerraCorps
The Coalition is also a host site for TerraCorps, an AmeriCorps program that prepares and mobilizes emerging leaders to help communities gain access to and conserve land for people and nature.
Logan Johnson and Michelle Krauser are serving as TerraCorps land stewardship coordinators, while Lizz Malloy is serving as community engagement coordinator and Amy Pettigrew is serving as youth education coordinator. Three of these positions are hosted in partnership with the Wareham Land Trust, focusing on education, community engagement, and land stewardship in the greater Wareham area.
Coming from rural Maine, Logan Johnson wanted the opportunity to live in an urban environment while still practicing conservation values. That made the Coalition a perfect fit. As land stewardship coordinator, Logan hopes to further develop his skills in the field of conservation while learning new ways to tackle environmental issues through stewardship. “Another goal of mine for this service year is to connect the people that live within the Buzzards Bay watershed with the place that they live,” he said.
Through her role as community engagement coordinator, Lizz Malloy of Wareham will help keep people connected to outdoor exploration through web content, digital media, and events for the Coalition and Wareham Land Trust. “The opportunity to serve my community as well as the greater Buzzards Bay watershed seems like a dream,” she said of her service role. “One of my goals is to better connect communities with the amazing outdoor opportunities that lie right outside their doorsteps.”
Another Wareham native, Amy Pettigrew is serving as youth education coordinator because she believes “it is especially important to connect younger children to the natural world to create future stewards for environmental causes.” During her service year, she’s looking forward to creating new partnerships to reach more kids and families with the Coalition’s and Wareham Land Trust’s outdoor programming.