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New faces are at the DNERR!

Written on: February 12th, 2018 in Blackbird Creek ReserveEducation & OutreachNERRSt. Jones Reserve

We would like to formally welcome and introduce (although a little delayed) our new Environmental Program Manager and Assistant Reserve Manager, Lara Jennings, and our new Assistant Education Coordinator, Rebecca Vermeesch!

Lara Jennings, Environmental Program Manager

Introducing Lara Jennings

Lara joins us as the Environmental Program Manager and Assistant Reserve Manager from the DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship where she spent eight years in various positions including Wetland Field Technician, St. Jones Watershed Coordinator, Environmental Scientist with the Nonpoint Source Program and a Program Manager for the Drainage Program.  She also spent time as an Outreach Specialist with the Division of Fish and Wildlife to help promote wildlife habitat conservation on private lands.  Lara received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in Wildlife Conservation where she completed undergraduate research as well as study abroad programs to Costa Rica and Tanzania.  She clearly brings a lot of experience and eagerness to the Reserve, we are excited to welcome her aboard.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, visiting the beach, and spending time with her family on their farmette.   




Rebecca Vermeesch, Assistant Education Coordinator

Introducing Rebecca Vermeesch

Rebecca joins us as the Assistant Education Coordinator from DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife where she worked at the DuPont Nature Center educating visitors of all ages about horseshoe crabs and shorebirds.  She has a B.S. in Marine Biology with a dual minor in Environmental Science and Fisheries Science from Rutgers University.  Her college internships working at summer camps, non-profit organizations, and an aquarium has given her experiences in education, research, and interpretation.  Rebecca joins our team with a lot of enthusiasm and a love of horseshoe crabs, so we think she will fit right in with our crew. In her free time, she likes to kayak with her sister and take her dog, Bella, to the beach. 

We are excited to welcome these lovely ladies to the Reserve and look forward to what they will accomplish in the future!

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