Member Profiles

Wellfleet “LeHac” House

Bob Bennett

Hey! My name’s Bob, I’m 23 years old, and I’m from Weston, MA. I recently graduated from St. Lawrence University in New York. After having a great time living on the Cape last year, I decided to serve another year with AmeriCorps. I really enjoyed all the outdoor and hands on work I was able to be a part of last year, and am looking forward to engaging more with the Cape Cod communities.

Alexander Bates

My name is Alex and I am from Odenton, Maryland. I have a degree in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I worked at several organic farms over the last couple years. Backpacking, gardening, catching insects and watching storms are some of my favorite activities to do.

Mollie Thompson

Hello! My name is Mollie and I am 22 years old. I am originally from a town located just outside of Buffalo, New York. I recently graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a double major in psychology and communication. Last summer I had the pleasure of interning with Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER, which is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the waterways of Western New York. One of my favorite experiences to date is when I traveled to Bahia, Ecuador through the Global Student Embassy for a reforestation mission of the Tropical Dry Forests during the winter of 2016. I also held a brief summer internship while I was in high school with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, during which I wrote articles for their environmental blog and helped promote their Go Outside Map.

In my spare time, I enjoy keeping up on current events, reading fiction, writing poetry, hiking, kayaking and swimming. I’m also a roller coaster enthusiast and I could spend hours talking about how much I loved working for Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. I spent my entire life dreaming about traveling the world while making a positive difference and being accepted to AmeriCorps Cape Cod was a dream come true.

Lauren Ainsworth

My name is Lauren Ainsworth, I am 25 years old and have grown up in Massachusetts my whole life. I attended Green Mountain College in Vermont before going to Washington D.C. for graduate school at American University where I earned my Masters in Anthropology. I have always loved the outdoors and have gone hiking and backpacking across the U.S. In my free time, I love to read and write, I also enjoy photography.

I am excited to be serving with AmeriCorps Cape Cod because I am interested in environmental education and engaging communities around natural resource management. My previous volunteer experience has been in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina where I did rebuilding projects for houses and wetlands restoration work.

Caitlin Rasche

Hi, I’m Caitlin! I’m 22 years old originally from Sykesville, Maryland, but I have recently moved to Columbia, South Carolina. I graduated from Gettysburg College in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. I entered college with the intention of becoming a chemistry major, but quickly discovered my true passion for the environment. Through my studies, I have gained specific interests in learning about sustainable food systems, sustainable development, conservation, and geologic disasters. I put my knowledge to use by teaching environmental education to grade school children. Last summer I interned with the Annapolis Maritime Museum where I taught kids about the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem. While in college I would regularly teach kids in ‘Food, Land, People’, an after school environmental education program. In addition, I got the opportunity to study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France where I got to learn about the Mediterranean ecosystem, and experience how Europe treats the environment differently than America. In my free time, I love traveling, listening to music, and watching movies. Everything I have experienced so far has greatened my love for the environment, and I’m excited to expand that with AmeriCorps Cape Cod.

Brianna Carstens

I am a twenty-two-year-old college graduate from Washington State. I went to a small liberal arts college in Oregon called Willamette University. I’m a Politics major, with minors in Environmental Science and Communications. For the past two summers, I worked as a wildland firefighter for the Forest Service. Getting to serve communities in such an impactful way was incredibly rewarding, as was getting to gain hands on experience with some of the most beautiful country the west has to offer. This experience made me realize how important the natural world is to me, and has strongly influenced my academic and career decisions.

Getting to live and serve in such an amazing place as the Pacific Northwest was an incredible experience that allowed me to explore the direct service aspect of environmental management. I love the hands-on nature of fighting fire, but I always want to learn more about the policy and management decisions, and I think that AmeriCorps Cape Cod provides the perfect opportunity to combine both of these desires. My long-term goal is to work for an environment-focused federal agency and I think that this program will allow me to gain experience to do that.

Conor Terry

Hi there! My name is Conor, I’m 22, and I come from Fairfax VA (just outside of DC). I just graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in community conflict. Through college I worked as a Police Cadet where I received training in NIMS (National Incident Management Systems) and ICS (Incident Command System) and assisted in various campus emergencies including a bomb threat to our main student center on campus.

I’ve also had the opportunity to work as a Park Ranger at Mason Neck State Park for the Virginia State Park and Rec Dept. doing conservation and park management. As well, when I was younger my dad worked with the American Red Cross so I’ve got some experience in natural disaster response and even had the chance to work alongside him in relief efforts after Hurricane Isabel.

In my free time, I’m an avid runner and a huge baseball fan (Let’s Go Mets!) I also love putting my theater background to use with jokes and out-of-this-world storytelling.

Halie Miyazawa

My name is Halie! I’m 22 years old and I was born and raised in Parker, Colorado. I love to travel and experience new things, even if it is a short distance away- it’s still an adventure. I also enjoy getting lost in the pages of a book and taking the scenic route when driving. I recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Business Management. While in college I was involved in many different organizations, including Alpha Omicron Pi. Being involved with the sorority has really helped me become the person I am today and has taught me numerous life lessons throughout the years. I have always loved being able to help others in any way I could and being in the sorority made me realize that it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. My goal is to get my masters in Emergency Management and to see where my life takes me!

Emma Forbes

Hi there! My name is Emma, I’m 21 years old, and I’m from Farmington Hills, Michigan. As the daughter of New England natives, I enjoyed trips back east to visit family and friends throughout my upbringing, and have always been drawn to this region. I am a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where I earned my degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Geology. During my college career, I was fortunate enough to study abroad at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. My semester in Scotland provided me with hands-on experience in geological mapping and environmental research. Most recently I served as a research assistant through the University of Michigan Energy Institute, working to assess solar microgrid feasibility for the City of Ann Arbor. I am passionate about earth science, and I love discussing environmental issues and geological phenomenon!

I intend to put my degree to good use, and I am hoping to make a tangible difference and help preserve, protect, and monitor the environment and ecosystems of this unique region. I am interested in natural resource management, renewable energy, hydrogeology, as well as water and air quality. I hope to expand upon these interests and embrace whatever learning opportunities become available to me during this service year. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, watching college football, rock hunting, relaxing with friends and family, and making gneiss rock puns. I am thrilled to move east and serve for AmeriCorps Cape Cod!

Benjamin Hobbs

Hi, my name is Ben Hobbs. I am 23 years old and from Glens Falls, New York (up in the Adirondack Mountain Range). I graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2016 with a dual degree in Political Science and Geography. In my college years, I had the opportunity to study abroad in the beautiful western coast of Africa, Senegal to be exact. I studied the culture, landscape, and the language of the beautiful nation, and it was an experience I would not trade for anything in the world. I am hoping to eventually become an environmental lawyer (Marshall Erikson, anyone?), but this will be after my experience at the Cape. A few of my hobbies include playing ice hockey, hiking, biking, skiing, and just doing anything outdoors. I also love binge watching Netflix shows, so if anyone knows a good one send it my way. I am ecstatic for the AmeriCorps Cape Cod Program, mainly because I have a passion for protecting our beautiful planet. I could not be more excited for what lies ahead!

Jenna Sabers

Hello! My name is Jenna and I am 22 years old from Rochester, New York. I received my bachelor’s degree in Geography with a minor in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Geneseo in May 2017. During my college career, I was fortunate enough to study abroad three times – one semester in Costa Rica, one semester in Australia, and a summer geographic field study in Western Canada. Each of my travels allowed me to experience a variety of natural environments and continue to foster my passion for the great outdoors.

When I wasn’t off studying abroad, I was active on campus serving as a study abroad mentor in the Study Abroad Office, a teaching assistant for an Environmental Issues class, and an intern in the Office of Sustainability where I collaborated with the Office of Fraternal Life to create a campus-wide Greek Sustainability Initiative to implement more sustainable practices within the Greek community. I also completed a directed study in which I created a sustainability report for my sorority, documenting and analyzing sorority behavior and practices, and how we could become a more environmentally-friendly organization.

In my spare time, I enjoy doing essentially anything that allows me to be outside and active with good company. I look forward to serving the Cape this year!

Connor Williams

I am a 23-year-old from New Hartford Connecticut. I graduated with a BS in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from the University of Rhode Island this past spring. While at URI I had the opportunity to study keystone species and their critical role in the ecosystems along with the effects invasive species produce on our ecosystems, particularly in New England. It seems my interest in nature and the environment stems from my parents. From an early age, I was taught to respect nature, grow organic foods, love the seashore, and be aware of leaving the smallest environmental footprint you can. When studying how invasive plants like Autumn Olive or phragmites can alter the native environment and the subsequent chain reaction of our interventions and pollution on these systems, it became my passion to research and discover what I could do to lessen that impact. For the previous two summers, I was an assistant river steward on the Farmington River In my hometown which involved monitoring the river and educating the public on issues concerning the river ecosystem. My heart also lies with animal rescue and rehabilitation. I love animals and I believe it is our job to help protect them and sustain their world. Although I do not know what I will ultimately be when I grow up, I suspect it will involve the Nation park systems or maybe environmental police.

My hobbies include music, playing the guitar, hiking, gourmet food, kayaking, and I will admit to my love of video gaming and producing videos. I am excited to gain more experience and direction from my time in AmeriCorps Cape Cod and to explore the beautiful Cape I have heard so much about.

Brian Wagenaar

My name is Brian Wagenaar and I am 22 years old. Born in St. Paul, I grew up in Edina, Minnesota before heading off to Wisconsin for college. This past May, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) with a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy. During my time at UWGB, I was able to take engaging and highly relevant classes like environmental law, water resources policy, natural resources policy, and global environmental politics. In the fall of 2016, I had the opportunity to intern for the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin, a local nonprofit dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. While working there, I worked on the issue of Green Bay coal piles, among other things. I was fortunate enough to be the treasurer of a student organization comprised of students working towards sustainability on campus and in the broader community, as well as a member of the Wisconsin Youth Network(WIYN), a coalition of similar environmental clubs from various University of Wisconsin system colleges.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, biking, reading, traveling, and photography. Some of my favorite places visited include Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. Roughly 8 years ago, I visited Boston and Cape Cod on vacation, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to go back for further exploration. I am tremendously excited to see what experiences and adventures await in Barnstable County. I look forward to living and working alongside young people from across the country brought to the cape by similar passions.

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Dylan Davids

My name is Dylan Davids, and I am a returning ACC member. I am 24 years old and hail from Royal Oak Michigan, a suburb outside of Detroit where I lived until moving out to Cape Cod for my first year with the program. I attended Michigan State University where I got a degree in Media Arts and Information, but my career path hopefully lies in Land Management. Through my first year, I gained an interest in this topic, as well as animal rescue and release.

I have been fortunate enough to travel to all 50 states in our beautiful country and it is what inspired me to pick up to the torch of environmental volunteering, something I hope to pursue my entire life.

Cynthia Slemmer

I am 27 years old and was born and raised in Washington, DC. Two years ago, I moved to Massachusetts and have been working at the tea shop Teavana where I have developed an appreciation for different kinds of teas and learned a lot about the importance of good customer service.

My interest in the environment and natural resource management was sparked by attending a conference sponsored by the World Bank when I was a middle school student. The program focused on the effects of global warming and reducing our carbon footprint. It inspired me to get more involved in my community and in my church. I became a volunteer at the national American Red Cross and provided snacks and support for people working in the DC-based National Disaster Operations Center. My previous hands-on environmental experience was gutting houses with my Episcopal youth group which traveled to New Orleans for a mission trip after Hurricane Katrina. A lot of houses were destroyed in the aftermath of that storm and there were thousands of people who lost their homes, all their belongings and left their communities. It felt good to be helpful in some small way.

I have had three very different college experiences. My first college experience was in England as an Event Management student at the University of Greenwich outside of London. I spent two additional years of college in a small town in Vermont, which was a big shift. I am now enrolled as an online student at Johnson and Wales studying Hospitality. In my free time, I love movies, enjoy nature and portrait photography.

Hannah Bourassa

Hello, my name is Hannah. I am 23 years old, from Stafford, Virginia. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University where I studied Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. My emergency preparedness background is limited, aside from what I learned in the classroom. I plan to translate what I learned in school to the real world. I enjoy traveling, going to the beach, cooking, and photography.

I am beyond excited to form new relationships and gain experience, all while serving the Cape Cod community. I look forward to learning as much as I can and challenging myself in this new environment!

Haymar Lim

Hi, my name is Haymar. I am 22 years old and was born in Southern California, near Los Angeles. When I was 10 years old my family moved to New York City, where I lived until I finished high school. I then went to McGill University in Montreal where I studied biology and theater and graduated last spring. Throughout high school and college, I involved myself in many student groups including the NYC All City Marching Band, the Village Community Boathouse, the McGill Outdoors Club, several theater groups and more. I also interned for the EdLab at Teachers College Columbia University. My collective experiences have cultivated a rather wide set of interests, but two of the strongest feelings to come out of them is love for community and love for the environment. I hope to foster these passions further through my service year at Cape Cod.

Jason Bertrand

Hi! My name is Jason I am 22 years old, and I am form a small town in Pennsylvania called Coudersport. In the spring, I graduated with a degree in History and Political Science from Boston College. Boston College puts a heavy emphasis on service for their students, and it was something that I wasn’t heavily involved in. Now that I have graduated I am thrilled for the chance to give back. Even though I currently reside in Pennsylvania, I’ve always considered Cape Cod a second home. Most of my extended family lives on the Cape, and I have lived and worked on Cape Cod for the past three summers, so I am excited for the opportunity to serve the community that I have grown up around and love. For the past four summers, I have worked as a summer camp counselor, which has rekindled a love for the outdoors and helped draw me to the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program.

Gen Devine

Hello, my name is Genevieve but almost everyone calls me Gen. I am 23 and am from the Boston area. I am a recent graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a major in Marine Safety/Environmental Protection and a minor in Marine Biology. While in school, I was privileged to intern with organizations such as NOAA, the New England Aquarium, the National Marine Life Center and the Coastal America Foundation. Most of my professional interests and experience center around various marine animals such as dolphins, lobsters, turtles, and seals. I enjoy constantly learning new things and talking to people about their experiences. I also enjoy traveling and love to learn about the history of the places I visit. In my spare time, I enjoy teaching and practicing yoga, hiking, reading and spending time with my family and friends.

Jack Moriarty

I’m thrilled to be serving with the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program in my home state of Massachusetts. I’m 25 years old and grew up on the North Shore in Boxford, MA and attended Masconomet Regional High School and Boston University. At BU, I earned a BA & MA in political science and wrote my graduate thesis on healthcare policy. I’ve spent the last three years in the healthcare field – first in healthcare IT with Allscripts in Raleigh, NC and later in Chicago, IL with Boston-based primary care startup Iora Health. In my free time, I love rooting for Boston sports teams, watching theatrical productions, and actively engaging in politics.

I look forward to learning from and partnering with the residents, municipalities, and institutions of Barnstable County to help collaboratively address the Cape’s most pressing regional challenges.

Taryn Szalay

Hi! My name is Taryn, and I’m from a small town outside of Akron, OH. I am 22 years old and I am a recent graduate of The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH with a degree in biology. While in college, I had the opportunity to intern for two incredible non-profit organizations: the National Marine Life Center (Bourne, MA), and Mote Marine Laboratory (Sarasota, FL). When in school, I spent most of my time running track, working on campus, and eating Chipotle. My senior thesis was centered on betta fish genetics, and I hope to continue my education and earn my Ph. D. focusing on conservation genetics in different shark species.

In my spare time, I love hiking, eating food, scuba diving, watching basketball games (go Cavs!), and being outdoors. I am excited to be back in the Cape for the next year to help the community and the environment!

Corey Bray

My name is Corey Bray and I am 25 years old. I graduated from Old Dominion University (ODU), located in Norfolk, Virginia in 2016, where I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology and minored in Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Science. I enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, running, canoeing, and scuba diving. I am also an Eagle Scout, and became a member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity while attending ODU where I held a variety of leadership positions. I was a member of the program this past year, and hope to continue gaining experience in conservation while serving the Cape Cod community. Following AmeriCorps, I am interested in pursuing a Master’s degree and career in conservation and environmental education.

Emily Baker

Hi! My name is Emily. I am 25 years old and I am from Savannah, GA. I graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Marine Biology. While in college, I spent two summers studying at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. I had the opportunity to do a dependent study on stable isotope analysis of manatee ear bones to determine feeding habits. After college, I worked as a marine science educator at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center leading tours about beach and marsh ecology as well as teaching classroom programs and working in the gallery. For the past three years, I have volunteered with the Tybee Island Sea Turtle Project monitoring sea turtle nesting on the island.

This past year I served as an AmeriCorps member with the Maryland Conservation Corps at Assateague State Park. While there, I taught environmental education to school groups and park visitors, worked on conservation projects and worked with a variety of animals including fish, reptiles, and raptors.

One of my hobbies is music. I play the flute and marched in high school and college (Blow Southerners!). I also enjoy spending time outdoors biking, hiking, kayaking and exploring new places. I am passionate about the environment and look forward to serving with AmeriCorps Cape Cod!

Rikki Brown

I’m 24 and I’m from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I went to Oklahoma State University, where I studied Natural Resource Ecology and Management with a concentration in Wildlife. I also minored in Spanish and was able to study abroad in Puebla, Mexico for a semester. After graduating I served a half-time AmeriCorps term at a Tulsa nonprofit that serves adults diagnosed with mental illness. While I was there I worked in the community garden and food pantry and helped clients prepare healthy meals. I also enjoyed volunteering at the local nature center, where I led full moon walks. I like reading, cooking, and being outdoors. I’m excited to explore Cape Cod and serve the community with AmeriCorps!

Annalicia Carrion-Hawkins

My name is Annalicia Carrion-Hawkins. I am originally from Connecticut but have been lucky enough to travel all over the East coast and into the Midwest. I am currently 21 years old; my experiences are: working with children as a Z-kids teacher, working for a marketing firm, and working as being a professional cook for a resort. I attended an international school. Currently, I am Clepping as well as attending college. My end goal is to be a Marine Biologist and eventually teach English as a foreign language. I speak Mandarin Chinese, English, and some Spanish.

Currently I have had no personal experiences with disaster relief, however, I have volunteered my time at St. Francis hospital (cancer unit and maternity). I continually wish to grow and educate myself and become a better version. With that being said, I am a very forward person and a social person. I absolutely love to learn about new cultures as well as I’m a wee bit old fashion in the sense where I love card games and board games (I seriously love Uno and Skip-Bo). I also love art, in any form, as well as video games (Legend of Zelda). I love to travel and try new foods as well collect shells. I also enjoy fishing, dancing, cooking, and exploring.

Danielle Helmes

Hello! My name is Danielle and I am 23 years old. I am from Clermont, Florida which is a smaller town right outside of Orlando. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and generally just exploring new places. I recently graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa majoring in Biology with a concentration in Animal Biology. I have a passion for the environment, conservation, animals, and traveling which I am excited to pursue these passions through AmeriCorps Cape Cod.

This past year I had the opportunity to do my first AmeriCorps program called the Maryland Conservation Corp located in southern Maryland. Through this program, I received experience in environmental conservation doing things such as tree reforestation’s, stream and wetland restorations, and barn owl research. I am excited to gain further experience and meet new people during my time in Cape Cod.

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Daniel Primi

I’m 22 years old, born and raised in the Cape Canaveral area in Florida. I attended Central Wyoming College in pursuit of an Environmental Science Degree. Prior to AmeriCorps Cape Cod, I worked for a local non-profit affiliated with Keep America Beautiful to lessen the impact of invasive plants along the coastal region. I enjoy working outdoors and am working toward a career in forestry, land management, and conservation. A handful of my interests are reading, exploring the outdoors, running long distance and travel. I’ve worked on a couple of farms around the country, including a vineyard in Washington state; I hope to have my own one day.

Duncan Gilbert

Howdy, I just turned 23 this past July and I finally feel like I have a solid direction in life with the FireCorps. The time after high school was a bumpy road shrouded in uncertainty. I bounced back and forth between jobs, attending colleges and chasing degrees that I didn’t have any plans to use. In January 2016, I hit a point in my life where I knew I needed a change and applied for AmeriCorps positions all over the United States.

That following May I moved to Vermont to work as a trail steward with the Cross Vermont Trail Association. I found myself revitalized with motivation and confidence, and although it was only a 450-hour program I changed more during that small period than I had in the last 4 years. I immediately planned to repeat the following year and to search for a yearlong position afterward. And so, I found the FireCorps.

The FireCorps represents a greater challenge that I want to overcome, something that will push me to further better myself. It will guide me towards a career in firefighting, which is a distant horizon that I feel I can finally chase with a passion worthy of life.

Jamie Olmer

I grew up in a small town in Nebraska where I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm. After graduating high school from a neighboring town, I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha for six years, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Religious Studies with minors in Art History, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Geography, and Sociology. After college, I joined FEMA Corps and served on a GIS team for four disasters in 2016 (Louisiana twice, West Virginia, and South Carolina). In November 2016, I joined the Texas Conservation Corps as a masonry apprentice working at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Next I will be working for the Student Conservation Association in Alaska doing conservation and trail work projects for the summer, and then move to Cape Cod to join the FireCorps in September.

Kerry Morrow

I’m Kerry and I’ll be 24 this August. I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. I went to Eastern Kentucky University for Fire, Arson, Explosion Investigation. I have spent the past five and a half months with the Palmetto Conservation Corps, another AmeriCorps program in South Carolina that primarily dealt with maintaining the Palmetto hiking trail and adding bridges to help people access the trails easier which runs from mountains to sea and through lots of swampy areas. My main interests, besides hiking and fires, includes yoga and my two-year-old furry best friend, Roscoe, a Rottweiler/malamute mix.

Allison Cottrell

I am 21 years old and I am from Texas. I received a Bachelor’s of Science from The University of North Texas in Ecology for Environmental Science with a Minor in Chemistry. At UNT I worked in a Benthic Ecology lab working to identify macro-invertebrates from stream and pond samples. I became interested in AmeriCorps after deciding to take a gap year between my Bachelor’s degree and starting my Master’s degree. The opportunity to see another part of the country while gaining work experience in the environmental science field was too good to pass up.

Nicole Madden

I am 23 years old and originally from Binghamton, New York. I graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with an Aquatic Science and Fisheries degree. This will be my second term with AmeriCorps with my first being part of the Maryland Conservation Corps for Assateague State Park located in Berlin, Maryland. I have minimal fire experience but am hoping to learn everything I can to hopefully further my career goals of becoming a wetland restoration expert.