The Devine House (Chatham)
Hi! My name is Hannah Crosby and I’m 25 years old. I’m originally from central NH, but have spent the past two years living and working in Portland, Maine. I graduated from The Ohio State University with degrees in Public Affairs and English. Immediately after graduation, my twin brother and I went on a 5.5 week road trip to 12 National Parks which was one of the greatest experiences of my life! For the past two years I have been working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland as part of their litigation support unit, but I’m ready to do something that aligns a bit more with my interests. Whenever I think about climate change too much, it really starts to freak me out, so instead of obsessing over it, I want to be part of the solution. I would love to work in the realm of environmental policy, and I’m hoping to be enrolled in graduate school for a master’s in Public Policy in the fall of 2022. I’m so excited to be a part of AmeriCorps, and I can’t wait to learn more about the Cape and all it has to offer in the coming year. In my free time I love hiking, reading, and writing, and I’m always down for a good game of spike ball or tennis.
Hi! My name is Caroline Genther. I’m 22 years old and am from Madison, Connecticut. I recently graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a major in Biology and a minor in Economics. My first experience doing environmental work was during a week-long, trail crew excursion with the Appalachian Mountain Club over the summer after my sophomore year of high school . I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but it ended up being the best week of my summer. In college I became really interested in marine biology, specifically marine conservation. I loved learning about marine mammals, fisheries management, and the economics of conservation. The majority of my experience has been in marine mammal response and rehabilitation. Most recently I spent the summer working with Hawaii Marine Animal Response on Oahu. I helped respond to Hawaiian monk seals, protect local seal populations, and provide educational outreach to beach goers. I am really passionate about marine mammal rescue and response work, but am also excited to explore other aspects of marine conservation and land management through all the different service opportunities that AmeriCorps Cape Cod has to offer. I love being outside, going to the beach, hiking, backpacking, scuba diving, and skiing so I am looking forward to exploring the Cape and surrounding areas this year while doing my favorite things!
Taylor “Hazel” Groskorth-Flynn
Hello! My name is Taylor Groskorth-Flynn, but I go by Hazel. I am a 21-year-old from central New Jersey. I am an undergraduate at Stockton University, finishing my degree in Environmental Science. I may not have a specialty yet, but by being from the “Garden State” a lot of my work has focused on sustainable agriculture. So far my work has consisted of a research analysis on neonicotinoids & bees, a self-published photo-documentary on sustainable farming, and a photo-documentary on the rotation of crops. I love incorporating my passion for nature photography into my environmental work, as a way to highlight nature’s beauty and spark awareness. Additionally, this past summer I constructed new habitat in the pine barrens for Chimney Swifts, a threatened bird species. I have always had a passion for protecting & appreciating the environment, from starting the E.F.G (Environmentally Friendly Group) in elementary school, to majoring it in college. I chose to become a member of AmeriCorps Cape Cod (ACC) to further this passion I have for the environment. Aside from providing environmental enrichment & protection to the landscape, ACC strives to help build up the Cape Cod community. I’m excited to to help add to ACC’s efforts by blending my own community service experience, with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, with my passion for environmental conservation to make a difference on the Cape.
Hi! I’m Jodi Monroe. A good friend of mine once told me they were going to need 300 years to do everything they wanted, to which I agreed immediately. It is my goal to get as much of that stuff done as possible in whatever time I was given. My interests, including environmental stewardship, living mindfully, and appreciating the beauty of nature have led me to serve with AmeriCorps Cape Cod this year. I will be travelling to the Cape from the pines and sandy hills of central North Carolina. It is exciting to know I will be learning about protecting the lands of the Cape while also gaining skills to help others in times of need. I aim to find a way to combine my passion for solar technology with natural resource management to forage a lifelong career. I have always loved making art as a hobby, especially painting, and I invite this experience to influence my work as this season in my life goes by.
Kasey “Cas” Oakes
Heyo! My name is Cas, a 22 year old from Midland Park, New Jersey. I graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology! My adventures in marine conservation and environmental protection all started with my love of wolves. I know, a strange place to start for someone who graduated with a degree dedicated to studying the ocean. I found my dream school during my sophomore year of high school – The University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. The University of New Haven hosts advanced visit days that prospective students can attend and participate in field sessions to get an up-close and personal view of what it’s like to be a part of the University’s Marine Biology Program. On one of the coldest days that year I attended an advanced visit day. Professors from the Marine Biology Program took a group of us out to the beach. There I was, wearing waders that were just a little too big for my small frame, loving the stars out of the experience. The wind was sharp and the water was icy. Others may have been deterred, but I didn’t want to leave the water! I was having too much fun. I started my college experience at the University of New Haven and then transferred schools to finish up my degree at Stockton. I’ve gained experience in wildlife and environmental conservation by working at the Turtle Back Zoo in New Jersey, helping out at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, New Jersey, and volunteering with Mass Audubon to support their Diamondback Terrapin Program. This past summer, I completed an internship with Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program on the Cape. These positions I’ve held have led me to AmeriCorps Cape Cod and have helped shape me into the person I am today – an avid, nature-loving, nerd who plans to give 110% of myself to protecting the environment.
Madeline “Maddy” Oerth
My name is Madeline (aka Maddy) Oerth and I am 23 years old. I’m originally from Yardley, Pennsylvania but moved to Georgetown, Massachusetts right before starting high school. I also briefly lived in Tucson, Arizona as a young child. Growing up I was always very interested in everything nature related (especially the ocean) and I am a big animal lover. My passions for nature and animals helped me decide to study marine science (with a biology focus) and environmental studies in college. I graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL with a B.S. in May 2020. Throughout my studies, I spent a lot of time outdoors including completing multiple study abroad programs, including a SEA Semester off the coast of New Zealand. In general, many of my previous experiences have included working in marine research, environmental education, and animal care positions. This has included working in a range of environments with a variety of animal species such as plankton, sharks, seals, and turtles. I am very passionate about research and conservation efforts and hope to contribute to them throughout my career. As a new member of AmeriCorps, I am very excited to combine my interests in the environment with service and contribute to local communities. After serving, I hope to further my education in marine biology by attending graduate school. Outside of work, I spend most of my free time outside (at the beach, hiking etc.), hanging out with my 3 dogs, reading, or obsessing over music.
The LeHac House (Wellfleet)
Hello! My name is Brandon Badal. I grew up on Long Island, New York. I went to school at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. There, I majored in Marine Biology and minored in Environmental Science. During the summer of 2019, I interned at the Long Island Aquarium where I worked with fish, bird, and reptile husbandry. After being recommended by a friend, I decided to apply to AmeriCorps Cape Cod for 2021-2022 service term.. I am excited to be serving with AmeriCorps and am excited to be a part of this amazing experience!
Hi, I’m Jami! I’m 24, Midwest born and maized (because we do corn). I wrapped up my Bachelor’s in Wildlife Biology in 2018 and was set to start a Ph.D. program in 2020, but decided to take a little more time off due to unprecedented world events. From camping in the Ozarks at age 5 to catching turtles in South Dakota at the age of 24, I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors. My particular passion is wetland ecology, with a special interest in turtles. I’m hoping to see some diamondback terrapins, and maybe even some Blanding’s or bog turtles during my time on Cape Cod and in New England. I’ve hopped all over the country, but I’ve not been to the Northeast yet so I’m very excited to spend some time splashing around the wetlands of Massachusetts!
Hi! My name is Korri Basinger, a native Ohioan and proud Buckeye! I’m a recent graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Environmental Biology, a minor in Political Science, and two certificates in Environmental and European Studies. My studies allowed me to get involved with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs to help conduct research on a watershed restoration project. This project focused on comparing streams in Pennsylvania that were restored with human manipulation versus those that were left to naturally restore themselves. Through this research I was able to connect with the Appalachian STEM Enrichment Academy and contribute to an undergraduate practicum by creating lessons and online activities/presentations about stream restoration that will soon be able to be accessed by anyone who wants to learn about it! My passion for the environment has only grown living in Athens, a part of Appalachia, for the past four years and seeing firsthand the devastating effects that environmental degradation can have on communities and our Earth. That is why I am thrilled and so excited to be an AmeriCorps Cape Cod member and cannot wait to explore the various environmental topics and learning opportunities that this program has to offer!
Hi! My name is Braden Beauregard, I am from Plainfield, Connecticut. In 2020 I graduated from the University of Maine with degree in Child Development and Family Relations. After graduation I started working at a school, and that is where I spent the past year! Most of my service and work experience has revolved around education and working with children/young adults with disabilities. In my free time I love to go for hikes, read a good book, cook new things, and kayak. I am so excited to be a part of AmeriCorps Cape Cod. I can’t wait to be involved in a new kind of service and become an active member of the community on the Cape.
My name is Audrey Healey. I am 22 years old and born and raised in the Northeast. Growing up on the shoreline of Connecticut is where I found my love for the ocean and marine life. I attended Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center in New Haven, Connecticut. The hands–on learning experience I had in high school fueled my passion for marine biology and conservation of our marine ecosystem. I recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Food Systems and a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture. I have 3 years of experience in education and childcare. I’ve worked with grades K-12 in the classroom, in extracurriculars, and in the outdoors. One of the most valuable internship experiences I took part in was working as an Environmental Educator for the UVM Watershed Alliance. There, I held various roles including teaching watershed education on the Melosira, conducting fish dissections on rainbow smelt, participating in stream monitoring, and providing presentations about sources of water pollution. Additionally, I have worked closely in the realm of food justice and sustainable agriculture. I had the opportunity to work on Catamount Farm, UVM’s Horticultural Research Facility, studying and applying agroecological methods of agriculture and research. While there, I conducted soil tests, data entry, and helped with Community Supported Agriculture. I had the pleasure to work closely with Vermont’s Abenaki members and learn about traditional methods of sustainable agriculture and seed saving techniques. I also had the opportunity to work as a farm hand on Elliston Estate Vineyard helping with farm chores, data entry, and production.
Hello! My name is Maxwell Mauro, and I am a 23 year old from Milford, Connecticut. I recently graduated from the University of Maine with a major in Ecology and Environmental Science. My hobbies include biking, swimming, running and going to the gym. In the summer of 2018, I interned for the NOAA fisheries lab in Milford, CT. The study I worked on examined if lobster cages should be considered a fish habitat by mounting go-pro cameras on top of the cages and recording fish behavior. After graduating, I moved to Providence, Rhode Island and worked for an environmental remediation company called Triumvirate Environmental. I helped to manage the hazardous waste programs from many health care institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and colleges throughout the southern New England region. Last summer, I worked for GZA Geonviromental. The division I was assigned to focused specifically on water quality assessments of reservoirs in Connecticut. During my time with GZA Geoenvironmental, I helped collect water samples,, conduct Matt Surveys using scuba equipment, and assist with shop fabrication.
Astoria “Stori” Peterson
Hi! My name is Astoria, but everyone calls me “Stori” for short. I’m 21 years old, and I grew up in Southern California. I was homeschooled for the majority of my high school years, and I currently attend Mount San Antonio College. Although I major in English Literature, I’m also open to studying the social sciences, from developmental psychology to cultural anthropology. For as long as I can remember, I’ve lived in the valley, surrounded by mountains that always seem to promise adventure. And adventure they bring: I love visiting the mountains to camp, hike, stargaze, and simply appreciate the view of Los Angeles from a distance. What drives me to do environmental work is the diverse landscape of California. Polarizing geographical terrains such as mountains, deserts, coastlines, and forests all coexist in one state–and it’s one of the most miraculous things I’ve ever explored! Because of this, I want to do what I can to help preserve these natural splendors, whether it be in or out of state.
My name is Vincent Tanguilig and I grew up on Cape Cod. I am 22 years old and graduated from WPI where I majored in in Biomedical Engineering and minored in Mechanical Engineering. I have been certified as a lifeguard and trained in First Aid and CPR. My interests span several topics from biomedical instrumentation and materials science to renewable energy, conservation, and waste reduction. I like to play sports and love to do anything outside (swimming, biking, watching the sunset, etc.). I also enjoy researching healthy eating and lifestyle for disease prevention as well as electric cars and technology.