Wellfleet “LeHac” House Members

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.

Bob is placed with the Town of Orleans Tree Department and Orleans Conservation Trust collaboration.

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.

Alex is placed with the Town of Brewster Department of Natural Resources and Brewster Conservation Trust collaboration. 

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.

Mollie is placed with the Town of Dennis Natural Resources Department and Dennis Conservation Trust collaboration. 

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.

Lauren is placed with both the Town of Provincetown Planning Division and the Association to Preserve Cape Cod

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.

Caitlin is placed with the American Red Cross of the Cape & islands. 

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.

Bri is placed with the Cape Cod National Seashore Fire Management Office.

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.

Conor is placed with the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee.

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!

Halie is placed with the Barnstable County Resource Development & AmeriCorps Cape Cod office.

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!

Emma is placed with the Town of Harwich Conservation, Harwich Conservation Trust and Chatham Conservation Foundation collaboration.

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!

Ben is placed with the International Fund for Animal Welfare. 

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!

Jenna is placed with the Cape Cod National Seashore Planning Department. 

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.

Connor is placed with the Town of Wellfleet Health & Conservation Department and Town of Truro Conservation Department collaboration. 

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.

Brian is placed with the Town of Chatham Shellfish Department, Chatham-Pleasant Bay Community Boating, and the Town of Eastham Natural Resources Department.