The LeHac House
Eric Rippee (He/Him/His)
Hello, everyone! My name is Eric, and I’m from Kansas City, Missouri. I’m 21 years old and have spent the last three years studying Mathematics and French. I volunteered with the Youth Volunteer Corps throughout middle school and high school, and it gave me my first real chance to work with communities and organizations that focus on furthering an environmentally friendly mindset and movement. These experiences helped me realize my love and passion for our planet. While pursuing my education, I was lucky enough to be able to study abroad in France for a semester. It awoke a love of traveling in me, and it allowed me to immerse myself in places with incredible natural beauty. It made me realize how far behind the US has fallen in terms of environmental protection and conservation. I decided that I needed to change my focus and discover how I can pursue a career in environmental work. As such, I am excited to be able to truly delve into environmental and communal service with AmeriCorps Cape Cod.
Kendall Pargot (She/Her/Hers)
Hi, I’m Kendall and I am originally from Helena, Montana. I recently graduated college with a B.S. in biology and a minor in Anthropology from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington state. While there, I was able to study away in Copenhagen for a semester and have loved traveling and new experiences ever since. I’ve worked for Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Montana inspecting boats to stop the spread of invasive mussels, been a member of environmental clubs in both high school and college, and I’ve also taken coursework in conservation genetics. I am interested in evolutionary biology and natural history and I am passionate about conservation efforts to not destroy our planet. In my spare time, I love reading, traveling, watching and discussing movies, and attempting to get my family to recycle. I am excited for the new experiences and all the environmental learning and service opportunities in Cape Cod!
Nicholas Banning (He/Him/His)
Hi, My name is Nick. I am a 24-year-old from Springfield, IL. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s in International Studies and German Language and Culture. After graduating I wanted to help give back to the community and return some of the support I was given, so I joined the literacy Americorps program in Palm Beach County Florida. I served in that program from August to July as an English as a Second Language Teacher. In that Program, I learned more about natural disaster preparedness/response and helped in a variety of conservation efforts. I really enjoyed doing that work and joined this program, as to continue the effort. I hope to go back to school to get a Master’s in Public Administration. I like hiking, reading, and drawing
Bee Perry (They/Them/Theirs)
My name is Bee Perry, I am 18 years old. I have lived in MA, Cape Cod my whole life I, however, love to bounce from family house to family house to spend as much time with them as I can. In high school, I was in the human rights club and this is where most of my volunteer work/passion comes from. I helped with the Big Fix twice, once in Brewster and once in Bourne. One summer break, I volunteered at a camp in New Hampshire to help prepare the camp for the campers to come. I was able to graduate from High School early by dual enrolling at the college.
Celia Davalos (She/Her/Hers)
My name is Celia Dávalos and I am from Los Angeles County. I’m 22 years old and a recent graduate of U.C. Berkeley, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I studied English. I was a junior transfer to the university, starting out my alternative higher education journey at a community college in my hometown. During my time at community college, I maintained momentum from my high school career in volunteerism by joining the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, where I was able to participate in opportunities like lobbying on capitol hill and attending the IMPACT conference. When I transferred to Berkeley, I channeled my passion for advocacy and service into sustainable avenues that geared towards a future career in law. I interned at a local non-profit immigration firm for an academic year assisting with Unaccompanied Children Cases and worked as a legal services receptionist at a non-profit law clinic associated with Berkeley’s law school that served Bay Area residents, for one year. I grew up in a mountainous region, next to a lake, and 45 minutes from the beach, which resulted in an appreciation of the outdoors. This led me to pursue experiences in my adulthood like: studying abroad on the seemingly untouched island of Cuba, hiking to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite, and swimming in Crater Lake. I have also enthusiastically participated in conservation efforts like local clean-ups for many years. As I transition out of my undergraduate career, I want to maintain my passion for service, but channel it towards a new avenue of environmental efforts and conservation to assist in discovering my path before pursuing law school. I am excited to be moving to the East Coast for the first time, and serving this community!
Katherine Witte (She/Her/Hers)
Hey friends! My name is Kate Witte, I am 21 years old and live in Nyack, NY. In May of 2019, I graduated from Messiah College, a small school in PA. I graduated with a B.S in environmental science and a B.A in sustainability studies. The combination of my humanities and biology classes cultivated my interest in connecting people to their place by providing a better understanding of their built and natural environments. Throughout college, I worked as the Engagement Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. I was able to educate students, faculty, and staff on environmental stewardship and encourage them to pursue sustainable lifestyles. I am so excited to spend this next year working with AmeriCorps Cape Cod! I look forward to living and learning with a new community and gaining more experience in my field!
Travis Lavenski (He/Him/His)
My name is Travis Lavenski and I’m from Hurricane, West Virginia. I recently graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. I’ve always been interested in conservation and environmental stewardship activities, so I’m very excited to help contribute to the community of Cape Cod through this program! Following my time with AmeriCorps, I will be attending law school to study environmental law. Eventually, I hope to have an influence on environmental public policy. In my free time, I like to read, hike, and explore new places.
Corrine Losch (She/Her/Hers)
Hey, my name is Corrine and I am 23. I was born and raised in Massachusetts. I recently graduated from Umass Amherst with a degree in Biology and a minor in Natural Resource Conservation. During my time at Umass, I worked on a range of research from songbird vocalization to studying the hypothalamus of zebrafish under stress. I interned with Massachusetts’s town of Acton in the Natural Resource Department, getting exposed to how local government works to persevere the environment. During the summer after graduation, I worked for the USDA as a lab technician on biological control research with the spotted lanternfly. Ironically, the USDA lab was run out of the upper cape on the Otis Air force base so I have had a jump start on enjoying the area! I can’t wait to explore more of the cape and help serve the community!
Hannah Schmidt (She/Her/Hers)
Hi! My name is Hannah Schmidt and I am a 22-year-old native Oregonian. I graduated from the University of Oregon in June of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a double minor in Public Policy, Planning, and Management; and Ethics. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was always fascinated with the greater outdoors and was first inspired to enter the field of Environmental Studies after traveling to Costa Rica with fellow high school students and teachers to participate in sea turtle habitat restoration and research for two weeks. My university studies have taken me abroad to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands to further explore the realm of climate mitigation policy and hands-on environmental restoration work. Most recently, my college experience gave me the opportunity to become a part of the Environmental Leadership Program at the University of Oregon in which I was able to actively educate the youth about the importance of creating a connection with nature and a respect for the environment. I am thrilled to be a Cape Cod AmeriCorps member and look forward to my time exploring the beautiful state of Massachusetts!