Hallie grew up in Carrboro, North Carolina, where she frequently went on camping excursions in the NC mountains. These trips sparked her love for the the Blue Ridge Mountains and inspired her to earn a Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Hallie majored in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Appropriate Technology. During her time at APP State, she worked for the Office of Sustainability and Co-Founded the Bee Keeping Club. Through her work and studies she developed a passion for sustainability and environmental stewardship. After graduation, she moved to Asheville to work as the Sustainability Marketing Coordinator at Warren Wilson College.
Hallie is thrilled to be serving as the Public Engagement Coordinator to connect with the Western NC community and revitalize the French Broad River. She is an animal lover, enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, and is excited to continue exploring the beautiful landscapes and vibrant community in Asheville.
Sarah grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where she spent most of her free time exploring the city’s parks and forested areas, developing a deep love of nature. In college she decided to harness her passion for the outdoors into a career. During her undergraduate research, she worked in the Nantahala National Forest, where she found a love for fieldwork and a second home in the forests of North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017 with a BS in Ecology and a Certificate in Water Resources. Sarah served with American Conservation Experience (ACE) in Asheville during the summer of 2018, and fell in love with the city and the community. She is excited to be back in Asheville, serving at RiverLink and embracing all the beauty that the River Arts District has to offer.
Anna grew up moving across multiple states with her military family even after her father retired. Her experiences of the rolling hills of the Carolina’s, the deserts of the southwest, and the farmlands of Illinois instilled a love and wonder for all of the different environments found within our country. Time spent outdoors while camping, fishing, hunting, and swimming cultivated a desire to learn more about nature and wildlife which led to Clemson University where she obtained a B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on wildlife and conservation biology. She continued her education at the University of Idaho through the McCall Outdoor Science School program, receiving an M.S. in Natural Resources and a certification in Environmental Education after spending a year teaching middle school students about the natural world around them.
Since graduating, Anna has taught environmental and wildlife education informally through the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Georgia and Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in South Carolina. She is thrilled to continue educating students by serving as the Education Coordinator at RiverLink. Anna hopes to expand her own knowledge about the Western North Carolina area and the French Broad River while nurturing a sense of wonder and place for the students she will teach throughout the year. When not working, you can find her reading, spending time outdoors, and with family and friends.
AmeriCorps Project Conserve is a national service program in which members come from across the nation to dedicate themselves to serving western North Carolina for an 11 month service term. Members are selected based on skill, education, experience, passion and commitment to service. Project Conserve was founded in September of 2004 as an initiative of Conserving Carolina to respond to the growing conservation needs in western North Carolina. The program focuses on collaboration with nonprofit organizations, community groups and local governments to provide service throughout the region.
The mission of AmeriCorps Project Conserve is to serve western North Carolina by building stronger, more educated and involved communities that understand the threats to their local environment, are equipped with the tools and resources to take direct conservation action, and have significant opportunities to engage in conservation activities through volunteering. Through the efforts of these dedicated communities and the direct service of AmeriCorps.