I’m excited to be a part of the Whiterock Conservancy where native ecological systems, family friendly outdoor recreation, and sustainable agriculture merge with a team of enthusiastic people.
My passion for ecological rehabilitation and restoration began in 1993. I was a volunteer with the Illinois Nature Conservancy rehabilitating native tall-grass prairies, hill prairies, oak-hickory savannas, and Illinois River floodplain biological diversity. The Illinois Nature Conservancy had a great partnership program with Jubilee College State Park Prairie Dawg and the Peoria Park District Peoria Wilds groups. The enthusiasm of the team effort of fighting back invasive species and celebrating each new native species that graced us with their appearances was contagious. This experience lead me in the direction of attending college at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and majoring, through the forestry department, in outdoor recreation and resources management for my Bachelor of Science and studying ecological restoration effects for my Master of Science.
Another strong value dear to my heart is healthy local foods. Everyone deserves to have access to clean healthy food. There is a need to keep trying new ideas to make eating more sustainable. I continue to seek answers on how to merge food production with increasing our native biological diversity and decreasing invasive species and the pressure they place on the environment. I welcome visitors to come visit me at Whiterock for more discussion on the multitude of topics intertwined with these ideas.
Last, I love my family. My husband Jeff has spent his career in the military or supporting the military and their missions. With two growing boys- Aiden 13 and Elliot 7, I strive to help them find a balance of not only healthy eating but staying fit. Exercising can be fun with the outdoors as a playground. I’m excited to enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, backpacking, and camping with my family at Whiterock.