Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center
The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 46-1437406) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
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Kimberly Szczypinski, Chair Leanna Jackan, Secretary/Treasurer William Patenaude Kristen Hayes Evelyn Meisenbacher John McNamara Rita Gullion
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Bill Jacobs, Founder, President, and Ecologist Kathleen “Kat” Hoenke, Spatial Ecologist and GIS Specialist
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Kimberly Szczypinski, Chair of the Board of Directors, works as the Assistant to the Executive Director, Office of International Programs, at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Kimberly is experienced with nonprofit administration, coordinating programs and special events, and nonprofit/fund development. Kimberly has a Master of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, with a specialization in Spanish.   Leanna Jackan, Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors, is a science instructor at the Conserve School, a stewardship-themed semester school in Wisconsin. Leanna is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and Viterbo University (La Crosse, Wisconsin). In 2013, Leanna completed the Graduate Fellowship in Residential Environmental Education, a partnership between UWSP and Conserve School, earning a Master of Science in Natural Resources. From Viterbo, Leanna earned a B. S. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies and a certificate in Biotechnology. During her undergraduate career, Leanna served as a Biological Science Aid for the United States Geological Survey.   William Patenaude holds a Master of Arts degree in theology and is an engineer, environmental regulator, and author. William has been a writer and commentator on the Catholic perspective of ecology since 2004, and has worked at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management since 1988. William is the owner and author of the Catholic Ecology blog and is a columnist writing about Catholic ecology for the Rhode Island Catholic. William has also been published in Catholic World Report and Ignatius Insights. William is the author of the novel, “A Printer’s Choice.” Evelyn Meisenbacher is a PhD student in rhetoric and scientific & technical communication at the University of Minnesota, and a graduate instructor of first-year writing and technical and professional writing. Evelyn is a graduate of Drew University with two majors, English and environmental studies and sustainability (both with honors). Evelyn previously served as an AmeriCorp NJ Watershed Ambassador (Trenton, NJ) and youth minister and Confirmation coordinator at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (Boonton, NY). While in college, Evelyn served as president and service project coordinator of Catholic Campus Ministry and as a FOCUS student missionary, interned at Genesis Farm (Blairstown, NJ), and interned at Powder River Basin Resource Council (Clark, WY). Kristen Hayes is a pro-life mother of three beautiful children and a children’s environmental health advocate. Kristen is the founder of PSALM - Protecting the Sanctity of All Life Movement. Kristen has served the past 10 years volunteering as a children's environmental health advocate. Kristen has been interviewed by local, state, national, and world publications, including Forbes Magazine and Catholic World Report. Kristen’s work has been published in Options Magazine, Sojourners, and others. John McNamara served for 38 years as Director of Religious Education at Saint Louis de Monfort RC Church in Sound Beach, NY and Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation at Saint Anthony’s RC Church in Rocky Point, NY. John serves as Director of Youth Ministry at Saint Mark’s RC Church in Shoreham, NY. Rita Gullion is the Executive Director of the Saint Kateri National Shrine and Historic Site in Fonda, NY. Rita manages her family’s 50-acre horse farm in upstate New York. Rita worked for 23 years as Communications Administrator for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation in Kings Point, NY. VOLUNTEER STAFF Bill Jacobs, Founder and President, is a life coach, consulting ecologist, and senior manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, conservation planning, non-profit administration, organizational development, project management, social media marketing, ecological surveys, invasive species, and endangered species. Bill is the founder and president of Dogwood Coaching and Consulting, LLC. (2018-present). Previously Bill worked as Interim Director of the Saint Kateri National Shrine and Historic Site (2016-2018); senior ecologist for GEI Consultants, Inc. (2007-2016); and conservation project director for The Nature Conservancy (1997-2006). Bill holds a Master of Science degree in forest resources management from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree from Dowling College, and a certificate in non-profit administration from SUNY Ulster. Kathleen “Kat” Hoenke is a spatial ecologist and GIS specialist with a Masters of Environmental Management in Ecosystem Science and Conservation from Duke University. Bill and Kat both worked for The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest and most effective non-profit nature conservation groups. 
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