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PEC Staff

Development Specialist
(540) 347-2334 ext. 7004
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Nicole graduated from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 2002 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. That same year, she began her professional career at the National Wildlife Federation, splitting her time between the Development Department and Conservation & Education Programs. After twelve wonderful years at NWF, Nicole joined PEC’s Development team in the fall of 2014 as Development Specialist. She brings to the team a focus on prospect research, events, database management, and membership operations.

Nicole has lived in Virginia for more than twenty years. She spent a majority of those years in the northern region outside of D.C., and in 2011, she moved to Charlottesville with her husband. Having only spent the last three and half years in the Piedmont region, Nicole quickly fell in love with the beauty and rich history, and is incredibly grateful to be working with PEC and the staff dedicated to, and passionate about, conserving the Virginia Piedmont.

In her free time, Nicole loves being with her husband and son. You’ll find them playing outdoors, exploring local parks, cooking & baking, reading, and spending lots of weekend time with close family and friends.

Habitat & Stewardship Specialist
(540) 347-2334 ext. 7086
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Celia began working as the Habitat & Stewardship Specialist in Fall 2015 after spending 2 1/2 years as PEC's Sustainable Habitat Program Assistant. Celia is also attending the Environmental Science and Policy graduate program at George Mason University where she is researching the occurrence of the parasite Nosema bombi on bumble bee populations in Virginia under Dr. Rebecca Forkner.

Before returning to PEC as the Habitat & Stewardship Specialist, Celia completed a Smithsonian Graduate Fellowship at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. As a graduate fellow she worked as the Grassland Plant and Pollinator Coordinator for the Virginia Working Landscapes program.

Celia grew up on a 172 acre tree and sheep farm in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. This fostered a passion for the natural world and a healthy land conservation ethic in her at a very young age. Celia completed a Bachelors of Science in Conservation and Wildlife Management from Delaware Valley College in 2011. While in school Celia held positions as a County Park Ranger and interned at Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, both in the state of New Jersey.

After completing her degree, Celia worked as a Wildlife Management Consultant for the Appalachian Forestry Service in Newton, NJ. In the summer of 2012 before moving to Virginia, Celia interned as a Stewardship Assistant for Sudbury Valley Trustees, a land trust in Sudbury, Massachusetts. This was her first experience working for a land trust and she found that she enjoyed the work immensely!

Celia has also spent time working at Hill House Farm and Nursery in Rappahannock County under owner Janet Davis, learning everything she can about gardening with native plants. When not working at the PEC, Celia enjoys working on her native plant garden at her home in Bristow and also hiking with her husband Graham and their dogs Juno and Stevie.

 

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