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BNAN Staff Descriptions

Vidya Tikku is Interim Director, she has served as Vice President with BNAN since 2005, responsible for development and special projects. She came to BNAN after working as Program Manager for the City of San Francisco Neighborhood Parks Council, and Program Manager for the Sustainable Living program in India. Vidya earned her certificate in Enterprise Management, IIT, India, and her Masters in Urban Design & Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dana Staley (Chepulis) joined BNAN in January 2013 as the South End and Lower Roxbury Garden Coordinator. Dana will work closely with the newly formed South End and Lower Roxbury Garden Council to offer support and resources to the gardeners of the 16 community gardens in the South End and Lower Roxbury. Before joining BNAN, Dana worked for two and a half years as a youth worker in Dorchester at The Boston Project Ministries. Her focus was to empower youth and adults by building and maintaining multiple green space and community gardens with neighbors in the Codman Square area, as well as to offer educational life and job skill training through Boston Projects teen employment programs. She is a former Americorps member as well as a graduate of BNANís Master Urban Gardener program. Dana has a Bachelorís degree in Communication Studies from Liberty University.

Linda Ciesielski joined BNAN in 2013 as the Urban Forest Program Coordinator. Prior to joining BNAN, Linda worked in the urban forestry division at the City of Cambridge, inventorying and analyzing the cityís trees, on public outreach for young street trees and on a survey identifying the emerald ash borer. She brings knowledge of green infrastructure and environmental planning from working in design and planning offices in Portland, Oregon, Oakland, California, and at the Charles River Watershed Association. Linda also shared her urban forestry expertise overseas when she was working for the Peace Institute Trust in New Delhi, India. Linda has a Masters in Environmental Policy and City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.

Candice Cook has joined BNAN as the Program Manager in early 2007. Candice has worked with urban middle and high school youth in education and environmental science for the past four years, here in Boston and out in the woods in Oregon. She served as a Teaching Fellow for Citizen Schools in Boston and as Education Outreach Coordinator for the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. She also worked as Outdoor School Program Leader for the Multnomah Education Service District in Portland, Oregon, and as Education Assistant for the Urban Ecology Institute in Chestnut Hill.Candice completed her Masters in Education, specializing in curriculum and instruction from Lesley University. Candice earned her undergraduate degree in Geography from Arizona State.

Michelle de Lima joined BNAN as Garden Educator in 2014. She coordinates a range of educational programs including SLUG, MUG, Resilient Gardens, and Seed, Sow and Grow, as well as working with volunteers at City Natives. Before coming to BNAN, she co-managed a nonprofit vegetable farm with a dual food access and educational mission. Michelle has a bachelorís degree in Latin American Studies from Brown University. She brings years of experience growing and cooking healthy food and a passion for sharing these skills with others.

Jeremy Dick joined BNAN in 2001 and is Director of Property and Horticulture, responsible for managing BNAN's properties, operating BNANís City Natives campus, and developing and implementing horticultural programming. Before joining BNAN, Jeremy served on a re-vegetation crew working within Mount Rainier National Park in Ashford, Washington. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from the University of New Hampshire and completed the Horticultural Training Program of the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. Jeremy was an Americorps volunteer.

Shea Ennen has been with BNAN since 1987 and is the Operations Manager, providing administrative support for all aspects of BNAN operations. He also plays a vital role as the field coordinator for many of the BNAN programs. Shea is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Boston/College of Public and Community Service. Linking open space advocacy with civic responsibility, Shea is a member of the Executive Committee of the Clam Point Civic Association in Dorchester; he is a veteran of the US Navy.

Kim Kudrna has been a Program Assistant with BNAN since 2001, managing aspects of membership recruitment and retention, serving as a coordinator for various BNAN programs, and acting as liaison for community gardeners. She now has also taken on the role of newsletter production manager, driving the layout and printing on the organizationís primary communication tool.

Val Snowdon joined BNAN as Urban Grower, a seasonal postion, in 2014. She works with urban teens from the Youth Conservation Corps, and is responsible for managing the Northampton Square Rooftop Garden in Roxbury and the Stony Brook Youth Garden in Hyde Park with the help of the YCC crew and volunteers. Val recently returned from serving in Jamaica with the Peace Corps where she worked with farming groups, local schools, and community development organizations to promote sustainable farming and healthy lifestyles. She received her Masters in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England where she focused her studies on food systems.

Bill Stanton joined BNAN at the beginning of 2010 serving as Coordinator of Grants and Outreach. Bill works with staff to raise revenue for the varied BNAN programs and manages the organizationís publicity. Bill has a Law degree from Boston University and extensive non profit management experience. He is also the recipient of the 2002 EPA Environmental Merit Award.