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BNAN Staff Descriptions

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 now Superintendent, 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 Senior Office 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.

Nathan Grady joined BNAN as the Urban Ecologist in 2014. Nathan has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Lawrence University and worked most recently with the East Quabbin LandTrust as a MassLIFT AmeriCorps volunteer engaged in experiential programming and project management. Nathanís experience includes a diverse mix of urban forestry, educational programming, creative arts and urban land use research and analysis. Nathan also interned with the Charles RiverWatershed Association and the Earthwatch Institute.

Kent Jackson joined BNAN as Garden and Conservation Technician in 2014. Along with the Superintendent, Kent is responsible for maintaining BNAN properties and the operation of the City Natives campus. In addition, Kent is also responsible for volunteer coordination as it relates to helping to maintain BNAN properties. Before joining BNAN, Kent work as the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy's Outdoor Education Director and as the Green Industry Career Pathway Program Director at Eagle Eye Institute. Kent has a degree in marketing from Morehouse College and a certificate in Outdoor Leadership from Greenfield Community College. Kent has received a certificate from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics as a Leave No Trace Master Educator. In addition, Kent has worked in the arboriculture and land care management field for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Vidya Tikku is the Engagement Manager for the Boston Region. She was the Vice President with BNAN from 2005 to 2014, responsible for development and special projects. She came to BNAN after working as Program Manager for Neighborhood Parks Council in San Francisco 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 and Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.