Valerie Burns has been with BNAN since 1987, first as Executive Director, then as President of BNAN and then also as Vice President of the Trustees of Reservations. She oversees strategic planning and the long-term vision of the organization as well as day-to-day operations, programming and fundraising. Before joining BNAN, Valerie served as Planning Director for the Boston Harbor Association, and Director of Planning for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Valerie earned her Bachelor of Arts in art history, film and photography from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and also completed special studies in art history at Loyola University in Rome, Italy.
Vidya Tikku 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.
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.
Caitlin Gilson joined BNAN as Garden Educator in 2013. Caitlin has a Masters in Environmental Education from the University of New Hampshire and is certified to teach high school biology. She is a Master Urban Gardener having completed her MUG training with BNAN in 2009. She was most recently a science teacher at North Shore Academy. Caitlin brings years of experience in environmental education coupled with a strong understanding of urban horticulture, nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices.
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.
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.
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