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.
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.
Jeremy Dick 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.
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.
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.
Mathew Cahill joined BNAN in 2011 as the coordinator of the Boston Urban Forest Program. As part of this program, Mat will run the Grow Boston Greener project which, through city-wide tree planting activities, will increase the tree canopy in Boston. He will also engage groups and individuals interested in trees to become active members in the Boston Urban Forest Coalition. Mathew received his Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. He has worked with urban forestry non-profits in New York, California and Michigan and has owned and operated a tree service company in Ann Arbor, MI.
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.
Casey Townsend arrived at BNAN in June 2012 as the Urban Grower with over five years of agricultural knowledge, having worked at both non-profit, educational farms and production farms in the Boston/Metro West area. Casey also has extensive education experience, in formal classroom settings in Japan and Chile and in more rustic, outdoor settings, teaching youth and adults the tenets of ecological literacy, food systems and the importance of community-based activities. Casey attended Pennsylvania State University, where he acquired a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management. He is currently attending Antioch University of New England, pursuing a Green MBA.
Dana 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.
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