Education: A.S., Engineering Technology from Delaware County Community College
Founding ROR member. Engineer by trade. Child at heart. While spending the summertimes of his youth in the Brandywine Valley Associations many summer camp programs, Zak founded a basic understanding and appreciation for nature and its health. He looks to take a more active role in both the stewardship of our ever-depleting green spaces and the engagement of the community.
Education: B.S., Captive Wildlife Care and Education from Unity College in Maine
Carrie has always had a love for nature, animals, and our environment. She is especially concerned with how they all interact with each other. As a Girl Scout Carrie designed and implemented many conservation projects, including a 3 year project to restore the forest surrounding Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area. Her hard work and dedication to the environment lead her to receive the 2011 Take Pride in America National Youth Volunteer Award which was presented by the Department of the Interior at the White House.
Carrie went on to work with Delaware Fish & Wildlife and Delaware State Parks as a Naturalist, and is currently working for the Boy Scouts of America. Carrie joined ROR to continue to save our native species by removing invasives and educating the community.
Katie is a Watershed Project Coordinator with the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center and has a background in ecological field studies, wetland delineation, riparian buffer design, stream restoration and fisheries science. She is passionate about contributing to a broader conservation focus while working with landowners to develop and implement landscape practices to improve water quality. With a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture and undergrad in environmental science, Katie offers a science-driven approach to watershed planning and ecological restoration. As part of her Masters capstone, she focused on watershed restoration in support of aquatic connectivity for the eastern brook trout. Outside of work, Katie enjoys helping out with various scientific research projects, kayaking with her dog, and flyfishing small brook trout streams.
Education: B.S., Biology from Millersville University in Pennsylvania.
Calen is one of the founding members of ROR. He is an avid fisherman, an excellent outdoorsman, and an Eagle Scout. He has a wealth of knowledge. Ask him a question and he’s got the answer. Calen is currently a Watershed Restoration Assistant with Stroud Water Research Center.
Education: M.S. in Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology
Tara is one of the founding members of ROR. Tara has spent over 18 years in the research and environmental education fields. With a focus on freshwater stewardship and sustainability, she travels the world educating others how to connect with, sustain and understand the planet’s water resources on the physical and soul levels. Tara’s interests spread wide from marine turtle conservation, landscape design, environmental non-profits, streamside forests, community conservation, Nature therapy and nurturing, youth leadership and more!
Education: BFA, Maryland Institute of Art , C.S. (terminal degree), St Martins School of Art, London, England and MFA Purdue University
As a professional artist for over 30 years Adrian has also designed international art exhibitions and has lectured continually on all things Art: History and their cultural context. Over the years after living and working in Europe and the U.S. he has come to appreciate the wonderful park and trail system of Downingtown and the internationally important living seed bank of the Hershey trees growing in the borough. Adrian is proud to be a part of ROR knowing all things have a context and great things will come of the horticultural possibilities in this unique place.