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Resource Interpretive Specialist
Andrea Proctor works for New Jersey State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites as the Resource Interpretive Specialist for Waterloo Village. Andrea is responsible for developing and overseeing the educational programs at the site, including school programs, walking tours, scout programs, public presentations and outreach. She also manages multiple grants and historic preservation projects.
Vice President for Education
New Jersey Audubon
Ms. Rosselet has been with New Jersey Audubon since 1983 and has extensive experience teaching pre-school, elementary, and secondary grades in both formal and non-formal situations. As Vice President for Education she oversees all statewide and center-based educational programming efforts for the organization as well as nature center operations. She currently chairs the governor-appointed New Jersey Commission for Environmental Education and is past President of the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education, NJ’s statewide professional organization for environmental educators. Additionally, Ms. Rosselet has led dozens of U.S and international nature-based and birdwatching tours for NJ Audubon and other organizations. She is an accomplished birdwatcher and co-authored Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds with her husband, Kevin T. Karlson.
New Jersey Highlands Council
Ben Spinelli is a dynamic and innovative leader with expertise in environmental policy, land use practices, land preservation, and strategic planning. His career spans both the private and public sectors including 20 years as a trial attorney, three-terms as the elected Mayor of Chester Township, Morris County, and several senior-level roles in government at the local, state, and federal levels. In 2015, Spinelli co-founded a consulting partnership to provide regulatory and policy guidance to businesses, landowners, and government entities in New Jersey. The business later merged with another firm to provide services to a larger range of clients including multi-national corporations and energy partnerships. He is an active volunteer and has served on several community boards and nonprofits, including serving as a coach for local youth football and lacrosse teams. As a self-proclaimed “Jersey guy,” through a combination of Spinelli’s work and his avocations, he has managed to visit each of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities.
Morris County Park Commission
David Helmer began his career with the Morris County Park Commission in 1997 as a part-time staff person, moving up the ladder until becoming the Executive Director in 2002, a position he has held since. Dave grew up in Morris County, where he currently resides with his wife and three children. He is a trustee the Willowwood Foundation, and the Tubbs Trust to care for the property and structures at the Willowwood Arboretum in Chester Township, and a member of the NJ Recreation and Parks Association, National Recreation and Parks Association, and National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials. The Morris County Park Commission’s goals are to develop and preserve the county’s unique and dynamic system of diverse natural, cultural, and historic resources, and provide innovative education and recreation opportunities for the region’s residents and visitors. The Commission’s current stewardship responsibly includes 38 parks, 207 miles of trails, and over 20,000 acres of preserved land, including 6 sites on the National and State Register of Historic Sites.
Morris County Economic Development Corporation
Craig Schlosser is the Vice President & Executive Director for the Morris County Economic Development Corporation and President of the Morris County Economic Development Alliance and Morris County Tourism Bureau, which is a division of the Morris County Economic Development Alliance. Prior to his current role, Mr. Schlosser served for 7 years as the Vice President for the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Central Jersey Convention & Visitors Bureau. Mr. Schlosser is an active member of the community where he serves on numerous boards, advisory boards, committees and as a Non-Profit Executive. He is currently on the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission ‘s (SETC) Apprenticeship Committee (SETC), Advisory Board Member for Investors Bank, President & Advisory Board Co-Chair for First Night Morris County, an Advisory Board Member for the New Jersey Small Business Development Center and serves on the Business Outreach Committee for the Morris-Sussex-Warren Workforce Development Board. Craig previously chaired 6 out of the 8 Talent Networks in Central New Jersey and served as the Middlesex County Workforce Development Board’s One Stop Operator. In 2016, New Jersey’s Marketing Association, The NJ Ad Club honored Mr. Schlosser with Jersey’s Best 40 Under 40 for his marketing and business development accomplishments.
Dr. Michael Horne
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Dr. Horne was raised on a family farm in the ridge and valley region of Pennsylvania. Recognizing the importance of the natural world, he earned his BS in biology and secondary education from Juniata College, and his Ph.D in wildlife ecology and statistics from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Horne has worked as a consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency, and as a national Superfund site liaison for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. After years of travelling to polluted sites throughout the nation, he settled down at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in 1999, where he was responsible for the non-game wildlife program, contaminant cleanup, and watershed management issues. Dr. Horne played a key role in the establishment of Cherry Valley NWR, and his experience includes management and land acquisition at Cherry Valley, Wallkill River, Shawangunk Grasslands NWR.
photo credit: Ryan Jiorle
Northwest New Jersey
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