Executive Director – Michele Kittell
Michele received her M.S. in Zoology from Clemson University and her B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. Her diverse research background ranges from studying the ecological effect of an invasive plant species to fish behavior and genetics. She has participated in coral reef surveying in the Bahamas, fish health and husbandry research, and dolphin cognition projects. Michele enjoys teaching in formal and informal settings. Her experience includes teaching environmental science courses at community colleges, leading workshops for the general public on the indigenous flora and fauna of Oconee State Park in South Carolina, and introducing marine ecology to guests of Disney’s The Seas. Michele has published several scientific manuscripts and has presented her work nationally and internationally. She is an avid conservation biologist and enjoys working on community projects as well as hiking, birding, and photographing nature. Michele has been with the Institute since 2009 working closely with the Wildlife Leadership Academy program. She now serves as the Executive Director of the Institute. For questions, comments or concerns regarding the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education or the Wildlife Leadership Academy, feel free to contact her at email@example.com.
Wildlife Leadership Academy Program Assistant – Katie Cassidy
Katie is a Penn State graduate, receiving her M.S. in Agricultural Extension Education, and her B.S. in Forest Biology, with a minor in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management. While at Penn State, Katie participated in a number of entomological research projects, including virus as a control for Gypsy Moth, monitoring Asian Longhorn Beetle populations, and exploring and rearing biological control agents of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Katie has been involved with 4-H for a number of years, both as a member and leader, and has guided members through projects ranging from quilting to insect studies. Having grown up in the mountains of Pennsylvania, Katie has long enjoyed being out of doors and sharing that love of nature and the importance of conservation with others. She teaches conservation education to children through interactive learning, bringing insects to presentations in local classrooms. Katie is currently assisting with the coordination and logistics of all aspects of the Wildlife Leadership Academy program. Katie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (570) 939-5109.