Meet Our Team
The Faces of Our Program
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Earthworks. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
Taylor joined Earthworks 2 years ago with a vision to bring her lifelong love of learning and passion for the environment to others. Taylor believes in a connection to nature as a pathway to developing confidence and appreciation for the environment. During her 5 years as a classroom teacher, she found joy in encouraging her students to use their natural curiosity to inspire learning. She seeks to use this experience and her dedication to preserving the natural world to stimulate a love of learning and an appreciation for the natural world in the students she works with. In her time away from work, Taylor loves visiting and exploring the National Parks, gardening in her backyard, and taking walks in local parks with her beloved dog.
Loretta has been on the Earthworks team since 2022. She has always worked with adolescents and young adults, but her passion for creating equal opportunities for students to explore, engage with, and be curious about the natural world is what brought her to our team. Growing up in a farming community, Loretta has a passion for sharing the ways in which building a mutual relationship with one's environment allows people to make connections about their behaviors and their impact in local communities. Her vision is to inspire others to build environmental curiosity and respect in ways that can heal both our neighborhoods and our natural world. When she's not outside with students, Loretta enjoys spending time outside hiking, camping across the country, and cooking with foods from the garden.
Venice is originally from Rochester, NY, and grew up in East Irondequoit. Growing up she raced sailboats competitively and spent winters skiing. She moved around the west coast and finished her degree at the University of Montana. Her field of study was Agriculture and Environmental Studies.
Being outdoors with her hands in the soil and growing food is her happy place. She is fascinated with watching things grow and is always trying to learn more. When she finds herself inside she is most likely spending time learning and trying to finish a variety of fiber arts projects. Her favorite things to do in the woods include foraging, hunting for bones, and outdoor cooking!
Ashley's bio is coming soon!