Kristin Alexander, Executive Director
304-676-3397 • Kristin@PotomacAudubon.org
Kristin has served in her current position since January 2007. She first came to PVAS in 2001, and was Director of the Yankauer Nature Preserve Until 2007. Kristin graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Education in 1994. She subsequently worked as an instructor and curriculum developer at several nature-related educational institutions in various states, including the Echo Hill Outdoor School in Worton MD, National Wildlife Federation camps in Colorado and North Carolina, the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN; the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, in Aspen CO, and the Under Water World Aquarium in Bloomington MN. She completed a Master’s Degree in Experiential Learning from Minnesota State University in 2000 and moved to the Eastern Panhandle in August 2000. She lives in Berkeley County, WV, with her husband Jeff and their son.
Ellen Murphy, Program Specialist
304-676-8739 • Ellen@PotomacAudubon.org
Ellen joined PVAS as Youth Education Director in 2007. She has lived in the Eastern Panhandle since 1994, serving as Program Director of the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Martinsburg from 1994 to 2004 and as Program and Property Manager and Product Sales Coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council in Martinsburg from 2004 to 2007. Previously, she was Program Director for the Girl Scouts of Chaparral Council in Albuquerque NM from 1989 to 1993 and Camp and Property Manager and Communications Director for the Audubon Girl Scouts Council in Baton Rouge LA from 1985 to 1989. She also served as an Interpretive Park Ranger at three different national parks in the south from 1979 to 1984. Ellen has a Bachelor's degree in History and Secondary Education (cum laude) from Appalachian State University in Boone NC, and did graduate work in history at that institution. She received a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Shenandoah University in 2005. She and her husband Kevin live in Harpers Ferry.
Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
304-876-8471 • AdultPrograms@PotomacAudubon.org
Krista Hawley began her work as the Adult Program Coordinator in September 2013. Krista moved to the Eastern Panhandle in August of 2011 after spending 12 years living overseas - 9 years on the island of Saipan, CNMI and 2 years in Suriname, South America. Upon moving back to the States, she has kept busy substitute teaching, tutoring and volunteering with the schools. While living on Saipan, Krista managed her own educational counseling business. She was contracted through the schools to provide a processing and educational program that enabled students to succeed academically. Before moving to Saipan, Krista worked for a non-profit counseling agency in Wisconsin where she successfully developed and managed a Treatment Foster Care Program. Krista is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Suriname 1996-1998, where her main focus was Rural Community Development. Krista has a BA in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Masters Degree in Social Work from University Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She enjoys traveling, running, reading, hiking, playing on the Potomac and spending time with her husband Nate and their three children.
Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager • 304-261-6016 • Bridget@PotomacAudubon.org
Bridget became involved with PVAS in 2015 after moving to West Virginia from the Pacific Northwest. As an avid conservationist and educator Bridget quickly found a place in the PVAS community and has enjoyed meeting the wonderful volunteers, partner organizations and board members that make PVAS possible. Her background includes several years working as a biological field technician, teaching environmental science and Spanish, and international development work. Bridget received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Washington State University, and a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana. Bridget is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, Ethiopia 2010-2013, where she was involved with reforestation efforts, environmental education and the creation of a women’s income generation coop that produces fuel efficient cook stoves. She enjoys biking, hiking, travelling, cooking, reading and spending time with family. She and her partner Joe live in Shepherdstown with their two dogs.
Alison Zak, AmeriCorps Volunteer • Alison@PotomacAudubon.org
All the way from Colorado, Alison and her dog Meeko have travelled a great distance to join the PVAS and lead environmental education lessons. Alison has a deep appreciation of the natural world, and is also an accomplished teacher, scientist and writer. She recently received her master’s degree in Anthropology from San Diego State University where she studied human-wildlife interaction in S. Sulawesi, Indonesia. Alison has wholehearted affection for black vultures, primatology, and Thai food, and she also can frequently be found making animal-themed crafts.