STS Staff

Staff

Penn Perry

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 02:00
Title: 
Trinity Center Executive Director

Penn Perry been Executive Director of Trinity Center since 2007. In 1991, Penn earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University with a major in English and a minor in Religion. He then obtained a Master of Theological Studies from Duke University in 1993 and went on to study British Literature in the English graduate program of the University of Georgia. Meanwhile, Penn was spending his summers at Camp Trinity, the residential summer camping program of the Diocese of East Carolina and Trinity Center. He served on the Camp Trinity staff from 1988-2000.

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Mindy Furrer

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 02:52
Title: 
Trinity Center Education Director
Phone: 
252-247-5600
Extension: 
21
Email: 
soundtosea@trinityctr.com

After graduating with a BS in Elementary Education from the University of WI Milwaukee Mindy wasn't sure she was quite ready to teach in the classroom. Instead, she joined the Peace Corps where for two years she lived on an island roughly the size of Bogue Banks, except that she was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, rather than 1 ½ miles from the coast. As a Peace Corps Volunteer to the island nation of Kiribati, Mindy spent her time teaching Junior High School level ESL and Social Science classes.

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Meghan Dinneen

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 03:58
Title: 
Sound to Sea Program Coordinator
Phone: 
252-247-5600
Extension: 
25
Email: 
mdinneen@trinityctr.com

Meghan grew up in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. She chose to travel south for college to the University of Maryland. After graduating with a degree in zoology, Meghan went on a study abroad near Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya, studying wildlife management and ecology. She discovered her love of learning in nature amongst the elephants, wildebeest, and hyenas. She came to Sound to Sea in 2005 and taught as an instructor for 2 years. Meghan then moved to Washington State to be closer to family.

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Jane Baker

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:04

Once upon a time (2005), in a land far, far away (Greensboro, North Carolina), young Jane graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Drama and a minor in History. Sufficiently armed to move to New York or L.A. and join the food-service industry...she promptly joined the Peace Corps and moved to a remote village in Burkina Faso for two years.

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Becca Knudson

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:04

Emma calls Maryland her home. She has always loved being outdoors and spent her childhood swimming in the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. As time passed, a love for the environment, animals, and all things that involved the ocean grew. This passion led her to the eastern shore where she studied Environmental Science and Biology at Salisbury University. While there, Emma participated in an internship with Ladew Gardens that involved building a butterfly house and educating the public on native and non-native species.

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Eli Teague

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:05

Eli grew up in a rural county in central NC where he was nurtured by Zaboomafoo and a subscription to Zoobooks. He eventually moved out of the country into suburbia as he continued his education at Davidson College. Though subjected to a wide variety of classes at the small, liberal arts school, his passions never strayed too far from animals and Biology. Eli volunteered at his school’s Herpetology Lab, and he found that though research was not really his thing, he loved bringing animals to people and educating them about conservation and ecology.

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Caitlin Smith

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:05

Born and raised in Spartanburg, SC, Caitlin has always had a love for the environment, animals and soccer. With this in mind, she attended Lees-McRae College in the mountain town of Banner Elk, NC where she played collegiate soccer, skied and earned a BS in Biology. She spent a semester abroad living on a 90 ft sailboat, exploring the Caribbean island chain, visiting 13 different island nations. Following college, she received her Masters of Marine Biology from Bangor University in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales.

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JaNey Carrothers

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:06

JaNey is a cool chick from the beautiful city of Charlotte, North Carolina and a recent graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor's of Science in Environmental Sciences. A world traveler, she has visited a plethora of beautiful countries such as St Thomas, St Maarten, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Aruba Switzerland and many more! She has had a love for tennis for over 10 years and was a member of her Club tennis team at NC State for her entire collegiate career.

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Joe Makowitz

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:06

Joe Makowitz, is from the small town of Andover, New Jersey. He played soccer since he was four and has been a band geek since starting high school. Bassoon is the most fun instrument to play, and if you don’t know what it is, you should look it up. He went to college at Elon University in North Carolina and graduated with a degree in science education. While there Joe devoted most of his time to the service organization Tau Beta Sigma, of which he served as President for two years.

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Maggie Stein

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:06

Maggie was born and raised in the great city of Athens, Georgia. Growing up, Maggie spent most of her time outside and developed a love for the natural world. In 2010, her family moved to Texas where she remained to attend Texas State University in San Marcos. She graduated with a B.S in Geography and specialized in Resource and Environmental Studies. Maggie is an avid equestrian and has been riding and showing Hunter Jumpers since she was ten. She discovered her love of teaching through teaching riding lessons and working at the Austin Children’s Museum.

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Gareth Perkins

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:06

While Gareth came to North Carolina from Massachusetts, he's originally from Wales in the United Kingdom. His first brush with nature came when he was exploring in his back garden and flushed a blackbird that had been feeding on the ground. From that point on, Gareth would be avidly interested in the natural world, especially when it related to birds. As an avid birder and nature lover, it wasn't a surprise when he made his way to Unity College in Unity, ME and earned a bachelors degree in Wildlife.

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Rachel Schmidt

  • by admin - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 05:07

Rachel grew up in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. A self-certified animal lover, Rachel grew up with many pets, including a dog, turtles, frogs, newts, fish and butterflies. While attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she studied abroad in Turks & Caicos and discovered her ultimate passion: the ocean. She then spent a summer on the other side of the world, on a very small island in the Maldives. Here she was a marine conservation volunteer, helping with projects focusing on sea turtle rehabilitation and coral reef restoration.

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Max Ruozzi

  • by admin - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 13:48

Max is from just outside Harrisonburg Virginia. He grew up tromping through the forests of the Shenandoah Valley. His upbringing fostered a deep connection for the natural world that only grew. He attended Ferrum College, tucked in the mountains of south-west Virginia and graduated with a B.S of Recreation Leadership. During his time at college he found his calling working at summer camps teaching youth.  Since then he has worked at six camps in four different states.

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KP Arrup

  • by admin - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 13:53

KP graduated from North Carolina State University in May of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and a minor in Geology. While there, she researched the Blue Ridge goldenrod, a critically endangered species that only grows on the granitic cliffs of Roan and Grandfather Mountains. Prior to this, she interned at the Mecklenburg Natural Resources Department and helped with a decennial tree survey. While in school, she also studied abroad for six months in Lancaster, England, and was able to travel to thirteen countries while there.

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Emma Paul

  • by admin - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 13:55

Emma calls Maryland her home. She has always loved being outdoors and spent her childhood swimming in the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. As time passed, a love for the environment, animals, and all things that involved the ocean grew. This passion led her to the eastern shore where she studied Environmental Science and Biology at Salisbury University. While there, Emma participated in an internship with Ladew Gardens that involved building a butterfly house and educating the public on native and non-native species.

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Sarah Kraemer

  • by admin - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 13:57

Sarah is from Greensboro, NC.  She left the East Coast for a small college in Southern Wisconsin but returned to NC (and warmer weather) to attend Elon University.  After completing an internship where she worked closely with the children of a refugee community in Greensboro, Sarah discovered her love of working with children and education popped up on her radar.  She graduated with a BA in anthropology from Elon and soon after moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand where she taught English at a primary school.  Most recently, Sarah completed an Americorps term based in Durango, CO where she worked

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