As founder and first executive director for the organization, Brendan has twenty years experience operating AmeriCorps programs such as the Northwest Service Academy and “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Oregon and operating youth camps. An educator at heart with dirt in his blood, Brendan loves the outdoors nearly as much as his family.
Contact Brendan: at Brendan@mtadamsinstitute.com
Recruitment Coordinator & Programs Support
Katie is responsible for helping applicants find their best fit in our programs. Katie has worked for AmeriCorps programs for 8+ years. Prior to her current role, she was the residential coordinator for an environmentally focused AmeriCorps Program. In her free time, Katie enjoys outings with her family to geocache sites throughout the country.
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AmeriCorps Program Director
Aaron oversees our three AmeriCorps programs: VetsWork Environment, VetsWork GreenCorps and Public Lands Stewards. He has a background in public education administration in Washington and Oregon. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, kite boarding, hiking and hanging with his wonderful wife Katie.
Contact Aaron at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cascade Mountain School Director
Emily brings years of environmental policy, science, and foundation experience to her position as Cascade Mountain School director. She is committed to working at the intersection of youth education, environmental stewardship, and nature. Emily enjoys outdoor outings with her family.
Contact Emily at: Emily@cascademountainschool.org
VetsWork Senior Program Coordinator
Laura provides support to both our VetsWork participants and partners. Laura’s background in nonprofit management and summer camp programs stem from her past employment with the Friends of the National Zoo and the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
In her free time, Laura enjoys volunteering with other community focused organizations and hiking.
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Marijke Riddering Weaver
VetsWork GreenCorps & Public Lands Stewards Coordinator
Marijke has a degree in natural resource management as well as outdoor education and leadership. She spent over 10 years working in the field as a teacher, outdoor instructor, student affairs manager, and wilderness guide across the United States and abroad. Marijke also spent years working as a social worker in Portland supporting runaway and homeless youth.
Marijke incorporates her love of the natural world and experience supporting people taking on new life challenges into her job at MAI. Marijke enjoys frolicking in the outdoors with her husband Scott, daughter Fern, and 2 rad dogs.
Contact Marijke: at firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach and Wilderness Volunteer Coordinator
Erica is serving her second term as an AmeriCorps member with MAI. She got her start with our Public Lands Stewards program as a refuge technician on Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. This year she has a dual role driving MAI’s social media presence and public outreach while coordinating wilderness projects on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area.
Erica enjoys traveling, hiking, cross-country skiing, and baking.
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Andi completed a B.S. in basic and applied science & forestry in Tennessee and began a path from working as a mechanic in Yellowstone National Park, to massage instructor and alpine herbalist in Colorado, to working with indigenous peoples in Mexico, and culminating in a 16-year career in fundraising for spiritual communities and small nonprofits. As the MAI Development Director, she is very excited about the opportunity to combine her life-long passion for nature with her years of experience in development.
Andi loves biking around beautiful Trout Lake, camping and exploring the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
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Erynne van Zee
Cascade Mountain School Camp Coordinator
Erynne graduated with a degree in environmental engineering at Tufts University. She is passionate about engaging students in creative problem solving that intersects engineering, ecological sciences, and art. She brings experience developing curricula for and teaching 2nd-5th grade STEAM outreach classes and a college-level environmental justice course on land ethics.
A Northwest local, Erynne loves to share experiences while surrounded by beautiful mountains, moss, and towering trees.
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