HOCKESSIN, Del. (April 9, 2014)—Delaware Nature Society held its 49th Annual Meeting at Ashland Nature Center. Peter Flint was honored for 14 years of service as Board of Directors President and it was announced that Christine Odom would serve as his successor. The board welcomed four new directors: Cristina Frank, Lisa Goodman, Julie Pfeffer, and Diane Gulyas (returning). Delaware Nature Society’s Executive Director Brian Winslow shared a sneak preview of some of the upcoming strategic initiatives and Delaware Nature Society staff presented examples of how their work makes a collective impact in the community and the environment.
Executive Director Brian Winslow said, “As we’ve been immersed in strategic planning to establish a vision for our future, we have come to realize it doesn’t stop with conservation, education, and advocacy. In fact, that’s where it starts. What really matters is the impact we all make on improving our environment.”
Over the next three years, Delaware Nature Society will focus on these guiding strategies:
• Connecting people with nature, deepening their appreciation and awareness to an understanding that prompts environmental action
• Collaborating with our community to address regional issues of water quality and a changing climate
• Conserving natural habitats from backyards and agricultural lands to biologically diverse areas
• Building Capacity within our organization and our community to impact environmental improvement
To read more about how Delaware Nature Society is making a difference, please visit the new website: www.delnature.org.
Wendy Turner, a second grade teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Wilmington, was awarded the Outstanding Environmental Educator Award. She was recognized for engaging her students in many environmental activities, including composting with worms. She also spearheaded the effort to have Mount Pleasant participate in Pathways to Green Schools.
The Zero Waste Team was awarded the Outstanding Youth Award. This team of middle school students: Eric Long, Aaron Knestaut, Max Huhn, and Elizabeth Nestle, promotes the benefits of diverting organics out of landfills and thinking of trash as a resource instead of a liability. The team implemented an outreach program consisting of residential curbside composting and education about composting.
After 14 years of service as Board of Directors President, Peter Flint will continue to serve on the board and as the Chairman of the Council of Advocates.
Christine Odom will be the incoming Board of Directors President. She brings a strong background in conservancy issues and urban forestry and currently serves on Delaware Nature Society’s committees: Conservancy, Strategic Planning, Fund Development, Finance, Nominations, and Advocacy.
Joining the board are Cristina Frank, Lisa Goodman, Julie Pfeffer, and Diane Gulyas (returning).
Cristina Frank offers a background in natural resource management and ecology and is the Lead Environmental Scientist at Pepco Holdings, Inc.
Lisa Goodman is a law partner with Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLC with a focus on land use and government relations. She has also taught constitutional law, land use law, environmental law, and commercial law at Widener School of Law and the University of Delaware as an adjunct professor and is a frequent speaker on land use, grassroots advocacy and related topics.
Julie Pfeffer is a Senior Emerging Markets Analyst with Artisan Partners LP and has extensive expertise in international business and financial analysis.
Delaware Nature Society recognized its leadership, staff, volunteers, members, and supporters and will continue to develop pathways to make a collective impact on community and the environment.