Each year, members of the AmeriCorps Project Conserve program contribute critical capacity to conservation programs across Western North Carolina. These five dedicated young environmentalists have committed to a year of service with SAHC, helping further conservation work through a variety of programs — from hands-on stewardship of land to leading hikes and educating youth groups. Welcome to the team! (AmeriCorps members listed below as they appear in photo, L to R)
Sam Rames: Stewardship & Volunteer Member
Haling from Charleston, SC, Sam graduated from UNC Asheville in 2016 with an Environmental Studies Degree. During college, she was honored as a University Research Scholar and McCullough Fellow. Her research and field work include stream, fish, woody plants, and wildlife ecology as well as invasive species management.
Hannah Stuart: Land Protection & Education Member
An Asheville native, Hannah graduated from UNC Asheville with a degree in Environmental Studies. She was a student athlete on the swim team, which she also managed. Her research and work experience include water quality monitoring, due diligence analysis and easement renewals.
Shaylyn Sargent: Conservation Education & Volunteer Outreach Member
Shay, or “Sarge” graduated from Mars Hill University with a major in History and a Minor in Environmental Studies. During his time at Mars Hill, he was honored as a Bonner Scholar. His volunteer experiences range from addressing food security in rural Appalachia to hosting historical talks, to trail building, and habitat restoration following hurricanes.
Hanna Peterman: Stewardship & Volunteer Member
Hanna joins us from Chapel Hill, after graduating from Washington University with a double major in Environmental Biology and Spanish. Her research includes wildlife monitoring, invasive plants management, and tick and mosquito sampling. She also spent a semester abroad in Chile, is fluent in Spanish.
Hannah Latragna: Communications & Community Engagement Member
Hannah joins the team after graduating from Canisius College (Buffalo, NY) with majors in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation & Digital Media Arts, and a minor in anthropology. During college, she was captain of the women’s cross country and track team, and her volunteer and work experiences include coaching, community outreach, and educational videography.
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than5 million Americans in service through nonprofit and community organizations across the country.