AmeriCorps Team 2018-19

Our Project Conserve AmeriCorps members serve 11-month terms, beginning in September. Their service helps expand and enrich all of our programs. We are grateful for their commitment and welcome our new 2018-19 team!

Larissa Robinov: Land Protection & Education

Larissa graduated from Warren Wilson College in Biochemistry.  She was a Forestry Crew Leader at WWC, as well as helped lead her college’s successful divestment from fossil fuels campaign.  Outside of college, Larissa has worked in Vermont and Alabama performing forest treatments and bark beetle assessments.

Whisper Moore: Communications & Community Engagement

Whisper is a graduate of Winthrop University, with a degree in Psychology and minor in Social Science. She works with the YMCA of WNC as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Coach. Whisper has been a raft/kayak guide on the Catawba River and facilitated group hikes and cycle trips in the Charlotte area.

Israel Golden: Conservation Education & Volunteer Outreach

Israel graduated from UNC Asheville in Environmental Studies. He has researched the origin of the invasive boa constrictor in the US Virgin Islands, led outdoor backpacking and mountain biking for UNC Asheville students, and helped research high elevation seeps along the Appalachian Trail. Israel recently rode his bike across the United States.

Emma Rast:  Stewardship & Volunteer

Emma joins SAHC for her second year with Project Conserve, the first spent as Volunteer Coordinator with RiverLink in Asheville.  Emma graduated from Oberlin College in OH with a Biology and Environmental Studies Degree. During College, she worked on an Emerald Ash Borer research project, mentored students with movement education and taught outdoor/environmental education.

Cate Jaffe: Stewardship & Volunteer

Cate returns for a second year of traversing SAHC properties.  She is originally from the state of Washington and graduated from the University of Oregon in Biology and Environmental Science, where she researched farmland microbe conditions and seed production.  Cate has also worked with the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide and Audubon.

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations across the country.