The Ranch House (Barnstable)

Emilie Brush

Hi! My name is Emilie, I am 22 years old and I’m from Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. I recently graduated from Saint Anselm College with an Environmental Science degree. At Saint A’s, I was on the Alpine Ski Team and played Club Soccer. Inn my free time at school, I would go hiking and adventuring on local conservation lands around New Hampshire. I am a sucker for sunsets so I would spend a lot of my time sunset chasing when I had the chance. I have always valued and enjoyed the outdoors and surrounding ecosystems so I knew I wanted to major in something that would involve myself in that field of study. So, after four long years of school, I took a month off and traveled cross county with my friend. Just two girls, one car, and many miles. We went to about 10 different National Parks and camped the whole time. After going on this trip, I knew I had made the right decision and it made me appreciate nature so much more. Growing up, my family would summer on Cape Cod so when I heard about AmeriCorps Cape Cod, I knew I had to apply. This opportunity will give me the chance to give back to such an amazing ecosystem that I enjoy so much and want to cherish for a long time. 

Sylvie Holding

Hi! My name is Sylvie Holding. I am 22 years old and I am from Francestown, New Hampshire. I just graduated from St. Lawrence University with a combined major in Environmental Studies and Government and a minor in Biology. While on campus, I had the opportunity to engage in research projects that studied both Wood turtle and Blanding’s turtle populations in  St. Lawrence County. I was also a member of the Women’s Soccer Team and a General Biology Teaching Assistant. Outside of academics, I have always enjoyed spending time outside whether that was hiking, camping, or exploring New Hampshire’s small but mighty coastline. All of these experiences have shaped my interest to do my part to help protect the environment. I am really excited to be on the Cape and explore the local hiking trails and beaches, and I am especially grateful to be a member of the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program to contribute to the community in any way I can! 

Emily Russ

Hello, my name is Emily Russ and I am 22 years old. I am from the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area! I recently graduated from Western Kentucky University (WKU) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with Honors. At WKU, I completed my honor’s thesis titled A comparison of bee abundance and species richness in three managed grassland types. I was a member of Omega Phi Alpha, a national service sorority, Wildlife and Conservation Club, and Ecology Club on campus. One of the best experiences of my life was a winter study abroad trip to Australia where I got to observe local wildlife . When I am not out exploring, I enjoy settling down to crochet, paint, or up-cycle items I find at thrift stores. I have never explored Cape Cod before, and am extremely to be part a new adventure and contribute to conservation efforts on the Cape through AmeriCorps Cape Cod! 

The Pocasset House (Bourne)

Susanna Baker

Hi! I’m Susanna Baker. I am a 23-year-old former landfill worker and graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In Stevens Point, I studied Soil and Waste Resources, gaining both a strong stomach and curiosity toward solid waste–specifically composting, recycling, and landfilling. Through my experience in school and work, I learned the importance of source reduction, local resilience, mutual aid, and social justice in waste and natural resources. Some of my interests include local food and foraging, hiking, dancing, comedy, and a good cup of coffee! 

Maeve Kiley

Hi! My name is Maeve Kiley, I’m 22 and from Kennebunk, Maine! I just graduated from Bryant University where I studied Team and Project Management, Communications, and Environmental Science! I choose to join AmeriCorps Cape Cod to gain more experience with natural resource management and community engagement. Ideally, I want my future to be like Leslie Knope’s. I want to get into sustainability consulting or work for the NPS –anything where I can spend my days out in nature and making a positive impact on our planets future. Just as Leslie says, “There are very few things I have asked for in this world. To build a new park from scratch, to eventually become president, and to one day solve a murder on a train.” While I don’t necessarily aspire to become president, and The Girl on the Train is a great book, I would love the chance to build a park! I am super passionate about the environmentSome of my past internships have included being a Sustainability Communications Coordinator and working on a reforestation project with a nonprofit in Peru.  I absolutely love hiking and camping, traveling, yoga, Halloween, and a cup of tea to read with. I am really looking forward to serving with and getting to know my fellow Corps members while also learning about different conservation efforts across the Cape!  

Travis Kornegay

Hello! My name is Travis, and I’m from Mansfield, Connecticut. I recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a major in Natural Resources and the Environment. Since I was a kid I have always been fascinated with nature and the history of our planet. Because of climate change and droughts all over the planet I focused my studies on water resources and the climate  in college. Because of my focus on water resources I am looking forward to participating in the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program. Some of my hobbies include cooking, baking, hiking, plant identification, reading, and learning about  our planet by exploring it! 

Raphaella “Ella” Mascia

Howdy! My name is Raphaella Mascia, and I go by Ella. I am a 22-year old from Cleveland, Ohio and am a proud Midwesterner. I recently graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A with Honors in Environmental Studies. I have been involved with conservation work since I was 16 years-old, starting as a volunteer at a local arboretum. Since then, I have participated in ornithology research in the Lake Erie Islands, urban ecology research in Northeastern Ohio, conservation research in Peru, and ecology research in Massachusetts. I am passionate about understanding and researching environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and hope to pursue interdisciplinary studies in graduate school next year. I am especially interested in understanding how communities better manage natural resources  express the various ways they value the natural world around them. In terms of hobbies, I love reading and watching movies. I also would rock climb every day if I could, but since I often can’t, I also enjoy running, hiking, and bicycling. I look forward to exploring Cape Cod, contributing to the numerous communities on the Cape, and creating an amazing, connected community during the program! 

Lauren Valenti

Hi! I’m Lauren, I am a hardworking, 24year-old, born and raised in Massachusetts. I am passionate about creating positive change for the planet and the diverse array of species we share it with. I love learning new ways to get involved and help out! Over the course of the last year I have been a veterinary technician. After a long day at the clinic helping animals I enjoyed coming home to my own pets who I love more than anything. I obtained my B.S. degree in Biology from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2019. During my time as a student I made the most of it. I played D3 soccer, was accepted into Tri-Beta National Honors Society, and I interned at the Beardsley Zoo. I am sad that my soccer days appear to be behind me but they have shaped me into a true team player. Now that I am off the soccer field, I am hopeful to still be active and get my hands dirty through environmental based work! My most memorable experiences while obtaining my degree were when I traveled. I was fortunate enough to work with VESA, an abroad volunteer program, during my junior year. I was lucky enough to travel to South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique during my time with VESA While abroad I was given the opportunity to volunteer at multiple wildlife sanctuaries as well as help out at the local orphanage. It was a life changing experience I highly recommend. I was also fortunate enough to take a Tropical Biology course my senior year which included a trip to Nassau, Bahamas. There, I was able to snorkel on active coral reefs and collect data for the course. I will never forget one of the last days on the trip, I was blessed with the chance to interact with a pod of dolphins that happened to be swimming by. I love animals and the environment, and I am interested in pursuing marine biology. 

James Whitaker

Hello, My name is James. I am a Massachusetts native  and have spent a lot of time on the Cape. After spending much my life fishing and camping around northern New England, I’ve come to appreciate the ecology and beauty my home state has to offer. I graduated from Cornell University in 2020  with two degrees in Philosophy and History, and I dream of one day practicing law in service of the public. While exploring different law school options career paths, I am excited to be involved in AmeriCorps Cape Cod for a second term and continue helping to maintain and protect  natural resources on Cape Cod. In my spare time, I enjoy fly fishing and reading classical literature/history.  

Robert Zielinski

My name is Robert Zielinski, I am 26 years old from Attleboro, Massachusetts. When I was growing up I spent a lot of time on Cape Cod doing touristy things like visiting Provincetown and Chatham. Eventually I started exploring in different ways. I began camping and made a point to spend time on the water by going on whale watches, kayaking, or enjoying clam bakes. I graduated from high school in 2013 and attended the University of New Hampshire for two years before transferring to Bridgewater State University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I love learning about the environment, specifically all the different animal life the world has to offer.. I hope to eventually go back to school and become a research professor studying fish habitats and new ways to protect our environment.