Meet the wonderful people who make up the Nature Consortium team. Staff are listed alphabetically by last name.

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Mollie Behn, Restoration Program Manager

Nature has been a vital thread throughout Mollie’s life. Mollie received her Master of Education in Environmental Education from Western Washington University and a Certificate in Leadership and Non-Profit Administration from North Cascades Institute. Through the Institute’s experiential professional residency program, Mollie led residential and backcountry environmental education programs and developed strong non-profit management skills. Prior to earning her Masters, Mollie worked for the National Park Service in a variety of capacities such as Interpretive Park Ranger at Acadia and Sequoia National Parks and Special Assistant to Deputy Director in the Washington D.C. headquarters. When not working to connect people to connect to our local natural places, you’ll find Mollie hiking, biking, preparing for her first marathon, reading by the water and enjoying Zumba!

Yeggy Michael, Art Program Coordinator

Yeggy is an award-winning public artist whose work can be seen throughout the Seattle area. Armed with metal, stone, glass and a green approach to his work, Yeggy often uses mosaic in public art to illustrate unity and diversity. His vision is to provoke questions about natural cycles, provide a sense of place and to reflect on the movement of time. Yeggy believes that public art needs to reflect the community, the culture and the people who live in it, especially in communities that are underserved. It’s not just about beauty – it’s an expression of the moment and the people.

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Monica Thomas, Marketing & Communications Manager

Monica is a spirited artist, writer, and sci-fi lover. Through traditional and new media, she captures and shares Nature Consortium’s inspiring stories to connect with supporters old and new. Monica holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Washington and loves to explore new crafts whenever possible. She is also a lifelong musician who enjoys feminist dialogue, activism, hiking, and vegan treats.

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Merica Whitehall, Executive Director

Merica Whitehall believes that strong, healthy communities are at the core of a just and sustainable society.  She grew up in a Nebraskan family that honored its connection to nature and where daily life incorporated art and creativity.  As Executive Director, Whitehall brings over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience to Nature Consortium.  As a consultant and trainer she has served dozens of area arts and nonprofit organizations including SEEDArts, Seattle Center Festal, Seattle Community Law Center, Intiman Theatre, YMCA of Snohomish, and Seattle Theatre Group.  Whitehall also brings 10 years of experience in higher education and has taught for Seattle University’s Institute for Public Service since 2008.  In her spare time Merica enjoys gardening, cooking for friends, dancing on Alki Beach, and cheering for her all-time favorite Track athlete, her daughter.

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Nancy Whitlock, Founder

Nancy founded Nature Consortium after the first Arts in Nature Festival in 1998. She created the festival out of a desire to connect with her community, foster creativity, and celebrate the natural world. What she began as a small neighborhood block party has grown into a thriving organization that connects people, arts, and nature all year round. Nancy lives in West Seattle with her cycling enthusiast husband and teenage son. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, and writing in her spare time.

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Lizzie Zemke, Restoration Director

Since moving to Seattle from western New York State 30 years ago, Lizzie has had the good fortune of working as a plant ecologist and wetland scientist on project-related work around the Puget Sound region, in Alaska, Oregon, Montana, and even in the Sandhills of Nebraska. As the new Restoration Director, she is eager to learn the details of Nature Consortium’s success and hopes to help lead restoration planning into the future. In addition to a passion for botany and natural history, Lizzie also has a passion for community and sees Nature Consortium as a place to realize both goals. Lizzie lives in an old house in the Seward Park neighborhood with my husband and three teenagers (one just finishing his first year of college), three cats, two bunnies and one almost two-year-old corgi named Harriet.

 

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