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!

 

Hannah Victoria Franklin, Operations and Finance Director

A graduate of the University of Colorado with a BA in Theatre, Film and Television and the University of Washington with an MFA in Acting Performance, Hannah has spent her life in the arts.  Raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies and at Quaker summer camp in Maine, she allies herself full-heartedly with nature appreciation and restoration.  Hannah is a Co-Artistic Director of the Washington Ensemble Theatre and a member of the Seagull Project.  She teaches locally with Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre where she is also a board member and at the University of Washington, teaching acting as a Guest Lecturer.

 

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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Nancy Whitlock, Interim Executive Director

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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Carol R. Williams, Arts Education Manager

For more than 20 years Carol has worked with students, young adults, teachers, principals, and community agencies, as a consultant, teaching artist, curriculum developer, and program designer. She is working towards completing her PhD in Executive Leadership with an emphasis in Arts as Education for Business and Sustainable Initiatives. Carol is particularly interested in art as a proactive agent for change in education, business, and environmental stewardship. As a Northwest artist, her focus has been the incorporation of cultural awareness and competency while utilizing images of native trees into her work.­­­­ Her passion in assisting youth/young adults in finding their career path has led her to develop many job readiness, student leadership, service learning, and internship programs.

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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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