NWF Bloggers

  1. Linda Argueta

    Linda Argueta is the marketing assistant at NWF's National Advocacy Center. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2013 with a B.S. in public relations and minor in general business. As an outdoor enthusiast, she loves to camp, hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery that mother Earth has given her.
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  2. Anne Bolen

    Anne Bolen is the Managing Editor of National Wildlife magazine. She has managed, written and edited articles, books and other publications about wildlife and conservation issues for more than 20 years, including serving as Senior Assistant Editor for Smithsonian magazine and as Publications Manager for the ocean conservation organization SeaWeb. When not typing at a keyboard, she can be found hiking, camping or helping wildlife and other animals.
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  3. Catherine Bowes

    Catherine Bowes is NWF's Senior Manager for Climate and Energy, working to leverage NWF's policy expertise as well as field and communications resources to address climate change. Based in NWF's Northeast Regional Center, Catherine manages NWF's Atlantic Offshore Wind Campaign seeking to advance appropriately-sited offshore wind development. Catherine previously worked for Conservation Law Foundation - building public support for a environmental advocacy issues around New England. She holds a Master's degree in Environmental Policy from Bard College and a B.A. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
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  4. Danielle Brigida

    Danielle Brigida works as NWF's Sr. Manager of Social Strategy and Integration. She actively engages a wide range of constituents using a mixture of online tools and social networking sites. By tracking emerging trends and measuring impact, she consistently finds the most effective ways to drive traffic to NWF's campaigns. She can be found on Twitter as @starfocus (and @NWF) as well as many other social sites. She loves sharing her love for wildlife, science and nature.
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  5. Lara Bryant

    Lara Bryant is NWF’s Agriculture Program Coordinator. She is supporting NWF’s Agriculture Program in promoting sustainable biofuels and cover crop use. Lara has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee.
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  6. Courtney Cochran

    Courtney serves as Program Coordinator for NWF's Campus Ecology Program where she organizes the Fellowship, Youth Advocacy and Alumni/Emerging Leaders programs.
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  7. Allen Cooper

    Allen Cooper works at NWF's Austin, Texas office developing state and municipal policy to connect people with nature. He grew up on a 97-acre farm in Hoo Hoo Hollow in Southern West Virginia and loves nothing more than to hear an owl's call at nightfall.
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  8. Matthew Copeland

    Matthew Copeland works with sportsmen and women, and policy maker throughout Wyoming to ensure that wildlife, are fully weighted in the complex decisions that affect our public lands.
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  9. Kevin Coyle

    Kevin Coyle has committed thirty-five years to improving America’s river conservation and environmental education fields. Formerly president of both American Rivers and the National Environmental Education Foundation, He joined the National Wildlife Federation as VP for Education and Training in 2005.
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  10. Hillary Esquina

    Hillary Esquina is the Multimedia Content Producer and handles NWF's YouTube page. She graduated from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL in 2006 with a B.S in Film, Video and TV Productions. She is a seasoned video production professional and is an award-winning producer & editor. Hillary has a love for storytelling and being outside as well as spending her weekends volunteering with local animal rescue groups.
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  11. Ryan Fikes

    Ryan Fikes is a trained biologist with expertise in coastal ecology and habitat restoration, and serves as Staff Scientist for NWF's Gulf Restoration Campaign. In this role, he provides in-house scientific expertise to identify and evaluate restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico that are scientifically sound, integrate with other projects, and have measurable milestones and outcomes. In addition, he advises the campaign on issues associated with the effects of the Gulf Oil Spill on habitats and wildlife, assists in evaluating the merits of state and national Gulf restoration plans, and helps to prioritize various restoration projects.
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  12. Patrick Fitzgerald

    Patrick Fitzgerald is the Director of Education Advocacy at the National Wildlife Federation, working with partners to advocate for new policies in Congress, the Administration and State Houses that get children, youth and families active in the outdoors and connecting with nature at school, at home and in their communities.
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  13. Marya Fowler

    Marya Fowler is the Sr. Education Manager for NWF’s South Central Region. She advances NWF’s school-based programming, including Schoolyard Habitats and Eco-Schools USA, with an emphasis on integrating these programs at the state and school district levels and promoting environmental education as a means to improving student academic performance.
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  14. Amanda Fuller

    Amanda Fuller is the Texas Policy Specialist for the Gulf of Mexico Restoration Campaign. She identifies NWF’s restoration priorities for the state and works to advance those priorities in federal, state, and local decision-making venues. Amanda also works with other NGO’s and stakeholders to evaluate and advocate for RESTORE Act funds to be spent on sound ecological restoration projects. Before joining NWF, Amanda worked as an attorney for a private law practice and spent three years working on international water policy with World Wildlife Fund. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.
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  15. Anne Goddard

    Anne Goddard is the Marketing Coordinator for Kids, Family and Community campaigns at National Wildlife Federation. She received her BA in Strategic Communications from Elon University. Prior to working for NWF, she did freelance writing for the Smithsonian National Zoo's Zoogoer magazine and directed an award-winning short wildlife documentary on rhino poaching called "Rhino Wars." As a life-long wildlife enthusiast, Anne is motivated to protect and preserve the world's wildlife and wildlands for generations to come.
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  16. Crystal Grant

    Crystal coordinates efforts to engage youth and emerging leaders, both regionally and nationally, to support the mission and work of the National Wildlife Federation. As Regional Youth Coordinator, Crystal is responsible for supporting the implementation of Earth Tomorrow®, which is NWF’s multi-cultural, youth environmental education and leadership program based in Atlanta. Nationally, Crystal is part of the Emerging Leaders Engagement core team, and leads the Emerging Leaders Council (ELC). Crystal earned her BS in Environmental Science at Spelman College.
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  17. Miles Grant

    Miles is the National Wildlife Federation's senior communications manager, working with reporters to help them find the best science available to connect the policy & politics on Capitol Hill to the climate changes happening in your community. He lives in Fairhaven, MA.
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  18. Simon Hall

    Simon is the Project Coordinator on the Tropical Forests and Agriculture team at the National Wildlife Federation. He works to develop strategies that reduce the environmental impacts associated with large-scale agriculture in the tropics, to help ensure that the production of important commodities (such as soy, palm oil and beef) can continue to meet the world’s needs without destroying forests or jeopardizing critical wildlife habitat.
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  19. Jennifer Hammonds

    Jennifer, a former science educator, is the manager of STEM education for NWF's Eco-Schools USA program. She engages teachers and students by weaving sustainable practices into the school experience including grounds, facilities, and curricula. Utilizing best practice in science education, Jennifer strives to stop the leaking STEM pipeline and promote STEM careers for the youth of today.
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  20. Amber Hewett

    Amber Hewett is NWF's Northeast Climate Program Assistant. Her roots are in the perfectly salty city of Newburyport, MA where she grew to treasure New England's seasons and the outdoor adventures they each offer. Amber's passion for sailing and her intrinsic love of the sea drive her to help realize effective climate policy that protects and celebrates our natural resources. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Earth Systems.
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  21. Laura Hickey

    Laura Hickey is the Senior Director, Eco-Schools USA program of the National Wildlife Federation. She has been with NWF for over 24 years in a variety of positions, but finds working with K-12 schools to integrate environmental education throughout the school is the most rewarding.
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  22. Daniel Hubbell

    Daniel Hubbell is the Restoration and Water Resources intern for NWF. As the son of a former park ranger and a childhood neighbor to the recently restored Sudbury River, environmental causes have shaped him since an early age. Once the resentment of being dragged up to Acadia National Park for camping in the rain on long weekends faded, Daniel decided this was a part of the world he loved experiencing; and one he didn’t want to see vanish. A graduate of American University, Daniel loves reading, traveling, writing, and acting in theater whenever he gets a chance.
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  23. Courtney Hyde

    Courtney Hyde is the Planned Giving Coordinator for NWF. She spends her days responding to planned giving inquiries, crafting newsletters and mailings, and generally providing support to the rest of the planned giving team. In her free time, Courtney enjoys baking, playing with her cat, and having adventures in the DC area.
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  24. Jennifer Janssen

    Jennifer Janssen is the Online Campaign Strategy Manager for the National Wildlife Federation and is based in the the Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She enjoys writing blogs that help inspire National Wildlife Federation supporters to protect the future of wildlife by engaging in the political process to fight climate change and defend wildlife habitats from harm.
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  25. Kristy Jones

    Kristy is the manager of campus climate education and action in National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program.
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  26. Julian Keniry

    Julian co-founded the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program. She is passionate about realizing the potential of US colleges and universities to model sustainability in their curriculum, management and community relations.
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  27. Jane Kirchner

    Jane Kirchner has spent more than 20 years helping save open lands and advocating for the protection of wildlife habitat. She loves working on programs that connect people who care about wildlife and the environment to actions they can take to make a difference. Jane coordinates online strategy campaigns at NWF and during her free time likes to spend as much time as she can outdoors, especially in places where native species are found.
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  28. Emily Lande

    Emily Lande is a Legislative Representative in NWF's DC office working on public lands issues. In her former DC life she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources. Her favorite outdoor place is Mt. Jefferson Wilderness in her home state of Oregon.
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  29. Samantha Lockhart

    Sam Lockhart is the National Outreach Coordinator at National Wildlife Federation. She works with the field team across the country to develop the tools and resources that they need to be successful in meeting their program goals including fighting the threat of catastrophic climate change and protecting the nation’s public lands. Originally from Northern New Jersey, she received her BA in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary in 2010 and graduated from Green Corps, the Field School in Environmental Organizing, in 2011.
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  30. Jenni Lopez

    Jenni Lopez is the Online Integration Coordinator at NWF. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a Double Bachelor's in Biology and Spanish Literature. In her free time, you can find her practicing photography, training in the sport of Weightlifting, or cooking locally-sourced food.
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  31. Annie Mackin

    Annie Mackin is the Tar Sands Program Assistant for NWF in Vermont. She is working to coordinate Vermonters’ efforts to make sure that oil companies don’t use the state as a pathway to get tar sands to market. She has worked with Environment America on water, conservation and energy campaigns, and helped the Chesapeake Climate Action Network build support for offshore wind in the Mid-Atlantic. Because she was raised in northwest Vermont’s Franklin County, the campaign to protect Lake Champlain from the risks of tar sands – as well as the Missisquoi River, and all of Vermont’s land and water – is personal.
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  32. David Mizejewski

    David Mizejewski is a naturalist, author, blogger and national media personality with National Wildlife Federation. He interprets the natural world and teaches Americans about wildlife, how to help it, and how to connect with nature. David hosted and co-produced the Animal Planet TV series Backyard Habitat and regularly appears on The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Conan and many others. He is author of the award-winning book Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife and writes the blog Animal Oddities.
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  33. Lena Moffitt

    Lena Moffitt lives in Washington, D.C. but grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she gained an early appreciation for wildlife and the outdoors during frequent camping trips with her family. While she's grown to love D.C., she'll always miss green chile and tries to head home as often as possible!
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  34. Jim Murphy

    Jim Murphy is Senior Counsel for National Wildlife Federation, where he coordinates NWF’s nationwide litigation efforts concerning the development of dirty fossil fuels.
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  35. Michael Murray

    Michael is Staff Scientist with the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes office, with over two decades’ experience working on Great Lakes science and science-policy issues. In addition to extensive work on sources, cycling, impacts and policies around toxic chemicals (following his PhD work in environmental chemistry at the University of Wisconsin), Michael has had increasing experience in other areas, including science-policy aspects of aquatic invasive species, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and prioritization and other issues in Great Lakes restoration and protection. He has served on over two dozen technical advisory and other committees, and has authored or co-authored numerous papers, book chapters, and reports in various environmental science and science-policy areas.
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  36. Mary Phillips

    Mary Phillips is NWF’s Garden for Wildlife Campaign Manager. She works with key stakeholders across the Garden for Wildlife program to empower homeowners, communities, schools, business, faith based organizations and landscapers to view their own property as affordable and convenient places to engage in wildlife conservation. She seeks to celebrate and connect gardeners as they restore habitat to provide wildlife with food, water, shelter and places to raise young. Mary’s experience and passion for conservation landscaping, native plants, environmental education and building strategic partnerships helps mobilize resources to significantly expand Gardening for Wildlife. When not at NWF, she is in the garden or exploring the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay watershed with her family.
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  37. Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

    Beth Pratt-Bergstrom is NWF's California Director and loves frogs, pika and wandering in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park. She has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. Before joining NWF in 2011, she worked on sustainability and climate change programs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone as its Director of Environmental Affairs. Beth lives outside of Yosemite with four dogs, two cats, and the many frogs who frequent her backyard frog pond.
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  38. Shweta Reddy

    Shweta Reddy is an intern at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center who is helping out with the Delaware River Watershed Coalition. She is going to be a sophomore at Salisbury University and is majoring in Environmental Studies which is what got her interested in working in an Environmental organization.
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  39. Michele Reyzer

    Michele Reyzer is Assistant Editor of Ranger Rick, NWF’s nature magazine for kids 7 and up. She manages the children’s advisory board and maintains the magazine’s website and social media presence. Michele is also an avid crafter and creates many of the nature crafts and recipes you find in the magazine.
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  40. Adeline Rolnick

    Adeline Rolnick is the Legislative Assistant at NWF. She hails from Croton-on-Hudson, NY, where she grew up hiking and gardening her way through the scenic Hudson Valley. She has previously worked on sustainable agriculture issues in the U.S. and in India, and graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Social Studies.
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  41. Jenny Rowland

    Jenny Rowland is the Climate and Energy Intern at NWF's National Advocacy Center. She graduated with a Master’s degree from The George Washington University and a B.A. from University of Delaware, both in Geography. Growing up in New Mexico, Jenny has always been passionate about the environment and her hobbies include hiking, camping, and cooking. Her professional interests include climate and energy issues, equity, and green space
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  42. Kelly Senser

    Kelly Senser is a nature-loving mom who’s passionate about wildlife gardening and outdoor play. Her favorite place to explore is her family’s backyard, which is a Certified Wildlife Habitat site. She's a member of the NWF education team, and her Twitter handle is @klsnature.
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  43. Mollie Simon

    Mollie Simon is the Climate and Energy Intern at NWF's National Advocacy Center. She graduated from Villanova University in 2013 with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Environmental Studies. Mollie grew up hiking, gardening and biking around the Philadelphia area. She is passionate about clean energy and mitigating climate change. She can be found on twitter @MollieGSimon.
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  44. Liz Soper

    Elizabeth Soper is the Director of K-12 Education for the National Wildlife Federation directing NWF's Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitat Programs. Liz has been with NWF for 17 years and works out of NWF's s Northeast office. She is also a mother of two daughters--now 19 and 15. They live in Stowe, VT and spend their free time finding ways to enjoy the outdoors even during the cold winter months with their dog Izzy.
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  45. Ryan Stockwell

    Ryan is the Agriculture Program Manager for NWF. He also farms in Wisconsin using no till and cover crops to raise corn, soybeans and wheat. Ryan has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri and, when not farming or raising three young boys, he enjoys hunting and spending time in the woods.
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  46. Frank Sturges

    Frank Sturges serves as Public Lands Policy Fellow at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Natural Resources and Environment and a Master's of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Frank's favorite outdoor activity is portaging a canoe.
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  47. Frank Szollosi

    Frank Szollosi works on policy issues to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, including offshore wind and electric vehicles. Frank also supports the Federal Connections Task Force for RE-AMP, a network of 120 organizations across eight Midwestern states working to advance climate and energy policy. From 2003 until 2010 he served as an elected member of Toledo (Ohio) City Council. Frank is completing a Master's of Science in Natural Resources and Environment and a Master's of Public Policy at the University of Michigan—focusing on cities and their adaptation to the impacts of climate change. He received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Follow @frankszollosi on Twitter.
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  48. Laura Tangley

    Laura Tangley is a senior editor for National Wildlife magazine and the editor of the Birds & Birding and Wildlife Gardening sections of www.nwf.org. She also manages NWF's Certified Wildlife Habitat Facebook page. Based in Washington, DC, Laura is an avid traveler, birder and wildlife gardener.
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  49. Dani Tinker

    Dani Tinker is the Community Manager with the National Wildlife Federation, implementing social media campaigns to build community and deeper relationships with constituents. She holds a Master of Education in Environmental Education from Concordia University in Portland, where she was born and raised. Dani is a naturalist-in-training encouraging youth to get outdoors, adults to keep their youth and everyone to play in the mud. She can be found sharing her passion on Twitter as @d_tinker.
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  50. Garrit Voggesser

    Garrit Voggesser is NWF’s National Director for Tribal Partnerships. He works with tribes nationwide to protect wildlife and habitat. He has worked with tribes on bison conservation since 1999. The mission of NWF’s Tribal Lands Conservation Program is to partner with sovereign tribal nations to solve today’s conservation challenges for future generations.
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  51. Les Welsh

    Les Welsh is NWF's Associate Director for the Pacific. He leads the organizations work in Hawai'i and other pacific islands, and supports our affiliates in Alaska, Hawai'i, Washington, Oregon and California. i
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  52. Trisha White

    Trisha is new to NWF's agriculture policy team, but she's not new to agriculture or to changing policy in Washington, DC. She grew up on a small farm in Michigan where she learned to love and respect all creatures great and small. After serving in the armed forces and college, she moved to Washington, DC to fight for wildlife and protecting the habitat they need to thrive. She worked for World Resources Institute, USAID and over a decade at Defenders of Wildlife changing policy to protect wildlife from dangerous highways.
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  53. Steve Woodruff

    Steve is senior policy and communications manager for NWF’s Montana-based Northern Rockies and Pacific Regional Center, where works on bison restoration and a variety of public land-and-resource issues. Steve joined NWF in 2013 after a 30-year career in journalism, much of it dedicated to natural resource policy and environmental issues in the West. Steve is co-author of “Montana Wilderness: Discovering the Heritage” and a contributor to two anthologies, most recently “Science Next: Innovation for the Common Good from the Center for American Progress.” He’s an avid outdoorsman and rides his horse, Ranger, nearly 1,000 mountain-trail miles a year.
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  54. Maggie Yancey

    Maggie Yancey is the Water Resources Campaign Coordinator. She is responsible for advancing the restoration efforts of the Mississippi River Delta and the Gulf of Mexico. In her graduate program at the University of Nebraska, Maggie completed her thesis on water management policy practices of the Apalachicola-Chatahoochee-Flint River basin. Prior to her graduate studies, she managed the Greater Houston Homebuilders Association’s Green Built Gulf Coast program, which promoted sustainable building through a green residential certification program. As a Gulf native, Maggie enjoys returning to the coast for recreational swimming, diving, beach combing, and kayaking.
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