Elyssa Kerr stepped into the role of Executive Director in 2019 after nearly three years managing projects and programming for Beavers Northwest. She holds a BS from the University of Washington as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Management. Elyssa has been working in the Pacific Northwest as a restoration practitioner and environmental educator since 2014. She is passionate about exploring and maintaining the amazing habitats that beavers create and enjoys sharing the benefits of these ecosystems with people of all ages through interactive and experiential programming. She has installed many beaver management devices throughout the region and has assisted with implementing similar programs across the Western United States. When not wading through beaver ponds, she can be found exploring intertidal invertebrates on local beaches, cultivating her home garden, or reading and snuggling with her cat, Elon Meowsk.
April Rhodes joined Beavers Northwest in Fall 2023 as a Project Manager. She originally graduated from Seattle University in 2018 with a B.A. in Humanities for Leadership and minors in Environmental Studies and Nonprofit & Public Administration. After her time in university, she went into national and public service with the Washington Conservation Corps, where she spent five years as a restoration practitioner installing native plants, removing invasive weeds, and managing dynamic projects and teams. With a background in restoring and protecting salmon habitat, April is extremely passionate about enhancing the health and resilience of our aquatic ecosystems through beaver coexistence strategies. In her spare time, April can often be found with a cup of tea in hand whilst snuggling her cat, gaming with friends, trying desperately not to overwater her succulents, and cheering on the local Sounders FC.
Madison Newton graduated in 2021 from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management. Her passion and career have revolved around wildlife; from conducting studies on the intelligence of urban birds, analyzing acoustic data of PNW bats, working in veterinary and sanctuary settings, and wading among the beavers. Madison joined Beavers Northwest in 2020 and has since become a full-time Project Coordinator, helping facilitate beaver coexistence projects and representing the organization at outreach events and conferences. Madison enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible, having a cup of coffee (or two), and snuggling with her two cats.
Ariana Winkler graduated from the University of Washington in 2019, earning a B.S. in Environmental Science & Resource Management and a B.A. in Environmental Studies with minors in Restoration Ecology and Quantitative Science. After college, Ariana spent two years in the Washington Conservation Corps with the Snohomish Conservation District, working to restore many streamside habitats. Her position at Beavers Northwest gives her a unique opportunity to combine her passions of wildlife conservation and water quality. When not wading through streams, Ariana works at a water quality laboratory and enjoys nature walks, paddle boarding, and indoor soccer.
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