Las Cruces Staff
Michelle grew up in California and moved out to Arizona in 2009 to go to NAU for a B.S in Forestry. She joined Arizona Conservation Corps in the summer of 2012 as a Corpsmember and loved the experience so much that she decided to come back after graduating and serve on six more crews. Working her way from Corpsmember to Program Coordinator, Michelle enjoyed working with crews in the Verde Valley helping to forever remove invasive plants along the Verde River. Michelle has now shifted to Program Coordinator with Conservation Corp New Mexico in Las Cruces. When she is not working, she enjoys going on Norris family backpacking trips and adventuring to anywhere she hasn’t been yet.
Genevieve grew up in Indiana, but always yearned for adventures in the mountains of the west. After getting a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Ball State University, she headed for Arizona and tried to make a name for herself in the world of classic rock radio. While living there, she fell in love with the beauty and ruggedness of the desert, and changed her career path to one that would keep her outdoors. She joined an Americorps trail crew in the fall of 2009 and never looked back! She has worked with Southwest Conservation Corps in Salida CO, Arizona Conservation Corps in Tucson AZ, and Nevada Conservation Corps in Reno NV. To further continue her outdoor education she went back to school at New Mexico State University for another bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology. She has lived in nine different states and spent one summer in Panama chasing ecology and wildlife seasonal positions. She is now ready to inspire others towards a life of conservation and land stewardship. In her free time you can find her sitting under a tree with a book, paddling her kayak, watching nature shows, or attempting yoga poses.
Conservation Corps New Mexico is also supported by Arizona Conservation Corps Staff
Paul joined the Arizona Conservation Corps in May of 2015, bringing with him experience working with a number of conservation corps across the country. Starting in 1995 as a Crew Leader with the Minnesota Conservation Corps, his passion for corps has translated into a career of progressive leadership at corps organizations. After three seasons in Minnesota and directing the summer program, he moved to Oregon and worked with the Northwest Youth Corps in a variety of positions. In 1998, he joined the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), starting as a seasonal Field Assistant but quickly moving into a year round staff position. After a collective 14 years working with VYCC, including most recently as Chief Operating Officer, Paul moved to Arizona to become the Executive Director of Arizona Conservation Corps. As Executive Director, Paul is responsible for the Arizona Conservation Corps and Conservation Corps New Mexico operations. His primary focus is developing and maintaining projects and partnerships in support of these programs and providing supervision and guidance for the team of approximately 25 year round staff.
Having developed a strong connection to the land during his early Boy Scout days growing up in Maryland, Tucker first moved west to Arizona in 2008 to attend Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. After graduating from NAU in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Tucker began his conservation career as a member out of the Flagstaff CREC office. Since that time, he has led various field crews for both AZCC and the SCC Ancestral Lands program on the Navajo Reservation. After serving as a Field Supervisor for SCC Durango, Tucker moved back to Arizona in 2014 to coordinate AZCC’s local programming in Tucson & Phoenix. In 2017, Tucker will be moving into a new and exciting role as the Program Director for AZCC’s Individual Placement program. In his free time, Tucker loves to be outdoors hiking and backpacking across the stunning southwestern landscape or cheering on his hometown Baltimore Ravens.
Joel began his foray into conservation in August of 2014 as a Field Crew Supervisor for the local crew program. Prior to AZCC, Joel worked in outdoor recreation as a field leader and in outdoor education as a camp leader at the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park. Through those experiences he quickly found that the natural world is where his heart is. Since then, he has dedicated himself to experiential education in all its forms. Most notably, the local crew program at AZCC has presented Joel with the opportunity to impact the community both environmentally as well as at a grassroots level through the professional development of Corpsmembers. Outside of work, you'll find him painting and hiking all over Arizona!
Lee joined AZCC after spending 20+ years with the Montana Conservation Corps as a regional supervisor, program director and director of partnerships. He grew up in North Carolina but headed west to attend college in Colorado. He started his outdoor careers leading wilderness programs with adjudicated youth in New Mexico. He spent 7 years with the Colorado Outward Bound School interspersed with times as a counselor at a community college, a high school teacher and perpetual graduate student. He returned home and worked with the North Carolina Outward Bound School for 3 years before coming back out west and discovering the world of national service and conservation corps. Lee is married and he and his wife, Teresa have a teen age daughter, Sadie. Lee joins the AZCC team as an Associate Director focusing on Local Programs.
Andrew was born and raised in the Tucson area, and grew up with Saguaro National Park West as his backyard, and spent his childhood hiking with his parents and riding his mountain bike around the desert. After graduating from the Evergreen State College in 2015, Andrew relocated back to Tucson to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA and then as a VISTA Team Leader. Andrew continued to work in AmeriCorps program management and joined the Arizona Conservation Corps/Conservation Corps New Mexico staff team in 2019. Andrew loves spending his free time camping, hiking with his partner and her dog Lou, petting cats, and cooking delicious food for his friends and family.