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.
Zoe grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. She first began her career in conservation as a teenager when she joined the Virginia Youth Conservation Corps at the age of 14. Since then she has been inspired to work and play in the outdoors. She graduated from Warren Wilson College with a B.A. in Creative Writing, before heading west for new adventures. She joined the AZCC family as a Corpsmember in 2009. Since then Zoe has also worked with The Arboretum of Flagstaff, the Northwest Outward Bound School, and for the Southeast Conservation Corps as a VISTA, Crew Leader, and Trips for Kids Program Coordinator and Recruitment Assistant. After some time away, Zoe felt the pull to return to the desert and joined the staff at Arizona Conservation Corps. When Zoe is not at work she likes to spend her time hiking, backpacking, silversmithing, or hanging out with her cats Clyde and Yeti.
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.