Julie Kahrnoff Parks Program Coordinator, Santa Clara County Parks
Julie Kahrnoff is a Parks Program Coordinator at Santa Clara County Parks and a Part-Time Faculty Member at West Valley College. Julie has been involved leading Junior Wildlife Ranger since its beginning in 2013. As an Interpretive Specialistat the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, Julie lead efforts at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge to start the first Junior Refuge Ranger program. Her expertise in environmental education programming for youth has been an invaluable resource for the program. She is excited to continue her involvement with Junior Wildlife Ranger on the advisory board.
Pat Gordon Membership Chair, Ohlone Audubon Society
After working as a research food chemist for 34 years, Pat Gordon wanted to devote her life to giving back to society. So she began teaching biology and joined the Ohlone Audubon Society. There, she leads field trips and participates in local conservation advocacy. Pat birds not only to add new species to her lifelist, but to “observe wildlife in different habitats, and to see the whole ecosystem working together.” She has visited most of the Earth's "biomes" while birding, from the sub-Antarctic in the south to the Artic in the north and the rainforests in-between. She met Lynnea while teaching and has since enjoyed sharing her extensive knowledge of local birds. Sharing nature with other people, especially young people, is so important. Growing an awareness and appreciation of the environment, is key to the longevity of environmental conservation.
Emily Porcari Legislative and Regulatory Analyst at StateScape
Emily Porcari is interested in the intersection between national policy and environmental science. As Special Assistant to the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service from 2013-2017, Emily enjoyed working on wildlife conservation, specifically monarch butterfly conservation, at a national level. She is pursuing her interest in conservation as a Masters candidate in Environmental Resource Conservation at George Washington University. She is excited to help Junior Wildlife Ranger raise the next generation of environmental stewards.
Hope Presley Interpretive Specialist, San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society
Hope Presley is the Interpretive Specialist for the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. She coordinates the Junior Refuge Ranger program at the Environmental Education Center and provides opportunities for participants to continue their participation through stewardship. Hope enjoys bringing new audiences to the Refuge through her variety of program offerings, and connecting people to their local habitats and wildlife. She brings her expertise of communication, community engagement, and education to the team and looks forward to helping grow Junior Wildlife Ranger!