Staff

Ms. Angela Belli

  • Environmental Education Director
  • (724) 537-5284
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  • WPNR Opening 07 PhotoAs Director of the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College, Angela Belli is responsible for strategic partnerships, program development and outreach, and Reserve landscape and infrastructure. She has been engaged in environmental education for more than 15 years where she has developed and implemented an array of outreach programs in environmental science for Saint Vincent College, and led the development of the 50 acre nature reserve.  She integrates her love of nature, science education, and conservation into the mission and outreach of Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve and Saint Vincent College.  She also has experience in conservation biology and education, conducting research at Powdermill Nature Reserve’s Biological Field Station, assisting in watershed restoration projects, and environment and ecology curriculum development and integration. Previously, Angela served as a Community Outreach Assistant with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Pittsburgh Regional Office for the Pollution Prevention Program, and a Regulatory Compliance Specialist for Fisher Scientific International, Inc.   Angela serves as Board Secretary for the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators, and was recognized as Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year by the organization in 2004 and is the recipient of the 2015 Saint Vincent College Projectenmacher Award.  She holds a Master of Science in environmental science and management from Duquesne University, and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Seton Hill University.

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Ms. Allison Petris

  • Environmental Education Coordinator
  • 724-537-5284
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  • 11219130_10153488680858223_4817502523595390086_nAllie, as we call her here at WPNR, comes to us from Lawrence, PA. She started her time here as a work study when she was a sophomore. She then spent two years as an AmeriCorps member while obtaining her master’s degree. Allie holds a B.S. in elementary instruction from Saint Vincent College and an M.S. in curriculum and instruction, also from Saint Vincent College.

    On a volunteer basis, Allie serves as the Southwestern Regional Director  for the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE) and in her free time she enjoys drawing, crafting, and photography.

     

     

     

     

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Ms. Jean Keene

  • Environmental Education Program Assistant
  • (724) 537-5284
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  • IMG_40971As the Environmental Education Program Assistant, Jean is responsible for maintaining WPNR’s social media accounts and website as well as promoting WPNR and environmental education in other media outlets. In addition to her position with WPNR, she also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Saint Vincent College, teaching various environmental science courses.

    Jean comes from a varied background that includes environmental education, animal care and training, and even acting. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from Point Park University.

     

     

     

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Brittany Garman

  • Work Study - Senior Environmental Science Major
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    Brittany has been working at the Nature Reserve for several semesters. Her favorite thing about the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve are the walking trails where you can come across a variety of wildlife. Her hobbies include music and exploring forests around Western PA.

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Adam Ferguson

  • Work Study - Environmental Science Major
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    Adam hails from right here in the Latrobe area and is a junior environmental science major at Saint Vincent College. His favorite part of working at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve is meeting people from the area. When he’s not working and going to school, Adam is a hockey player for Saint Vincent College. Go Bearcats!

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Jennifer Urban

  • Junior - Environmental Science Major
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    Jenni joined our staff as a volunteer in her freshman year and was quickly asked to join our staff as a work study. She hails from the Pittsburgh area. When at work she can usually be found taking care of our education animals or participating in environmental education with seemingly boundless enthusiasm.

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Ian Goeing

  • Sophomore - Environmental Science Major
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    Ian comes to us from Buffalo and in addition to his Environmental Science major is also minoring in Business. Outside of work he enjoys fishing and hiking.

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Sam Geer

  • Sophomore - Environmental Science Major
  • Sam is a junior at Saint Vincent College and has been serving as a work study with us since his freshman year. As an environmental science major from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, he has a special interest in the ecological impact of industry and policy on the environment. Sam has conducted research at Saint Vincent College as well as in Central Asia.

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Johni Beeler

  • Junior - Biology Major
  • Johni comes from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania and is a junior biology major at Saint Vincent College. Johni has previously participated in the Saint Vincent College swim team.

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Katie Stallings

  • Junior - Environmental Science Major
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    Katie is from right here in Latrobe. A junior majoring in environmental science, she also plays on the Saint Vincent lacrosse team.

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Ron Patun

  • Penn State Master Gardener
  • Mr. Patun is a Penn State Master Gardener who graciously volunteers his time to lovingly plan and care for all of the gardens on WPNR property.

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Allison Cross

  • Junior - Early Childhood Education Major
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    Allison is an early childhood education junior at Saint Vincent College. This semester, she is spending most of her time providing much needed assistance during Nature Story Time on Friday mornings. She comes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Amy McNeil

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    Amy is a junior Environmental Science major. Her love of animals and the outdoors has led her on this chosen career path. Along with being a work study at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve during the school year, in the summer she has worked at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium for the past two years! In her free time she loves to go on walks (especially with her dog Shadow) and listen to music.

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Ashley Zolocsik

  • Sophomore - Environmental Science
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    Majoring in Environmental Science, Ashley comes from Kittanning, Pa.

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Dana Ricker

  • Sophomore - Early Childhood Major
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    Dana is an Early Childhood Education major who is minoring in Special Education. She loves to read and working with children. During her time here at WPNR, she looks forward to learning new things and exploring nature.

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The Eppolito Family

  • Penn State Master Gardners
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    The Eppolito Family, (pictured from left; Estelle, Wyatt, Jennifer, and Scarlett) have been familiar faces at WPNR since 2011. They started when the children were young, attending programs such as Nature Story Time with Scarlett. Wanting to contribute more to the reserve, they began their volunteer work here by working with Mr. Ron Patun on our already established gardens while also creating a Fairy Garden next to the shed by the Pollinator Gardens. They enjoyed it so much that Jennifer started the steps to becoming a Penn State Master Gardener and has played a primary role in helping us to establish beekeeping programs here at WPNR.

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