Mrs. 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.


Miss Allison Petris

  • Environmental Education Coordinator
  • 724-537-5284
  • Email
  • 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.






Mrs. Jennifer Eppolito

  • Education Horticulturist

Adam Ferguson

  • Senior - Environmental Science
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    Adam hails from right here in the Latrobe area and is a senior 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!


Jennifer Urban

  • Senior - Environmental Science
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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.


Sam Geer

  • Senior - Environmental Science
  • 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.


Allison Cross

  • Senior - Early Childhood Education Major
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    Allison is an early childhood education senior 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.


Katie Stallings

  • Senior - Environmental Science

    Katie is from right here in Latrobe. A senior majoring in environmental science, she also plays on the Saint Vincent lacrosse team.


Maria Franey

  • Junior - Biochemistry

Amy McNeill

  • Senior - Environmental Science
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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.



Ashley Zolocsik

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



Dana Ricker

  • Junior - Early Childhood Education
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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.


Jess Hartner

  • Sophomore - Early Childhood Education

Marion Emerson

  • Junior - Early Childhood Education

Grace Harris

  • Sophomore - Education

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.


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 became a Penn State Master Gardener and has played a primary role in helping us to establish beekeeping programs here at WPNR.