I have lived on the Vineyard since 1998 and have always had a passionate love for nature and the protection of open spaces. When I was a junior in High School I worked as an intern for the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, a local Island Land Trust. Through this internship I became aware of the Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellows program.
The Fellowship has helped guide me to pursue a double major in Environmental Studies and Religious Studies at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The different environmental and social communities I learn about from bouncing between the Vineyard and Florida has helped me understand the world and my place in it tremendously.
With the help of my Opportunity Grant I have been fortunate enough to travel to Iceland for a spring break service trip to help maintain a state park, to Arizona to work on a Navajo Reservation, and to Hailey, Idaho in the summer of 2007 where I lived and worked for a Land Trust as an intern writing management plans, monitoring properties, and learning to use GPS. They have all been amazing, priceless experiences.
I feel so blessed to work with these inspirational, sharp people in this Fellowship that I see becoming a monumental web of ecological, conscious and passionate people stitched throughout the Island.