The Alliance is excited to be welcoming two new Chesapeake Conservation Corps members to our team for the next year!

Rebecca Lauver (she/her pronouns) will be joining the Pennsylvania Riparian Forest Buffer team to assist with tree planting, maintenance, and monitoring. Rebecca graduated from Messiah College this spring with a degree in Biology. During her time in school, she served as the Biodiversity Coordinator within Messiah’s Sustainability Department. Rebecca is no stranger to our conservation work, as she played a key role in helping coordinate volunteers for the Alliance’s tree planting that took place on Messiah’s campus last autumn! In addition, she has spent several summers as an Entomology intern with Stroud Water Research Center,  identifying and analyzing freshwater macroinvertebrate samples.

Mel Throckmorton (they/them pronouns) will be joining the Maryland Restoration team. Mel recently graduated from the University of Virginia, receiving a B.A. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Global Studies of the Middle East and South Asia. They grew up in Southside Virginia and discovered their interest in the environmental field while working as a Contact Ranger at Virginia State Parks as a teenager. In their last semester of college, they interned in Stormwater Management under the UVA Office of Environmental Resources, where they had the opportunity to become familiar with BMPs and environmental compliance. Their primary interests are sustainable development, restoration, water scarcity.

Join us in welcoming Rebecca and Mel to the Alliance team!