Before founding and serving as MAI’s first Executive Director, Brendan spent nearly fifteen years working with AmeriCorps programs such as Northwest Service Academy and “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Oregon. An educator at heart with dirt in his blood, Brendan loves the outdoors nearly as much as his family and his bike and skis.
Katie has worked for AmeriCorps programs for 5+ years. Prior to her current role, she was the Residential Coordinator for an environmentally focused AmeriCorps Program. In her free time, Katie enjoys outings with her family to geocache sites throughout the country.
Katie is responsible for helping applicants find their best fit in our programs.
Emily brings years of environmental policy, science, and foundation experience to her endeavor to launch Cascade Mountain School, a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) focused educational program for middle and high school students nestled in the Columbia River Gorge. Committed to working at the intersection of youth education, environmental stewardship, and nature, Emily is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Mt. Adams Institute.
Laura's background in nonprofit management and summer camp programs stem from her past employment with the Friends of the National Zoo and the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Laura provides support to both our VetsWork participants and partners.
In her free time, Laura enjoys volunteering with other community focused organizations and hiking.
Erica is serving her second term as an AmeriCorps member with Mt. Adams Institute (MAI). She got her start with our Public Lands Stewards program as a refuge technician on Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. Erica is excited to be a part of MAI’s public outreach and looks forward to working on projects with the U.S. Forest Service.
Erica enjoys traveling, hiking, cross-country skiing, and huckleberry picking.
Program Coordinator: GreenCorps & Public Lands Stewards
Marijke has a degree in Natural Resource Management as well as Outdoor Education and Leadership. She spent over 10 years working in the field as a teacher, outdoor instructor, Student Affairs Manager, and wilderness guide across the United states and abroad. Marijke also spent years working as a social worker in Portland supporting runaway and homeless youth.
Marijke incorporates her love of the natural world and experience supporting people taking on new life challenges into her job at MAI.
Marijke enjoys frolicking in the outdoors with her husband Scott, daughter Fern, and 2 rad dogs.