Before joining the Conserve School staff, Stephanie lived in Milwaukee, WI for nearly 20 years. During her time in Milwaukee she was the Community Services and Outreach Coordinator for the Hope House of Milwaukee, Inc. for ten years. At Hope House Stephanie worked closely with community residents, local representatives, law enforcement and community based organizations to address quality of life issues that focused on anti-crime and violence initiatives, neighborhood beautification projects, healthy nutrition and food security, educational opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and homeless outreach. After her time with Hope House, Stephanie served as a Project Coordinator for community focused projects at the City of Milwaukee for six years, where she administered projects such as the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant which focused on improving internet access and technology training in underserved neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee. Through her work Stephanie has experienced firsthand the positive effects that access to nature has on a person’s overall wellbeing. She is motivated by those experiences to continue to work to ensure that all individuals, especially young people, have the opportunity to experience natural places in meaningful ways. Stephanie was honored with the “Future of Change” award through Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee in 2009 for her work in community outreach throughout the city.
Stephanie is grateful to be living and working in the Conserve School community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, listening to many kinds of music, planting, tending to, and watching things grow, hiking, and walking her dog, Mona.