Monday, October 4, 2010

New Faces at RRF


RRF is excited to introduce 2 new staff...Bill Nimke and Marisa Hernandez. Read on to learn a little bit more about them.

We are so excited to have Bill Nimke as our Interpretation and Education Specialist. His first project over the coming months will be to expand and market the Quest Hiking program in the Milwaukee River Valley. This will include the development of a curriculum and activities to encourage groups, families, and individuals to explore the trail loops on the east and west banks of the river.
Before joining RRF, Bill was the Founder and Executive Director of Learn the Seas – America, Inc., a Wisconsin non-profit educational community established for the academic and character development of urban youth through freshwater and marine education activities. LSA’s primary programs included a charter high school, the Inland Seas School of Expeditionary Learning and RAFT (Real Apprenticeships For Teens), an after-school and summer jobs readiness program. "I am excited to be working for the River Revitalization Foundation, a great organization with an important mission to steward our city's river corridors," says Bill.
Another wonderful addition to our RRF team is Marisa Hernandez! Marisa is a Public Alley in Milwaukee and will be spending the next 10 months with us, splitting her time between Gathering Waters Conservancy and RRF.
Marisa was born and raised in Milwaukee where she attended and graduated from Milwaukee High School of the Arts with a specialty in Creative Writing/Journalism. While in high school she was involved with many youth leadership programs including the ACLU of WI and the Urban Ecology Center. Through her work with UEC she traveled to Wyoming and spent time in the Tetons researching the ecosystem and creating a bond with the outdoors. She also started volunteering every summer at a youth diversity camp administered by the Youth and Womens Center of America, Camp Everytown, where she is now head camp counselor. After graduating she traveled and studied abroad in Argentina for one year where she studied Political Science and developed a passion for speaking Spanish and discovering new paths and cultures.
"I am very excited and hopeful for my opportunity to be working with River Revitalization Foundation; the service and exposure they give to youth and community members of Milwaukee is exactly what I love doing. This is a great chance to learn, interact, grow and discover new ways of exploring and educating myself on the city I love and am proud to represent. I am so happy to help an organization create leaders and help them have a long life here in Milwaukee as a staple of youth services and environmental awareness."
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The mission of the River Revitalization Foundation is to establish a parkway for public access, walkways, recreation and education, bordering the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers; to use the rivers to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods; and to improve water quality.

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