Community Education Facilitator
I am the Branching Out Educator at Imago and have worked here since June of 2017, previously as a Summer Education Intern. My past experience as an elementary school teacher coupled with plenty of experience in the outdoor industry has led me to pursue a career in environmental education. I could not be happier to be working in the woods in the city that I love.
I’ve been at Imago since 1999, when I came to the Ohio River valley to lead Imago’s youth education programs. Since then, Imago has been a huge part of my life, and I am so grateful to be in a community filled with intention, creativity, kindness and fun. People often ask me what my favorite part of my job is. I’d say that it’s that I get to be with amazing people every single day. From our staff, our volunteers, our board, our community members, and the people that we serve, it is all an incredible treat. Oh, and I have a nature preserve right outside my office door, that’s nice too.
Co-founder of Imago
Jim and Eileen Schenk founded Imago. Jim was director of Imago for 28 years which he left in 2007 and is now Project Coordinator. He gave impetus to the starting of the Western Wildlife Corridor and lives in and was involved in the creation of the Enright Ridge Urban Eco-village. He edited the book, What Does God Look Like in an Expanding Universe?, which examines how our images of God, life and death influence our relationship with the Earth and is now looking for a publisher for a book he wrote on the ecovillage.
Branching Out Educator
After working with Pleasant Ridge Montessori for the last two years as a district employee, I am excited to join the incredible team at Imago to continue to grow the outdoor education program. I have been working in nature education since I graduated college at the University of Cincinnati with a degree in biology. After working with the Cincinnati Nature Center and with Great Parks of Hamilton County, I am excited to take my love of nature to the school that I love.