Alumni Council

Formed in 2007 to mark SCA’s 50th Anniversary, the SCA Alumni Council has a mission to organize alumni in support of SCA and SCA’s Alumni Engagement Plan. Whether through serving as volunteer leaders at service days, helping to organize outreach events, or contributing content to SCA’s blog and social media pages, the Alumni Council assists in keeping SCA alumni connected and engaged.

Each year, current council members select new recruits from young alumni nationwide for a two-year term. With a diversity of SCA service backgrounds – from former high school crew members, to special initiative interns, to year-long conservation corps programs – Alumni Council members represent the wide range of SCA’s programs and locations. Each member is equipped to represent and connect with SCA’s 75,000+ alumni.

Specifically, the Alumni Council goals are to:

  • Support SCA service projects and alumni-focused social events
  • Contribute to SCA’s online content in the form of blog posts, social media sharing, and editorial writing
  • Strengthen SCA’s reputation as the nation’s preeminent youth conservation organization among partner organizations, agencies, and the general public
  • Serve as a source of counsel for SCA staff and board members, as requested

Email [email protected] if you have any questions about the council.

Alumni Council Bios

CHAIR: Tina Walsh, New York, NY

Contact: [email protected]

Name: Tina Walsh
Current Location: New York, NY
SCA Program(s) Served: Hudson Valley Corps, Environmental Education Assistant at NYSDEC, NY (2012)
Current Position: Assistant Director of Environmental Education at Hudson River Park
Education Background: B.S. in Biology (St. John’s University)
Fun Fact: In my current role at Hudson River Park I supervise a staff of 12 SCA interns (including 4 Hudson Valley Corps members)!

Sara Brostrom, Seattle, WA

Contact: [email protected]

Name: Sara Brostrom
Current Location: Seattle, WA
SCA Program(s) Served: National High School Crew, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK (2004); SCA Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Conservation Intern, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, AK (2008); National High School Crew Leader, Merck Forest and Farmland Center, VT (2011); SCA U.S. Forest Service Inventory Intern, Bend, OR (2016)
Current Position: Graduate Student at the University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
Education Background: B.S. in Biology (Western Washington University); Master of Arts in Teaching (Johns Hopkins University)
Fun Fact: As a field science educator in Olympic National Park, I frequently wore two raincoats in an effort to stay dry!

Daniel Dryburgh, New York, NY

Contact: [email protected]

Name: Daniel Dryburgh
Current Location: New York, NY
SCA Program(s) Served: National High School Crew, White Mountains National Recreation Area, AK (2010); NPS Academy, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CA (2015)
Current Position: Account Manager & Global Team Lead at GlassView
Education Background: B.B.A. in Marketing & International Business - Latin America Track (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Fun Fact: I spent two weeks traveling in Patagonia climbing Mt. Fitz Roy in El Chaltén and hiking the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate.

Christopher Fernandez, Washington, DC

Contact: [email protected]

Name: Christopher Fernandez
Current Location: Washington, DC
SCA Program(s) Served: Career Discovery Internship Program, Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, NY (2014) & Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, FL (2015)
Current Position: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant and Student Mentor
Education Background: B.S. in Environmental and Conservation Biology (George Mason University)
Fun Fact: I spent a summer in the lowland jungle of Costa Rica studying impacts of landscape fragmentation on ground-nest predation rates -- there was no avoiding getting wet!

Erin Murphy, Portland, ME

Contact: [email protected]

Name: Erin Murphy
Current Location: Portland, ME
SCA Program(s) Served: Trail Management Intern, Pisgah National Forest, NC (2009); Children in Nature Coordinator, Delaware State Parks, DE (2013)
Current Position: Judicial Law Clerk, Maine Supreme Court
Education Background: B.A. in Environmental Science (University of Florida); J.D. (Georgetown Law)

Cori E. Rendon, Everett, WA

Contact: [email protected]

Name: Cori E. Rendon
Current Location: Jackson, WY
SCA Program(s) Served: NPS Academy, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN (2013)
Current Position: Graduate Student at Teton Science Schools
Education Background: B.S. in Natural History Interpretation (State University of New York - Environmental Science and Forestry)
Fun Fact: I had never been to a National Park before my SCA experience!

Alumni Council Member Stories From Our Blog

Author: Christopher Fernández, SCA Alumni Council Member

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, April 24, 2017

Two years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as an intern in the Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP). Every student and mentor who participated in the program had such inspiring stories and aspirations to share! It was wonderful to...

Posted by Megan McVey | Monday, April 3, 2017

Adjusting to life in a big city was exciting, but I quickly realized there was something missing: I no longer had the ability to drive to a remote trailhead and head out for a hike. As an SCA alum who loves the great outdoors, this was frustrating, but exploring Washington revealed a lot of great opportunities to connect with nature.

Featured Earthsaver, SCA Alumni Council

Posted by Michael Cronin | Wednesday, February 15, 2017

“Future generations have a right to experience the beauty of wilderness… it’s important that we work to actively protect it.”

Featured Earthsaver, SCA Alumni Council

Posted by Staff | Thursday, December 22, 2016
SCA Alumni Council member Daniel Dryburgh participates in a river wildlife survey with his SCA NPS Academy classmates at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

SCA Alumni Council member Daniel Dryburgh is a strong believer in the transformative power of outdoor immersion and conservation service. He hopes to use his digital media chops and conservation community connections to help make powerful nature experiences truly accessible to people from all backgrounds and communities.

SCA Alums Gather for Fall Events in NYC, Oakland, Chicago, & DC

Posted by Michael Cronin | Friday, December 16, 2016
SCA alumni hike Great Falls Park

This autumn, SCA brought together almost 150 alumni in a series of fall engagement events across the country. From New York City to the Bay Area, from Chicago to Washington DC, SCA alums of all ages gathered to reconnect and share stories while enjoying their beautiful urban public lands.

Featured Earthsaver, SCA Alumni Council

Posted by Staff | Thursday, December 1, 2016
Jean Bartholomew, second from left, leads a community hike with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

At age 16, Jean Bartholomew (above, 2nd from left) joined a SCA national crew for a trail project located 15 miles deep into the Yellowstone backcountry and she’s been a true believer in the transformative power of the great outdoors ever since. She stayed connected with SCA throughout her time...

Recipient of The North Face "Never Stop" Campaign Grant

Posted by Staff | Friday, August 28, 2015
SCA member Jeremy Taitano engaged in various outdoor and conservation-related activities: surveying salamanders, doing a back-flip, hiking. The North Face chose to honor Jeremy in their NEVER STOP campaign because of his relentless commitment to realizing a world where conservation is a priority for everyone.

As part of their brand new NEVER STOP campaign, The North Face is recognizing SCA member Jeremy Tatiano for his relentless pursuit of a world where conservation is a priority for all. We are excited to announce that because...

Earthsaver of the Month

Posted by Ann Pedtke | Thursday, April 30, 2015

“Ultimately we are all responsible for our planet — there is no Planet-B!”