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 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: Direction of Education & Outreach at Hudson River Park
Education Background: B.S. in Biology (St. John’s University)

Sara Brostrom, San Jose, CA

Contact: [email protected]

Name: Sara Brostrom
Current Location: San Jose, CA
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: Marine Policy Fellow at the Washington State Department of Ecology
Education Background: B.S. in Biology (Western Washington University); Master of Arts in Teaching (Johns Hopkins University); Master of Marine Affairs (University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs)

Brenda Cartagena, San Francisco, CA

Name: Brenda Cartagena
Current Location: San Francisco, CA
SCA Program(s) Served: Environmental Education Intern, Youth Stewardship Program, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, CA (2011-2012)
Current Position: Youth Services Volunteer Manager, Volunteer Division, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, CA
Education Background: B.A. in Geography, San Francisco State University, CA

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: Global Director of Accounts & Operations at GlassView
Education Background: B.B.A. in Marketing & International Business - Latin America Track (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Pipa Elias, Falls Church, VA

Name: Pipa Elias
Current Location: Falls Chuch, VA
SCA Program(s) Served: Urban Tree House (2002), DC Urban Crews Environmental Ed (2003), US Forest Service Centennial Intern (2004 - 2005)
Current Position: Soil Health Strategy Manager at The Nature Conservancy
Education Background: B.S. in Environmental Science (University of Notre Dame) & M.S. in Forestry (Virginia Tech)

Nancy Fernandez, Savannah, GA

Name: Nancy Fernandez
Current Location: Savannah, GA
SCA Program(s) Served: NPS Academy Grand Teton National Park (2015); Youth Outreach, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (2015); Climate Change Education, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and San Juan Island National Historical Park (2015-2016); National Park Service Academy mentor (2016); Environmental Education, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (2016)
Current Position: Urban Outreach Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Education Background: B.A. in Forensic Anthropology, California State University, Stanislaus

Cori E. Rendón, Corvallis, OR

Contact: [email protected]

Name: Cori E. Rendón
Current Location: Corvallis, OR
SCA Program(s) Served: NPS Academy, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN (2013), Interpretation Intern, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN (2013), NPS Academy Peer Mentor, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN (2014), NPS Academy Leader, Grand Teton National Park, WY (2015)
Current Position: Urban School Programs Lead Educator, IslandWood
Education Background: B.S. in Natural History Interpretation (State University of New York - Environmental Science and Forestry), Graduate Program at Teton Science Schools

Roderic (Rod) Rolett, New Rochelle, NY

Name: Roderic (Rod) Rolett
Current Location: New Rochelle, NY
SCA Program(s) Served: Backcountry Intern, Hoh River Valley and Glacier Meadows, Olympic National Park (1976)
Current Position: Board of Trustees (volunteer) with The Osborn (Rye, New York) and Brookhaven at Lexington (Lexington, Massachusetts)
Education Background: B.A. in Environmental Studies (Pomona College); Masters in City and Regional Planning (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)

Robert (Rob) Thomas, Newark, NJ

Name: Robert (Rob) Thomas
Current Location: Newark, NJ
SCA Program(s) Served: Community Crew Leader, Newark, NJ (2009), Sustainability Intern, City of Newark Office of Sustainability, Newark, NJ (2010)
Current Position: Chief of Energy & Environment/Deputy Energy Coordinator in the City of Newark
Education Background: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Anna Wadhams, Washington, DC

Name: Anna Wadhams
Current Location: Washington, DC
SCA Program(s) Served: SCA National Park Service Intern, George Washington Memorial Parkway, VA (2005)
Current Position: Consultant
Education Background: B.A. in History and Spanish (University of Michigan); Master of Business Administration (The George Washington University)

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!”