Since our Alumni Council was formed in 2007, our mission is to organize alumni in support of SCA and SCA’s Alumni Engagement Plan. Whether through assisting as volunteer leaders at service days, helping organize outreach events, or contributing content to SCA’s blog and social media pages, the Alumni Council works to build community and engagement among SCA alumni.
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 100,000 alumni.
Specifically, the Alumni Council goals are to:
- Support SCA service projects and alumni-focused events including social, professional development and continued learning opportunities
- Contribute to SCA’s online content in the form of blog posts, social media sharing, and editorial writing
- Build support for, and 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 or if you are interested in being considered for the AC. Recruitment of new members begins in November each year.
Alumni Council Bios
CHAIR: Tony Gurzick, Denver, Colo.
Current Location: Denver, Colo.
SCA Program(s) Served: National high school trail crew Rocky Mountain National Park (1985)
Current Position: After 30 years with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Tony retired in 2021 and is now working as a private consultant.
Education Background: B.S. Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University; Masters of Public Administration, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Certified Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society
VICE CHAIR: Deidra Goodwin, Asheville, N.C.
Current Location: Asheville, N.C.
SCA Program(s) Served: Grand Teton National Park Service Academy (2016), Environmental Education Intern New River Gorge National River (2016 NPSA position), Historical Interpretation Intern Minuteman National Historical Park (2016), Grand Teton National Park Service Academy Peer Mentor (2017)
Current Position: Military Outdoors Campaign Representative at Sierra Club & Adjunct Professor at Brevard College
Education Background: B.A. Integrated Studies (Florida Gulf Coast University); M.S. Experiential & Outdoor Education (Western Carolina University)
Celeste Arista Glover, Dallas, Texas
Current Location: Dallas, Texas
SCA Program(s) Served:Summer Work Crew at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park (2000); Summer Work Crew at Yellowstone National Park (2002); Intern at NOAA National Marine Fisheries Santa Rosa, CA (2008)
Current Position: Senior Community Philanthropy Officer at Communities Foundation of Texas
Education Background:B.A. in Biology (University of Texas at Austin) and M.A. in Community Development and Planning (Clark University, Worcester)
Kelly Burnett, Houston, Texas
Current Location: Houston, Texas
SCA Program(s) Served: Centennial Volunteer Ambassador, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (2015-2016)
Current Position: : Program Director, Conservation; National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Education Background: B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management from Oklahoma State University; Master’s in Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M University
Christine Chung, Brussels, Belgium
Current Location: Brussels, Belgium
SCA Program(s) Served: Native Revegetation Project (2019), SCA Alumni Trail crew (2019), US Fish and Wildlife Service: Conservation Internship Program (now CDIP – 2009, 2010), Alternative Spring Break Grand Canyon (2009), US Forest Service Bear Management Intern (2008)
Current Position: Erasmus Mundus Master’s Program student in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems at the Université Libre de Bruxelles
Education Background: B.S. in Environmental Sciences: Wildlife Conservation (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Igor DaCruz, San Diego, Calif.
Current Location: San Diego, Calif.
SCA Program(s) Served: High School Crew, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests (2005)
Current Position: Managing Director, Life Sciences at Trinity Capital
Education Background: B.S. in Finance (University of Massachusetts Boston)
Karissa DeCarlo, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Current Location: Colorado Springs, Colo.
SCA Program(s) Served: High School Conservation Crew: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (1997), High School Conservation Crew: Ouachita National Forest (1999), Conservation Intern/AmeriCorps (2001): Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Current Position: Partnerships & Philanthropy Specialist at the National Park Service
Education Background: B.S in Environmental and Sustainable Resources (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) & M.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism (West Virginia University)
David Kurapka, Berkeley, Calif.
Current Location: Berkeley, Calif.
SCA Program(s) Served: Acadia National Park national high school crew, Assateague Island National Seashore internship
Current Position: Writer/Editor
Education Background: B.A. in English, with minor in Natural Resources, University of the South
Amie Schiller, St. Paul, Minn.
Current Location: St. Paul, Minn.
SCA Program(s) Served: National Park Service Academy: Grand Teton National Park (2015), Biological Technician: Invasive Species Management: Mt. Rushmore National Monument, Trails Partnership Intern: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (2015-2016), GIS Specialist: National Park Service Headquarters- Washington D.C. (2017-2018)
Current Position: Data Manager, U.S. Geological Survey
Education Background: B.S. Wildlife Biology, minor in Geospatial Technology (GST), University of Vermont
Tommy Sheridan, Cordova, Alaska
Current Location: Cordova, Alaska
SCA Program(s) Served: Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association Conservation Intern (2002)
Current Position: Independent fisheries consultant and educator
Education Background: B.S. in Environmental Studies (Florida State University), Undergraduate Certificate in Fisheries Technology (University of Alaska Southeast), Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Management (Oregon State University), & M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration (Oregon State University)
Michiko Squires, Chico, Calif.
Current Location: Chico, Calif.
SCA Program(s) Served: Interpretation and Outreach Intern, Biscayne National Park (2006), Environmental Education Intern, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (2011)
Current Position: Regional Data Manager and GIS Specialist, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Education Background: B.S. in Biology, B.S. in Computer Science (University of Miami); M.S. in Forest Resources and Conservation with a concentration in Geomatics (University of Florida)
Kyle Yarusso, Washington, D.C.
Current Location: Washington, D.C.
SCA Program(s) Served: Centennial Volunteer Ambassador intern (2015-2016)
Current Position: Volunteer and Youth Programs Coordinator at the National Park Service (Rock Creek Park)
Education Background: B.S. in Applied Ecology and Environmental Science, minor in Communications