Staff & Interns

Erin De Vries

UVM Watershed Alliance Outreach & Education Coordinator

  • M.S. Ecological Planning, University of Vermont, 2008
  • B.A. Environmental Science, concentration in Conservation Biology and Botany, Franklin Pierce College, 1999
Erin has worked as the UVM WA Education & Outreach Coordinator/Aquatic Science Literacy Specialist since May 2010. She has expertise in natural resource planning and management through community based involvement in watershed stewardship and restoration. She has focused on aquatic resource conservation through jobs in the private, public and non-profit sector throughout North America and the Caribbean. She enjoys her outreach work as a board member of the State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP) and networking with Vermonters to increase environmental literacy of our precious water resources. Erin is interested in restoration ecology, exploring bogs with her son and husband as well as hiking, biking, yoga, and photography.

Anna Dirkse

Watershed Educator

  • B.A. Liberal Arts, St. John's College, 2010
  • M.S. Natural Resources, Environment, Society and Public Affairs, University of Vermont, 2015 (Expected)
Growing up in Michigan, Anna’s experience with Lake Michigan and other bodies of water exposed her to the importance of protecting water resources. Volunteering and working for the Friends of the Winooski River on water quality monitoring and storm water management projects has further impressed on her the importance of protecting watersheds in her new adopted state of Vermont. As a master’s student at the University of Vermont, Anna has studied the effects of conservation and national parks on local communities in eastern Uganda. She currently works part-time on a raw milk dairy in Hinesburg while she finishes her thesis. Other interests include using draft horses for power, sewing, kickboxing, hiking, and reading.

Celeste Heinz

Interim Program Assistant

  • B.S. Environmental Studies, University of Vermont
Celeste is a senior Environmental Studies major in the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources. She is from Traverse City, Michigan, and growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan inspired her to come to UVM to study the environment. She is very interested Watershed Education. As a past Watershed Educator, she is excited for what the spring will bring!

Erin Hullinger

Watershed Educator

  • B.S. Environmental Science - Water Resources
Erin is from Towson, MD, where the influence of the Chesapeake Bay sparked her interested in environmental and watershed science. She will graduate from UVM May 2015 and hopes to work in environmental and wilderness education. She is a passionate skier, hiker, and explorer. Erin is excited for her first semester as a watershed educator!

Jakob Rooney

Watershed Educator

  • Environmental Studies Sustainability Studies, University of Vermont, 2015
Jakob was born in Illinois, and raised in Keene NH. He has developed an affection for community supported agriculture, alternative forms of transportation (like his red bicycle) and learning about sustainability in cities, food systems and cultures. In his future he thinks he would like to work in environmental policy or education in Germany or Vermont.

Kristine Stepenuck


Rachel Zevin

  • B.S. Natural Resource Ecology, University of Vermont, 2015
Rachel Zevin became interested in the environment at age ten while attending Teatown Summer Camp. Ever since, she has worked towards a career protecting the environment. She continued to work for Teatown Nature Preserve volunteering and teaching. Science research has always fascinated Rachel. She has studied behavior and cognition of mammals. Through her work, she traveled in NYC and Thailand studying gorillas, hippopotami, and elephants. Now, as a UVM senior majoring in natural resource ecology, Rachel is working on her undergraduate honors thesis studying carabid’s as bioindicators in sites impacted by wind damage and salvage logging. Her goal is to work with the environment and focus on combining research, education, and service.