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The Team

Ryan Palmer: BS Environmental Science, University of Rhode Island.  Ryan Palmer joined SLC as Director of the Center for the Urban River in August 2013. A Hudson Valley native, Ryan previously was Director of Clearwater’s Green Cities Initiative, focusing on urban watershed and environmental justice issues, green infrastructure projects, community organizing, and urban planning.  Ryan has training in Land Use Law, Stream Monitoring, Biodiversity Assessment, Watershed Management, and Planning, and 10 years of experience in the environmental non-profit field.

Victoria Garufi:  BS, Psychobiology, Long Island University's Southampton College. Victoria, a native of Yonkers, joined Beczak Environmental Education Center in 2005 as an educator responsible for designing and implementing interactive educational programs as well as maintaining exhibits and aquaria.  Currently, as Director of Education for CURB, she is responsible for the oversight and direction of the education department.  She continues to conduct programs to children of all ages and is passionate about teaching and connecting children to the natural environment. Over the years she has developed partnership and relationships with schools, community groups and other non-profit organizations.   Now a graduate student of SLC’s Art of Teaching program, she will continue to strengthen her education. 

Jason Muller:  BA in Environmental Studies, MS in Educational Technology, Ramapo College of New Jersey.  Jason Muller joined Beczak Environmental Education Center, now the SLC Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB), as an educator in 2008 and since then has also taken on the role of Outreach Coordinator.  As an educator, he is responsible for developing and teaching hands-on programs both off-site and at Beczak. He also heads up 2 weekly after school environmental clubs as well as Boy Scout programs. When Jason isn't in the classroom he is working in the field with CURB’s dedicated team of volunteers.  He also develops CURB’s monthly newsletter and manages the mailing list, website, and social media. Jason has previously held positions at New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s Meadowlands Environment Center, Brookdale Community College’s Ocean Institute at Sandy Hook, and as Park Ranger/Education Specialist for the National Park Service's Gateway National Recreation Area.