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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.

Christina Edsall: BA in Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley, MA in Environmental Conservation Education, New York University. Christina is the newest member of CURB, joining the team in April, 2022 as Director of Education. She has been working in environmental, E-STEM, and stewardship education for almost a decade. She began her career teaching with environmental organizations in the Pacific Northwest. After participating in 2 years of Peace Corps service in Panamá, she stayed in Latin America and collaborated with communities in areas of waste management, forestation, public health and eco-tourism. Before joining CURB, she previously worked in teacher professional development at the New York Botanical Garden. Since moving to New York in 2018, she has a newfound passion for youth connection to nature and environmental injustice issues.

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.

Kathalene Lamboy: BS in Marine Environmental Science, SUNY Maritime College. Katie Lamboy is a Bronx native with a passion for her local environment and community. As a youth living within an incredibly urban neighborhood, it seemed impossible to be able to follow her dreams of becoming a scientist and conducting meaningful research. This long imagined dream became reality when she enrolled in the Marine Environmental Science degree program and graduated with high honors from a little college present within her home borough of the Bronx, SUNY Maritime. Obtaining a degree with a minor in Marine Biology, Katie sought out to learn and was accepted as Education Intern for the Bronx River Alliance in 2011. After a 3 year position as exhibit guide for the Bronx Children's Museum, Katie has returned to the Bronx River Alliance as head of the education and on-water recreation program from 2014-2019. Her efforts in making urban river learning fun and engaging have been recognized and she has been awarded as an Everyday Hero by Urban Health Plan in 2016 as well as the Keeping It "Reel" environmental education award by Bronx Council on Environmental Quality (BCEQ) in 2018.