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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.

Elisa Caref: BA in History, DePaul University, MA in Environmental Conservation Education, New York University.  Elisa is a Brooklyn native who joined CURB in September 2017 as Director of Education. An avid non-formal educator for over a decade, she was previously the educator and then Director of Education at The River Project, teaching New York City students and teachers about Hudson River ecology, biology, and chemistry. She has also been an adjunct Ecology professor at Yeshiva University, as well as a gardening instructor at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. She is especially excited about building new lesson plans and continuing to change perceptions about how clean the river actually is. She also really loves fish. 

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.