Welcome, Caroline and Elizabeth!

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We asked Caroline and Elizabeth some questions to help you get to know them better! Read them below.

Caroline’s Responses:

What brought you to Friends?

I’ve been raising funds for nonprofits for more than 30 years and I’m also a big user of our trail systems.  So, naturally, when I saw the opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge to benefit work that I’m passionate about, I was very excited.  I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of this amazing team at Friends of the Riverfront.

 

What are you most excited about at this job?

I see so much potential for expanding the membership and donor base to realize the strategic plans that the board and leadership have developed.  There are so many exciting and much-needed projects in the works.  I’m truly excited to be a part of the Friends team at this critical time.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and now I’m raising my two sons, Victor and John, here as well.  We call Squirrel Hill our home and spend a lot of time enjoying our neighborhood parks and local shops.  My oldest son is learning to cook and has pretty adventurous tastes.  So we frequent the farmer’s market and the Strip District shopping for local produce and special ingredients.

 

How do you use the Three Rivers Heritage Trail?

My friend and I walk on the Trail during our lunch break.  It’s a great way to get moving and to refresh and clear my mind before I return to work.  My youngest son is my weekend walking buddy and looks forward to exploring different sections of the Trail with me.

Elizabeth’s Responses:

What brought you to Friends?

I’ve had some opportunities to help coordinate volunteer service events and witness the incredible impact they can have. I love working with people who care deeply about their community, as well as getting every opportunity I can to work outdoors and this position as the Volunteer Coordinator at Friends offers both!

 

What are you most excited about at this job?

I am most excited about working with the volunteers and trail stewards. I’m new to Pittsburgh, so there is a lot I can learn from community members who have been using the trail for years. I’m looking forward to learning about local ecology and history as well as how to continue improving peoples’ experience on the trail.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I recently received my M.S. in Sustainability from the University of South Dakota. Prior to that, I taught environmental education in Connecticut, South Carolina, and New Zealand and served as an AmeriCorps NCCC member on the West Coast. I’ve loved getting the opportunity to move to new regions for work and build connections and friendships in these communities.

 

How do you use the Three Rivers Heritage Trail?

Since living in Pittsburgh (10 whole days!) I’ve used the Three Rivers Heritage Trail for walking, running, biking, and even a little canoeing in the Allegheny. I’ve gotten the chance to work at a few sites along the trail, but I’m looking forward to getting more familiar with the trail, rivers, and city.

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