Delaware Nature Society Executive Appointments and 2018 Plans

HOCKESSIN, Del. (January 10, 2018) — Delaware Nature Society announces today that Brian Winslow has resigned as Executive Director of Delaware Nature Society, effective January 4, 2018.

Anne Harper, who is currently the Director of Sites, will serve as the Acting Executive Director. Anne has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership and management in organizations dedicated to environmental education and youth development. Anne is a gifted facilitator and innovator, having created and implemented community development education programs on a regional and national scale.

Current Director of Development and Marketing Joanne McGeoch will be the Acting Deputy Executive Director. Joanne has 15 years of leadership experience in development serving non-profits throughout the greater Philadelphia region, the last 10 years of which have been environmentally focused. With an emphasis on fundraising and capacity building, her expanded role will support strategic growth and impact.

Over the last six years, Brian’s impact on the organization includes growing Delaware Nature Society in both in size and stature, mounting the Clean Water Campaign, beginning the implementation of the Coverdale Farm Master Plan, and completing an organization-wide strategic plan with an emphasis on connecting people to nature at our preserved lands and sites. Delaware Nature Society thanks Brian for his many contributions to the organization and his long-time passionate advocacy on behalf of Delaware’s natural resources. Both Brian and Delaware Nature Society have worked hard to ensure that this transition will be seamless. We wish Brian well in his future endeavors.

The leadership team, including Brenna Goggin, Director of Advocacy, Ginger North, Director of Conservation, and Helen Fischel, Director of Education & Organizational Development, has deep tenure and leadership experience in non-profit administration. They are looking forward to a bright future for Delaware Nature Society.

2018 will be an exciting and ambitious year for Delaware Nature Society, including taking proactive measures on many important issues on behalf of our environment. Our 2018 Advocacy policy agenda will focus on three main areas:

  • Ensuring Clean Water by encouraging investments at the state and federal level to improve water quality;
  • Safeguarding Land & Habitat Protection through the protection and preservation of open spaces, providing habitat for wildlife, replenishing our drinking water supply, and removing pollutants from the air; and
  • Adapting for Changing Climate and Clean Energy by supporting efforts to slow and limit the damage caused by climate change, including improving energy conservation and efficiency, adopting renewable sources of energy, and promoting the reduction of greenhouse gases.

In addition to our advocacy initiatives, Delaware Nature Society will begin laying the foundation and framework for our Regenerative Agriculture program at Coverdale Farm Preserve. The largest contiguous property owned by the organization, Coverdale’s 377 acres of nature preserve and agricultural lands will demonstrate that farming, when done using regenerative practices focused on soil health, water quality and biodiversity, can have a positive impact on the environment.

As we’ve done for the last 53 years, Delaware Nature Society will continue our commitment as a leader in Environmental Education by serving our community through high-quality nature-based education programs for all ages.

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About DelNature

DelNature’s mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all.

Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for educational programming, conservation, and advocacy, providing the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.            

DelNature manages over 2,000 acres of land statewide, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: : Ashland Nature CenterAbbott’s Mill Nature CenterDuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve.

Organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on: working and natural lands, healthy waters, and protecting habitats and wildlife.

Currently, thousands of members and over 1,000 volunteers assist core staff and interns to support DelNature’s mission and help our year-round educational programs, conservation, and advocacy efforts continue to improve and grow.

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