Upon returning the South, Brenna took an AmeriCorps VISTA position, intent on beginning a corps to offer the corps experience to youth in the region she was raised. Brenna began her conservation career as an AmeriCorps member on a California Conservation Corps, Backcountry Trail crew in 2002. Upon completion of her backcountry season, Brenna’s passions of conservation work and youth development lead her to Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Colorado. During the past ten years she has cultivated her experience through multiple seasons on U.S. Forest Service trail crews, and through holding numerous positions at corps programs. Prior to her commitment to conservation, she attended University of Louisville majoring in Political Science. In her free time, she can be found recreating and exploring with her husband and Kiva Dog.
Sarah entered the conservation world in 2014 as a corpsmember at Southeast Conservation Corps. She has served as both corpsmember and a crew leader. Sarah is a local resident of Chattanooga and a graduate of Sewanee: University of The South. Sarah grew up in southeast Tennessee with a love for mountains and creeks. Sarah loves the corps world for its vast variety of people and energy.
James joined the Southeast Conservation Corps in 2019, a humble Arkansan nearly completing the United States loop of AR>NV>MT>TN. With a background teaching Latin and studying psychological film theory, James made the obvious transition to the conservation world as an Americorps participant with the Nevada Conservation Corps, where he trained to lead others and cut more than his fair share of Tamarisk. After two summers as a staff lead with the Montana Conservation Corps, he jumped into the permanent staff world there as the Wildland Restoration Field Coordinator, developing a program to treat invasives and restore habitat across Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas. Many a weed fell to the might of his backpack sprayer. James loves public lands but continues his work in the corps world to help people and communities to grow. James loves music, experimenting with food, playing the banjo poorly and the occasional Spartan Race!
Since graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2011, Matt has spent nearly seven years working in conservation. He worked on the Pacific Crest Trail in California with the Student Conservation Association and spent a year with the Coconino Rural Environment Corps based out of Flagstaff, Arizona. From 2015 until 2018, Matt worked as the Glen Farm Coordinator in Nashville with the Land Trust for Tennessee. After this, he served as a Crew Leader for the Southeast Conservation Corps in Chattanooga. In the interim, Matt has pursued various experiences ranging from a 12-day course with the Alaska Mountaineering School out of Talkeetna, Alaska, to spending 12 weeks walking across his home state in 2013 with a project called the Tennessee Walking Men. Matt is also an aspiring novelist and believes himself to be a foreign-service diplomat in some alternate, parallel dimension of the multiverse.
Program Officer for arts and culture projects with the Lyndhurst Foundation
Business & Community Access Director; Lead for Water Quality Program at Tennessee River Gorge Trust
Senior Planner at Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regonal Planning Agency