Jen Schnakenberg

PPC Staff member Jen Schnakenberg

Jen grew up near the edge of Frick Park, and continues to explore Pittsburgh’s urban forest. As Education Partnership Coordinator, she helps connect more than 1,000 school children (and their…

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Brandon Riley

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As a child, Brandon had a strong connection with the natural world, and could often be found outside studying frogs and insects in the woods around his parents’ New Hampshire…

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Catherine Qureshi

Catherine Qureshi has been with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy since 2014. She has served in a variety of roles including: Director of Administration and Finance, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief…

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Brandon McCracken

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Brandon was first introduced to the Parks Conservancy as a college intern with the Horticulture and Forestry team. He spent that fun-filled summer removing invasive plants, tending to public gardens,…

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Zak Koval

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Originally from Johnstown, PA, Zak grew up frequenting parks and playgrounds as often as he could. Still a kid at heart, he was thrilled to join the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy…

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Lydia Konecky

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Soil has always been an important part of Lydia’s life. When she was five years old, her grandparents emigrated from Ukraine to live with her family in Pittsburgh. They transformed…

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Julie Jameson

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Julie grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania, just outside the Allegheny National Forest. After moving to Pittsburgh, spending time in local green spaces was her way to connect with nature from…

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Kathryn Hunninen

PPC Staff member Kathryn Hunninen

Kathryn grew up playing in Frick Woods and her love of nature was solidified by many camping, backpacking, and canoeing trips with her family. A strong desire to learn about…

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Patty Himes

PPC Staff member Patty Himes

In her signature bandana, Patty has been an educator, mentor, and learner for her entire adult life. A Naturalist Educator at the Parks Conservancy, Patty can typically be found in…

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