RTPEC Staff Biographies
Heather Kordula, Education Program Manager
Heather Kordula has a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.S. in Environmental Education. She worked as an intern with the Rhode Island Audubon before moving to Connecticut to work for several years as an environmental program educator and field trip coordinator for Common Ground Environmental Education Center in New Haven. Heather spent the next two years as a Pre-k teacher at a Reggio Emilia inspired early learning center. Additionally, Heather worked for two summers as an Education Coordinator for the Yale Peabody Museum. Heather is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day education operations of the RTPEC.
Joe Attwater, Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Joe has a B.S. in Wildlife & Conservation Biology from the University of Rhode Island. During college he assisted with graduate research on migrating songbirds and seabirds, and turned to sustainable food systems after graduating. He worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two years focusing on local agriculture. Joe promotes and coordinates our community programming, oversees the volunteer program as well as assists in teaching our K-12 education program and adult and family programs.
Morgan Allen, Teacher-Naturalist
Morgan Allen earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Colby-Sawyer College in 2015. She spent seven years working for the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Westbrook, ranging from SCA intern, Teacher, Island Keeper, Biologist intern and YCC crew-member. She has also worked for Meig’s Point Nature Center at Hammonasset State Park, educating the public and caring for animals. Additionally, Morgan has spent two summers working as the Conservation Commission Intern for the Town of Westbrook landscaping, educating the public, and taking surveys on Salt Island. Morgan assists in implementing our K-12 education program, Science in Nature, as well as leading adult, family and youth programs.
Jim’s primary responsibility is to apply principles of conservation biology to land management activities at the Deer Pond Farm Sanctuary in Sherman and other sanctuaries in western Connecticut. In addition, he enthusiastically assists with a variety of public education activities at Deer Pond Farm and with the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme.
Jim has two decades of fieldwork experience with birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and aquatic insects in far-flung locations from his roots in New England to the Pacific Northwest, Belize, and Hong Kong. He earned a B.S. degree in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont, and a M.S. degree in conservation biology from the State University of New York in Syracuse. He is currently completing a dissertation on wetland restoration for biodiversity conservation for a Ph.D. degree from SUNY. Jim joined the Connecticut Audubon Society staff in 2017.