Joe Gonzalez, Educational Programs Director of Sales & Marketing
Joe joined the SCWA team in May of 2012 as a Wildlife Technician. Growing up in rural upstate New York, Joe quickly fell in love with the outdoors – leading to his decision to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry. After graduating in 2011, Joe worked at a flyfishing ranch in New Mexico as a guide, but felt the calling to come back East, where he was hired by SCWA. It has been an extremely rewarding experience to work in the field of conservation, as well as teach the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts about the importance of the natural world.
Abby Zabrodsky, Director of Camp Leopold
Abby Zabrodsky has joined our team as the new director of Camp Leopold, SCWA’s school-year natural resource education program. Abby first joined the SCWA team back in Fall 2020 as a Camp Leopold instructor and had a large part in the success of the Camp Leopold +PLUS in-school program adapted due to the restrictions on field trips as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Born and Raised in Brookfield, IL, she grew up visiting family in Seattle, Washington which led to exploring national parks, national forests, and long stretches of amazing wilderness. Abby recalls, “From a young age, I had a great affinity for the outdoors—I was always on the lookout for cool insects or interesting plants. I developed a deep love for all things outdoors and became dedicated to conserving nature all around me.” Abby is excited to start her conservation education career at Camp Leopold: “I am especially looking forward to meeting students and educators from across the state, further developing our curriculum, and learning more about the wonderful ecosystems South Carolina has to offer. Growing up, I had so many wonderful outdoor educators who helped foster my love and curiosity of the outdoors. I am so excited to give back to my community by fostering that same passion for the outdoors in students across the state of South Carolina!”
My name is Hanna. I recently graduated from Texas State University with my B.S. in Wildlife Biology and a minor in art. I enjoy playing with my dogs, pet rats, and gerbils. I also enjoy biking, hiking, canoeing, archery, drawing, painting, learning to play banjolele, and bird watching. I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and spent lots of time as a camper and then as an instructor at Twilight Hollow Girl Scout Camp. Growing up I spent many summers on the community swim team. I have recently volunteered with several local bird research projects.
Hello, my name is Drake. I was born and raised in South Carolina graduating from the University of South Carolina with an associates degree. I have been working with this organization almost my entire life alongside my family in the nutritional field for SCWA. I even helped as a shooting instructor for Camp Woodie this past summer. I recently left that department and became an environmental educator for Camp Leopold in the fall of 2020. I am excited for this upcoming year to be able to assist children in becoming familiarized, comfortable and educated with the outdoors.
Harrison started his career with SCWA by working as a camp counselor at Camp Woodie during 2021. He then transitioned into a Camp Leopold instructor later that fall. Harrison has since been sharing his enthusiasm and passion with students across the state.
Hi, my name is Collin, and I graduated from Iowa State University in 2020 with a degree in Animal Ecology. I grew up with a forest preserve nearly in my backyard, and exploring it as a child is what developed my love for the outdoors. Since then, I’ve been able to do a lot of interesting things in the environmental field including working at a wildlife rehabilitation center, conducting foraging research on elephants in Thailand, working in an avian disease research lab, working in a genetics lab in Tasmania, Australia, and conducting wildlife surveys working with the Iowa State DNR. While I really enjoy backpacking, hiking, kayaking, bouldering, skiing and swimming, I am on board with almost any activity that involves being outside.