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!”
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.
Hi, I’m Samuel Moody from Hampton, Virginia, and I went to school to study Radio Broadcasting. I started my educational background as a Music Teacher. I then came to Camp Woodie as a Camp Counselor in the summer of 2022, and loved fishing and having fun outdoors. I am excited to help educate tomorrow’s future.
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.
Hi, my name is Izzy Krzys, and I am from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. I studied Environmental Science and Film at Allegheny College. My dream is to be an environmental filmmaker for National Geographic. I want to use my time at Camp Leopold to spread my passion for Wildlife Conservation to our future generations!
Hey everyone! My name is Cameron Puckett, and I’m from Lake Wateree, South Carolina. I’m a senior at the University of South Carolina studying Tourism Management. My outdoor background includes being a Park Ranger for 3 years while also being a Cabin Counselor for Camp Woodie this past summer. My goal in life is to become an Outdoor Educator for a National Park! My mission for the school year is to educate and encourage kids to go outside and enjoy some of God’s best creations!
Hey guys, my name is Jami Lisenby, and I’m from Chesterfield, South Carolina. I attended Anderson University, studying High School Education. I have been a Shooting Instructor at Camp Woodie for the past two summers which is how I found out about my position now. With my love for camp, passion for the outdoors, and educational background, I plan to encourage and inspire future generations to become lovers of nature and respect the outdoors.
My name is Tracie Holladay, and I’m from Manning, South Carolina. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time outside. This past summer I worked for Camp Woodie as a Fishing Instructor. My educational background paired with my love for the outdoors makes me super excited to educate other students during the Leopold season this year.