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 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 Elizabeth. I am in my last semester of undergrad at the University of North Georgia, where I am studying biology. My goal is to become a vet. I grew up with dogs, cats, chickens, gerbils, African Grey parrots, and hawks. I enjoy playing soccer, tennis, rugby, and am currently learning volleyball. A few random facts about me are that I like Mexican food, music, and watching movies and tv shows.
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.