Friday, July 27, 2007

ERC announces 2 new staff members

Express Staff Writer

Dan Goldstein and Tessa Westbrook

The Ketchum-based Environmental Resource Center is significantly expanding its staff with a new program director and an education coordinator.

"Together these positions will enable the ERC to deliver an entirely new level of service throughout our entire community," ERC Executive Director Craig Barry said.

The ERC's new program director, Dan Goldstein, is from Bend, Ore., where he started an environmental consulting business working in economic development and sustainable business planning throughout the western United States. With the ERC, Goldstein will oversee recycling and sustainability initiatives and other community outreach efforts in the Wood River Valley.

The ERC's new education coordinator, Tessa Westbrook, moved to Ketchum in 2001 to pursue her goal of skiing in the Olympics. After competing in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, she spent a year coaching with Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation before moving to Eugene, Ore., with her husband. There she earned her masters degree in Elementary Education and developed a passion for environmental education. At the ERC, she will oversee developing a new mobile natural learning center, the EcoCamp, the valley's only overnight ecology camp, as well as the ERC's youth and education programs.

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