Conservation Corps Department Staff

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Eric Robertson
Director of Conservation Corps Programs

Eric Robertson started with WisCorps in August 2021 as the Director of Conservation Corps Programs. Before coming to WisCorps, Eric and his fiancé were thru-hiking the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Eric grew up in Madison, Wisconsin but had been out west living and working in California for the better part of a decade. More recently, he worked for the American Conservation Experience, another non-profit corps, as the Pacific West Director and was responsible for developing models and launching programs based in California, Oregon & Hawaii. Eric got his start in conservation corps as a AmeriCorps member in 2012 and then transitioned into a wilderness Crew Lead before pursuing AmeriCorps program support and non-profit administration. He holds a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 
 
When not at WisCorps, Eric enjoys backpacking; cross-county skiing, and hiking with his partner, Jenny. 
 
Eric is incredibly excited to settle in at WisCorps and to have the opportunity to contribute his expertise to an expanding conservation corps in his home state.

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Kevin Rossi
Field Coordinator

Kevin Rossi was born and raised in the great state of Michigan; (mid)west coast = best coast! After receiving his bachelors degree in Cinema Art and Science from Columbia College Chicago, Kevin spent several years as a manager at a movie theater before, looking for a change, he typed “Montana outdoor jobs” into Google. Four corps and five states (MT, ME, MA, CO and NH) later, Kevin just can’t seem to leave the woods, and is excited to continue his career in conservation back in the Midwest alongside a great staff at WisCorps.When not out in the field, Kevin enjoys playing the ukulele, reading a good book, and making others laugh.

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Paul George-Blazevich
Crew Program Manager

Paul began his conservation journey as a Crew Member with WisCorps in the spring of 2017. What was meant to be six weeks of service has turned into a five-year career with conservation non-profits. A Crew Leader position with the Arizona Conservation Corps brought him to Tucson, where his deep appreciation for the saguaro cactus flourished. Paul then worked as an Outreach and Donor Programs Coordinator from 2019 to 2021 with the Upper Valley Land Trust in Hanover, New Hampshire, exploring the White and Green Mountains on the weekends. He returned to Tucson in March of 2021 to join the Tucson Audubon Society Invasive Plant Strike Team. After developing his restoration skills and creating strong bonds with several amazing coworkers, he returned to the organization that began his journey in conservation. Paul was proud to begin his work as Crew Program Manager at WisCorps in March of 2022, fulfilling a dream of returning to WisCorps as a Conservation Corps staff member.

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Sara Remes
Field Coordinator

Growing up on a small farm in Minnesota, Sara grew a passion for nature at a young age. From exploring the prairie reserves down the road, to creating short nature videos with her mom, she knew where she liked to be and that was outside! In college she studied resource and land management and spent a lot of time researching trail management and landscape restoration vs preservation. After college she worked with the MN DNR at Minneopa State Park where she helped with park maintenance, native prairie restoration and maintaining a bison herd enclosure. She then moved to the beautiful driftless area and worked as a Snow Sports Director for a local ski hill before getting hired on as a crew leader with Wiscorps. From there she continued to run the Snow Sports department for the next 3 winters and was a field assistant for WisCorps for 2 more terms before leaving to complete a dream of hiking from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. After finishing the trail, she was drawn back to the driftless for another Snow Sports season before landing back at Wiscorps as a Field Coordinator. She looks forward to many more years in the field of conservation and dreams about which trail to through hike next!

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Holly Pierro
Individual Placement Coordinator

Holly Pierro grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. While her love of the outdoors didn’t begin until adulthood, this passion led her to working many seasonal jobs across the country including as a Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader with Montana Conservation Corps. Holly has worked mostly in Environmental Education, and eventually took on a Coordinator role at a small non-profit camp in California for three years. She is excited to join the Conservation Corps world again as the Individual Placement Coordinator!

Holly holds a Bachelor’s degree  in Zoology from Texas A&M University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Environmental Science from University of Idaho. When not at Wiscorps, she enjoys hiking with her husband and their two dogs.

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