Meet Our Staff
We are fortunate to have an experienced, dedicated, and passionate staff that keeps our organization running smoothly.
Christine Nolan, Executive Director
Christine has been working with SJLWT in some capacity since 2003. She has a degree in Geography from UCLA, which was instrumental in SJLWT’s work with watersheds.
Christine also serves as an adjunct professor of Geography at Rowan University and has served on her municipality’s Environmental Commission and Open Space Committee.
Michael Hogan, Program Manager
Michael is a nature photographer turned environmental consultant; he serves on the Atlantic County Environmental and Parks Advisory Board and is extremely active in protecting the Pinelands. Michael is incredibly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna that are unique to South Jersey, and passionate about preserving the habitats of these species. Michael organizes all of SJLWT’s volunteer opportunities, monthly Community Clean-ups and monthly Nature Walks.
Phil Arsenault, Environmental Steward
Phil has volunteered with SJLWT since 2010. He became a staff member in October, 2014. As a steward, Phil assists in cleanups and stream macroinvertebrate studies, protecting rare plant habitats, and managing SJLWT preserved open space.
Before joining SJLWT, Phil interned with an environmental nonprofit addressing urban greenway development in Camden and served as an AmeriCorps member conducting outreach and volunteer opportunities in the Maurice, Cohansey and Salem River watersheds. In addition to SJLWT, he works for a private land consulting business and is an amateur botanist and birder.
Ken Atkinson, Land Program Manager
Ken Atkinson helped to preserve over 13,500 acres while working as the Director of the Gloucester County Office of Land Preservation. Over the course of his 30-years working in the environmental field, he’s also created environmental programs for various parks, including Red Bank Battlefield and Scotland Run Park and later served as the Gloucester County’s Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator where he drastically increased Gloucester County’s recycling rate. For his work, he was awarded the Special Service to Agriculture Award from the Gloucester County Board of Agriculture. Ken is now SJLWT’s Land Program Manager where he oversees our farmland and open space preservation projects.
Jody Carrara, Program Coordinator
Jody Carrara is our Program Coordinator. She manages our water quality monitoring programs including our rain garden projects and water quality education programs. Jody has worked in the environmental field for over 30 years. During that time, she monitored bald eagle nests, started the Concerned Citizens of Cape May County organization, and won an Audubon Award for her work.
Jim Hansen, Communications Coordinator
Jim has worked for a variety of environmental nonprofits throughout South Jersey for the past several years. He first joined SJLWT helping conduct stream assessments and assisting with Stream School. He currently helps with some of our preserves as well as monitoring our social media pages and events. Jim is a graduate of Stockton University and is a certified National Geographic Educator. In his time off he likes to take nature walks, work with rehabilitated wildlife, and travel.
Sam Marandola, Program Assistant
I initially went to Stockton University to pursue a degree in Geology, but later transferred to Wilmington University and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. I did however eventually revisit my love for the natural world, and heavily immersed myself in all the information I could absorb about geology, our local flora and fauna, migrating birds, and my personal favorite: pines- including their evolution, distribution, and habitat. I'm also a songwriter/musician, and perform under the name Oldest Sea. I love to travel and to hike, and I can very often be seen hanging out with my two Chihuahuas, Toody and Jennifer.