From 2015-2018, the North Carolina Coastal Federation was a host site for a 10-month national service program in environmental education and outreach with AmeriCorps. The program focused on connecting people to the outdoors, while also developing future leaders in conservation. The federation hopes to continue this partnership in the future.

Kristin Gibson

AmeriCorps Coastal Community Engagement Specialist

Kristin recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in environmental studies. Although she spent most of her college years inland, Kristin grew up on the coast of Long Island and North Carolina. She has always been passionate about coastal habitats, but this passion was solidified when she spent a semester studying, researching and interning in the Outer Banks. Kristin works out of the Ocean office and is excited to explore coastal ecology with the community.

Reilly Kelly

AmeriCorps Coastal Community Engagement Specialist

Reilly recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in math from Mary Baldwin University. Although she attended school in the Shenandoah Valley, she is originally from the Outer Banks. Growing up on the coast is what fostered her love for the ocean and surrounding habitats. She is now excited to motivate the community to get outdoors to learn about the ecosystems that surround them. Reilly works out of the Wanchese office.

Kate Conery

AmeriCorps Coastal Community Engagement Specialist

Kate is a former federation intern who earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental science with a minor in geospatial technologies and a concentration in environmental conservation from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is originally from the Adirondack Mountains and moved to Wilmington in 2012, where she grew to love the coastal wetlands and beaches of southeastern North Carolina. Working out of the Wrightsville Beach office, she’s excited to inspire kids in the community to become environmental stewards and explore the many coastal habitats of the area. Kate enjoys running, yoga, traveling, cooking and spending time with her dogs.

2018 AmeriCorps Members
Kristin Gibson served a total of 1740 hours at the federation’s central office and Reilly Kelly served a total of 1738 hours at the federation’s Wanchese office. The Conservation Trust for North Carolina managed the program, which included a total of 14 host sites across the state and contributed to the education of over 22,000 individuals.

2017 AmeriCorps Members
Madison Douthitt served five months and 902.5 hours at the federation’s Wanchese office. The Conservation Trust for North Carolina managed the program, which included a total of 14 host sites across the state and contributed to the education of over 22,000 individuals.

2016 AmeriCorps Members
Erica Connery served 13 months and 2,614 hours at the federation’s Wanchese office, while Nina Quaratella served 13 months and 2,720 hours with the Wrightsville Beach office. The Conservation Trust for North Carolina managed the program, which included a total of 14 host sites across the state and contributed to the education of over 22,000 individuals.

2015 AmeriCorps Members
Amanda Miller served 1,511 hours with the federation’s Manteo office, while Zachary Lee served 1,816 hours at the Wrightsville Beach office. The Conservation Trust for North Carolina managed the program, which included a total of 14 host sites across the state and contributed to the education of over 22,000 individuals.