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Community Service

I have taken an active role in my community by volunteering for a number of organizations and projects.  I have been most active in the areas of public outreach; the following activites are discussed in greater detail in my Educational Outreach and Research Pages:

 Science Education and Conservation
  • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis 
  • Koror State Department of Conservation and Law Enforcement
  • Birch Aquarium
 Disaster Mitigation and Management
  • United States Geological Survey
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency/City of Seattle Project Impact
  • Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research

Additionally, I have served extensively for the following organizations:

UC Cooperative Extension 4-H Agua Pura Program
– 2007

Agua Pura focuses on water-related public health issues in Latino communities around Santa Barbara. As a volunteer, I manned informational booths at local festivals and fairs, and conducted interviews in Spanish to determine views on water use issues to inform campaigns promoting public health.

American Red Cross – 1996-2000

I volunteered at the King County American Red Cross chapter, in the disaster services division. I was a member of the Youth in Emergency Services group, and trained to join a disaster action team. I also served as the president of the University of Washington chapter of the Red Cross University Leaders.

Habitat for Humanity – 1996-2001

I helped establish an international chapter of Habitat for Humanity on the University of Washington campus, and served for two years as its public relations officer. I worked on a number of build projects with HFH International, participated in regional conferences, and initiated a project with the City of Seattle, conducting non-structural seismic retrofits in public schools.

Maranatha Volunteers International/Puget Sound Adventist Academy – 1992, 1994, 2002

I went on mission trips to Mexico in 1992 and 1994 with PSAA and Maranatha Volunteers International, where I served as a mason, brick cutter and interpreter. On these trips, we built two churches, and provided social services to rural communities. I also helped lead 60 students and staff from PSAA on a mission trip in 2002 to build a school in Costa Rica. I was the primary translator, negotiator and purchaser for the group, and coordinated local support for our project.