Liz grew up in Irvine, California and moved north to attend college at U.C. Berkeley. She graduated with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and a minor in Conservation Resource Studies.
While pursuing Masters coursework in Ecopyschology and studying Permaculture, she met her husband when she showed up on a volunteer day for a nonprofit he helped start. Liz eagerly joined with her husband to coordinate volunteers to build sustainable gardens in schools, senior centers and community plots. Liz and her husband eventually brought their passion for sustainability and nature preservation to the Rogue Valley. They started a family and also eventually started the Village Farm with other community members interested in local organic agriculture. Liz has held a variety of jobs teaching children and leading environmental education. She has worked as a wilderness therapy field guide for teens, a service learning educator, sign language teacher, preschool director and teacher, garden teacher and an outdoor education instructor. Liz is passionate about sharing nature connections with young people and is happy helping The Crest serve children and the community through place-based education.
In Liz’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends relaxing and adventuring. She enjoys hiking, gardening, kayaking, and camping.
A fun fact about Liz is she climbed and summited Coto Paxi in Ecuador.