Elaine is the Habitat Restoration Program Coordinator. She coordinates VWRC restoration projects; working with public and private landowners, crews, and volunteers. Her most recent experience prior to working with Friends was working for the Coconino National Forest in Fossil Creek Wild & Scenic River. This is where she developed a strong attachment to the Verde River and its tributaries. She learned that this watershed is unlike any other and so crucial and important to wildlife and humans from all over. Before the Forest Service, she spent her career in the non-profit sector serving two 1700-hour AmeriCorps terms leading and coordinating projects in trail construction, invasive species removal, and fire mitigation. She also earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from University at Buffalo. She is very excited to work to restore the beautiful and wonderful watershed of the Verde Valley.