02.27.2015: New MC Regional Coordinator

Welcome to our new MC Regional Coordinator, Rachel Nash! by Lesley Vick

Rachael Nash has been passionate about nature since she was young, and spent as much of herchildhood as possible outdoors, growing up in rural NE Ohio. She holds a B.A. degree in Art, Biology and Environmental Studies from Hiram College, where she spent four wonderful years conducting research, working, and living at the J.H. Barrow Field Station. Taking a break from field biology, she spent time as a naturalist and environmental education instructor before joining the Peace Corps as a Natural Resource Conservation and Development volunteer.
    Rachael was sent to the Pacific Islands in 2005, and first fell in love with Micronesia during two amazing years teaching on the tiny outer island of Fais in Yap State, FSM.  She then moved to beautiful Palau to assist the Bureau of Marine Resources with sea turtle, dugong and crocodile conservation. Returning to Yap, she spent the past five years working for State Government as a grant proposal writer, fundraising for renewable energy, environment, and other community development projects.
    Throughout her time in the islands she now considers home, Rachael has been able to observe firsthand the strong relationship between the people and their environment, and the need for effective resource management.  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to conservation efforts in her new
role with the Micronesia Challenge.