Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Mountain Institute Appoints New Appalachian Program Director

Vicki Fenwick-Judy is The Mountain Institute’s (TMI) new Appalachia Program Director. She will be taking up leadership for our ongoing environmental, watershed and wilderness education in the region, particularly focusing on underserved communities. Her responsibilities will also include identifying opportunities for the Institute to contribute to conserving nature while advancing sustainable economic development.

Ms. Fenwick-Judy joins TMI with a passion for community-based education. She currently serves as the West Virginia representative for the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Education Workgroup. Vicki is a lifelong resident of West Virginia and grew up working and playing in the mountains and rivers of the state. She received a Master of Arts in Psychology from Marshall University in Huntington, WV and started her career in education as a field instructor at The Mountain Institute. She developed and coordinated WV Sustainable Schools in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education, and also worked with the Canaan Valley Institute developing community-based education programs.

“We’re fortunate to have Vicki return to TMI in this capacity,” commented Dave Martin, Program Officer. “Her enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and focus on expanding our educational programming will be a great asset to the organization and our efforts in the region.”

Vicki Fenwick-Judy succeeds interim Appalachia Program Director, Kevin Stitzinger. Kevin stepped down at the beginning of 2014 after serving with TMI in various capacities for more than five years.

The Mountain Institute is a non-profit organization promoting economic development in mountain communities, conservation of mountain environments and support for mountain cultures, and has been working to advance outdoor education and stewardship in West Virginia since 1972. For more information, contact Braja Smith, Communications Specialist, at (304) 567-2632 or go to: 

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