Holly Borer is a kindergarten teacher at Chieftain Elementary. This is her eighth year of teaching for the Logan-Hocking School District. Prior to becoming a teacher, she was an Education Specialist for Hocking Soil & Water Conservation District and worked on Slate Run Farm’s 1880’s farm. Holly enjoys sharing with others the cool things she finds outside using Instagram and Facebook. People enjoy sending her blurry pictures of things they find outside to ID them.
Katrina Carpenter has worked as Education Specialist with Perry County Waste Reduction and Recycling since 2007. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Conservation Education & Mgmt. from OU; associates degree in Recreation & Wildlife Management- Interpretive Methods from Hocking College. Prior to her move to Perry County she worked for many years in eastern Ohio as a Soil and Water Conservation technician and educator; taught high school vo. ed. natural resources & environmental technology; and also worked in parks, wildlife and forest conservation. Katrina is grateful for the opportunity to finally work in a position that encourages everyone to WASTE LESS and Recycle RIGHT for the good of future generations!
Andrew Hoffman is a Ph.D. candidate at The School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University, studying the effects of active forest management on timber rattlesnakes in southern Ohio. He has a Masters of Science from Missouri State University and a Bachelors of Art from Hanover College. He is also passionate about wildlife education and awareness and has reached hundreds of people through outreach programs with rattlesnakes. Since early 2020, he has maintained the YouTube channel, Life Underfoot, which has reached tens of thousands of people.
Rachel Kallimanis is a preschool teacher at Chieftain Elementary with the Logan-Hocking School District. This is her 15th year, serving in preschool all 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Master’s in Classroom Teaching. She also is a founder and serves on the board for the Hocking Hills Children’s Museum, which is in the beginning stages.
Jason Kallimanis is self-employed contractor but also holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. He served as the President of the Chieftain Elementary PTO for five years.
Rachel and Jason are married and surviving raising two teenage girls and love exploring their property in Logan to observe the local wildlife that call it home.
Susan Setterlin graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental education. Before she graduated, she volunteered for the Ohio Wildlife Center, Columbus Zoo, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where she shared her interest and passion for nature with children and adults. After graduation, she worked in the education department at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium for 12 years. During that time, she also became a certified facilitator for Project Wild, Project Wet, Project Learning Tree, and the Leopold Education Project, training educators how to turn kids on to the out-of-doors. Susan became active in Columbus Audubon and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center by serving on its board and as an education chairperson and eventually OYBC (Ohio Young Birders Club) as an advisor. “There are two things that interest me: People’s relationship with each other, and people’s relationship to land.” — Aldo Leopold. Susan’s passion to connect people with nature exemplifies Aldo Leopold’s principle of a “land ethic.”
Courtney Silver-Peavey came all the way from Chico, California, to work on her Ph.D. in Dr. Popescu’s Lab studying conservation and carry-over effects in amphibians. She graduated with her master’s from California State University, Chico in 2017 studying the vocalizations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. Since graduating with her master’s, she has been teaching in the Biology Department and the Geology and Environmental Science Departments at CSU Chico, even receiving the Biology Excellence in Teacher Award in her last year before moving to Ohio. Along with working on her PhD, she is also working with the California Fish and Wildlife and the Forest Service on an amphibian translocation project in Northern California.