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Administration & Development Director

Bella Waters grew up in Nebraska, camping, biking and taking road-trips with her family to many national parks. She was introduced to environmental activism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned her BA in Communication and a minor in Environmental Studies in 2001. During her time at UNL she attended Humboldt State University through a distance education program, where she not only interned with the Northcoast Environmental Center, but became enamored with the mountains, rivers, coast and community. Since 2016 Bella has been Administrative and Development Director for the Northcoast Environmental Center. She enjoys vegetarian cooking, gardening, kayaking, backpacking and sharing her home with her husband Orion, two sons, Chewy the dog and Scotty the cat.

Email: bella@yournec.org

EcoNews Coordinator & Journalist

A resident of Eureka since 2017, Caroline Griffith is an avid public meeting attendee and can often be found at City Council and Board of Supervisors meetings. When asked as a kid what she thought she might be when she was 35, her response was “environmental something”. That prediction was fairly accurate, as environmentalism has been a factor in much of the political work that she has done.
She is excited to highlight the intersections of environmentalism and social justice that are happening in Humboldt County. Email: caroline@yournec.org

Chelsea Pulliam moved to the North Coast in 2011 and graduated from H.S.U. with a degree in Environmental Management & Protection in 2015. Her time in Humboldt has cultivated a deep love for California’s unique landscapes, and a passion for ecological sustainability. She has worked for several environmental nonprofits allowing her to channel her passion of connecting the community to sustainable living. Chelsea is honored to be part of the Northcoast Environmental Center team, and hopes to contribute to their mission to conserve, protect, and celebrate ecosystems of the Northcoast.

Email: chelsea@yournec.org

Casey Cruikshank graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Recreation Administration and an emphasis in Eco-Tourism. She is an avid scuba diver and her life has revolved around the ocean and its inhabitants for as long as she can remember. She has over 70 houseplants and absolutely loves gardening. A lot of her spare time is spent on her NorCal Beach Clean project—hosting frequent public beach clean events questing for marine plastic removal and inter-tidal education (announcements are made on on instagram @norcalbeachclean if you’d like to participate). She absolutely loves Humboldt and is excited to be working with a group of people who dedicate their lives to understanding, conserving and protecting our local ecosystems.

Email: casey@yournec.org

Coastal Program Intern: Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Hi! My name is Ivy and I am a Wildlife major at Humboldt State University. I grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and welcome the opportunity to explore some of the issues facing other stretches of our state’s coastline. I am passionate about coastal ecosystems and am excited to help the NEC protect them!

Email: ivy.mcbride.m@gmail.com

Zero Waste Intern: Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Hi I’m Jackson and I’m a Environmental Science and Management Major at HSU. I enjoy the mountains, surfing, and the occasional Hot Pocket.

Email: jtc56@humboldt.edu

EcoNews Archive Intern: Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Hi! I’m Kaylin and I’m perusing a degree in Environmental Science and Management with a concentration in Policy and Planning at HSU. I have a deep passion for the environmentalism and all things related and would love to turn it into my life’s work one day.

Email: kaylinjeb@gmail.com