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 two black cats.
My name is Casey Cruikshank and I am very excited to be part of the NEC team! I graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Recreation Administration and an emphasis in Eco-Tourism. I am an avid scuba diver and my life has revolved around the ocean and its inhabitants for as long as I can remember. I have over 70 houseplants and absolutely love gardening. A lot of my spare time is spent working on my project NorCal Beach Clean. I host frequent beach clean events where I invite people in the community to join me on my quest for marine plastic removal and inter-tidal education. I make the announcements on instagram @norcalbeachclean, join me! I absolutely love Humboldt and it is a dream come true to be working with a group of people who dedicate their lives to understanding, conserving and protecting our local ecosystems.
EcoNews Editor, Web Director
Morgan Corviday, the NEC's EcoNews Editor since 2011, has been passionate about environmental issues for as long as she can remember. She learned an early lesson in environmental consequences when all of the tiny tree frogs that would appear every year in her yard as a child suddenly vanished after the local creek was sprayed for mosquitos. The frogs never returned.
Shortly after moving to Humboldt in 2000, she interned at the NEC cataloging environmental news clippings, and was impressed by the extensive environmental news library housed in the office under the guidance of then-director Tim McKay. She graduated from HSU with a B.S. in Natural Resources Interpretation, with emphases in graphics and ecology and a minor in Wildlife. She is also a graphic designer and musician.
Coastal Programs Coordinator
Madison Peters is the NEC Coastal Program Coordinator, where she focuses on keeping our beaches and watersheds clear of marine debris by organizing various beach cleanups like Adopt-A-Beach and Coastal Cleanup Day. She has been working with the NEC for four years while attending HSU as an Environmental Science and Management Major with an emphasis in Ecological Restoration. Madison also has a passion for communicating environmental issues through art, such as marine debris sculptures, cigarette butt sculptures and metal work. When she isn't cleaning up the beach or going to school, she loves to garden and agate hunt with her partner Shohei and cat Frisca.
Hannah Sargent is a recent graduate from Humboldt State University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Journalism. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she came to Arcata for school and has since fallen in love with the local ecology and the strong sense of community togetherness. With a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a desire to connect members of the community to environmental issues, Hannah is eager to utilize her journalism background to bring these important topics to light in a way that makes them accessible to the public. In her free time, she loves exploring the outdoors, doing yoga, reading, and cooking tasty plant-based food! She looks forward to this opportunity to combine her love for people and the environment in order to help foster a greater understanding of the connection between the two.
Tiffany Perez grew up in Orange County in Southern California. Currently, she is an HSU undergraduate where she is pursuing her passion for field work through a Wildland Soil Science degree. Being an active student, she helps in local ecological restoration projects through various clubs on campus. She works as the Office Assistant for the Northcoast Environmental Center and engages in community work through events hosted by the NEC. She loves exploring the outdoors, reading, baking and learning new skills and lessons every day. She hopes that through her experiences with the NEC, schooling and community work that she will be able to obtain a career that allows her to travel the world.