Carrie joined the MHLC team at the end of March, following the departure of Daron Blake who left at the beginning of the month for a position with the Land Trust Alliance. In her new role, Carrie will be working to promote and increase public awareness of the Conservancy by executing MHLC’s strategic communications plan–both writing content and designing graphics for the website, print communications, and social media outreach efforts, as well as engaging local media with the Conservancy’s conservation announcements. Many of you will get to know Carrie as she will also be managing MHLC events and volunteers.
Carrie holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and began her career as an illustrator, freelance artist, and art instructor. She has worked for several Chicago-area non-profit organizations, including the International Museum of Surgical Science, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Her artwork, which includes hundreds of animal identification illustrations, are still on display in two permanent exhibits at the Shedd Aquarium. Carrie moved to the Delmar with her husband and two children in 2014. Upon relocating, she began working in communications and marketing at the System Dynamics Society in Albany.
Over the years, Carrie has been very involved with volunteer work, particularly at the schools her children have attended. Since moving to Delmar, one of her favorite roles is volunteer gardener at the local middle school. A great believer in the value of volunteering in one’s community, Carrie is looking forward to working with the Conservancy’s volunteers and hopes to see many new recruits.
Carrie loves to draw plants and animals in her free time and looks forward to exploring the MHLC preserves in search of new subjects.