Emily grew up in Ionia, Michigan, but much prefers the northern woods and lakeshore of the Big Lake. Now calling Arcadia home, she started working with the Invasive Species Network in June 2015.
Graduating from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Natural Resources Management, Emily has worked across much of the conservation field spectrum in various parts of the state and country. Jobs with the Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service, AmeriCorps, and a small conservancy in northeast Michigan have led to experiences with invasive species management, trail building, and environmental education. She also gained backcountry leadership and wilderness medicine skills during a course with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Sweden and Norway. In her free time, Emily loves to trail run, hike, mountain bike, and cross-country ski - anything to get outdoors. She also enjoys reading, painting, baking, staring at Lake Michigan, and spending time with her husband, Joe, and dog, Finn.