Nature Program Manager
Administrator Assistant /Naturalist
Charles, also known as “Karcsi”, is a former student at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES). He will be going to Stevens Institute of Technology in the Fall as a chemical engineering major. Throughout Charles’ high school career, he completed three independent research projects involving Microbial Fuel Cell technology and Plastic Pyrolysis. Charles is an avid birder and a volleyball player. He loves classic rock and R&B Soul. If you want to find out more, check out his website at http://charleshomoki.weebly.com/.
Hailey started working at IBSP as an intern in the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center in high school and has been working as a Naturalist at IBSP for four summers. She is a sophomore in the Honors College at Rutgers University double-majoring in Biological Oceanography and Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, as well as pursuing a certificate in Environmental Geomatics. Hailey is a huge nature-lover who is going to be attending Rutgers University in the fall to study marine biology. In her spare time, Hailey loves crafting, baking, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends. She plans on pursing a career as a researcher.
Elaine is currently an educator in the Central Bucks School District in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Her love of nature and water brought her to Island Beach State Park as a volunteer during the summers in the early 1990’s. During this time, she helped with the early kayak tours, the herbarium mounts, banding osprey, displays, and seining before becoming part of the seasonal staff. Elaine graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and minored in American history and received her Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision from Rider University.
Sue received her B.A. in Geography from Hunter College in NY. She has worked as a volunteer on many environmental projects including monitoring piping plovers, trail maintenance and monitoring rivers in Monmouth County. She has also worked as a Seasonal Naturalist at IBSP for the past four years. In her free time, Sue enjoys hiking and kayaking with her husband and son.
Sophia began volunteering at Island Beach State Park during her junior year of high school and now, a year later, has joined the Nature Program as a seasonal employee. Always having had a passion for the environment and wildlife, she participates in Project Terrapin, a program facilitated by the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, through which she aids in research and education about diamondback terrapins and raises hatchlings for eight months to be released. Having graduated in the Class of 2017, Sophia will be pursuing an education in Environmental Science at Stockton University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends and family.
Brendan is a second-year naturalist at Island Beach State Park. He graduated from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) in June 2017, and he is currently a sophomore at North Carolina State University, where he is pursuing a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Paper Science and Engineering. As an outdoors enthusiast, Brendan spends much of his time hiking, birding, kayaking, camping, and going to the beach. Additionally, he is a volunteer firefighter at Ocean Fire Company No. 1 in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
This is Emma’s first year working as a naturalist at Island Beach State Park. She attended the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science her freshman year, before transferring to Central Regional High School, where she actively participates as a cheerleader and a member of the National Honor Society. She also serves on the fundraising committee for the Class of 2019 and is the secretary for Student Congress. During her free time, Emma enjoys going to the beach, birding, and hanging with friends.
Joey is a first-year naturalist at Island Beach State Park. She is currently a senior at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES). Two years ago she began volunteering at Island Beach State Park and is happy to join the park naturalists this season. She is one of the two co-leaders of the Care division of Project Terrapin, a program in her school that is a volunteer, conservation and education initiative supporting the diamondback terrapin and its habitat. In Joey’s spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, sketching, crafting, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends.
Jordan is a first-year naturalist at Island Beach State Park. She graduated from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) in June 2018, and will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology with an Earth and Atmospheric Science major. She came about this major through four years of independent research on the topic of meteorology at MATES. During her high school years she also was a four year varsity cheerleader and played Lacrosse at Manchester Township High School. Jordan loves being near the water so she enjoys any activity involving it whether it be kayaking, fishing or just spending time at the beach. Additionally she enjoys country music, playing with her four dogs and hanging with friends.