Staff

Steve Biasetti, Director of Environmental Education

Steve Biasetti served as Group for the East End’s Environmental Analyst from 1989 to 2005, and is currently its Director of Environmental Education. Steve is involved in all aspects of GEE’s classroom, field and adult education programs. He earned a B.A. in Biology from College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and an M.E.M. in Forest Resource Ecology from Duke University (Durham, NC). His interests include wildlife-watching, outdoor recreation, sports, and North American travel. Since 1996, Steve has coordinated the Fauna-thon, a day-long wildlife search to raise funds for the Group.

631-765-6450 ext. 205 • sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org

Robert S. DeLuca, President

Robert S. DeLuca has served as President and CEO of Group for the East End since 1992. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Fordham University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse. Prior to joining the Group, Bob worked as both a Biologist and Senior Environmental Analyst with the Suffolk County Office of Ecology and taught environmental advocacy and policy as an adjunct professor for Long Island University, Southampton, for over 15 years. Bob began his career with the Group in the mid-1980s as an Environmental Analyst. In this role, Bob developed the Group’s first environmental outings and community education programs.

office 631-765-6450 ext. 213 cell 631-495-0601 • bdeluca@eastendenvironment.org

Kristina Lange, Director of Membership

Before joining the Group Kristina Lange was Director of Marketing & Communications at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons for 10 years. She worked for Smith Barney and Lord Abbett & Co. in Manhattan and after 11 years started a new career in not-for-profit marketing and fundraising at God’s Love We Deliver. A nature enthusiast, she has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, trekked the Annapurna mountains in Nepal and and has a love for boating, skiing and animals. Originally a summer resident of Shelter Island, she lives there full time now.  She holds a B.S. in business management from Ithaca College.

631-765-6450 ext. 216 • klange@eastendenvironment.org

Jennifer Hartnagel, Senior Environmental Advocate

Jennifer Hartnagel graduated with a B.A. in Geography from James Madison University in 2004. In an effort to pursue her passion for environmental issues she earned a M.S. degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. Jenn began working as an Environmental Advocate in January of 2007.

631-765-6450 ext. 211 • jhartnagel@eastendenvironment.org

Jennifer Skilbred, Communications Specialist

Jennifer Skilbred is a Sag Harbor native who earned her B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science from Lehigh University, where she concentrated on aquatic ecology. She went on to earn an M.E.M. in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University.  Before coming to the Group, she worked on an inter-organizational project at World Wildlife Fund. Jennifer joined the Group in January 2007 as an environmental advocate and educator. She also worked as Peconic Estuary Program Outreach Coordinator for over four years.

631-899-3651 • jskilbred@eastendenvironment.org

Christine Tylee, Stewardship Coordinator

Bio coming soon.

631-765-6450 ext. 208 • ctylee@eastendenvironment.org

Aaron Virgin, Vice President

Aaron Virgin comes to the Group from the Audubon Society, where he worked in several National, state and local capacities. Most recently he was Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary, Oyster Bay. Aaron has also worked as an environmental educator for the State of New York. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Plattsburgh State University, where he attended the prestigious Miner Institute and a M.P.S. in Wildlife Ecology & Management from the College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse. An accomplished ecotourism guide, some of his trips included Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Libya, Mali, The Gambia and Hawai‘i.

office 631-765-6450 ext. 218 cell 631-377-1303 • acvirgin@eastendenvironment.org

Missy Weiss, Environmental Educator

Missy Weiss earned her B.S. from Southampton College of Long Island University, M.S. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Stony Brook, and New York State certification in secondary science education from Dowling College. Prior to joining the Group as an Environmental Educator this April, she spent 4 years teaching middle school Science and Ecology in Florida and 2 years as an Environmental Educator and Site Director at S.C.O.P.E. and Western Suffolk BOCES’s Outdoor Learning Lab. Her love and interest in marine science, environmental education, and environmental conservation stems from her study abroad experiences at the School for Field Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Her hobbies include hiking, kayaking, giving her dogs exercise, and playing volleyball.

631-765-6450 ext. 219 • mweiss@eastendenvironment.org

Anita C. Wright, Assistant Director of Environmental Education

Anita C. Wright earned her B.A. from Tufts University and her M.S. in Environmental Education from Antioch New England Graduate School. In the fall of 1998, she joined Group for the East End as an Environmental Educator and she now serves as the Assistant Director of Environmental Education. Prior to working at the Group, she spent 5 years as an Outdoor Educator and Assistant Program Director for Boston University Sargent Center in New Hampshire where she taught environmental education and led high ropes courses, rock climbing and wilderness trips.

631-765-6450 ext. 206 • acwright@eastendenvironment.org