PTNY welcomes new staff

PTNY is excited to welcome two new staff to the office. Jonathan Duda brings extensive experience in non-profit park and outdoor recreation management to a new communications and administrative position, while Aimee Beaudette will focus on conservation issues as the latest Arthur Savage Intern.bio_image_Jonathan_Duda

Jonathan joined the PTNY staff in October of 2014 bringing over a decade’s worth of experience with non-profit organizations ranging from outdoor education centers to New York State historic sites.  A native of the Albany area, he relocated from the Capital Region spending nearly ten years in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains at the Ashokan Center as an instructor, event coordinator, and eventually departing as the Marketing Manager of the thriving outdoor education center and conference facility.  His hometown beckoned him to return in 2010 where he settled into the vibrant Pine Hills neighborhood of Albany.  While balancing multiple part-time gigs (juggling five at one point!), including a self-created travelling music program called Let’s Drum, his four seasons as the Executive Director of the Grant Cottage State Historic Site introduced him to PTNY. Aside from his love of making noise as a percussionist, he possesses a lifelong passion for the outdoors, beginning with making his own bike trails as a child in his neighborhood woods. A road and mountain biker, hiker and curious explorer, and thus a constant patron of our open spaces, Jonathan is excited to share his enthusiasm with Parks & Trails NY.

The recently awarded Arthur V. Savage intern, Aimee Beaudette, is a senior in Environmental Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Aimee has worked AimeePicturealongside park volunteers for a number of years and through her work with an undergraduate service organization she has organized park clean-ups and trail building days. With a considerable interest in conservation she hopes to apply her enthusiasm and background in environmental science to advocacy efforts while here at PTNY. In her free time she enjoys hiking, running, preparing local food, and reading.

Welcome Aimee and Jonathan!

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