A Tennessee native, Catey formed an early connection to the outdoors and first attended Tremont Institute in the sixth grade with her school.
Inspired by her time in nature, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Biology from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. After graduation, she completed an internship with the Fisheries Department in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and then hiked 400+ miles of the Appalachian Trail through Virginia.
Catey has worked in non-profit administration for nearly 15 years, most notably as SOAR’s Chief Financial Officer. She has a strong commitment to conservation, serving on the board of Conservation Trust of North Carolina and with their Future Leaders Conservancy advisory board. She brings a multitude of skills in leadership, finance, fundraising, development, non-profit management, programming support, marketing, and technology. Her certifications include CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and PADI Open Water Diver. Catey enjoys climbing, paddling and traveling in a restored vintage camper with her two children.
Kelly BarnesRegistrar and Database Administrator
Kelly grew up in South Georgia playing in the nearby fields, river, and blue holes. She loves the mountains and has vacationed in East Tennessee for many years. She had always felt that coming to Tennessee was like coming home, so she and her husband moved in 2021 and made it their home.
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family outdoors hiking, kayaking, and picnicking. She also enjoys gardening and beekeeping.
George BridwellGrounds and Facilities Assistant
As a native to northeast Tennessee, George has enjoyed and cherished the mountains of Appalachia his entire life. As a youth in scouting (where he earned the rank of Eagle,) George deepened his love for service to the community and the environment. Forever fascinated by the natural world, he found his home in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, eventually meeting the love of his life, Jenny, and their son, Carter. George enjoys camping, swimming in the mountain rivers, and loves dogs and wildlife.
With several decades of experience in social work, the automotive industrial workforce, National Park Service and facilities maintenance, George has found a home at Tremont “where I get the privilege of meeting new people and seeing the faces of discovery in all ages.”
Tonya CampbellDirector of Finance and Administration
Tonya grew up froggin’ and fishin’ in the Great Lakes of the upper peninsula of Michigan. Love for the outdoors was instilled at an early age. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She enjoys camping, hiking, biking, running, reading, and loves to bake! But most of all, she enjoys being still in the mountains, engulfed in its beauty….. AND graduated Tremont’s Southern Applalchian Naturlaist Certification Program (SANCP) in spring 2021 with skills to do so.
Erin CanterManager of Science Literacy and Research
Erin grew up in the swamps, springs, and coastal plains of Florida’s panhandle. She first found joy in discovery by feeding antlions in the sandy soils behind her house, and comparing hawk and owl feathers under a microscope. Erin received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Florida while assisting in research on aquatic invasive plants. After serving as an Environmental Education volunteer for the U.S. Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa, she returned to Florida and completed an M.S. in Biological Oceanography, with a research focus on microbial ecology. Erin has also been a youth crew leader for the Montana Conservation Corps in the Northern Rockies, and a young adult conservation crew leader based out of Tucson, Arizona. Erin enjoys kayaking, learning languages, swimming, campfires, her pup, and getting really excited about plants.
Elizabeth DavisField Programs Specialist
Elizabeth is a native East Tennessean who grew up backpacking and playing in the Smokies. She received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology from Middlebury College (in the Champlain Valley of Vermont) in 2012. After college she continued to explore the east coast, working at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, the Ashokan Center in the Catskills, and thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. She loves woodworking, exploring wild places, contra dancing, good books, dogs, spending time with family and friends, and dabbling in blacksmithing.
John DiDiegoEducation Director
John grew up catching snakes and turtles in the creeks of upstate South Carolina, and he has never lost his love of wild things and wild places. He has a BA in English Literature from Notre Dame and an MS in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In over 15 years experience in environmental education, he has worked in places as far-flung as New England, Georgia, Yosemite NP, and far eastern Russia; but there is no place he’d rather be than the southern Appalachians. He enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, turning over logs, and playing/singing folk tunes.
Tim DimickKitchen Cook
Tim has worked with several nonprofit, governmental, and private organizations in the areas of educational programming, green housing development, community planning, and energy efficiency. He is passionate about working with children from diverse backgrounds and finding creative ways for them to experience nature, outdoor activities, and a supportive community. He enjoys spending his free time with his 11-year-old son, biking, swimming, walking, and reading.
Laura FitzgeraldYouth Program Coordinator
Laura is originally from North Carolina but has been living in Idaho for the last six and a half years. The Smokies were a large part of her childhood growing up — every summer she would visit Mt. Leconte, Clingmans Dome, and all the others must-see sites. She received a BS in Natural Resource Conservation Management at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee NC and an MNR in Environmental Education and Science Communication at the McCall Outdoor Science School, a field extension of the University of Idaho. She has worked as a naturalist in the Sawtooth Mountains at the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association, and as a lead educator at the McCall Outdoor Science School. Her love for the Smoky Mountains and the area she called home for so long brought her back east and she is now excited to call the national park her home and workplace.
When not at work, Laura loves to hike/backpack, climb, forage, read, and make the things she finds from foraging into something delicious such as sweets or kombucha!
Bill GreenSales Associate
Bill was born and raised in southeast Tennessee where his love for the outdoors began around the creeks, lakes, rivers, mountains, and woods of the area. He joined the United States Air Force and, after twenty years of honorable service, he retired and moved back to this home state of Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Resources Management from Troy University. Bill is an avid hiker and, since moving to the local area in late 2015, he has hiked over 3500 miles in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He is a member of the 900 Miler Club having hiked all of the trails in the park — he has also hiked all of the nature trails and quiet walkways in the park. He previously worked at the Cades Cove Visitor Center and brought many years of retail management to the Tremont team. He enjoys talking with visitors and telling them about the history of Tremont and the park, and he especially likes talking with them about the numerous hiking destinations in the park. His hobbies include bicycling, hiking and photography.
Russell HeenieSales Associate
Russell has visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park his whole life and has lived in the area since 2004. He particularly enjoys that the park experiences all four seasons, giving him a chance to explore learning and share its history. If his face looks familiar to you, it’s because Russell has a long history of working for the park and park partners – he also works at Great Smoky Mountains Association and, before this role, he worked at the Cades Cove store and the Townsend Visitor Center.
Lauren JardineTeacher Naturalist
Lauren — referred to by a former student as “go with the flow Lo” — grew up in the suburbs of New York where she quickly learned city life is not for her. Escaping to the Adirondacks and woods of New England as often as she could, Lauren discovered the freedom and play a life in the outdoors provided and has made all life choices since based on getting back there. Lauren earned her B.S in Outdoor Recreation from Penn State and mostly spends time with her dog Koda, looking for bears, and listening to all the sounds nature and her friends have to share with her.
Lindsey KesslerTeacher Naturalist
Lindsey hails from the suburbs of Nashville, in Franklin, Tennessee, and grew up playing outside and exploring nature as much as possible. The Smoky Mountains run deep in her veins, having grown up visiting the park almost yearly and biking the Cades Cove loop with her family. Even before she was born, her parents loved the area so deeply they gave her the middle name of Cades, after the cove!
Lindsey earned her B.S. from Mississippi State University in Environmental Geosciences with a minor in Geospatial and Remote Sensing. While she was in school, she spent a summer as a Citizen Science Intern at Tremont, putting her on the path to a career in outdoor education. Her hobbies include reading, looking at trees, biking downhill, and admiring and identifying her ever-growing moth body collection (all expired naturally!)
Jeremy Lloyd Manager of Field and College Programs
Jeremy is an educator, writer, and musician who began teaching at Tremont in 1996. His current job title is his fifth since starting as a Teacher/Naturalist. For fifteen years he directed Tremont’s summer camp and internship programs. Today he oversees field programs including hiking weeks, photography workshops, and the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program, as well as college and university programs. A native of Western Pennsylvania, he received his B.A. from Calvin College and M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. His essays and articles have appeared in Sierra, High Country News, Fourth Genre, The Sun, North Carolina Literary Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, the anthologies Permanent Vacation and Hunting & the Ivory Tower and elsewhere. He is also the author of A Home In Walker Valley: The Story of Tremont and Great Smoky Mountains National Park Pocket Guide & Journal. He lives with his wife and son in Walland, Tennessee.
Wren K. LoganTeacher Naturalist
Wren K. Logan (they/them) is originally from LaFayette, Georgia. The outdoors have always been a huge part of their life — many of their childhood memories include hiking, fishing, and camping in and around the Smokies! They graduated in 2017 from Wittenberg University, a small liberal arts college in Springfield, Ohio, where they majored in biology and minored in both marine science and East Asian studies. After graduating, their life took a bit of a detour, and they spent three years teaching high school English in Nikko, Japan. Wren enjoyed teaching, but really wished to teach about ecology and natural history instead of English grammar, so they felt incredibly lucky when given the opportunity to join the Tremont staff as a teacher naturalist in August 2021. Wren’s favorite ways to spend time outside include birdwatching, hiking, and staring into creeks to see what kinds of fish they can see. When they’re not outside, they enjoy making music on their computer, playing around with watercolor, cooking vegetarian food, and caring for their pet guinea pig, Penelope.
Bridget LolandOffice Manager
Bridget is a “cajun girl” at heart from the bayous of south Louisiana and also has Native American Indian roots. She fell in love with the Great Smoky Mountains 30 years ago when her and her husband honeymooned in Gatlinburg. They have come back many times over the years to enjoy its majestic beauty and finally made it their home in 2018. Bridget has an extensive background in Administration, Sales and Customer Service. She is an accomplished singer, songwriter, recording artist and speaker, as well as a certified Life Coach. She and her husband enjoy having friends over for cookouts, serving in their local church and embracing all the outdoor activities the area has to offer.
Gus LongoTeacher Naturalist
Gus grew up playing in the woods of New York and Maine, where they loved making forts, collecting dirt, catching fireflies, and chasing falling leaves. A New Englander at heart, they attended Middlebury College and earned a B.A. in Physics while hiking and exploring the surrounding mountains. Over the last few years, Gus has had many homes while working as an environmental educator, naturalist, interpretive guide, and raptor trainer. They are so excited to have landed back at Tremont as a fully-fledged naturalist after working as an intern here in 2018. Among the many things they enjoy are camping, swimming, playing music, and tossing a frisbee.
Andy OttingerKitchen Cook
Andy grew up in the foothills of the Smokies. He has a deep love and appreciation for the southern Appalachians’ people and nature. He enjoys hiking and backpacking in the mountains. Aside from hiking and backpacking, he loves being outside and works with all manner of critters from goats to chickens to llamas. On his time off, you may find him shearing goats, riding horses, chasing cattle, drawing, or getting into some new craft project.
Dalton ReadManager of Grounds and Facilities
Dalton is an East Tennessee native born and raised in South Knoxville. He is a graduate of South-Doyle High School. He is an avid backpacker, musician, and Tennessee Volunteers fan. Dalton is the third youngest of 7 children. Growing up between the shadows of the Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Mountains, he naturally spent most of his time exploring the rivers, creeks, canyons, and peaks of these two mountain ranges. His favorite things to do are travel with his wife, listen to and play music, eat as much soul food as he can handle, watch Tennessee Vols football, swim in mountain rivers, and spend time with family and friends. His favorite quote is, “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” You’ll often find Dalton with a smile on his face and a helping hand in your direction.
Logan RosenbergManager of Youth Programs
Although he was born and raised on the eastern shore of Maryland, some of Logan’s favorite childhood memories were spent on vacation in the Smoky Mountains. He’s excited to have a job where he can help people make their own memories in such a special place. Logan has undergraduate degrees in English Literature and French Language from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and a M.A. in Environmental Education from Prescott College. He has spent a few years teaching in schools and outside, most notably doing farm and wilderness education on a farm in Northern California. Logan enjoys planning his future homestead with his wife, coming up with new nicknames for their cats and trying unsuccessfully to keep their beagle out of trouble. His favorite food is pad thai. Logan is a Level III Tracker certified by CyberTracker International and a certified Hidden Villa Naturalist.
Erin RosolinaMarketing Manager
Originally from from the tiny town of Bat Cave, North Carolina, Erin grew up in a house sandwiched between a river and mountain. Many of her earliest memories include watching tadpoles, swinging on kudzu vines and playing in a rhododendron fort with her brother. Erin earned a degree in sustainable community development from Berea College in Kentucky, and then went on to receive the Compton Mentor Fellowship. Erin has worked in marketing with regional and national nonprofit organizations for nearly a decade, and she is currently the chair of the board for the International Storytelling Center based out of Jonesborough, Tennessee. Erin lives in Knoxville with her husband, two cats and old dog. She can often be found hiking her favorite trails, rock climbing at her local gym or curled up on the couch with a good book.
Annie RothManager of the Teacher Network
Annie has been called to explore and connect with the land since she was young. Growing up in Michigan and going “up north” to her family’s little cabin on the weekends, she trounced in the Little Manistee river catching fish, finding frogs, getting messy, and always wondering. This forged her connection with nature at a young age. Her curiosity led her to pursue a career in education and share in the wonders of the world around her with others. Upon graduating from Grand Valley State University with her BA in English, life brought her to Nashville where she has taught and led within project-based learning schools across the city and earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle Tennessee State University. She is excited to now bridge her two loves – teaching and the outdoors – in working to connect people with nature alongside the Tremont team. In her spare time, you can find Annie obsessing over a newly found fungi, hiking in the backcountry with her husband and their pup, Maple, dabbling in fly fishing, or enjoying the water by kayak or paddle board.
Robert SchmidtTeacher Naturalist
Robert grew up in the hills and valleys of Southern Illinois, exploring the woods and learning as much as he could from them. Nowadays not much has changed! His hobbies include playing music, fly fishing, and looking at cool things outside.
Beth SteeleChef and Food Service Manager
Beth grew up in the small community of Wildwood in Blount County, Tennessee. She attended Walter State Community College Culinary School, completed an internship at Emeril’s NOLA and worked with Chef Robert Irvine. She a C.C and C.P.C through the American Culinary Federation. Beth enjoys hiking, fly fishing and relaxing with her family and dog.
Joey TerlizziTeacher Naturalist
Born into their present form in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1990, Joey has previously served the universe as a decomposing log, a slowly falling leaf, and several now-extinct megafauna. They studied at Wofford College and spends their free time giggling at mushrooms, wishing they could rap, and singing to the spiders in their house. It is not advisable to approach them on their right side.
Megan WomackDevelopment Manager
Raised outside of Washington, D.C., Megan regularly retreated to the Appalachian mountains during her childhood summers for respite from a demanding schedule of school, music lessons, and Beltway traffic. Moving south to Richmond, VA, to study Vocal Performance and Marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University, she stayed in the area after graduation to build her career in communications, marketing, and relationship management at regional and national companies and non-profits. Her time at the Virginia Wine Board, where she explored wineries throughout the Blue Ridge, reignited her passion for the Appalachian mountains that helped raise her. Early in 2021, Megan and her family finally answered the call of the Great Smoky Mountains, which had been knocking on their hearts for years. She counts herself lucky to be living in these revered peaks and valleys and is honored to be a part of Tremont’s story by drumming up the support it takes to continue its bold mission. Megan lives in Walland, TN, with her husband, son, dog, cat, and chickens.