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.
Julie has been in love with the Smoky Mountains from the time she began visiting the National Park on camping trips at Elkmont. She’s lived in Indiana, Ohio, Florida and Asheville, North Carolina. Julie says, “There is something about these mountains that I can’t explain to people who don’t feel it. I feel at home in these mountains. And at peace.” Julie says when it comes to learning about the flowers, trees, birds, and history of the Park, she can never get enough. She has a growing collection of old postcards, brochures, maps and books about the Smokies. Living where she can see the national park from her kitchen window is a dream come true.
Tonya CampbellDirector of Finance and Administration
Tonya grew up froggin’ and fishin’ in the Great Lakes of the upper penisula of Michigan. Love for the outdoors was instilled at an early age. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Lake Superior State University and most recently, a Masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Capella. She enjoys camping, hiking, biking, running and reading. But most of all, she enjoys being still in the mountains, engulfed in its beauty.
Erin CanterManager of Science Literacy
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 cat, and getting really excited about plants.
Caleb CarltonDevelopment Manager
Caleb has worked with Tremont Institute since 2010, has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Applications from Michigan State University, and is currently finishing an M.S. from Mississippi State University in Environmental Geosciences with a focus in Environmental-STEM education. After several years focusing on program delivery, Caleb has spent the last 5 years at Tremont focusing on deeper community engagement, increasing access to the national park and experiential learning for all East Tennessee communities, and increasing support for the organization. Caleb enjoys gardening, reading, camping on the Great Lakes, making music, and exploring with his wife, son and dog.
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.
Tyler Gonzales Lead Teacher Naturalist
Tyler is from Mansfield, Texas. He received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Texas Tech University. He is currently the coordinator of the Environmental and Community Leaders Fellowship with Fulton High School. Tyler is a leader of Tremont’s equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts. He currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Keep Blount Beautiful. Before coming to Tremont, he taught 6th graders at Foothill Horizons Outdoor School in Sonora, California. Tyler has also worked as an educator at a science museum, wildlife rehabilitation center, and various summer programs. Tyler enjoys backpacking, birding, fishing, guitar, ice hockey, and reading.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emily SteinYouth Programs Coordinator
Emily grew up just outside St. Louis, MO, and earned her B.A. at Washington University in St. Louis. After spending her first summer after college as an Environmental Education Intern at Tremont, she taught in Minnesota Bluff Country and the Blue Ridge Mountains before returning to Tremont full-time. Emily is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Wilderness First Responder and holds a Teaching Certificate in Environmental Education from Hamline University. When not teaching, she enjoys cycling, cooking, reading, and doting on her pet tarantulas.
Aaron ThomasAmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Aaron is proud to serve at Tremont through Americorps VISTA! He grew up exploring the pine forests and wetlands of the deep south, and has always felt a deep connection to nature. While earning a BS in Biology at Mississippi State University, he did undergraduate research studying the way genes create biodiversity through protein regulation. He’s interested in writing, gardening, and communal music.
Kimberly WeberMarketing Manager
Born and raised in Southern Indiana, Kimberly spent many family vacations exploring the Smoky Mountains. Her parents encouraged her love of the Smokies through a never-ending supply of books about the history, biodiversity, and beauty of the area as well as through a sometimes misguided trust to allow her to lead hikes to some of the very places she read about. The Smokies felt like home long before she and her husband moved to East Tennessee in early 2018. With a bachelors degree in Graphic Design and Advertising from the University of Southern Indiana, she is thrilled to use her marketing background to share Tremont’s story and help foster a passion for our natural places in students of all ages. Kimberly enjoys hiking, photography, traveling, spoiling her dogs, reading, and running (sometimes).
Lisa WojciechowiczAmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Hailing from a small town near Philadelphia, Lisa Wojciechowicz moved to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to serve in Americorps, invest time in the great outdoors, and support park opportunities for students. She holds a BA in Economics and Minor in French Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. As a previously registered broker, Lisa spent five years working on retail and institutional trade desks. Lisa enjoys stargazing, exploring, and playing music.