Education: B.A. in Geography with a focus on Geospatial and Environmental Analysis and a minor in Natural Resources Recreation from Virginia Tech.
Prior Experience: After completing his degree at Virginia Tech, Rick worked in Blacksburg, Virginia as a GIS Technician to soak up as much time in southwest Virginia as he could. From there, he wanted a more hands-on approach to environmental stewardship, so he headed north to Massachusetts for a position with the Student Conservation Association AmeriCorps. There he taught environmental education, completed trail work, and continued with his GIS experience at an internship with a land conservation organization. After Massachusetts, SCA led him to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for more work out on the trails. Finally, Rick settled in Richmond, Virginia, not far from his hometown of Orange, to continue his passion for the environment. He worked with the Blue Sky Fund, where he led outdoor education lessons, and Virginia Outside, an afterschool and summer program showing Richmond kids the best places to fish and mountain bike. Rick joined the CBF Education team in 2015 as the Assistant Manager of the Virginia Canoe Program, now known as the Elisabeth Reed Carter Environmental Education Program, and in Summer 2018 he joined Captain Ken as Co-Manager on the James River Environmental Education Program.
When not working with CBF, Rick can be found disc golfing, fishing, and when the weather is right, skiing.