Staff and Board
NAACAP is made up of a Board of Directors from across the region who provide guidance and direction to the work of the organization. These people are committed to the quality of life in the Northeast Avalon and see the rivers and coastlines as key components and indicators of a healthy environment. They may either be members elected for a two-year term at an annual general meeting, or are government appointed, non-voting directors who represent their respective jurisdictions. Read our by-laws here.
Emily Cumming, Environmental Technician / Project Coordinator
Emily was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and grew up exploring the Northeast Avalon, collecting beach stones and wildflowers. She received a B.Sc. with Honors (2015) in Earth Sciences (Geology) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a M.Sc. (2018) in Earth Sciences from MUN, with a focus in Environmental Geochemistry. As a graduate research assistant with the DELTAS Research Group at MUN, she studied the flux of greenhouse gases associated with groundwater flow through sites of continental serpentinization in the Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park. She is deeply committed to advocating for the conservation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s coastlines and waterways.
Emily can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at (709) 726-9673.
Alexander Templeman, Environmental Technician
Alexander is an environmental technician and graduate of Memorial University’s B.Sc. program with a major in Environmental Physics and a minor in Mathematics. Alexander joined NAACAP after graduating in the summer of 2019, wanting to assist in local environmental conservation efforts.
Board of Directors
(From Left to Right) Rachel Sipler, Kirby Tulk, Heather Ward, Emily Cumming, Arn Keeling, Jess Puddister (Back), Jess Melvin, Shane Belbin, Nick White
Heather Ward Chair (Acting)
Jess Puddister Secretary
Shane Belbin Treasurer
Nick White Past Chair
Other Voting Members
Dr. Rachel Sipler
Dr. Arn Keeling
Maggie Burton – City of St. John’s, Councillor-at-Large
Kevin Power – Environment and Climate Change Canada, Government of Canada
Kirby Tulk – Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Government of Canada
Kyla Brake – Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador