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.
Jennifer Blundon, Environmental Technician / Project Coordinator
Jennifer joined NAACAP after graduating in the spring of 2021, from Memorial University’s B.Sc. program with a major in Ecology and Conservation Biology Co-op and a minor in Geography. She is eager to apply the knowledge she has acquired thus far to field operations, conservation research, and environmental education. She has previous experience volunteering with the Fluvarium in St. John’s, where she learned about the watersheds that flow through the Northeast Avalon. She also completed a work term with the Ecological Sciences Section with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, where she monitored habitats and species in Terra Nova’s Newman Sound. Outside work, she enjoys spending time outdoors gardening, hiking, and camping with her family.
Jennifer can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at (709) 726-9673.
Zhe Shi, Environmental Technician
Zhe came to St. John’s to study Environmental System Engineering and Management at Memorial University in 2018. After receiving his MSc. in 2020, he continued his study in the environmental field focusing on water quality at the Marine Institute. He joined NAACAP in June 2021 as an environmental technician.
Zhe has a passion for applying his knowledge and skills in water sampling and analysis. He has worked as a graduate research assistant at Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research, where he learned how plastic pollution could affect marine animals and the environment. He is eager to draw public awareness of climate change and environmental protection. Outside of his work at NAACAP, he enjoys travelling, cooking, swimming and listening to classical music.
Zhe can be reached at email@example.com
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