Staff and Board
Northeast Avalon ACAP 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, Project Manager
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 email@example.com
|Gabby Riefesel, Environmental Technician / Project Coordinator
Gabby joined Northeast Avalon ACAP in October 2023 as a field technician working on invasive European green crab removal from St. Mary’s Bay area and has sense taken on the role as Environmental Technician and Project Coordinator. She graduated from Memorial University in 2020 with a major in ecology and conservation biology and a minor in geography. She also completed a GIS applications specialist program at Fleming College in 2022. Gabby would like to bring her spatial analyses skills and interest in coastal environments to the forefront of her role with NAACAP. When not working, she enjoys running, backpacking, and getting out to watch the ocean.
Gabby can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachael Brown, Environmental Technician / Project Coordinator
Meet Rachael Brown, our dedicated Project Coordinator at Northeast Avalon ACAP since June 2023. Rachael earned her Bachelor of Science in Ocean Sciences and Marine Biology from Memorial University in 2020. With a strong background in marine research and a track record of contributing to numerous projects, Rachael brings valuable expertise to our team. Her role extends beyond research as she has developed impactful educational programs as part of her work in public education outreach coordination. Rachael’s passion for coastal environments shines through in her commitment to NAACAP’s mission. Outside of work, she finds joy in traveling and exploring new destinations.
Rachael can be reached at email@example.com
Manu Jain, Digital content Creator/Intern
Meet our Digital Content Creator, Manu Jain. She is joining NACAAP as intern from The Digital content creator programme, College of North Atlantic. She is an accomplished economist, educator, and researcher. Driven by a commitment to making a positive impact leverages her experience in academia, research and industry to craft engaging and informative digital content for NAACAP.
Manu can be reached
Board of Directors
Heather Ward Chair
Danielle Fequet Vice-Chair
Shane Belbin Treasurer
Other Voting Members
Dr. Arn Keeling
Dr. Marie Louise Aastrup
(Vacant) – City of St. John’s, Councillor-at-Large
(Vacant) – Environment and Climate Change Canada, Government of Canada
(Vacant) – Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Government of Canada
(Vacant) – Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador