Staff

Karen Nelson Director of Environmental Education and Engagement

Karen brings decades of experience and skill leading youth programs and summer camp programs. As the Director of Environmental Education & Engagement (D3E) Karen’s primary responsibility is to plan, implement, manage and coordinate all environmental education-focused programs occurring in Gather New Haven’s nature preserves. Karen oversees the property management of

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Xochitl Garcia Assistant Program Manager

Xochitl grew up in the Fair Haven neighborhood and has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Urban Community Studies from the University of Connecticut. She has worked at several New Haven non-profits over the past ten years that include Common Ground and Urban Resources Initiative. She brings the principles of

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Brent Peterkin

Brent Peterkin is the first full-time Executive Director of the merged organization. A native of New York City, Brent comes to Gather New Haven after almost six years as Statewide Director for Project Longevity, a nationally recognized program of the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut focused on reducing gun violence in

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Eliza Caldwell

Eliza brings a passion for gardening, a high level of organization, fluency in Spanish, and a level of creativity, flexibility, and dedication needed to do this challenging job.  She comes to us from Natureworks, a retail nursery and garden center in Northford, where she served as Vegetable Department Manager; teaching

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Nikki Saccoccia

Nikki has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation from the University of Connecticut. She has extensive experience as an environmental educator along the Long Island Sound and with nature camps, coming to us from Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic where she worked as an Environmental

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