Teresa Mourad joined ESA as Director of Education and Diversity Programs in 2007. She has more than 20 years of nonprofit management experience including program development, fundraising, membership development, event planning and grants management. Teresa has a strong commitment to diversity programs and has led several initiatives to engage minority educators and students since 2001. She enjoys developing partnerships, building capacity for cultural diversity initiatives, promoting professional development of K16 educators, and broadening participation of new audiences in ecology education. She holds a BA in Sociology and a MS in Environmental Education.
Frederick (Fred) Abbott is ESA Diversity Programs Coordinator. Born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico, he discovered the importance of conserving the environment at an early age, working at his parent’s SCUBA diving shop and caring for the marine life that came along with the job. He received a B.S. in Biology with a major in Wildlife Management from the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao in 2009. As an undergraduate he participated in two SEEDS Field Trips to Santa Barbara, CA (2007) and Fairbanks, AK (2008) as a member of the Eos Chapter in UPRH. He later went on to work in a marketing firm, developing campaigns focused on young adults. He also worked as a supervisor at C3TECH, a science and technology museum in Caguas, PR. These experiences have provided Fred with excellent background in large-scale program promotion and coordination, which are great assets to the ESA SEEDS team, in addition to his personal experience with SEEDS.
KyungHee (Aileen) Hwang is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies’ at Kyunghee University in South Korea. In recent years, she became interested in environmental issues such as solar energy after participating in a trip to Germany and Switzerland sponsored by her university to explore the issues. She also took Energy Security courses at Vilnius University, Lithuania and broadened her knowledge. As a student who is not in a biology major, she is excited to explore the field of ecology which encourages participation by all individuals and the need for interdisciplinary study. Aileen is a participant of The Washington Center internship program.