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, promoting professional development of educators, and building capacity for cultural diversity and broader participation in ecology. 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.
Victor Chan is ESA Education intern for Summer 2016. He has a strong interest in the environment and pollution prevention, and has worked in research projects at the Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City and the University of Texas at Austin. Victor believes that technology should have a major role in environmental protection, and also believes in the importance of education and research in generating public confidence in the use of such technologies. Victor is currently completing his BEng in Chemical Engineering at the National University of Singapore.
Phoo Chit is ESA Education intern for summer 2016. She is currently attending University of Maryland, College Park and planning to get her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science and Policy (Land Use Concentration) at fall 2017. Since high school, she was involved with activities such as working for a state senate campai
gn, assisting and working closely with teachers and students in Wildlife Biology and ESOL classes while participating in school clubs that organize fundraising events for different charities. She also volunteered for a Saturday school as a Burmese language teacher, and working under a non-profit organization BCA (Burmese Community Association) for four years. With strong interest in environmental science, she believes that proper education and awareness is essential for environmental protection and sustainability.