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 Manager. 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.