Meet Willow Bend’s staff
Russell Tweed, Executive Director
Rusty has a Master's degree in Geology from NAU and a BA from Earlham College and over 15 years of experience in development, educational programming, and non-profit management. He's been at Willow Bend since October 2012 and looks forward to becoming familiar with all of the dedicated people that have led the organization.
Cassandra Roberts, Program Manager
Cassandra has been teaching for Willow Bend since 2009 and joined the full-time staff in 2011. Cassandra has taught elementary school in New Zealand and Japan and holds a B.Bus (Management) and M.A. (Experiential Education). Cassandra loves living in Flagstaff because the prevalent sunshine is so different from the typical weather in her native New Zealand.
Valerie Grimmett, Educator
Before coming to Willow Bend Val was a teacher in the Flagstaff Unified School District for many years specializing in K-6th education. She attended NAU where she received a BS in Elementary Education and she is passionate about teaching science to children. She knows our programs well since she has been working with Willow Bend as a teacher for years.
Joseph Zofrea, Americorps Vounteer
Joe is Willow Bend’s current full time Americorps volunteer. He received his B.S. in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University in 2011. Since then he has worked as a seasonal park ranger at Grand Canyon and Olympic National Park creating and presenting various “Ranger Programs” to kids and adults. When he is not working at Willow Bend he is a board member for Southwest Monarch Watch. His current interests include integrating citizen science with environmental education on a community wide scale.