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 many years of experience in educational programming, outreach and communication, and non-profit management. He says that working for Willow Bend is a thrill because he gets to be part of a team dedicated to outreach projects that bring environmental education to the community and to the classroom.
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.
Emma Hilliard, AmeriCorps Outreach and Program Assistant
Emma recently graduated fron NAU with a BS in Environmental Science. She has worked with children in summer camp programs for the past seven summers and is passionate about exploring the natural world. She is excited to be at Willow Bend and to expand her knowledge of environmental education.