About Our AmeriCorps Volunteers...

In addition to our staff, Willow Bend relies on AmeriCorps volunteers through NAU's Youth in Action Program.


Meet Willow Bend’s staff

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.