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Meet the Keep Denton Beautiful Staff!

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KDB may have a small staff, but we work with thousands of volunteers each year to accomplish great BIG things for Denton! Get to know our staff members below, and contact us today to learn how you can help make Denton cleaner and more beautiful!

 

Lauren Barker, Program Manager         

Lauren’s history with KDB dates back to 2007, when she worked with the organization as a graduate student researcher/intern to examine Denton residents’ perceptions and knowledge of native Texas plants. She joined the KDB staff full-time in 2011 as the organization’s Volunteer Coordinator, and has served as Program Manager since 2012. In total, Lauren has 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit and government fields. She holds a MS in Applied Anthropology at UNT, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Lauren loves a good book, a strong cup of coffee, traveling to new places, organizing things, and learning about weird deep ocean creatures. She spends her free time with her husband and two children, at home or at one of Denton’s beautiful parks or libraries.

Contact Lauren about:

  • Sponsorship or donation opportunities;
  • Partnership with KDB;
  • Media inquiries;
  • Board of Directors or Committee positions;
  • Employment and internships;
  • General organization inquiries.

Autumn Natalie, Event & Outreach Coordinator

Autumn was born and raised in North Texas, but she is new to Denton. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer!) where she studied environmental sustainability. Autumn says KDB’s mission resonates with her because she’s always felt a connection to the natural world, and she believes its our personal responsibility to leave it better than we found it. Autumn spends her free time hiking, camping, watching college football, and playing board games with her husband.

Contact Autumn about:

  • Denton Redbud Festival;
  • Great American Cleanup;
  • Community Tree Giveaway;
  • Environmental Education Grants;
  • Children’s Arbor Day Program;
  • Advertising and outreach opportunities.

Celia Spilotro, Program and Volunteer Coordinator 

Celia is a native of Georgetown, TX and a graduate of UNT with a B.A. in Economics. She has a passion for community building and sustainability. Celia originally became interested in green initiatives through a sustainability internship with UNT, and has since worked in both the government and nonprofit sectors on environmental projects and programs. When not at work, Celia enjoys attending local events, reading who-dun-its, and cuddling up with her cat, Professor Waffles.

Contact Celia for information about:

  • Volunteer opportunities;
  • Community cleanups and service hours;
  • Adopt-A-Spot Litter Cleanup Program;
  • NeighborWoods Tree Planting Program;
  • Neighborhood Beautification Grants;
  • Yard of the Month.

Kristina Brewer, Program Intern

As a current graduate student at UNT, Kristina has spent the past four years immersed in the local community pursuing passions in philanthropy, service, and introducing herself to every dog she sees. During her undergraduate career in rhetoric and writing studies, she traveled to New Zealand and Australia for a month-long study on international sustainable business practices. There, she gained a new perspective on the unique balance of nature and business, and how we can best serve ourselves and those who follow in our footsteps. One of her favorite quotes is from Michelle Obama: “There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.”

Contact Kristina for information about:

  • General program inquiries;
  • KDB Membership;
  • the Tree Rebate Program.