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.
Amir Youssouf, Tree Rebate Program Intern
Amir received his degree in Environmental Studies from Texas A&M and is originally from the Dallas area. He has a strong appreciation for green initiatives at the community and city level, and understands the benefits trees provide to the mind and spirit. Outside of the office, Amir is an avid fan of current events, basketball, great grooves, and organizations that promote environmentally friendly practices.
Contact Amir for information about:
- Denton’s Tree Rebate Program
- the Denton Tree Initiative
Caitlin Griffith, Community Forestry Intern
New to Denton, Caitlin is an Austin transplant currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at UNT. She is studying Anthropology, Biology, and topics related to human impact and environmental change. Caitlin recently studied abroad in Fiji for one month where she researched culture and sustainability, built with Habitat for Humanity, and jumped off waterfalls. She enjoys long hikes with her favorite Australian (shepherd), live music of any kind, and making new friends of all species.
Contact Caitlin for information about:
- the Denton Tree Initiative
- Tree Your Block
- Trees Mean Business
- the Citizen Forester Training Program