2018 Branching Out
Adrienne Sharigian, Boston Field Team Coordinator
Adrienne Sharigian is responsible for overseeing the Branching Out Field Team in Boston, as well as supporting education partnerships with Boston Public Schools. Adrienne has been working to empower young people in the outdoors since 2007, starting as a Crew Leader with Student Conservation Association and most recently coming from Thompson Island Outward Bound. Having worked with Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks, Washington State Archives in regards to Olmsted, and dabbled in landscape design herself, Adrienne has developed a true appreciation for the art of landscape architecture. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from Wheaton College in Anthropology and in an independently created Environmental Studies. When not working, Adrienne loves to teach and practice yoga and meditation, read and explore new restaurants and cafes.
Michelle Pizzillo, Internship Program and School Year Program Coordinator
Michelle Pizzillo is responsible for overseeing the Branching Out Internship Program, as well as the School Year Program in Boston. Michelle majored in Recreation Management at the University of New Hampshire and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education at Lesley University. She has worked in a variety of settings that interweave her interests in education, outdoor recreation, and experiential learning. Prior to joining the Branching Out program she worked at Mount Auburn Cemetery and taught English in Hangzhou, China. When not working, Michelle enjoys riding bicycles, swimming, and traveling.
Zachary Wolff, Boston Field Team Leader
Zachary returns to the Branching Out program this summer as the Field Team Leader. Prior to this position, Zachary participated in the Branching Out field team in 2012 and as a park-based intern at Minute Man National Historical Park during summer 2013 and 2014. Zachary has since then completed his Bachelors of Science in Recreation Management from Lyndon State College in Vermont and completed one year of service with the Americorps program, City Year, where he was a teaching assistant in a 5th grade classroom at Boston Public Schools.
Marissa Donohue, Boston Field Team Leader
Marissa comes to the Branching Out program having previously worked in Cambridge, MA with City Sprouts, as a youth garden instructor. In this role she was responsible for promoting the curiosity, excitement, and growth of young children in caring for gardens and facilitating field trips to local farms and forests. She is currently a junior at Tufts University studying Environmental Studies and Anthropology and has just returned from a semester studying in Cameroon located in Central Africa. Marissa is looking forward to continuing to deepen her knowledge and understanding of creating hands-on experiences within the natural environment and learning more about the National Park Service.
Uriah Williams, New York City Field Team and School Year Program Coordinator
Uriah Williams is responsible for overseeing the Branching Out Field Team in New York City and the Branching Out School Year Program in New York City. Uriah started working with the Branching Out Program in Boston since 2011 in many different capacities and moved to New York City to expand the Branching Out Program in 2016 in partnership with Stephen T. Mather High School. Uriah has took real interest in working with urban youth after she completed NPS academy and started working with Boston youth in the field of landscape maintenance at the Tri-Sites (Fredrick Law Olmsted Historic Site, Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site). Uriah graduated from Quincy College and has a degree in Natural Science with a concentration in Biology. In her spare time she spends time with her sisters and exploring different cities.
Alice Jervis, New York City Field Team Supervisor
Sadiya Bilal, New York City Field Team Supervisor
Miguel Perez, New York City Field Team Supervisor