We recently came to the end of term for our AmeriCorps VISTA and Program Coordinator, Kassie Henrikson. Kassie spent the past year working with GEM through Arizona Serve. She was a vital part in the growth and development of GEM Corps in 2021 and 2022. We were honored to have Kassie work in many of our programs and to represent GEM as we worked throughout our community. Kassie is a very passionate person, who strives to work hard and accomplish anything she sets out to do.
“What I loved most about working with GEM was the freedom and support I had to pursue whatever interested me. Whenever I came to Eric or Ashley with an idea of something I wanted to pursue, they only asked what they could do to help. I was able to participate in a large variety of programs including community science, geology lectures, and directly teaching people of all ages and developmental levels about natural history, which is what I am most passionate about.
My next position is as a Park Guide at Indiana Dunes National Park in Northwest Indiana. I will be assisting park guests with planning their visits and sharing the unique qualities of this park with others. My experience at GEM helped me to gain more confidence when speaking to others about science and natural history, which is going to be a large part of my new job, so this experience was invaluable for me. My new position is temporary, so I'm not sure what I will be doing after that, but I know that the wide variety of skills I was able to gain through this experience will help me no matter what direction my career takes me moving forward.”
Thank you, Kassie, for all your hard work and dedication. We wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors. You have left a lasting impression with GEM Environmental and have set goals for all our future team members. The world is a better place because you are in it.