BWA Staff

Kelly Gallo, executive director

Kelly Gallo is BWA's executive director since September 2020. Before that, she was an environmental health scientist at Summit County Health Department, Park City, Utah. While previously living in Pennsylvania, Gallo was an environmental education specialist for the Bureau of State Parks at Hickory Run State Park, White Haven.

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Andrea Higgins, office administrator

Andrea is a part-time employee responsible for office functions. With BWA since 2015 and also operating a graphics design freelance business (, Andrea produces publicity for BWA events and programs. A Stroudsburg High School and Penn State graduate, Andrea resides in Jackson Township with her husband and twin daughters.

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Michelle Riley

Michelle Riley, development associate

Michelle is a part-time employee of BWA. Michelle began her BWA role in September 2018 and is responsible for fundraising, seeking foundational support and grant writing. Michelle is a native of Stroudsburg and, after graduating from the University of Arizona, made her way back home and resides in Stroud Township with her children.

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Carol Hillestad

Carol Hillestad, outreach specialist

Carol is a part-time employee since 2017 charged with community outreach. She coordinates and leads monthly walks (or talks) or community engagement events. Carol is retired from a career in banking communications and resides in Paradise Township with her husband, Jim. When Carol isn’t working or volunteering for BWA, she is also a volunteer at Barrett Paradise Friendly Library and other community organizations. She graduated from Syracuse University with multiple degrees in romance languages.