BWA Staff

Alex Jackson, executive director​

Alex joined BWA as executive director in 2021. He received his bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Long Island University in 2008 and graduated with a doctorate in organismal biology from the University of California at Irvine in 2014. Alex is a homestead gardener, has converted his family’s property into a native habitat for wildlife, and became a fly fisherman, as well as an avid hiker and naturalist. Alex is also a dedicated beekeeper, managing more than 40 colonies in Monroe County, and keeps chickens.

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Andrea Higgins

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.