MEET OUR TEAM
...and what they bring to PEACE NJ
Nancy has been interested in environmental protection since 1970-- when her mother let her play hooky to attend the first Earth Day in New York City! An environmental scientist, advocate and educator for many years, Nancy recently retired from her position as Water Quality Manager at the Musconetcong Watershed Association. She remains an active member of New Jersey’s Water Quality Monitoring Council, her Environmental and Open Space Commission in Lebanon Township in Hunterdon County, and is a recognized leader in the New Jersey environmental community. Nancy is also an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow.
Nancy enjoys gardening with native plants that support our pollinators and birds. When she isn’t getting her hands dirty, Nancy studies and plays acoustic guitar.
Nancy is sharing her knowledge and experience to help PEACE NJ grow, create new partnerships and encourage more people to conserve our shared natural resources.
Danielle is a dynamic fundraiser, creative storyteller, and avid environmentalist. For over 10 years, she’s helped arts, cultural, and environmental nonprofits raise money to support their mission.
A Jersey girl born and raised, you can find her hiking the trails or kayaking the rivers of her home state. A life long learner, she enjoys reading every book she can get her hands on, travelling the world, and immersing herself in different cultures.
Danielle is passionate about equity and inclusion, working tirelessly to disrupt the power dynamics that have been in place for far too long and creating more equitable communities for future generations. Danielle is a Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow.
JEREMY TRAVERS...brings vision and a sense of adventure
Jeremy is a conscientious steward of the outdoors. He lives by three principals: leave only footprints take only pictures, pack it in pack it out, and finally be a silent observer.
Jeremy spends much of his free time on the water in his kayak. He began paddling over 35 years ago from his childhood home on Lake Hopatcong- the headwaters of the Musconetcong River. Since then, Jeremy has explore his local and not so local waters and trails, promoting stewardship of the outdoors through his visual storytelling.
Over the last ten years, Jeremy has spent much of his time on the waters in the upper Musconetcong Watershed and surrounding lakes, sharing his outdoor experiences through various outlets. He finally fulfilled his dream in his book "Flatwater Kayaker: My Time Spent in the Musconetcong Watershed and Surrounding Waters". By sharing his experience in the outdoors, he hopes to inspire others to get out and explore their wild and open spaces.
Jeremy volunteers for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and the Musconetcong Watershed Association and is a founding board member for PEACENJ.
JAMES DUFFY...brings a passion for community engagement
James is a longtime New Jersey resident with a passion for environmental science, public policy, and civic engagement. An avid birdwatcher and gardener, James loves to share his interest in the natural world with others. James can converse in Spanish.
After working in sustainable agriculture and river restoration, James spent three years with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Water Resource Management. He is now in school pursuing a Master in Public Affairs.
James is an active volunteer with Farmers Against Hunger, The Watershed Institute, and the Sourland Conservancy.
Carla Rodrigo Herrera...creates bridges between scientists and the community
Originally from Oruro, Bolivia, Carla is passionate about helping people learn how to care for our environment and natural resources. She observes that by listening to local concerns, the scientific community is better able to take into consideration previously excluded perspectives from vulnerable communities, and share needed information to support effectively for decision-making.
Carla has been interested in promoting stewardship of natural resources since she was a student, working with the Canaru Foundation on clean-up campaigns and organizing Earth Hour at her university. After getting her environmental engineering degree, she worked at Agua Sustentable, helping women leaders in the indigenous community to protect water quality in the Lake Titicaca region. She started a community water quality monitoring program, helping women learn how to monitor local water quality, carry out awareness campaigns and organize cleanups. At the end of the project she was able to publish her “Participative Monitoring Guide of Water Quality” . Carla also worked with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), supervising the introduction of an experiment-based environmental education, science and technology program in primary schools in her hometown.
Upon arriving in New Jersey in 2021, Carla immediately connected with environmental community here. PEACE NJ is fortunate that she found our organization! At PEACE NJ she has been a bridge to the Latino community in Hackettstown, NJ as our community coordinator. Carla is also completing her certificate in Environmental Stewardship; her internship focusses on translating community-oriented information about the importance of native plants into Spanish.