OUR TEAM:

From naturalists to film makers, educators to designers, our staff is comprised of experts from many different fields under a common purpose; connecting people to the natural environment.

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Jeanne DuPont, Executive Director

As Founder & Executive Director of RWA, Jeanne has worked closely with the Rockaway community and city agencies in developing strategies to redevelop large stretches of neglected waterfront in the Rockaways. Much of her work has involved utilizing the waterfront itself through programming and advocacy with youth to protect public waterfront access. Jeanne has a Masters Degree in Design from Yale University.


 

Ana Fisyak, Deputy Director for Planning & Development

As an urban planner dedicated to a community-based approach, Ana has previous years experience doing community advocacy and technical assistant provision for New York City communities. Before joining RWA, Ana was a planner at WXY Architecture & Urban Design where she worked on the Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan. She is  a public space advocate and co-edited Beyond Zuccotti Park (New Village Press, 2012) and curated From Zuccotti to Taksim: Negotiating the Right to the City through Public Space (Pratt, 2013). Ana has a Masters Degree in Science/City & Regional Planning from Pratt Institute. 


 

Judah Asimov, External Affairs Manager

Judah has been involved in working on political campaigns and government relations prior to joining RWA. He has been putting his skills to work doing public outreach and coordination with local individuals and organizations in the Rockaways to promote RWA & RISE Programs as well as collaboration with local  youth on planning work associated with Project Underway. Judah has a Bachelors Degree in Comparative Government from Wesleyan University. 


 

Juli Schroeger, Program Coordinator

Juli has extensive experience in marine science and environmental education. For several years, she worked as a PADI scuba instructor in North Carolina and the Dutch Caribbean, where she also conducted research on coral reef ecology and the design of marine reserves. Before joining RWA, she worked as an environmental educator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Queens. Juli is passionate about marine conservation and education. She believes that the New York coastline is an invaluable resource for fostering a deeper connection between local youth and their environment. Juli has a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 


 

Daniel Borrero, Youth Program Leadership Administrator

Daniel has been involved in RWA programming since 2010 when he was in high school. During his time with RWA he learned to surf, kayak and took part in many of RWA's urban planning and community development projects which fostered his interest in environmental studies and urban planning. Participating in RWA's various programs have helped him grow as a person, and learn much about the natural environment in Rockaway. In his current position, Daniel oversees the administration and youth leadership training for all Shore Corps youth members to ensure they are as excited and engaged as he was when as a student in the program. Daniel has a Bachelor's Degree from NYU in Urban Design and Architecture.


 

Diwa Tamrong, Sustainability Educator & Aqua 101 Director

Diwa moved to Far Rockaway in 2006 after living on a farm on Kauai, Hawaii and traveling in Southeast Asia where she developed a strong appreciation for cooking, sustainable agriculture, and educating future generations about the importance of both. Since then she has led workshops and classes for seniors and youth relating to food education and human's relationship to nature. Diwa has been a teaching artist for RWA's Living Classroom and Aqua 101 program since 2014, where she enjoys spreading her love of cooking, fermentation, and art. Diwa is also a founding member of Arts & Parts, a local arts education organization serving children in the Rockaways. 


 

Tiffany Bryant-Fulton, Culinary Educator/ Farmshare Chef

Tiffany Bryant-Fulton is the most recent addition to our team. Tiffany teaches youth in the Shore Corps Program and community members in the RISE Farm Share fun, easy, and healthy recipes using the fresh produce from the weekly Farmshare. Come by any Wednesday to see her teaching the students to prepare scrumptious food for the community. 

Tiffany is a personal chef who owns her own culinary business in Long Island called, "More Please". She graduated in 2016 from Star Career Academy with a certificate in Culinary Arts. Shortly after, she began working in such restaurants as The View Grill and Hush Bistro before deciding to venture out on her own. She has worked with Cocusocial assisting in teaching adults how to cook in specialized cooking classes, while also catering intimate events. Her cooking style is focused on creating savory favorites with a healthy spin! 

 


 

Heather Kramer, Arts & Sustainablity Educator

Heather currently resides in Rockaway, where she cofounded the organization, Arts in Parts to remind children and adults alike that there is much to learn and enjoy about the plants, animals and waters that surround us. Heather is a firm believer that nature is the best teacher and muse. But it seems as if technology is creating a gap between us and the lessons of the natural world. Heather is an educator for RWA's  Urban Planning and Living Classroom Programs where she has the opportunity to share her love of arts and the environment to teach young children about their local surroundings. Heather has a Masters Degree in Film Production from NYU.


 

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