Limaris (Lima) Soto, National Park Service  

Welcome to the National Park Service (NPS) and the Mosaics in Science Program Diversity Internship Program (MIS)! I am pleased that you are joining us as an MIS intern this summer. Your role is critical in fulfilling the NPS mission, and I hope that you find your work rewarding, fulfilling, and lots of fun.

I am the Program Manager for the MIS with the NPS Geologic Resources Division. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and my Master’s degree in Geology from the University of South Florida. While in college, I worked as a scientist educator for the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program and the Center for Advancement of Hispanics in Science and Engineering Education. In 2013, I became a volunteer and later a Geoscientists-in-the-Parks intern with GRD working with National Cave and Karst Program, where I oversaw the creation of the Junior Ranger Cave Scientists Program. In 2014, I began assisting with the Geoscientists-in-the-Parks and Mosaics in Science Internship Programs.

I am excited that you will be joining the NPS team and hope that you have a fun and successful internship with us. We really appreciate your interest in the NPS, and your assistance protecting and preserving the outstanding natural resources in our national parks.  

Welcome to the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program (MIS)! I am a Director of Programs at the Greening Youth Foundation (GYF). I hold a BA from Duke University, and a MSW from Columbia University, where I studied Social Enterprise Administration. For the last few years I have worked in nonprofit management, community development, and youth development programs with the goal of increasing equity and opportunity. My work with the Greening Youth Foundation and the Mosaics in Science program allow me to do just that!

MIS is such a unique opportunity for the participants, local communities, STEM, and the National Park Service; and I know you’ll have a blast! I, along with GYF, EFTA, and NPS, am very excited to work with all of you this summer, and thrilled to follow you as you embark on this amazing journey!

Sheylda Diaz, Environment for the Americas  

I am Puerto Rican and was born in Würzburg, Bavaria and raised between the US, the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and Germany. The mix in cultures helped me appreciate differences in cultures, and I recognize how lucky I am to have such a beautiful upbringing. I have a Pre-Veterinary certificate from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, and a Master’s degree from the Metropolitan University in Cupey, Puerto Rico. I am currently finishing my PhD in Ecology from the University of Turabo, where I have been on faculty since 2007.

In addition to assisting with coordination of Mosaics in Science, I also coordinate World Migratory Bird day in the Caribbean region. I enjoy working to achieve opportunities for Latin youth and for an inclusive and diverse professional and academic environment wherever I go.

Paige Lambert, National Park Service 

Hello and Welcome! I am the NPS Program Assistant for the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program.

I was first exposed to careers in the National Park Service through the Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Internship Program, where I served as a Geology Education Intern at Rocky Mountain National Park. From there, I realized my love for the National Park Service and continued to work seasonally at Rocky in Interpretation, the GIS Office, and the Continental Divide Research Learning Center.

During that time, I was exposed to a variety of youth and diversity engagement initiatives that focused my professional interests and led me to the position I hold today – working with motivated, young scientists and park staff to meet science and diversity needs in national parks. I am so excited to collaborate with and support the next generation of park stewards and natural resource scientists – YOU! – through the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program!

Christine Louis-Jacques, Greening Youth Foundation 

Hello everyone! I am a Project Manager with the Greening Youth Foundation. I moved to Washington, D.C. after obtaining my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and worked with a dynamic organization — the Children’s Environmental Health Network. Their mission is to protect vulnerable youth from environmental hazards. It was there that I discovered my deep interest in the environmental field and a healthier earth for us all. With my background in the non-profit field, I fuse my love for nature and building community. In addition to assisting with Mosaics in Science, I also facilitate environmental education activities with students K-6 in Atlanta.

I look forward to supporting you along this new journey that will benefit your lives in the future!