The Mosaics Team
Lisa Norby, National Park Service Welcome to the National Park Service and the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program! I am pleased that you are joining us as a Mosaics in Science intern this summer. Your role is critical in fulfilling the National Park Service (NPS) mission and I hope that you will find your work rewarding, challenging, meaningful, and lots of fun.
My name is Lisa Norby – I am the NPS Program Manager for the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program and have bachelors and masters degrees in geology. I work with the NPS Geologic Resources Division and have been working with the NPS for the last 23 years. I have worked with a variety of youth programs since I was in high school, and in 2013, I created the Mosaics in Science Program with George McDonald, Chief of the NPS Youth Programs Division. The Mosaics Program is funded by the NPS and is managed in partnership with Environment for the Americas (EFTA) and Greening Youth Foundation (GYF). The Program’s objectives are to encourage diverse youth 18-35 years old to pursue studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and science) fields, introduce program participants to science careers in the National Park Service, and increase relevance, diversity, and inclusion in the NPS workplace.
I am excited that you will be joining the NPS team and hope that you have a fun and successful internship with the NPS. We really appreciate your interest in the National Park Service and your assistance protecting and preserving the outstanding natural resources in our national parks. Most of the communication you will receive this summer will be from EFTA/GYF, but I want you to know that I am available anytime to answer any questions you have about the program, the NPS, or science careers. I can be reached at [email protected] I am really excited to talk with you over the summer and to meet you in person at the career workshop in Colorado!
Lima Soto, National Park Service Welcome to the Mosaics in Science Program! Congratulations on having been selected as a Mosaics intern this summer. The coming weeks may be a life-changing experience for you. My name is Limaris “Lima” Soto, and I am the Program Coordinator with the National Park Service. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico and my Master’s degree in Geology from the University of South Florida. My scientific interests include; cave/karst science, hydrogeology, geophysics, education and outreach, and youth programs. I partner with the NPS Geologic Resources Division, and I have been working with Mosaics for the last two years. In my spare time, I like to go hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping. I also love to read, knit, and spend time with my family. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions during the internship. I am looking forward to hearing about your project at the career workshop in Colorado.
Eboni Preston, Greening Youth Foundation Welcome to the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program! My name is Eboni Preston, and I am a Program Manager with the Greening Youth Foundation (GYF). For the last few years I have worked in nonprofit management, community development, and youth development programs. I, along with GYF, EFTA, and NPS, am very excited to work with all of you this summer. I am thrilled to follow you as you embark on this amazing journey.
Sheylda Diaz, Environment for the Americas Sheylda is a Puerto Rican who was born in Würzburg, Bavaria and raised between the US, the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and Germany. The mix in cultures helped her appreciate differences and recognizes she was lucky to have such a beautiful upbringing. She obtained 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. She is currently finishing her PhD in Ecology, from the University of Turabo, where she has worked as part of the faculty since 2007.
In addition to assisting with coordination of Mosaics in Science, Sheylda also coordinates World Migratory Bird day in the Caribbean region. Sheylda works hard to achieve opportunities for Latin youth and for an inclusive and diverse professional and academic environment wherever she goes.
Susan Bonfield, Environment for the Americas Welcome to Mosaics in Science, a program which EFTA and GYF coordinate in partnership for the National Park Service. I am the Director of EFTA, and diversity has been at the core of our organization since its inception. We are also a science-based organization that focuses on the conservation of migratory birds. Our work takes us from Canada to Argentina and the Caribbean in our efforts to connect people to bird conservation. Mosaics can be a first step toward a career in science, whether with the NPS or another organization. We are excited to work with you this summer.