The Mosaics Team
Lisa Norby 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 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 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.
Isabel Justiniano I’m excited to work with all of you in Mosaics in Science. I am Isabel, and I have a B.S. in Environmental Science from Brigham Young University and moved to the United States from Bolivia when I was 5. My travels, both personally and professionally, have been diverse. Last year, I was also an intern in a similar position with Environment for the Americas (EFTA). Now as a member of EFTA’s staff, my job is to help make your adjustment to intern life easier, with my knowledge of the ins and outs of working on public lands. I can tell you from my experience at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Oregon that your summer is going to be busy, full, fun, and rewarding.
Susan Bonfield 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.