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Wetlands Institute Adds To Leadership Team

Posted March 28th 2022

The Wetlands Institute welcomed three directors to its leadership ranks in March: Anne Brickley, director of administration; Michelle Ruggeri, director of finance; and Julie Karavan, director of development. Brickley and Ruggeri replaced Bonnie Girard, the former director of finance and administration, while Karavan filled a newly created position to help with the advancement of the organization.

Brickley comes to the institute with 10 years of experience in human resources and operational management, half of which was spent in the nonprofit sector. Ruggeri has spent more than 15 years in nonprofit finance. Karavan is a certified fundraising executive and has worked for nonprofits such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity.

This expansion comes as the institute plans for its future: investing in its staff, physical infrastructure, and the ecosystems it is dedicated to conserving.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these new directors to our leadership team,” said Dr. Lenore Tedesco, the executive director. “We are excited to see how their wealth of knowledge benefits the institute, as we build on its sustainability for many years to come.”

The Wetlands Institute is a nonprofit organization helping teach an understanding of coastal and wetlands communities through programs in research and conservation. The institute works to restore, preserve, and protect these ecosystems for people and wildlife, focusing research and conservation efforts on issues that are affecting wetlands and all species that depend on them. It engages thousands of children and families each year in discovering the wonders of the environment, connecting visitors to nature, and inspiring them to want to take care of the world around them. For more information about The Wetlands Institute, visit

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