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A Bit About Us

Mission 

 Pollinators Prospering People (PX3) is a non-profit dedicated to providing service that increase sustainable pollinator habitat by designing and implementing spaces that focus on the relationship between edibles and pollinators with education and community involvement. 


Vision

To design and implement innovative natural resource management to meet pollinator species ecologic service potential using concepts of conservation and permaculture restorative programs.

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Board of Directors

Melinda Fegler

Executive Director

Melinda’s background is in biological monitoring, resource management and outreach. Graduating with a BS in marine biology from Texas A&M University her career started in sea turtle research before completing her teaching stent goal at a Texas High School. Melinda completed her MS in Natural Resource Development from her alma mater focusing on bottom up impacts on ecological service potential. Melinda worked across the country with federal, state and nonprofit entities before arriving in the mid-Atlantic. Now working for a Chesapeake Bay National Estuary Research Reserve component, Mel continues working to manage systems for sustainability and ecologic service potential.

Trystan Sill

Executive Chair

Trystan Sill has been an environmental educator and trainer since 2010 after receiving her Master's of Conservation Biology from University of New South Wales. Trystan's passion for education lies in her eagerness to teach the importance of the research being conducted in the Chesapeake Bay, how our actions affect the land and the water, and how we can act as communities to become agents of change. She lives in Baltimore and is also the owner of Hilltop Life, which uses her certified coaching skills to help individuals create happy, inspired, and love-filled lives.

Lindsay Hollister

Vice Chair

Lindsay is an avid permaculture gardener and works as an outdoor educator for Calvert County Division of Natural Resources. Previous work experience as a naturalist, volunteer coordinator, newsletter editor, research technician, and landscape contractor are utilized to aid the vision and growth of PX3. Additionally, as a Master Watershed Steward, Lindsay volunteers to help educate and mitigate the negative impacts of stormwater runoff into our waterways. Hobbies include foraging, paddling, backcountry camping, bird watching, environmental activism, and photography. Lindsay lives in historic Lower Marlboro, MD with her husband Benedict and their cat.

Erin Engstrom

Exectutive Secretary

Erin Engstrom earned Bachelor’s of Science degrees from Humboldt State University, and has been working in environmental education and biological monitoring since 2002.  With a passion for both science and art, Erin uses her skills in Scientific Illustration to share the complexities of the living world with a wide audience. Erin is currently employed at the county level with California Department of Agriculture detecting and monitoring agriculture pests, and volunteers with East Bay Regional Parks, Alameda Point Collaborative’s Farm2Market Farm, and California Academy of Sciences.

 

Committee Members

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Kim Elliot

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Jen Muro