Land Protection Specialist
A Berks county native, Sarah is dedicated to working with landowners in Berks and Schuylkill counties to protect the unique values of our landscape. Prior to
joining Berks Nature staff, Sarah worked as a Land Stewardship Intern at the Brandywine Conservancy. As a college student, Sarah worked at Berks Nature for
the first two summers of Eco-Camp. Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University in International Relations, where she focused on environmental policy and developed environmentally-focused service learning programs for college students in the Boston area. Post college, she worked in forest conservation with agricultural communities in western Uganda. She lives in the city of Reading, and enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and rock climbing around Berks County.
610-372-4992 ext. 104
Becca Gregg Sansom
Communications and Grants Specialist
A newspaper reporter for more than six years, most recently with the Reading Eagle, Becca joined our staff in May of 2016 as Communications and Grants Specialist. She holds a degree in communication media from Lock Haven University, where she studied art abroad in Italy. Post-college, she wrote for the Carlisle Sentinel for a year and a half, before coming to the Reading Eagle, where she worked for nearly five years as a metro reporter, covering municipal government, education and general news in Berks County. A Lancaster resident, Becca enjoys traveling anywhere and everywhere, and exploring as much of the world as she can. She loves anything British, and above all, her crazy terrier, Pippa.
610-372-4992 ext. 109
Michael J. Griffith
Education & Watershed Specialist
Personal Teaching Mission- “To educate people of all ages on the importance of nature and how it is essential to our quality of life”.
Michael joined our staff in August of 2015. He has volunteered for many environmental organizations and is a board member of several more. He was an intern for us during the summer of 2013, while he was acquiring his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science/Biology at Kutztown University. He spent a lot of his time at Kutztown involved in extracurricular activities. He was the vice-president of the Kutztown University Environmental Action Club, research assistant, teacher’s assistant, tutor, and did independent research. He has experience in management, photography, citizen education at the Department of Agriculture, laboratory work, and concentrated on limnology (water ecology) at school. He lives in Wyomissing with his wife Alexis, daughter Ricki, and son Michael Jr.
610-372-4992 ext. 108
Lawrence E. Lloyd
Larry joined our staff in June 2002. He had been a Berks Nature volunteer for over ten years and also spends time volunteering for DCNR State Parks and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. He has over 28 years of experience managing land near his residence in Cumru Township. Larry is responsible for managing all our protected land and conservation easements in Berks County, and facilitates many of our stream and trail projects.
610-372-4992 ext. 116
Kimberly J. Murphy
Kim joined the organization in January 2004. As president, she works with a dedicated staff to improve and protect our land and water resources, to educate the community about land use and its implications, and to connect people to nature thus, conserving Berks County’s unique cultural and environmental resources for the benefit of future generations.
Berks Nature recently completed a nearly $4.2 million capital campaign to raise money for a new nature center, “The Nature Place” at Angelica Park, which opened in September 2017 and has achieved LEED GOLD certification.
The Berks Nature team has focused on preserving agricultural land, forests and open space; protecting the quality of our streams and ground water; preserving historic landmarks and scenic landscapes; environmental education and by promoting those values that contribute to a sustainable future for our community.
Before joining Berks Nature, Kim spent nearly 12 years as director of development at Penn State where she managed the development, alumni and university relations programs for both the Berks Campus in Reading and the Lehigh Valley Campus in Fogelsville. Kim graduated from Penn State University, University Park in 1985 with a degree in Elementary Education. She did her student teaching at Mill Rythe First School on Hayling Island in England.
Kim serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) and shares her time with many other organizations in the community. Kim lives with her husband, Kevin in a 218-year-old stone farm house in Jefferson Township, Berks County; her sons Carver and McQuillin are adults.
610-372-4992 ext. 106
Dawn joined the Berks Nature staff in May 2017. Prior to joining Berks Nature, Dawn held a number of executive administrative position throughout her career. As a Berks County native, she enjoys many of the parks, trails & lakes the county has to offer and tries to get outside whenever possible, whether hiking, kayaking or just sitting among the trees. As a student of psychology, she feels time in nature brings balance to the body, mind & spirit. Dawn and her husband Bob live near our Earl Poole Sanctuary in Alsace Township on a small farmette with their German Shorthaired Pointers, chickens and one very social lop-eared rabbit.
610-372-4992 ext. 100
Nature Preschool Director, Eco-Camp Co-Director
Anne joined the Berks Nature staff in September 2017 as Nature Preschool Director. Previously, she taught kindergarten and first grade for four years. While teaching, she received her Masters in reading, reading specialist certification, and administrative certification. Anne’s love of children has carried throughout her adult life and influences every professional decision she makes. Her understanding and passion for exposing young children to nature is what brought her to Berks Nature. Children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. Whether running, hiking or biking, she expresses her own love of the outdoors by utilizing the parks and trails in and around Berks County.
610-372-4992 ext. 115
A Shillington native, Dave graduated from Governor Mifflin High School, and later Alvernia College, now Alvernia University. Recently, he retired from his longtime teaching post in the Reading School District, where for 25-years, he taught science to grades 6-8 at Northeast Middle School. Dave spearheaded the creation of an environmental club during his first year teaching at the school. Outside of the classroom, Dave enjoys photography, mountain biking, hiking and just being outside in nature. He’s also a trained scuba diver.
Tami J. Shimp
VP Development & Community Relations
Tami joined the Berks Nature staff in February 1997 as Environmental Projects Manager. Since that time, she has held the positions of Land Protection Specialist, Director of Land & Cultural Resources, Senior Conservation Specialist and Director of Development. Tami has a degree in Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University.
Born and raised in Berks County, Tami’s passion has always been focused on protecting the natural resources that make our community so special. She enjoys sharing her experience in both conservation efforts and fundraising with others in our community. Tami, her husband Todd and sons Paul, Charlie & Johnny live in South Heidelberg Township. Family time typically includes spending time outside in nature!
610-372-4992 ext. 110