RaissaRaissa Marks, Executive Director
Raissa Marks has been with the NBEN since 2006. She grew up in Albert County, New Brunswick. After high school, she was away from the province for about 10 years, living, learning, and working in Montreal, Toronto, and Virginia. Raissa now lives in  Riverview with her husband, Chris, and their two daughters. Little-known fact: Raissa also worked for the NBEN as a summer student in 1998 and 1999!

 

AnnikaAnnika Chiasson, Program Coordinator
Born and raised in Moncton, Annika first worked for the NBEN as a summer student in 2012 and then again in 2013. Little did she know she would come back in 2016. Bringing with her, her passion for nature, art and technology. She has happily and officially joined the team again!




Zaheera2Zaheera Denath, Program Coordinator
Zaheera Denath joined the NBEN in 2017. Having resided in various locales during her formative years, (including South Africa & Kuwait) she has settled in with her husband and animal family in Albert County on a large acreage coined “the funny farm” because of her unconventional animal husbandry. Her methods utilise as much natural and holistic knowledge gained from her various cultural experiences. She brings this same dedication to her work at the NBEN, advocating for natural solutions to todays issues.

HeleneHélène Maillet, Administrative Assistant
Hélène Maillet joined the NBEN in 2018. After a 15-year career as a paramedic, she is now happy to be part of the NBEN team. She lives in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent with her husband, where she enjoys rug-hooking, knitting and video-calls with her grandchildren.




TzomiTzomi Burkhart, Program Coordinator
Raised in the Rocky Mountains, Tzomi moved progressively east in stages before making a home in the Maritimes in 2011. With a diverse background in organic farming, interactive classroom activation, and a love of ecology, coordinating the Sustainability Education Alliance is a dream come true. Tzomi graduated from Acadia with a BA (Hon.) in Sustainability Studies and a double major in History in 2016, and when not in the office, can most likely be found in the garden or the woods - in any weather or season.

UliUlrike Irlich, Program Coordinator
Uli joined the NBEN in 2018, where she is coordinating the Biodiversity Collaborative and working on re-establishing the New Brunswick Invasive Species Council.  Uli was born and raised in Namibia and later moved to South Africa to complete her studies. After completing her Masters in Science she stayed in Cape Town, where she worked, amongst others, for the Municipality of Cape Town in urban conservation stewardship and invasive species management. She has also had the opportunity to work on projects in Malawi and Tanzania, assisting local governments to strengthen local sustainability and protect the urban natural assets. Uli has published some scientific papers, mostly aimed at bridging the gap between science and management.  Uli moved to Moncton in 2018 with her fiancé and two furbabies, making the Maritimes her new home.

CharlesCharles Thibodeau, EcoVision2025 Implementation Coordinator
Charles has been with the NBEN since 2018. Originally from Shediac, Charles held many positions in the federal government such as serving as head of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations' Working Party on Pollution and Energy, managing the Secretariat of the International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy, and as Operating Agent for the International Energy Agency. Charles now lives in Cormier-Village on a 75-acre permaculture inspired homestead.

SurabhiSurabhi Sheth, BRACE Project Coordinator
Surabhi joined the NBEN in 2019. Over the years, she has developed a keen interest in ecosystem management, climate change adaptation, and sustainable livelihoods. Other than that, she loves classical dancing and outdoor activities!










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