Staff & Job Vacancies
Suzanne Dorsey, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Suzanne E. Dorsey, earned her doctorate in coastal oceanography and has been working in research and education for over 15 years. Communicating the importance of our coastal ecosystems, particularly Barrier Islands, is a primary focus for Dr. Dorsey. She feels that the first step to promoting conservation and preservation, of these critical coastal habitats, is forging a connection between the people who live and visit our beaches and the senstive habitats found here. The Smith Island Complex encompasses so many examples of rare and sensitive habitats, and the mission of the Bald Head Island Conservancy provides a perfect opportunity to not only educate people but to promote effective stewardship of these environments. She enjoys working with people and sharing her passion for nature. Her spare time is devoted to her husband and two children.
Nicki Dardinger email@example.com
Director of Conservation
Nicki brings over fifteen years of experience in the environmental conservation, research, and education world to the Bald Head Island Conservancy, where she serves as the Director of Conservation. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and her experiences have included working as a State Park Naturalist in both New York and Ohio, conducting research on the endangered Massasauga rattlesnake, working with a raptor education program at Cornell, writing grants for Central Piedmont Community College, and leading the education team at Carolina Raptor Center, a non-profit organization focused on the conservation of birds of prey. She is thrilled that working at the Conservancy allows her to combine her passion for conservation research and environmental education with her love of working with people. She believes strongly in the power of environmental educators and scientists to have a meaningful impact on their communities and help people understand how their everyday choices can have a positive impact on the environment.
Director of Operations
Poul was born and raised in Denmark and graduated from the Danish Technical University with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. He is married to Dee from England and have two kids, Sebastian 18 and Louise 16 who were both born in the US. Poul worked for a Danish biotech company for approx. 25 years, primarily heading up technical organizations with responsibility for North America. He has been coming to BHI for more than 10 years, been a property owner and a life member of the Conservancy for approx. 5 years and have been a board member and volunteering in various capacities for the conservancy for the last year. He is exited to join the Conservancy full time, as the new Director of Operations. When he is not at the Conservancy, you will likely find him at the golf course or on the beach swimming and fishing!
Caroline Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Shepherd joined the Conservancy in 2008 as Financial Manager. She feels this is the perfect opportunity to share her love of nature while using her professional skills to further our important mission in the effective stewardship of barrier island environments. After serving in the Charlotte area as a CPA in CFO positions for a variety of industries, she became an island girl to enjoy the benefits of sunny coastal living full time. She enjoys any free time spent on or near the water, walking, fishing, preparing the catch of the day for good friends, and reading.
Kendyll Collins Kendyll@bhic.org
Conservation Biologist- Environmental Education Coordinator
Kendyll graduated with a B.S. in environmental science, minor in psychology, and departmental honors, from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In May 2011, she came to the Conservancy as a summer intern. Kendyll paired environmental science and psychology because the ultimate goal of environmental education is behavioral modification. While in school, Kendyll interned with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. When shes not working, Kendyll enjoys beachcombing, swimming, running, reading, and drinking coffee. Through exciting education programs, she hopes to inspire youth to alter their harmful behaviors to prevent the escalation of environmental epidemics.
Jaymie Reneker email@example.com
Conservation Biologist- Sea Turtle Program Coordinator
Jaymie grew up in a small town outside of Des Moines, Iowa. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Iowa State University with a minor in Animal Ecology. Even though she spent her whole life in a landlocked state, she has always been passionate about the oceans and the animals that inhabit them. Jaymie joined BHIC as a Sea Turtle Intern in 2012 and will continue to work with us as our Sea Turtle Program Coordinator. She is excited to continue her work with sea turtles and the community of Bald Head Island. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, beachcombing and being outdoors.
Courtney Colwell firstname.lastname@example.org
Conservation Biologist - Coastal Ecology Program Coordinator
David R. Hall email@example.com
Conservation Biologist – Field Technician
David was born in coastal Florida, and raised in the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina. He developed a passion for the outdoors and the environment at a young age, and first pursued a career in outdoor adventure leadership, which took him to several Central and South American countries. After witnessing first-hand the environmental devastation of many coastal ecosystems, he shifted his career towards Marine Biology and Conservation, which he pursued at UNC Wilmington. Dr. Suzanne Dorsey personally selected David for employment from her Barrier Island Ecology and Management Honors course taught at UNCW, and he has been with the Conservancy since April 2013. He plans to continue his pursuit of an advanced science degree in Island Biology, Ecology and Conservation. In his spare time, David enjoys surfing, diving, gardening, traditional archery, and traveling.
Elyse Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Retail Operations
Originally from Ohio, Elyse has lived in St. Louis, Baton Rouge, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Japan and Sparta, N.J. She has recently worked for Bald Head Island Limited as a Sales Executive in their real estate office, but has diverse background starting in Retail and then in Data Processing as a computer programmer/EDP Auditor/Consultant. For many years she participated in a variety of volunteer activities which include: raising funds for non-profit organizations, chairing a variety of town events and committees, and managing/buying for two non-profit gift shops. Elyse graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Biology and a minor in Computer Science and also took graduate courses in Marketing and Accounting at Washington University in St. Louis.
Campus Maintenance Director and Jr. Naturalist
Mike was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on Long Island, NY. He has a lovely wife, three beautiful children, and three precious grandchildren. Mike first came to BHI in August 2003 joining the Transportation Dept. as a ferry mate. Prior to 2003, he worked for 30 years in Marine Transportation for an oil company in the north east. Mike looks forward to participating in the growth of the BHI Conservancy and getting involved with the preservation of the island.
2014 BHI Turtle Nest Count: 31 nests, 5 hatched