Trip Leaders 2023

Hello! My name is Emily Marcincavage and I am the GALS Intern as well as a Wilderness and Curriculum Leader for summer 2023. I am currently at Catawba College majoring in Environment and Sustainability with concentrations in Environmental & Outdoor Education and Environmental Science. I am excited to work with and serve alongside GALS in extending educational opportunities in nontraditional settings and ways.

I am a lover of people, coffee, and anything outdoors. With GALS, I get to share these passions with people that may already have the same passions, or I might be able to share and aid the opportunity to grow new passions. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, playing soccer, and reading (definitely at a coffee shop)!!

I’m super excited to share this experience with everyone and grow together.

Hi! My name is Vheneka Njovana. I am an international student at Catawba College coming all the way from Zimbabwe. I am majoring in Environment and Sustainability. Being outside is one of my favorite things, exploring and learning natural systems. Apart from that I love food! I love trying out different kinds of food and experimenting too! I believe GALS is the perfect place! 

Hey yall! My name is Lydia! My pronouns are she/her and I’m super stoked to be part of the GALS leader team this summer. I currently work as an Environmental Educator at a nature preserve in North Raleigh where I teach programs of all types for all ages. I love camping, hiking and spending time outdoors. I love all things plants and am looking forward to sharing that love with this year’s campers. When I’m not outside, I’m hanging out with my dogs or making some sort of craft at home. I can’t wait to meet you all and hit the trails this summer! 

Hello! My name is Alison Watta and I am a wilderness and curriculum leader for 2023! I graduated from VA Tech with a degree in Biochemistry and worked in a variety of different jobs and industries throughout my career. I got into backpacking later in life and now lead local hiking and backpacking trips. Introducing people to the outdoors is my passion.

I love animals, especially cats, a well-made latte, and small mountain towns (which usually have good lattes). I wish there was a program like GALS when I was in school, a way to explore the outdoors and learn more about science. I’m excited to help the campers learn new things and explore different ways they can use their curiosity.

Hi my name is Amy Bowman, I am the STEM Education Extension Associate for NCSU Plants for Human Health Institute. I am also a former middle school math and science teacher. I have a BS in Biology and an MS in Education. I grew up camping, hiking and kayaking. In my free time I love woodworking ( my Covid hobby), baking, traveling, camping and whitewater kayaking. I feel honored to be a part of the GALS team for 2023.

Hi, my name is Maddy Jaynes. I am currently a student at Catawba College majoring in Environment and Sustainability with a minor in Biology and a concentration in Outdoor Education. I enjoy spending my time outside hiking, snorkeling, looking for rocks, and playing beach volleyball. Some of my favorites are cats, coffee, and cheerleading. I am full of energy and love finding joy in the little things. I am so excited for GALS and can’t wait to learn and explore with all of you!