Class of 2013
The Class of 2013 is our second year of Fellows. Please click the photos below to learn more about them!
Bonnie Webster grew up in rural Union County, where countless hours spent playing in woods and streams shaped her and created in her an enduring love of nature. She majored in biology at Converse College and from there went on to earn a Master of Science degree in environmental studies from the College of Charleston. Bonnie firmly believes that getting young people out in nature is essential, not only for their own personal health but for the health of our planet. Young people must have a connection to the natural world if they are to recognize the importance of natural systems and work to protect them. Bonnie puts this philosophy to practice in her daily life of raising three children and working as a high school environmental science teacher at Spartanburg Day School. She is excited about being a TLAR fellow and hopes to find a way to help young people connect to our local watershed.×
Winthrop Allen was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC. He was a chemistry major graduating from Washington and Lee University and received his masters degree in land rehabilitation from Montana State University. Winthrop began his professional career as an environmental scientist with CH2M Hill in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Los Angeles, California. He moved to Charleston, SC in 2004 and worked as Magnolia Development’s director of development for a large brownfield redevelopment project located in the “neck” area of the peninsula. Winthrop moved back to Spartanburg in 2010 and currently works for Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. in their energy and infrastructure division. He serves on the advisory board for the Citizen Scholars Program with the Spartanburg County Foundation and the Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA board. He is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent. Winthrop enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Heather and has benefitted and learned from a lifetime of outdoor adventure activities around the globe.×
Ben is a passionate adventurer and outdoor enthusiast. He is currently the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for Spartanburg County Parks Department. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Outdoor Leadership, is a SUP Level II Instructor with the ACA, an avid rock climber, and a skilled guide. Ben splits his time climbing, skiing, paddling, volunteering, and traveling. From guiding multiple ascents on Aconcagua, South America’s largest peak, to teaching educational courses in Alaska’s glaciated mountain ranges, Ben is eager to bring his skills and experiences to the Think Like a River initiative.×
Shelley holds a degree in economics from Duke University, where she spent time at the Duke Marine Lab, and an MBA from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Her varied experience includes working with lemurs at the Duke Primate Center, regulating water and wastewater utilities for the Florida Public Service Commission, advocating for the protection of the Florida coast and outer continental shelf in Governor Lawton Chiles’ Environmental Policy Unit, and facilitating technology transfer at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. She has been a Program Associate with Upstate Forever (www.upstateforever.org) since 2007 and currently focuses on solid waste, recycling, and transportation policy. She has lived in Spartanburg since 1998.×