Dr. Benjamin Burton

Founder | President Emeritus

Dr. Ben Burton has been a life-long advocate for those in need, especially children, the…

James Preisendanz

Director of Restore Native Plants | President

James has worked for Restore Native Plants since its inception in 2013 and has been integral to its evolution as an…

Matt Simonelli

Co-Director of Restore Native Plants | Vice President

Matt’s dynamic leadership has been essential in restoring the Restore Native Plants’ restoration…

Dan Noonan

Co-Director of Restore Native Plants | Treasurer

Dan joined Restore Native Plants as a recurring volunteer and immediately fell in love with wildlife habitat…

Joe Kilday

Field Technician

Joe has been contributing to the mission of Restore Native Plants in various capacities since 2013….

Bradley Hildebrandt

Field Technician

Bradley’s interest in native plant and wildlife habitat restoration brought him to Restore Native Plants….

William Winkler

Property Maintenance Coordinator

Will has a unique blend of experience in both environmental work and property management. His exceptional…

Tyler Fishman

Nursery Operations Specialist

Tyler is a dedicated advocate for biodiversity and sustainability, committed to enhancing ecosystem stability and resilience…

Nancy Slowik

Master Native Plant Consultant

Nancy joined the Restore Native Plants Team in 2017 where she serves as the lead team…
Colin Milde Master Arborist

Colin Milde

Master Arborist

Colin became the first Board Certified Master Arborist with the International Society of…




Echo is always ready to scale any conifer of any size to look for insects, small mammals, and native bird species. He holds the record for the number of trees scaled without a helmet, harness, or any safety equipment.


Logan is our resident specialist in native bird identification. He has personally logged over 10,000 hours of native bird surveying and has identified 92 native species.