OUR TEAM

Dr. Benjamin Burton

Founder

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

Jason Hajek

Team Lead Director of RNP

Jayson holds a B.S. Degree in Biology with Distinction and a Masters Degree in Basic Science…

James Preisendanz

Restoration Ecologist & Arborist

James received a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Natural Resources and a Certificate in…

Matt Simonelli

Terrestrial Invasive Species Specialist

Matt graduated Cum laude from William Paterson University where he earned a communications…

Peter Schipper

Chief of Maintenance

Peter received a bachelor’s in business management from Nyack College. For fifteen years, Peter co-managed a landscaping company…

Dan Noonan

Community Outreach and
Land Steward

Dan graduated cum laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2016 with a B.A. in environmental…

Joe Kilday

Invasive Species Technician

Joe Kilday graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Physiology from Ursinus College in…

Nicole Szubart

Nicole Szubart is graduating in 2021 with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and a minor in Studio Art at William Paterson University…

Noah Kilday

This was my first summer working with RNP and it was so much fun! I am a sophomore health and exercise physiology major at…

Robert Schucker

Property Caretaker

Since it’s inception, Rob has been crucial to the success of Restore Native Plants. He is always…

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

INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS

OUR MASCOTS

Echo

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

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.