Rachel Rock, Founder and Co-President
Rachel grew up in a 55-acre arboretum in Philadelphia giving her an appreciation for the value of nature and the richness it brings to a child's life and imagination as an environment of play and exploration. Rachel graduated from Brown University and received a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins Unniversity. She has worked as a teacher, a nature camp counselor, and spent summers and school vacations working on a farm. Her delight in her own four children's discovery of nature inspired the creation of PUDDLESTOMPERS Nature Exploration.
Carol Milewich, Co-President
Carol has an expertise in financial analysis and planning. After receiving her MBA in Marketing and Finance from New York University, Carol worked in the broadcast industry as a financial manager for NBC TV and WBZ-TV. As an independent consultant, Carol worked on projects for Harvard University, WGBH, various local start-up companies, and established companies. She has also worked as a preschool substitute teacher. Carol comes from a family of small business owners and has two daughters with whom she enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring the seashore.
Jesse Creedy Powers, Director of Operations/Lead Teacher
Jesse attended American University in Washington DC and earned her degree in Environmental Studies. She has been teaching environmental education for many years to students all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Jesse feels strongly about sharing her passion for the outdoors in the hopes of inspiring future generations to care for and appreciate the natural world. Jesse enjoys exploring new places, hiking and running!
Melissa Roberts, Program Manager/Lead Teacher
Melissa has enjoyed the outdoors since she was digging for worms and salamanders as a toddler in Connecticut. She continues to have a passion for educating children about the natural world after 8 years as PUDDLESTOMPERS’ lead teacher and program manager. She also works as a teacher in social and behavioral development in Weston in addition to PUDDLESTOMPERS. When she is not teaching she can be found hiking, surfing, and exploring New England with her husband.
Sara Feit, Manager of Operations/Lead Teacher
Sara has been in and around nature her whole life, from exploring the shoreline in Rhode Island as a child to swimming with turtles in Hawaii. She graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in Environmental Studies and Health Policy, and has been teaching ever since! She spent two summers working with PUDDLESTOMPERS as a Lead Teacher before becoming the Manager of Operations. If she's not teaching, you can find Sara exploring walking trails around Boston or attempting to catch frogs!