The Faces of The Nature Foundation

 

Douglas A. Coleman

Executive Director

As founder and Executive Director for The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen, Doug Coleman has been protecting the heritage and beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia for over 30 years. His national and international conservation and education efforts through seminars, study programs, nature walks and other informative group sessions held at the Foundation have encouraged the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the area’s natural resources.

Armed with an undergraduate degree in biology from Virginia’s Bridgewater College and having done graduate work at the University of North Carolina’s Highlands Biological Station and the University of Delaware, Coleman began working with the developers of Wintergreen Resort in 1975 to create a plan to protect the 6,000 acres that were designated for conservation. He personally designed the Wintergreen community’s environmental policies and natural sciences programs, which are still in effect today.

Coleman founded the 20-year-old Spring Wildflower Symposium held annually at Wintergreen and in 1994, propelled the Wintergreen Nature Foundation into a science-based research and education non-profit organization located at Wintergreen Resort in the central Blue Ridge Mountains.

He has generated a number of awards for the Foundation, including launching the program that won the National Environmental Achievement Award for resort communities in 1987, the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society’s Windler Award for the best systematic paper of the year in 1993, and the Phoenix International Environmental Award from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1999.

He recently initiated The Natural Gardens of Wintergreen, a strategic effort to join the community together to support landscaping efforts that protect propagated native plant tissue collected in and around Wintergreen’s 11,000 acres. In addition, he served on the Flora of Virginia advisory committee and worked on The New Flora of Virginia, the first comprehensive illustrated flora of the Commonwealth.


Amanda Winegar

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

I am a native of Waynesboro, VA. I currently live in Staunton with my 8 year old son, Declan. I earned my masters degree in Science for Sports Medicine where I discovered I enjoy working with people without injuries. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the hospitality industry for the past 9 years and I thrive on helping others. I am very excited to be part of TNFW family and look forward to getting to know and working with our amazing members. Declan and I enjoy our time together hiking, fishing, kayaking, and are huge Ravens fans.

 


Josh Palumbo

Forest Manager

I grew up outside Annapolis Maryland fishing the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and wandering the woods behind my house. I attended Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) and received a degree in Forest Resource Management. After spending a few years in the wilds of the Adirondacks, I came to The Nature Foundation as the Forest Management Coordinator. When I am not busy shuttling one of my four children to various activities, I can be found canoeing a lovely Virginia river, traipsing through the woods, coaching high school wrestling or on a date with my lovely wife.


Kathie Driscoll

Education Director

Hi there! I’m Kathie, the Education Director at The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen. I hail from Northern Virginia and have made my home in Central Virginia;  particularly the serene beauty of Amherst. Over the years, I’ve been dedicated to providing environmental education in this region, driven by my passion for conservation and fostering an appreciation for Virginia’s exquisite resources.

My academic journey led me to pursue dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and German from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Engaging with like-minded professionals, I am proud to be a member of both the North American Association for Environmental Education and the Central Blue Ridge Master Naturalist Chapter.

In my role at TNFW, I curate enriching experiences in environmental education and cultural history for the Nelson County community and its neighbors. I love Wintergreen for its near perfect beauty and the fellowship of the Wintergreen community. I thoroughly enjoy offering programs, activities and “road trips” for our members. Overseeing TNFW’s volunteer program is a privilege, as I work alongside dedicated volunteers to develop and deliver impactful environmental education and natural resource training. I am profoundly grateful for every volunteer who has contributed to making this position the most rewarding experience of my career.

I spend my free time in the woods hiking, birding and staying in tune with nature. I have two beautiful daughters, who share my value in caring for our natural world.

Michelle Maggiore

Shoppe and Greenhouse Manager

Greetings! I currently manage the shop at the Nature Foundation, and propagate native shrubs and trees at TNFW’s greenhouse down the mountain.

I have lived in Virginia most of my life (near the coast, in foothills, and now in the gorgeous Blue Ridge mountains) and enjoy hiking, kayaking, sharing my love of plants, and roller-skating.