Hannah was born and raised in Belmont, North Carolina where she spent most of her time training as a pre-professional ballet dancer. Upon graduating high school, she decided to leave her dance career behind to pursue a life devoted to environmental stewardship in her home state. She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in management and policy from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Hannah discovered her passion for restoring habitat while working on college internships focused on protecting ash trees on the Appalachian Trail and other invasive species management projects in western North Carolina. During her first AmeriCorps term with Conserving Carolina as Habitat Restoration Associate, she developed a deep interest in mountain bog and wetland restoration, fire ecology, and forest management. Nothing brings her more joy than spending the day outside working with her hands and sharing her love for the land with friends and volunteers. She is thrilled to be serving a second term with Conserving Carolina protecting the incredible ecological communities in the mountains that she feels lucky to call home. When she’s not out in the bogs or bushwhacking through a forest understory, she enjoys skateboarding, live music, and hiking with her dog, Dixie.