Our Team

Tammara Van Ryn

APIPP Manager

Tammara joined the APIPP team as Program Manager in early 2020. She coordinates with partners across the Adirondacks to address the impact of invasive species on the economy and ecology of the region. She comes to APIPP with skills and experience gained during her career in land conservation. “Invasive species impact every Adirondack community, and I’m excited to be part of the partnership of government and nonprofit partners that make APIPP so successful in addressing the threats to our communities.”


Tammara received a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.


Email: tammara.vanryn@TNC.ORG

Phone: (518) 576-2082 ext. 118

Erin Vennie-Vollrath

Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator

Erin joined the APIPP team in 2014 after working with Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources on a variety of aquatic invasive species related projects. She now coordinates and implements APIPP’s educational, prevention, surveillance, early detection and rapid response programs for aquatic invasive species.


Erin received a Master of Science in Water Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Email: evennie-vollrath@TNC.ORG

Phone: (518) 576-2082

Zachary Simek

Conservation and GIS Analyst

Zack began working with APIPP in 2015 as Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator and transitioned to the position of Conservation and GIS Analyst in 2020. In his current role, he coordinates the APIPP and St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario PRISM remote sensing, GIS, and data analysis activities to inform invasive species survey and management work across northern New York. As a licensed drone pilot, he deploys novel technology to support the programs’ science-driven approach.


Zack received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and Policy, with a minor in Geographic Information Systems, from Paul Smith’s College.


Email: zachary.simek@TNC.ORG

Phone: (518) 576-2082

Emily-Bell Dinan

Education and Communications Coordinator

Emily-Bell joined APIPP in 2020 with over a decade of experience using creative science communication to promote stewardship principles and achieve on-the-ground conservation goals. She joins our team after five years working in natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest and built her career in environmental education and community greening with New York City-based non-profits and local government. 


Emily-Bell recieved her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the City University of New York, Hunter College and her Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. 


Email: emily-bell.dinan@TNC.ORG

Phone: (518) 576-2082

Rebecca "Becca" Bernacki

Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator

Becca joined APIPP in May 2020. She brings her experience in plant identification, survey techniques, project management, and geospatial analysis to the team. She now coordinates and implements APIPP’s prevention, surveillance, early detection and rapid response programs for terrestrial invasive plants, pests and pathogens.


Becca received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and her Master of Science with a concentration in Terrestrial Ecology from the State University of New York College at Brockport. 

Email: rebecca.bernacki@TNC.ORG

Phone: (518) 576-2082

Adellia Baker

2020 Invasive Species Management Steward

Adellia is the APIPP Summer 2020 Invasive Plant Management Steward. Adellia's previous work as an ecosystem restoration technician and conducting invasive plant surveys and for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. She has a passion for plants and her extensive knowledge of invasives will be a great asset to the APIPP team as she surveys and manages invasives at campgrounds, trailheads and other popular recreation sites.


Adellia received her Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Email: adellia.baker@TNC.ORG

Phone: (518) 576-2082