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Jeannie completed her B.S. at Juniata College then earned her Master’s in Zoology in the GFP at Miami University and a Ph.D. in Conservation Psychology from the University of the Cumberlands. She managed sea turtle nesting research programs in several states and abroad prior to joining the Georgia Sea Turtle Center team in 2007. During her tenure with the GSTC she served as a rehabilitation technician before developing the GSTC AmeriCorps program, and taking over the GSTC Volunteer program as well including the creation of the Georgia Sea Turtle Marine Debris Initiative. In 2019, she felt the pull to become more involved in education and took her education skills to campus as a full time biology professor at Coastal Pines Technical College. Currently she enjoys leading her students in conservation education, volunteering and traveling with her family.