North Carolina Staff
Randolph “Radar” Harrison (he/him/his) is the Director of Forestry Conservation Projects for Conservation Corps North Carolina. Previously he was the Assistant County Ranger with the North Carolina Forest Service in Wake County. He has also worked for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Emergency Management as the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know and State Emergency Response Coordinator.
Prior to coming to North Carolina, Radar worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 32 years rising through the ranks to become Assistant Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation Management for the Northeastern Area of State and Private Forestry at Radnor, PA. A native of central Virginia, Radar graduated from Virginia State University with a degree in Plant and Soil Science. He has 3 children, a granddaughter and is involved with numerous activities with his church and community organizations.
Maritza (she/her/ella) is a first generation Mexican American raised in the Piedmont region of NC. Her interest in our natural world started at an early age, from watching ants and snails in her driveway and playing soccer. She was fortunate enough to pursue her interests in school, obtaining her Bachelor's in Environmental Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master's in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University. After completing her M.S., she spent time leading community members in habitat restoration projects in Seattle. Her experiences in academia and the conservation field crystalized the necessity of centering the solutions always fought for by Black, Indigenous and Communities of Color. She joined Conservation Corps North Carolina in 2021 as the Youth Conservation Corps Program Coordinator. When not tromping around outside, Maritza loves cooking large meals and discovering a myriad of artists who connect us with each other and our stories of joy and true liberation.
Michael (he/him/his) first developed his love for public lands by growing up next to the Stones River National Battlefield in middle Tennessee. He started working with young adults in the outdoors with summer camps in 2005 and in 2011 served a yearlong AmeriCorps term building trails and conserving land with Coconino Rural Environmental Corps.
In the years since he has worked with Southeast Conservation Corps, American Conservation Experience, Arizona Conservation Corps, and Conservation Legacy more broadly. Michael moved to North Carolina in 2019 and in 2021 joined Conservation Corps North Carolina as Program Director.
When he’s not on the trail on behind a chainsaw you can find him fly fishing, painting landscapes, and attempting to garden.
Andy (he/him/his) got his first taste of exploring public lands in his hometown of Corbett, Oregon. There, he developed a deep affinity with the landscape surrounding him. After graduating from Oregon State University in 2013, Andy found his calling in working on the trails crew for the U.S. Forest Service in Bend, Oregon. He was able to experience serving as a wilderness trails lead, taking volunteers on backcountry hitches to perform trail work on the Pacific Crest Trail, performing extraordinary projects on the PCT from southern Oregon to northern Washington state.
After having a great time working for the Forest Service as a trails supervisor, serving as an Oregon State Parks park ranger, and working in natural resources for the City of Bend in Oregon, Andy found his way to North Carolina in 2019, finding his way to work in conservation with CCNC. When Andy isn’t out in the field, you can find him exploring new hiking and cross country ski trails, or building wood furniture on his back porch.
Mallory James (she/her/hers) grew up just north or Durham, North Carolina. From a young age, Mallory loved nature and spent summers chasing frogs and inspecting local rocks. If you had asked her as a child what she would do when she grew up, she would have told you an ‘animal scientist’. Mallory received a Bachelor’s in Ecology, Evolutionary, and Environmental Biology from Appalachian State University. During that time she furthered her interest in nature and eventually conservation while interning with the Houston Zoo’s Collegiate Conservation Program as well as with the Naturalist Department with the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. Mallory also found a love for leadership and personal development through serving as a Resident Assistant for 3 of 4 years at App State. Eventually, Mallory found her way to conservation corps by happening upon the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps where she lead a young adult crew for 16 weeks. She found that conservation corps are a beautiful way for her to marry her love for the conservation of the natural world and personal development in youth and young adults. Mallory went on to lead for the Montana Conservation Corps and then served as the Field Training Coordinator for the Northwest Youth Corps and Idaho Conservation Corps. After the 4 seasons of traveling and working with different conservation corps all over the US, Mallory felt it was time to come home to the state she loved and to family that was waiting on her. She’s particularly obsessed with her 2 year old nephew, Logan. Mallory is incredibly excited for the opportunity to do conservation work around the state she calls home.