Staff and Board

Julie Uram, Executive Director (she/her)

Julie Uram joined Nature At The Confluence in Spring 2022 as our full-time Executive Director. She studied Environmental Sustainability and Sociology at Drake University, where she also completed a Master of Arts in Communication focused in Public Affairs and Advocacy. Julie was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois and became passionate about helping her community connect with nature while serving as the 815 Outside AmeriCorps member at Severson Dells Nature Center. She also spent time assisting the Community Science programs in partnership with the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County. Most recently she worked as the Communications and Development Manager at Angelic Organics Learning Center where she coordinated marketing and fundraising efforts.

Julie is honored by the opportunity to work with the community to restore such a critical and special piece of land. She is particularly excited to work with local youth and school groups and to spend time outdoors every day. Julie’s favorite part about this area, and what keeps her here, is the people. She is dedicated to increasing equity and accessibility in the environmental education field and ensuring that Nature at the Confluence is a welcoming and safe place for all community members. In her free time, Julie enjoys supporting local restaurants and playing underwater hockey.


Fall Student Assistants


Deven Irwin (he/him)

Year in college: Senior
College: Beloit College
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Pinole, California
Interested in Nature At The Confluence because: Nature at the Confluence interests me because it allows me to embrace nature and create new learning experiences.
Favorite thing about South Beloit and/or Beloit: Beloit Farmers Market!



Stella Barrett (they/them)

Year in college: Senior
College: Beloit College
Major: Environmental Studies and Education
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Interested in Nature At The Confluence because: The sense of community that NATC brings is really beautiful. And it’s so important to feel a connection to the land you’re living on as well which NATC really provides!
Favorite thing about South Beloit and/or Beloit: The Rock River! I hadn’t experienced much river paddling before moving out here and it is so fun!! I also love all the walking/biking trails around it or just sitting on a bench by it 🙂



Nature At The Confluence Board

Lena Verkuilen – President
Andre De Kok – Vice President
Therese Oldenburg – Treasurer
Carl Lange – Secretary
Rob Clark
Deb McCann
Dianne Morrison

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