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 artists. 



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
Jessie Crow Mermel

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