The Leadership Team
Jake Shimkus – Environmental Director
Jake Shimkus is deeply passionate about environmental conservation and education. In 2015, he piloted the Environmental Education Initiative (EEI) with Living Islands on Majuro Atoll, laying the groundwork for the Junior Ocean Ambassador Camp. In his current capacity, Jake manages the volunteer logistics for the camp and team schedule. A resident of Boulder, Colorado, Jake is an avid trail runner, skiier and cyclist.
Alden Glinert – Camp Lead
Alden Glinert is a former teacher in Portland, Oregon, and avid conservationist. After visiting Arno, Arno with the Living Islands team visit in 2017, Alden came up with initial concept for the Junior Ocean Ambassador Camp to be hosted on Arno. In his current role, Alden leads the curriculum development and media design for the camp. When not coming up with creative new videos, Alden is an avid surfer and xpert baker.
Kya Roumimper – Camp Lead
Kya Roumimper served as a teacher on Arno atoll through the World Teach program in 2016. Following her time in the islands, Kya worked with Living Islands to launch their water project to bring potable water to schools in the islands. A passionate educator and expert in nonprofit grantwriting, Kya currently leads the team’s funding efforts and program design efforts.