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Upstate Forever Staff

Cathy Bester

Cathy Bester

Program and Event Coordinator

Cathy joined Upstate Forever as Program and Event Coordinator in April 2022. Originally from Ohio, she graduated from Bowling Green State University with undergraduate and graduate degrees in biological sciences. She has previously worked at the Florida Museum of Natural History and more recently with the University of Florida’s Food Systems Institute. Cathy has been visiting the Upstate over the past fifteen years, enjoying the unique beauty and bountiful recreational opportunities of the area.
In her role at Upstate Forever, Cathy is responsible for coordinating events and volunteer workdays. In addition, she assists with fundraising and membership initiatives along with various administrative tasks.
In her free time, she enjoys gravel cycling, trail running, and nature photography as well as spending time with her two border collies.

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