Volunteers and Interns


Erynn Fitzgerald

Erynn, originally from the Chicago area, moved to Austin recently from Columbus, Ohio where she lived for 11 years and received her BFA in Fine Art from Ohio State University.  Erynn's graphics background includes working as a designer for a magazine publishing company as well  as years of freelance work.  She is also a traditional artist, working primarily in oil and watercolor.







Lavanya Selvam Alli

Lavanya Selvam Alli

Lavanya Selvam Alli is a freelance documentary film-maker and photographer originally from India. She has worked on the research and production of documentaries and media campaigns with a focus on environmental and social issues. She is excited to be a part of Rainforest Partnership and is volunteering with them on their social and media outreach efforts.










Aaron Baum

Aaron Baum

Aaron is currently a student at Miramonte High School, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an avid debater, he enjoys researching and writing about a variety of current issues, and is eager to help the Rainforest Partnership blog about the rainforests and climate change. He also enjoys playing the violin, guitar, and electric bass, as well as doing a little star watching on the side.











Brandon Dail

Brandon is an Environmental Studies student at Austin Community College. Originally hailing from Las Vegas, he moved to Austin in 2012 to become a part of the active culture here. His main interest lies in conservation and restoration, and he intends to join the Peace Corps after graduating. He is happy to have the opportunity to effect change on a direct level, and is confident that, through social media and community outreach, Rainforest Partnership can gain substantial awareness and support. When not volunteering, Brandon works full time for Apple Inc. and enjoys hiking in his free time.



Tony Merwin

Tony Merwin is a 3rd Generation Native Texan, originally from Houston, living in Austin since 1995.  His diverse background in sales and marketing includes wholesale production distribution, print ad development and promotional sports marketing within Major League Baseball.  Outside of his professional career and volunteer work with RP he enjoys travelling and competing in high stakes poker tournaments.  He is also an avid martial artist and just recently earned his Black Sash in Yang Style Tai Chi.




Paige Rylander

Paige Rylander is a student at American University, in Washington D.C. majoring in International Relations and minoring in Communications with a focus in conflict resolution. Her love for travel prompted her to study abroad in Chile where she studied Spanish, Latin American politics, and the art of true pisco. As a native Austinite and Texan she can be found horseback riding in the hill country or hiking with her chocolate lab. Other hobbies include soccer, photography, video games, preparing for the Amazing Race/ a zombie apocalypse, and most importantly eating.