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.







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.












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.








Kelly Buskirk 

Kelly recently relocated to Austin and is very passionate about sustainability and climate change.  Her experience with non-profit organizations has included program management, special events fundraising and grant writing.  Kelly has managed a private sector business, pioneering the Kauai Green Business Program and was a key leader in a grassroots group that successfully banned plastic bags and styrofoam on the island of Kauai.  Kelly is also a Yoga Teacher, mother of two, and loves hiking with her dog and traveling whenever possible. 







Nickie Harris

Nickie is currently a second year Human Ecology student at the University of Texas. Since childhood she has cultivated her interest in the environment and living a sustainable life, and is now loving the opportunity to work with Rainforest Partnership. Her work there includes social media, blog posts, and event planning. Nickie is looking forward to learning all she can about Rainforest Partnership's mission and helping them make significant connections between the community and the environment. In her free time, Nickie enjoys cooking, working out, spending time outside on the many trails here in Austin, and listening to music in the live music capital of the world. 






Tara Allen 

Animals, nature and Mother Earth have always been my passion.  Since I was a child, I’ve helped my mom with injured and orphaned wild animals, nursing them back to health so they may be released back into the wild.  I also say I have two green thumbs, with a beautiful little garden to prove it.  Plants, animals, insects, you name it, I love it and want to help protect it.  After earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication at TAMUCC, I landed a job as a news producer for several years down in Corpus Christi.  My (soon-to-be) fiancé Ty and I have lived in Austin since 2013 with our three little birds, snake and dog Rango.  We enjoy hitting the many beautiful trails Austin has to offer, going birding, biking and always a good brew with friends.