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  Betsy Carlson

  Outreach and Education Specialist

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—— . . . and The Present ————

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  1) The important people in my life (spouses, partners, children) are...  
Erik Wennstrom (husband), Gus Wennstrom (age 5), Anders Wennstrom (age 2).

  2) I went to Westtown because…  
I was introduced to Westtown through Betsy and Foster Doan, my aunt and uncle. After touring a number of other prep schools in the northeast, Westtown offered the warmest and most welcome atmosphere. I immediately wanted to attend.

  3) My occupation is a Outreach and Education Specialist and Westtown prepared me for it by …  
Outreach and Education Specialist at Olympic National Park.

Senior Project - took a two week course with the National Outdoor Leadership School. This experience sparked my interest in environmental issues.

  4) My life’s greatest moments and challenges (to date) would be …  
There have been many great moments and that in itself is great. I guess graduating from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies is right up there with one of the greatest. It was a fantastic experience and through contacts made there I spent a year in Madagascar as a research assistant studying Aye-ayes and rainforests. Later I returned for a five year tour as the Peace Corps' Environmental Program Director (APCD).

One highlight of my first year in Madagascar was a month-long botanical expedition in the Bongo Lava hills and western Tsingy region. It was a dream come true, botanizing in far away places where no scientists had collected before. The adventure was complete with moon light travel through cattle rustling country accompanied by an armed man who seemed to have appeared out of nowhere. And, wading though chest-high swamp water, reaching the other side and having our translator say "there were crocodiles in there." This was only one of many great moments in a year of living in a tent on a small protected island off the east coast of Madagascar.

  5) Westtown’s most inspirational faculty, classmate, friend (multiple choices accepted) would have to be …  
Too hard to narrow down! So many wonderful people.

  6) The most memorable time I broke the rules would be when I …  
First shike, come around the corner to see the night guard's, Frank, hat brim and belly protruding from his hiding place by the door. He never said a word and neither did we.

  7) Was there a point in your life when you recognized any benefit from your time at Westtown?  
No epiphany, but I do appreciate what I learned about Quakerism and that the students' were such an integral part of decision making.

  8) Do you plan to attend the 25th year reunion in May?  
I will be there on my own. I am very much looking forward to our 25th.