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ACE Learns – Virtual Campfire Chat
Featuring ACE Staff Sharing Their Conservation Journeys


Join the conversation! Conservation offers many career paths, ranging from hands-on fieldwork to member management. Meet ACE staff who are helping to build the next generation of conservation stewards.

Participants will share some insights into their career journeys and how conservation can provide a meaningful way to make a lasting impact.

If you have embarked on your conservation career or are just curious, this session is for you!

No registration is required – just hop on the Zoom call!



Meet Our Presenters

Keean Ruane ACE staff

Keean Ruane
Division Director, ACE Crew Southwest and Mountain West Divisions
Keean began as Corps member with ACE in 2010 after moving out west from Pennsylvania.  After only 4 months he was hooked and has never looked back.   During his time with ACE he has worked as a Crew Leader, Project Manager, Associate Director and moved in the SWA Division Director role in 2020.  Keean also instructs Crosscut Saw use and relishes the opportunity to get out into the field and teach traditional skills whenever possible.  Outside of ACE Keean enjoys playing music, mountain biking and taking his dirtbike out whenever possible. 

ACE staff Hallie Kellerman

Hallie Kellerman
Associate Director of Member Programs – Eastern Division
Hallie grew up in NC and graduated with a degree in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University. After a few cross country road trips, an AmeriCorps term in Denver Public Schools, and doing “van life” for a few months she began a career in the conservation world in 2019 with Montana Conservation Corps. Hallie joined ACE in 2021 and has enjoyed working with members to help foster their love and stewardship of the outdoors.

ACE Staff Dan McLendon

Dan McLendon
National Restoration Specialist
Dan started working with ACE in 2017, where he opened the doors and served as the Division Director to the former ACE-Gulf Coast Division, headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas. Following the departure of a long time colleague, Ian Torrence, Dan took the job as the National Restoration & GIS Specialist in the summer of 2021. Dan spends much of his time with ACE working with Project Managers and senior staff providing technical support within the restoration discipline. Dan’s career in conservation and land management started in 2010 with the National Park Service, where he worked for 7-years in Resource Management and Wildland Fire. Between his time with the NPS and ACE, Dan has had the opportunity to collaborate with numerous land management agencies, and over 60 parks, refuges and preserves across the United States. His passion for progressive land management practices is driven by over a decade of experience in invasive plant ecology, monitoring, wildland fire, forest management and leveraging the power of collaboration. Dan spends his weekends with his wife, Kristy fly fishing and exploring the unknown in Southwest Montana.

ACE staff Carlee Koritkowski

Carlee Koritkowski
Program Manager – ACE Crew Pacific West Division
Carlee received her B.S. in Ecology from SUNY Plattsburgh— nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York where she was born and raised. During her time in college, she found my passion for outdoor exploration, along with the management and protection of natural resources. After graduating she spent several months traveling throughout Idaho and California working as a conservation corps crew member. Carlee then went on to work for the U.S. Forest Service as a recreation technician and wildland firefighter. 

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