Our Team


Originally from Michigan, Heather relocated to PEI in 2016. She obtained her BSc in Wildlife Conservation from UPEI and her Master's in Fisheries Resource Management from the Marine Institute of Memorial University in Newfoundland. She worked her way through school as the certified Wildlife Technician at the South Shore Watershed Association. She spends her free time at the beach in all weather.

Heather Laiskonis

Executive Director

Charlotte grew up in Charlottetown, where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Music Performance and Philosophy before pivoting to focus on conservation and work with watershed groups on PEI. In her graduate studies, Charlotte focused on watersheds, wetlands, and forest management and obtained her Masters in Resource and Environmental Management in 2021. She spends her off time taking care of an abundance of houseplants, biking, and spending time with friends.

Charlotte Large

Project Manager
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Kassidy was born and raised in Charlottetown, where she also studied at Holland College to become an accredited Wildlife Conservation Technician. Kassidy has a strong passion for forest ecology and loves to practice her plant ID skills out on walks with her three dogs. She has a special interest in invasive species management and growing native plants from seed.

Kassidy Matheson

PEIWA 2 Billion Trees Coordinator

Born in Prince Edward Island, Rebecca Ramos grew up in Summerside and moved to Charlottetown to study Environmental Applied Science Technology at Holland College. She has always had a strong interest in nurturing animals, the natural environment and habitat enhancement. Rebecca's hobbies include spending time with family and friends, camping, hiking with her dog (sometimes cats depending on the weather), cooking and listening to podcasts after a long day.

Rebecca Ramos

Equipment Manager & Monitoring Specialist

Born and raised in the beautiful islands of The Bahamas, Nathan LaCroix is a passionate, energetic and self-driven leader who is enthusiastic about PEI's natural environment. He came to Prince Edward Island in 2018 to pursue tertiary-level education at the University of Prince Edward Island, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Business Administration.

Nathan Lacroix

Administrative & Marketing Coordinator

Originally from Mexico, Melissa came to the Island in 2021 to pursue her bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies with specialization in Innovation and Change Management, and with minors in Sociology and Anthropology. She loves music, nature photography, beading, and hiking with her little dog Toby.

Melissa Lazcano

PEIWA 2 Billion Trees Nursery Project Manager