Emily Bender is a Bridgewater College graduate with a B.S in Environmental Science. She has been with VCC since January 2018 and currently serves as the Director of Land Protection. Her favorite part of her job is building relationships with people in the Valley who care about the land around them.
Emily grew up attending summer camp at Camp Bethel (Fincastle, VA) and worked as a part of their staff for several summers. This experience was one that shaped her love of the outdoors and determined her educational path in Environmental Science. Emily also spent 5 months in Australia in 2017, an experience that further cultivated her love of the outdoors. Emily and her husband, Jeremy, enjoy living in Mount Crawford and spending their free time hiking and exploring in the Shenandoah Valley.