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Volunteer Coordinator Bios

 Allison Cisneros – Volunteer Coordinator


Hi, I’m Allison Cisneros, Midewin’s Volunteer Coordinator since 2007.  Many people call me Alli.


I grew up in Manhattan and currently live with my husband, Armando in Plainfield.  I am grateful to have a family that instilled in me a respect for nature through camping, traveling, education, and nature crafts, all of which will always be my passion.  I enjoyed attending Joliet Junior College for their Ecology program and also participated in their Grassroots Club.  I transferred to Lewis University in Romeoville in order to obtain a BS in Biology and a BA in Chemistry.


While attending Lewis University, I had the opportunity to work on the Midewin Restoration Crew from 2001 to 2003.  After I graduated, I missed working at Midewin very much, so in 2007, I was thrilled to reunite with staff and volunteers who contribute so much to Midewin’s goals.  I am thankful for the partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy which provides the opportunity for my position here at Midewin. 


Since I have been back I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of volunteers in a wide range of activities. I learn new things on a daily basis.  I have also been working on landscaping my own yard with native wildflowers.  And to throw in a few more tidbits; my only pets are fish, I collect kaleidoscopes, I have over 30 houseplants and I love to ride my bike. 


Well, I try to make an appearance at as many workdays as I can, so hope to see you soon. 



Kathryn Gorman – Assistant Volunteer Coordinator


I began my involvement with Midewin as a volunteer after hearing great things about the volunteer program.  My own experiences were very positive and I was impressed with the interactive volunteer website as well as the level of enthusiasm and knowledge that the staff and volunteers brought to each event.  When I was given the opportunity to join the Midewin team, and to work with Allison Cisneros, Midewin’s Volunteer Coordinator, towards the continued success of the volunteer program, I eagerly accepted. 


I started as Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at Midewin in September of 2013, and I am very grateful to The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service for making this position possible.  I have approximately 9 years of experience in real estate appraisal and 4 years in real estate assessment.  I look forward to applying my skills and experience to the continued success of the Midewin volunteer program.  This position allows me to work with volunteer databases, help organize events, and process ecological data, among other things.  It has been very rewarding so far, and I enjoy learning something new every day. 


In regards to my history, I grew up on a farm about 1 ½ hours south of Chicago.  I have always enjoyed nature and being active in the great outdoors.  As a kid I baled hay, rode horses and participated in 4-H.  In high school I participated in FFA and the Environmental Club.  I attended the University of Illinois College of ACES and in 2003 earned my B.S. in Agricultural Communications and Environmental Education.  I enjoy learning new things and trying new outdoor activities.  I also enjoy gardening, science lectures, star-gazing events, beer/wine tastings and a good book.

Key Contacts


Allison Cisneros

Volunteer Coordinator

(815) 423-2149

Kathryn Gorman

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

(815) 423-2148

Allison Cisneros and Kathryn Gorman

Kathryn Gorman (left) and Allison Cisneros