Alicia attended Seton Hill University outside of Pittsburgh where she graduated with a BA of Science in Biology. After college, she did trail work with the Student Conservation Association.  Her first trail project was in the Adirondacks. She then worked through SCA outside of San Francisco with East Bay Regional Parks doing trail work and fire line prevention. Before joining HRI, she worked in a seasonal position with the Nature Conservancy. Alicia has lived in Asheville for three years. She enjoys urban gardening, especially vertical landscape gardening and hiking the mountain to sea trail which is ten minutes from her house and spending time with her dog Junebug.