Desiree Wolfgramm

Most of my childhood was spent outdoors, playing in the majestic woods, rivers, streams and the hundreds of miles of trails that makeup the great lakes state of Michigan. Each day was a new adventure that held unexplored terrain and lively new creatures. It was during this time that I came to appreciate all the things that nature did for me. Not only did it serve as my playground, my recreation, but it also provided my favorite foods – like sweet summer cherries - clean water and fresh air. Nature helped to nourish me.

My appreciation for the environment deepened through the years and peaked with the anticipation of the birth of my first child. Imagining that he would get to explore the world and make his own stories using nature as his canvas was euphoric. Ironically, it was around the same time that my position at a nuclear plant in the Pacific Northwest opened my eyes to the part that nuclear plays in keeping that canvas clean.

Sarah Woolf

As a small child, terrified of thunder, my parents used to bundle me up on stormy nights and take my sister and I onto our back porch to appreciate the beauty of the tempest. Enveloped in the warming smell of rain, I watched in the distance, as the lightning danced across the endless fields. Flickers of light offered glimpses of the grand thunderheads rolling boldly across the sky as the swirling streaks of rain playfully frolicked around them. 

I spent evenings and summers exploring the undeveloped areas behind our little subdivision with my sister: frogging, adventuring, learning. Small things that instilled in me a love of Mother Earth. Growing up near Wichita, on the Kansas plains, in the middle of tornado alley, I developed my awe for nature — its unyielding power, and its intense beauty.

Susan Sallade

I have been a nuclear plant worker for over 30 years. I am a Nuclear Engineer, Trainer, Manager, and Senior Reactor Operator. But the most rewarding title I have ever held is that of “mom.” 

I was in high school in Florida in 1979 when Three Mile Island made the news, and questions about nuclear power began spinning around in my head. I had aptitude in engineering, was fascinated by the technology, and had a passion to learn more. I became a nuclear engineer and started working in the operations department of a nuclear power plant.