People

Our people make everything possible. At NAAEE, we strive towards an inclusive and innovative workplace—one that encourages growth and fosters creativity, while keeping our mission in mind. Learn more about who we are and how we work to provide education we need for the world we want.

Board

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Judy Braus (she/her)

Executive Director

Judy Braus brings to her role as NAAEE Executive Director a wealth of experience in the environmental education profession, with a focus on conservation education, diversity and inclusion, and using the power of education to help create healthier communities that empower local communities, stakeholders, and individuals to help restore and protect the environment. She comes to NAAEE from the National Audubon Society, where she was the Senior Vice President of Education and Centers, overseeing an extensive nationwide network of nature centers and educators. Prior to that, she led the education programs at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the U.S. Peace Corps, and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

 

 

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Karyl Askew

At Large Board Member

Karyl Askew is dedicated to developing the next generation of multicultural scientists and scientific thinkers. She is an educational psychologist and program evaluator who applies a culturally responsive equitable approach to promote inclusion and equitable outcomes in mission-driven STEM organizations. Her goal in every exchange is to enhance the capacity of program stakeholders to invite multicultural perspectives into program development and evaluation by honoring the dignity and value of each contributing voice. Since 2005, Karyl has worked alongside program developers and community stakeholders to lead research and evaluation studies. Overall, her body of work has concentrated on the forward-thinking initiatives intended to broaden access for populations that have been historically marginalized or underserved in STEM education and career pathways. Dr. Askew has co-authored peer-reviewed publications focused on gender differences in educational outcomes and multicultural perspectives in program evaluation, along with reports that aid STEM leaders to integrate findings into policy and practice.

Karyl Askew, Ph.D.
Owner & Principal Consultant
Karyl Askew Consulting, LLC

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David Chase

David Chase

Treasurer

A focus on the environment, education, human service, social justice, and sustainability has been at the core of Dave Chase’s professional life for more than forty years. For twenty-five of those years, he successfully led and managed a variety of organizations within these fields at the local, regional, and national levels. For more than fifteen years, Dave has worked as an independent organizational consultant, concentrating his work as Founder and Principal of DRC Consulting on various aspects of organizational development, including strategic planning, board, and staff training and development, process facilitation, program evaluation, and conflict resolution. 

Dawn Chavez

Dawn Chávez

At Large Board Member

Dawn Chávez brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in nonprofit management in the environmental field as the Executive Director of Asheville GreenWorks. 

Mary Ford

Mary Ford

Board Chair

Mary Ford is the Senior Director of Roots & Shoots, the youth action program of the Jane Goodall Institute. Mary has an undergraduate degree in environmental science and policy from Harvard University and a master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her career has focused on environmental education and citizen science. She has worked at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the World Wildlife Fund, the National Audubon Society and the National Geographic Society. She has taught preschool, middle school, and high school, and has done ecology research from Borneo to Siberia. Mary has served on the board of the North American Association for Environmental Education, the Education Operating Committee for Project Learning Tree, the Advisory Board of Toyota TogetherGreen, and the board and Education Working Group of the Citizen Science Association.

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Jaime González

Vice Chair

Jaime González, M.Ed.
Healthy Communities Director, The Nature Conservancy in Texas

Jaime González is an award-winning conservationist, educator and communicator who works with communities, governments, corporations, and other nonprofit partners, to co-create healthier, more climate ready, more equitable, and wildlife-friendly places using nature-based solutions. He also serves as the board vice chair for the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Jaime has also served as a Texas Master Naturalist instructor for 22 years.

Kenji Hakuta

Kenji Hakuta

At Large Board Member

Kenji Hakuta is the Lee L. Jacks Professor, emeritus, at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University in 1979, has held faculty positions at Yale University and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and served as the Founding Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced.  

Will Parish

Will Parish

At Large Board Member

Will Parish is a credentialed public high school science educator with a 30-year record of innovative accomplishments in the environmental and educational fields. He taught environmental science and civics at Gateway High School in San Francisco and now serves on their board. He served on the California State Board of Education’s Curriculum Commission and then founded Ten Strands as a nonprofit organization to support California’s efforts to achieve statewide penetration of high-quality environment-based education into schools.

Diego Román

Diego Román

At Large Board Member

Dr. Diego Román is an Assistant Professor in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to this appointment, he was an Assistant Professor in Bilingual Education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Román holds a B.S. degree in Agronomy from Zamorano University in Honduras and an M.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He also earned an M.S. degree in Biology, an M.A. in Linguistics, and a Ph.D. degree in Educational Linguistics, all from Stanford University. At the K-12 level, Dr. Román taught middle school science to English Learners and newcomer students for seven years, first in rural Wisconsin and then in San Francisco, California.

LaTresse Snead

LaTresse Snead

At Large Board Member

LaTresse Snead is the Chief Executive Officer of Bonsai Leadership Group. She has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and business sectors and a reputation for being bold, authentic, and transparent.  As Birkman Certified Consultant, Certified Executive Coach and BoardSource Certified Board Consultant, she helps nonprofit executives cultivate inclusive, dynamic and high performing teams to succeed in an increasingly complex workplace. She is passionate about environmental justice and a vocal champion of equity and inclusion in outdoor spaces.

Beth Stevens

Beth Stevens

At Large Board Member

Beth Stevens is a former Senior Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Disney Worldwide Services. Her responsibilities included reducing companywide CO2 emissions, promoting nature conservation efforts, and creating a culture of "environmentality" within the corporation. Before joining Disney, Beth worked at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, and then led conservation, science, and education programs at Zoo Atlanta. After joining Disney, she became the Conservation & Science Director and then Vice President of Disney's Animal Kingdom, and later led the environment and conservation portfolio for Disney's Corporate Citizenship team. Beth is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Tubingen and holds a PhD in Biology with emphasis in animal behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

William Street

William Street

At Large Board Member

Bill Street has been a passionate leader within the non-profit and for-profit attractions, zoology, education, and conservation sectors for the past 30 years.  He is currently the Senior Vice President at the Indianapolis Zoo.  In this capacity, he has been responsible for the well-being of the 10,000+ animal living collection and botanical garden, the government affairs program, the cultivation of donors and Board members, and the conservation and education efforts of the zoo.  Within his first year, he secured $9M in funding to create the Global Center for Species Survival, a partnership between the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission and the Zoo. Indianapolis Zoo is one of the largest private non-profit zoological institutions in the country that does not receive city, state, or federal government operational support.  Its annual attendance is more than 1.3 million visitors.

Mandakini Sud

Mandakini Sud

At Large Board Member

Mandakini Sud is a Senior Director at JLL where she leads communications for Global Operations, Work Dynamics. In this role, she is responsible for developing the internal and executive communications strategy as well as supporting large transformation activities.

Danni Washington

Danni Washington

At Large Board Member

Danni Washington is a TV host and science communicator who is also the first African-American woman to host her own nationally syndicated science television series. Most recently, Danni was featured as a correspondent during the first season of Mission Unstoppable, which aired weekly on CBS with host Miranda Cosgrove. 

Staff

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Judy Braus (she/her)

Executive Director

Judy Braus brings to her role as NAAEE Executive Director a wealth of experience in the environmental education profession, with a focus on conservation education, diversity and inclusion, and using the power of education to help create healthier communities that empower local communities, stakeholders, and individuals to help restore and protect the environment. She comes to NAAEE from the National Audubon Society, where she was the Senior Vice President of Education and Centers, overseeing an extensive nationwide network of nature centers and educators. Prior to that, she led the education programs at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the U.S. Peace Corps, and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

 

 

Carrie Albright

Carrie Albright

Social Media & Communications Coordinator

Carrie earned her B.A. in both Environmental Studies and Spanish, a dual major she explored hands-on while studying in the cloud forests of Ecuador. After attending Indiana University to complete her Masters in Public Affairs, with concentrations in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management, she took on the role of Environmental Educator with the City of Bloomington. Here she connected with community members of all ages, teaching about habitats, sustainability practices, and conservation efforts. 

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Adrian Ayson

Program Consultant

Adrian has enjoyed a lifelong career in environmental education. Starting out as a park ranger, he has since served as Statewide Director of Education at Massachusetts Audubon, Director of Operations at the Center for Whole Communities, in Vermont, and as NAAEE's Senior Director for Technology Programs. As the founder of eeMatters, an environmental education and interpretive planning consulting group, Adrian led professional and community-based teams that developed strategic plans, master interpretive plans, exhibits, and technology-based communication tools for clients as varied as NAAEE, Maine Audubon, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Trustees of Reservations, Monadnock Media, Old Sturbridge Village, and New York Botanical Gardens. 

Sarah Bodor

Sarah Bodor

Director of Policy and Affiliate Relations

NAAEE’s Director of Policy & Affiliate Relations, Sarah Bodor comes from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, where she held a number of program management and leadership positions throughout the organization. She worked closely with state education agencies in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to develop and pilot standards-based curricula and provide teacher professional development. Her background also includes communications and fundraising. In 2008, she served as the writer of Maryland’s Children in Nature Plan, which resulted in passage of Maryland’s environmental high school graduation requirement.

Drew Burnett

Drew Burnett

Senior Advisor

Drew Burnett is a retired Federal civil servant with 32 years of service in the U.S. Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency, Forest Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service.  Beginning in July 2019, Drew began working part-time as a consultant specializing in meeting facilitation services focused on policy development, decision making, team building, and visioning and strategic planning. 

Grace Pugh

Grace Charabati

Administrative Assistant

Grace joined the NAAEE team as an Administrative Assistant in September 2021. She was raised in western Massachusetts where she developed a deep appreciation and love for the surrounding environment. Grace began her journey in Washington, DC by attending American University, where she earned both her BA and MPA in 5 years. During her undergraduate time, Grace studied Environmental Studies and Public Health. Grace's master's program was in Public Administration, where she concentrated in Nonprofit Management. Grace often focused on university waste management in her spare time, acting as the Co-President of the school's Zero Waste Club, and also working in the Zero Waste Office at American University.

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Jimena Cuenca

Digital Community Coordinator

Jimena Cuenca is happiest when she is a part of a community working towards positive change. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and she started her career volunteering to outreach and present bicycle safety workshops. Jimena holds a Bachelor's degree in Geography from UC Berkeley. Since graduating, she's worked as a seasonal research technician on avian field projects in the Copper River Delta and the northern coast of Alaska. More recently, she has developed and led environmental education programs as a park ranger. In her work as a communicator, she seeks to elevate conversations about the environment and social change. When not at work, she's walking her huskies, and drawing comics about wildlife.

Andrew David

Andrew David

GEEP Consultant

Andrew (Andy) David grew up in Washburn, Wisconsin, a small town on the shores of Lake Superior. In 2019, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Geography and Political Science and minors in African Studies and Development Economics.

Madeline Halvey

Madeline Halvey

International Programs Coordinator

Madeline joined NAAEE's Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) team in August 2021. Madeline recently received her Master's degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University in Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a researcher for the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Much of her scholarship has focused on sustainable and equitable policies toward climate change resiliency, including published research on sustainable agriculture, environmental activism, and public-private partnerships.  Madeline has a B.A. in Writing and Rhetoric and a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies-Social Sciences from the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Nina Hamilton

Nina Hamilton

Manager, International Programs and EE 30 Under 30

Nina joined NAAEE with a background focused on community-based conservation and social inclusion, from working with mangrove-dependent communities in Madagascar to coordinating a global advisory group to promote women's land rights. After a childhood spent living in Asia and Latin America, Nina is particularly passionate about working across cultures to combine her interests in the environment, sustainable development, and social equity. 

Kit Harrington

Kit Harrington

Policy Advisor, Natural Start Alliance

Kit is the co-founder of one of the country's first urban outdoor preschools, the Fiddleheads Forest School at the University of Washington. In 2015, Kit founded the Washington Nature Preschool Association to support the regional growth of nature-based early childhood education and successfully advocated for the passage of the first licensing regulations for outdoor preschools in North America. Today, she continues her work to support the field as the Policy Advisor for the Natural Start Alliance, helping improve equitable access to nature-based early learning experiences and develop meaningful support for educators around the country.

Lea Harvey

Lea Harvey

Development Consultant

With a background that spans environmental, higher education, governance, and policy organizations, Lea Harvey is committed to building the capacity of the nonprofit sector to be a force for positive change. Across three decades, Lea has held fundraising and senior management roles at organizations like World Wildlife Fund, BoardSource, and Resources for the Future. She currently leads her own fundraising consultancy, LLH Strategy Advisors, LLC, based in Northern Virginia, and also serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives, Foundations, and Corporate Relations for her alma mater, Sweet Briar College.

Maxwell Kennady

Maxwell Kennady

Technology and Analytics Advisor

Maxwell works part-time on website, technology, and analytics projects for NAAEE. He was an NAAEE intern during the summer of 2012 and then worked as NAAEE's Project and Technology Coordinator from 2014 to 2015. In this role, he was part of the team that worked on designing and building eePRO and NAAEE's new website.

Ariel Lumpkins

Ariel Lumpkins

Senior Administrative Assistant

Ariel joined the NAAEE team in September of 2021 as a Senior Administrative Assistant. Prior to this role, she has over 15 years of administrative experience in a laboratory and office setting. She is originally from the suburbs of Illinois and moved to Washington DC in 2009, where she attended Howard University. She received her B.A. in Psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences with a minor focus in Administration of Justice. She aspires to travel the world to learn and experience cultures outside her own. Should Italy be next?

Lori Mann

Lori Mann

Director of Conferences and Programs

Lori Mann has nearly 40 years of experience in environmental education at the local, state, and national levels. Lori joined the NAAEE staff in 2012 as Program and Conference Manager and now serves as Director of Conferences and Programs. In this capacity, she manages all aspects of the NAAEE annual conference and coordinates several national projects related to building capacity to deliver high-quality environmental education. 

Christy Merrick

Christy Merrick

Director, Natural Start Alliance

Nearly 20 years ago, Christy took her first job in environmental education at a conservation summer camp, and she hasn't looked back. She has worked in universities, international nonprofits, local organizations, state agencies, and private companies—always with an eye toward helping people build environmental literacy and meaningful connections to nature. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida and a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University. When she's not working, Christy likes to swim, surf, and play with her family on the beaches of South Florida, where she lives and works.

Laurie Monserrat

Laurie Monserrat

Digital Accessibility Consultant

Laurie Monserrat supports NAAEE's work to provide accessible content on webinars, media, and websites. Laurie began with NAAEE as the Corporate Initiatives Educator Consultant promoting the UL Innovative Education Award and the Cal Water H2O Challenge.

Martha Mulokoshi

Martha Mulokoshi

Financial Operations Coordinator

Martha started her conservation career in Namibia, where she worked for World Wildlife Fund. Her role was to support tourism business development and bolster communal conservancies in establishing viable joint ventures with private partners. She also supported business enterprise efforts of a nonprofit organization that aims to empower the San people socially and economically in the rural Nyae Nyae Conservancy in northeast Namibia (the first conservancy in the country).

 

Colleen Norton

Colleen Norton

Consultant, Climate Education Policy Coalition

Colleen supports the NAAEE Coalition for Climate Education Policy communication and coordination efforts and climate change education policy research. She joins us from the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office, where she worked closely with the Environmental Literacy and Diversity working groups. She gathered and analyzed data on environmental literacy and educational policies in the Chesapeake Bay region to support the infusion of environmental education and green career awareness into more school content areas. She also supported NOAA’s B-WET grants which aid in the systemic implementation of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) into K-12 curriculums. Her interests lie at the intersection of environment, social justice, education, and policy. She will be pursuing a master’s degree in Environment and Sustainability Management at Georgetown University during the 22-23 academic year.

Mary Ocwieja

Mary Ocwieja

Director of Technology

As the Director of Technology, Mary serves as the project lead for NAAEE online technology, including the NAAEE website and eePRO, the hub for professional development. She collaborates with developers, designers, staff, leaders, and end-users in building out features and improving user experience; coordinates with NAAEE project managers to support the technology used to deliver their programs, including the in-person and virtual conferences; and leads and collaborates with the communications team on association newsletters, web content, and community outreach. 

 

Betty Olivolo

Betty Olivolo

Senior Advisor, Natural Start Alliance

Betty has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of New Hampshire and is currently Senior Advisor for the Natural Start Alliance, NAAEE's early childhood program. In addition to being a classroom teacher for more than 15 years (in the US, Taiwan, China, and South Africa), Betty also worked in the field of environmental education for 25 years. She worked with Judy Braus at World Wildlife Fund, and prior to that, Betty worked at other environmental NGOs, including National Wildlife Federation and as Director of Project Wild. She currently lives in Kittery, Maine, and in her spare time, Betty’s hobbies include traveling, photography, sailing, swimming, and walking.

Stacie Pierpoint

Stacie Pierpoint (she/her)

Manager, Communications and Engagement

Stacie joined the NAAEE team in April 2020 as the Communications, Marketing, and Membership Specialist. Stacie has worked in the education field for almost two decades. Prior to joining NAAEE, she managed communications for Annenberg Learner, a leading national nonprofit that connects K–12 educators with classroom content and professional development to support and strengthen their practice. She also taught Spanish at a high school in Washington, D.C. for six years. She holds an M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from American University, and a B.A. in Modern Languages and Linguistics, and Certificate in Secondary Education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She recently completed a Certificate in Social Impact Storytelling at Georgetown University. Throughout her career, she has been committed to bringing exceptional educational opportunities to underserved areas and educating to promote civic engagement.

Drew Price

Drew Price

Consultant

Drew is an organizational and logistics specialist with nine years of project and program coordination. Drew has expertise in creating and implementing systems to ensure program success and federal regulation compliance, including budget management, reporting, and program activity coordination. Drew started working for NAAEE in 2012. Prior to that, he worked for ChemStewards, an environmental, health, and safety program, and as a Sustainability Assistant for the City of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, focusing on data management as well as community engagement. He has a bachelor's degree in Political Science, with a minor in biology, from the University of South Dakota.

Danielle Rodriguez

Daniella Rodriguez

ee360+ Consultant

Daniella earned her B.S. in Conservation Biology and Ecology from Arizona State University.  She holds a certificate in Sustainability and Behavior Change from the University of California-San Diego and is pursuing her master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott College. She has been in the Environmental Education field for over a decade. This includes working as a gallery interpreter for the Arizona Science Center, as a Recreation Coordinator for the City of Chandler Nature Center, and then as a Water Conservation Specialist for the City of Chandler. Daniella recently transitioned to the East Coast and has helped the Shaw Institute, a nonprofit marine and environmental research center in Blue Hill, Maine, with outreach and special projects. She’s excited to join the NAAEE team and help support the ee360+ program.

Krishna Roy

Krishna Roy

Development Consultant

Ms. Krishna K. Roy is a conservationist and social activist.  She has worked in the nonprofit sector for three decades as a grantmaker, consultant and in senior management positions specializing in capacity building, strategic planning, development, marketing, event planning, and public relations.  She was a Branch Chief at the US Fish and Wildlife Service and held positions at Island Press, San Diego Zoo, The Nature Conservancy, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation among other assignments.

T'Noya Thompson

T'Noya Thompson

Consultant

T’Noya Thompson Being born and raised in the Bahamas fostered a deep connection to the ocean that inspired a career path at an early age for T’Noya. She began her career at Moody Gardens in the animal care department, where she served several roles, including connecting with communities in various capacities for twelve years. After Moody Gardens, she worked at Galveston Bay Foundation for two and a half years as the Advocacy Programs Manager. There she educated and encouraged action to improve the overall health of Galveston Bay, Texas’ largest estuary. T’Noya joined NAAEE as the EE Specialist in 2019 and then became the Manager of Research, Evaluation, and eeBLUE in 2021. She worked with various partners on eeBLUE, eeWORKS, eeRESEARCH, and developing eeVAL, an evaluation portal with Duke University. Currently, T’Noya serves as a consultant for NAAEE.

Anne Umali

Anne Umali

Director of Professional Development

Anne Umali has been working in the environmental education field since 2000 and has built a strong passion for teaching and training others, especially when it comes to leadership training, community engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Anne is the Project Manager for the ee360 Project at the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), U.S. EPA’s most recent National Environmental Education & Training Program. Before NAAEE, she was the Project Manager for EECapacity, the U.S. EPA’s National Environmental Education & Training Program housed at Cornell University 2011–2016.

Emily Van Laan

Emily Van Laan

Communications and Conference Specialist, Natural Start Alliance

Emily earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Ball State University and went on to teach first grade in Indianapolis, IN. At that time, the lack of widely accessible environmental education in urban areas led her away from formal education and into the field of informal science education at Lincoln Park Zoo. She worked on developing inquiry-based science curriculum for the zoo’s Conservation Camp program and later found her niche as the Early Childhood and Family Programs Coordinator.

Bruce Young

Bruce Young (he/they)

Affiliates Relations Specialist

Prior to coming aboard with NAAEE Bruce worked as a freelance environmental education consultant, educator, and volunteer for a variety of schools and organizations including the Rivanna Conservation Alliance, Greensboro Science Center, Tandem Friends School, and Free Union Country School. 

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Janet Ady

Division Chief, Retired

Janet Ady is the Chief of the Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships Division for the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands and Community Partnerships directorate. The division provides national level program support, training, and products for environmental education, interpretation, volunteer management, and partnership programs; leads the Junior Ranger initiative to connect people with nature; and coordinates the BLM youth and stewardship programs.

Nicole Ardoin

Nicole Ardoin

Associate Professor, Stanford University

Nicole Ardoin is an associate professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University. She is also Stanford's lead researcher on the eeWORKS initiative in partnership with NAAEE. Professor Ardoin´s research focuses on environmental behavior as influenced by environmental learning and motivated by place-based connections. In particular, she is interested in considerations of geographic scale, which is an understudied yet crucial aspect of people-place relationships in a rapidly globalizing, urbanizing world. Professor Ardoin has current studies on the use of education, communications, and other social strategies in informal and community-based settings, including nature-based tourism programs, to engage individuals and communities in deliberate dialogue, environmental decision-making, and informed conservation behavior.

Paul Hart

Paul Hart

Professor of Education, University of Regina

Paul Hart is Professor of Science and Environmental Education at the University of Regina in Western Canada where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in his subject areas as well as courses in research methodology and curriculum inquiry. He is the author of Teachers’ Thinking In Environmental Education: Consciousness and Responsibility (© 2003, New York: Peter Lang).

Ashley Hoffman

Ashley Hoffman

Executive Director, Kentucky Association for Environmental Education

Ashley Hoffman has served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education since 2010 and currently serves as the NAAEE Affiliate Chair and the part-time Executive Director of the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA).

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Stefan J. Jackson

Principal of NATURAL DIFFERENCE, LLC

Stefan J. Jackson is principal of NATURAL DIFFERENCE, LLC, specializing in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consulting & Coaching and Mediation Services, with a focus in natural resource and environmental conservation, stewardship and education organizations. Stefan has nearly 30 years in land and water conservation, over 35 years in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and over 20 years as a trained negotiator and mediator. In Maine, he’s been a land trust executive director, development associate, watershed-scale project manager, public policy manager, and master of Leave No Trace instructor, as well as diversity program director. Stefan has negotiated the protection of over 6,000 acres and closed multiple LMF and FRPP projects. He’s mediated hundreds of cases for Maine’s Judicial Branch, dozens of cases for the Maine Human Rights Commission and privately.

Charissa Jones

Charissa Jones (she/her/hers)

Equity and Inclusion Group Moderator, Outreach and Inclusion Coordinator, OSU Extension Service -- Outdoor School

Charissa V. Jones (she/her/hers) is the Outreach and Inclusion Coordinator for the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Outdoor School Program and a third-year doctoral student at Oregon State University in the College of Education’s STEM Education program. She is a cultural and community connector with over 15 years of experience in outdoor and environmental education. Originally from Suriname, South America, she is interested in (re)connecting folks to their environments by exploring the intersections of EDIJA (equity, diversity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility), and environmental and outdoor education with a particular interest in exploring how culture filters community sense-making around “environment/outdoor/nature-based” and learning.

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J. Drew Lanham

Wildlife Ecologist

J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield, South Carolina with a B.A. and M.S. in Zoology and Ph.D. in Forest Wildlife Ecology from Clemson University. He is an award-winning faculty member and was named as Distinguished Alumni Professor and Master Teacher at his alma mater in 2012. Dr. Lanham is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and an active board member in several organizations, including the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, Aldo Leopold Foundation, and BirdNote.

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A Michael Marzolla

4-H Youth Development Advisor Emeritus, University of California

Michael is an emeritus 4-H Youth Development and Master Gardener Advisor with UC Cooperative Extension in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. He has over thirty years of experience in the field of non-formal environmental education in national and international settings. He is the Principal Investigator of the Agua Pura and Pescadores watershed, salmon, and steelhead youth education project.

Heidi McAllister

Heidi McAllister

Assistant Director of Conservation Education, US Forest Service

Heidi McAllister currently serves as the Assistant Director of Conservation Education at the U.S. Forest Service. Her background includes a wide variety of national and international experience in environmental education. She is the recipient of the 2006 Renewable Natural Resources Foundation’s Sustained Achievement Award, which recognizes Heidi’s contribution of more than 25 years to the teaching of environmental education and the sustainable management of natural resources. Heidi holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Education and Outdoor Leadership from Hampshire College. Heidi is a published author in two languages and three countries. One of her books is used by the Ministry of Education in Mexico as a text for 35,000 students per year.

Kathy McGlauflin

Kathy McGlauflin

Senior Advisor

Kathy McGlauflin has served as the National Director for Project Learning Tree and Senior Vice President of Education for the American Forest Foundation since 1985. She was responsible for all the materials development and professional development implementation, as well as supporting the network of PLT state leaders. She is past president and a former board member of the North American Association for Environmental Education. She served on a number of boards, including World Wildlife Fund’s Windows on the Wild national advisory board and the National Association of Conservation Districts’ Education Board. She also served on the National Science Teachers’ Association Task Force on Environmental Education and the Council for Environmental Education advisory board.

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Augusto Medina

EE Consultant Independent

Dr. Medina is an independent consultant specializing in environmental education. His areas of proficiency include program design, project management, proposal writing and review, professional development, cultural competency and inclusiveness, strategic planning, and facilitation. Dr. Medina has worked extensively at both the national and international levels. Until early 2014 he was Project Manager of the Cornell University-led Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education (EECapacity) Project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education. Between 1995 and 2010, he managed the National Environmental Education Training Program (EETAP). Within the last few years, he has facilitated professional-level environmental education courses and workshops in Thailand, India, and Chile.

Brenda Metcalf

Brenda Metcalf

Executive Director, Environmental Education Council of Ohio

Brenda Metcalf is the Executive Director for the Environmental Education Council of Ohio, (EECO).  In 1991 Brenda graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Environmental Studies Policy and Analysis, with an area of emphasis in Education and a minor in Geology.  Immediately after graduation, Brenda started in the Environmental Education field. Brenda became the Executive Director for EECO in 2003. In 2006 Brenda became more involved with NAAEE by becoming a part of the Awards Committee and in 2007 became the chair of the Awards Committee and part of the Affiliate Steering Committee.

For more information about EECO and EE in Ohio please visit eeco-online.org

Angela Mooney D'Arcy

Angela Mooney D'Arcy

Executive Director, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples Sustainability Initiative

Angela Mooney D’Arcy (Juaneno Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation) has been working with Tribal Nations, Indigenous peoples, and grassroots organizations on Indigenous environmental justice issues for over fourteen years.  She is the founder and Executive Director of the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, a Los Angeles-based, Indigenous-led organization that works to build the capacity of Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples to protect sacred lands, waters, and cultures.  She is also the Co-Director of the United Coalition to Protect Panhe (UCPP), a grassroots alliance of Acjachemen people dedicated to the protection of their sacred sites.

Taylor Morton

Taylor Morton

Co-Lead, Env. Health & Justice Leadership Training WE ACT for Env. Justice/Univ. of Pennsylvania

EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2018
New York City, NY, United States

Katie Navin

Katie Navin

Executive Director, Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

Katie has been active in the field of environmental education for over 10 years. As the executive director of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, she leads environmental literacy planning and implementation efforts and is active both locally and nationally.

Darryl Ramos-Young

Darryl Ramos-Young

Public Information Specialist, West Basin Municipal Water District

Darryl Ramos-Young is the Education Coordinator for the West Basin Municipal Water District, a local government agency providing water to over one million people in the coastal Los Angeles area. He earned his BS degree in Environmental Education from Humboldt State University and has over 30 years of education program development and fundraising experience with local, state, and national environmental education organizations. 

Bora Simmons

Bora Simmons

Director, National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education

Bora Simmons serves as the founding director of the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education. The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) initiated the Project in 1993 to help educators develop and deliver effective environmental education programs. The Project has drawn on the insights of literally thousands of educators across the United States and around the world to craft guidelines for top-quality environmental education.

Elena Takaki

Elena Takaki

Director, Project WILD/Interim Director Mgmt. Assistance Team Assn. of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

Elena was an EE Specialist for NAAEE supporting the state capacity building program, Guidelines for Community Engagement, and Community Climate Change. Prior to coming to NAAEE, Elena was the Program Manager for National Geographic’s Chesapeake Bay FieldScope program and the co-lead staff for Maryland's Partnership for Children in Nature at Maryland DNR. With a B.S. in Natural Resource Management (Environmental Education concentration) from the University of Michigan, Elena has had the privilege of working with Dr. Bill Stapp, who has profoundly influenced her life and career. Additionally, she has an M.A. in Science Education from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University. Before working at National Geographic, Elena worked at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Michigan. In her spare time, Elena is training to be a teacher of hula.