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Evelyn Acosta she/they

Carlyn Saunders

Danielle Racke

I help Executive Directors, working Boards, and school leaders to find and save money, build positive community relationships, and train staff in order to reimagine and sustain high-quality programs that develop environmental and science literacy. I work primarily with organizations along the east coast and midwest.

Tom Rhoads

Robert Glenn he/him

Kaitlin Erpestad

Rick Reynolds

Brittany Bailey

Mary Ewers Joyner she/her

Mary is the Avian Program Curator for Lorain County Metro Parks. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace University and a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Interpretation from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her career to date has spanned nearly 20 years, three states, three nature centers, and two zoos before finally settling back in Lorain and working for L.C.M.P. since 2007. Mary is a Certified Professional Avian Trainer, knowledge-assessed, accredited through the International Avian Trainers Certification Board. Mary also serves as the Enrichment Committee Chair for the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE).

John Lord

Michael Makongo He/Him

Speeding up carbon drawdown by helping the inactive become active.

SAMO EDUCATION

Raquel Armendariz Sucunza

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Libby McCann

Elizabeth ‘Libby’ McCann, Ph.D. is Director of Environmental Education Concentration, Environmental Studies at Antioch University – New England. Libby received her Ph.D. in adult education, with an emphasis in environmental education, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation, “Passion and Persistence: A Study of Communities of Practice in Schools,” earned her the Russell J. Hosler Award for Outstanding Dissertation.

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Lori Mann

Lori Mann has more than 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. 

Sinem Demirci

Mary Jane Eustace

David Bass he/him

Lucy McClain she/her

Lucy is an associate teaching professor in the Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (RPTM) Department at Penn State University.

Rick Garber

Rick is passionate about nature and promoting accessibility for all kids to have access to transformative outdoor experiences. An Americorps/Volunteer Maryland alum, Rick believes strongly in the value of service in the development of people and communities and as an integral part of high quality education.

Rick currently serves as Director of Education at NorthBay, where he has spent the past 18 years integrating his passions into one of the largest outdoor schools in the country and ensuring accessibility for students, regardless of resources. Prior to NorthBay, Rick’s career in outdoor education included roles in volunteer program management at Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, teaching at Stone Mountain School and George Mason University, and wilderness therapy in the mountains of Western North Carolina. 

Rick is active in the nonprofit and education communities, continuously providing service to various boards and advisory councils including the Homeless Education State Advisory Council, Gifted and Talented Advisory Council, National Outdoor School Evaluation Committee, National Outdoor School for All Legislative Committee, Scorpion Creek Ranch and various private schools.

Rick holds a bachelor's degree in recreation and parks and graduate certificates in volunteer program management, nonprofit management, and social innovation and entrepreneurship. Rick lives in North East, MD with his wife Salena and their children, Gideon and Juniper. 

 

Jenifer Jay She

I am an informal environmental educator and a certified Interpretative guide with the National Association of Interpretation.  I recently obtained my North Carolina Environmental Education Certification in January 2024.  I currently prepare and present Smokey Bear programs as well as other environmental programs to children at local schools, non-profit organizations, nature centers, and local events.  I currently work for the USDA Forest Service as an HR Specialist; however, on a volunteer basis I provide educational programs to students visiting the local Ranger District.  Last year, my husband retired and we moved back to our home in Virginia.  After moving, I continued my environmental education requirements for my North Carolina certification since I was so close to completing.  I also plan to still visit North Carolina and volunteer for local events or at the National Forests' District Offices on a bi-annual basis.  Currently, I am pursuing my Virginia Environmental Education Certification so that when I plan to retire in two to three years, I can continue presenting environmental education programs to local schools, non-profit organizations, nature centers, and at local events in Virginia. 

Bart Merrick