Laura Ann Bergman
Laura Ann Bergman serves as the coordinator for Seminary Hill Farm, a regenerative vegetable operation within the Methodist Theological School in Ohio which focuses on food justice and agricultural education.
I am an environmental educator with 10 years of experience in childhood development and elementary education. A former gym teacher, kindergarten science teacher, and instructional coach, Milan's broad array of experience helps inform her understanding of how to best serve our community.
Vanessa Barela sher/her/hers
I am the Outdoor Learning Specialist in the Math and Science Bureau at the New Mexico Public Education Department. I have been an educator for over the past 15 years in both New Mexico and Colorado, I most recently was the Director of Environmental Education and Technology at Cottonwood School (Corrales, NM) but spent my previous five years at Department of Cultural Affairs at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (Cedar Crest, NM) as an Environmental Educator and Certified Wilderness First Responder. I am excited to connect the work that has been done through the Senate Memorial 1 Task Force, Environmental Education New Mexico (EENM), Department of Cultural Affairs, and teaching! I have bachlors degrees in environmental engineering, technical writing, with a masters curriculum and instruction, and a teaching license.
I lead an adult climate change education initiative working for community/ecosystem resilience to climate impacts using social-emotional resilience and evidence-based, trauma-aware communication practices. My work includes writing curriculum, training instructors, and performing related research.
Danika Strecko she/her/hers
Senior Education Manager at Project Learning Tree - Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Lauren Denney she/her
Lauren K. Denney works as an educator, environmentalist, and advocate for social justice in the city of St. Louis, MO. She teaches outdoor education at City Garden Montessori School, where she also manages the school garden. She will soon graduate with her Master of Arts in Teaching Biological Sciences through Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Missouri Botanical Gardens.
Yue Li recently finished her PhD in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in soil and water conservation from Beijing Forestry University and a master’s degree in natural resources from Beijing Normal University. Through her research and outreach, Yue seeks to understand how networking among diverse environmental educators fosters innovation in their environmental education practice.