2018 Board of Directors

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Student Board Member Nomination


Nathan LarsonNathan Larson, 2018 Board Chairman of the Board


Community GroundWorks, Madison


I have worked in EE for the past 16 years. In 2001, I helped to establish Community GroundWorks and began working with many extraordinary colleagues and community partners to build a robust farm- and garden-based education program in the Madison area. Over the past two years, I have directed the statewide Wisconsin School Garden Initiative and served as co-leader on the WAEE Consortium. I have a Master’s degree in Geography from UW-Madison. I believe that all children should have regular access to hands-on, inquiry-based EE in urban and rural areas where they can learn about nature through first-hand experiences and develop an enduring respect for the land.


Zaynab Baalbaki


Escuela Verde






Gharis, LaurieLaurie Gharis


Director WCEE, UWSP


Dr. Laurie Gharis is Director and Assistant Professor for the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  Before coming to the College of Natural Resources at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, she was an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources where she led the natural resource communication option.  Her experience includes teaching at the high school and college levels, coordinating state and regional natural resource partnerships, and overseeing programs and contracts for federal and state agencies.  She has published multiple articles on communicating and working with natural resource clients electronically.  Dr. Gharis received her undergraduate in Sociology from Texas A&M University, her Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University, and her Doctorate in Forestry and Environmental Resources from North Carolina State University.


Justin Hougham


Upham Woods


Kelli Johnson – Student Board Member


UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point


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Joey Montaine, Student Board Member


UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point


Since I was a kid, I have always been in love with the natural world around me.  As an adult, I have found a way to be able to share that love of the natural world and help a love and respect of nature reach future generations, and help bridge the disconnect between the youth and the environment around them through Environmental Education.  In the spirit of this, I am an Environmental Education and Interpretation major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and am currently a part of the Environmental Educators and Naturalists Association of UWSP.  In addition, I am also a volunteer at Riveredge Nature Center.


Betsy Parker, Past Chair, Advocacy & Networking Committee Chair


Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona


I am a long-term member of WAEE and past Board member (2004-09). I was awarded the WAEE Aldo Leopold Award for service to the organization in 2012 for advocating for Wisconsin Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights and piloting the Wisconsin “Master Naturalist” program. I was WAEE’s liaison to the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board and functioned as the project coordinator for Wisconsin’s Plan for Environmentally Literate and Sustainable Communities. I am a non-formal educator at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center (since 2000) and am currently inspiring parents and teachers at my children’s school to earn the Green & Healthy School Certificate. My philosophy on EE is multi-fold: hands-on teaching and learning with children, encouraging policy that supports this, and uniting EE agencies to reach these common goals.


Eleva Potter, 



I teach teenagers about Environmental Stewardship at Conserve School and couldn’t be more grateful for such a unique position! I especially enjoy delving into environmental ethics, eating local foods and sharing unique opportunities with the students. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a degree in Environmental Studies. After finishing school I traveled to the Pacific Northwest to explore sustainable living, organic farming and conservation work. I was brought back to the Mid-West to spend a year as a naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota and earn a Master’s in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. I’ve recently been working on injecting indigenous perspectives on the environment into our curricula. I love sharing spicy food, adventures, and books with all of the interesting people I meet that share my passion for outdoor and environmental education


Skylar Primm



High Marq Environmental Charter School



Chrystal Seeley-SchreckChrystal Seeley-Schreck, 2018 Winter Workshop Committee Chair, 2017 Fall Conference C0-Chair


Wisconsin Technical College System, Madison


Since teaching my first environmental education program as a volunteer in high school, I have spent nearly two decades working in multiple facets of the environmental field. From Maine to California and a few spots in between, I’ve worked in scientific research, advocacy, policy development, communications and education. With a B.A. in Human Ecology and a M.A. in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community, one of my goals is to help create a more just and sustainable world. Environmental education has helped me do this by inspiring and educating others, keeping EE as one of my strongest passions. I served for two years as Education Team Co-Lead at the WDNR’s MacKenzie Center in Poynette where I provided environmental education and outdoor skills programs for a diverse range of youth and adult audiences. I currently work for the Wisconsin Technical College System in Madison.



We would like to extend a tremendous thank you to outgoing Board members Stefan Anderson of Conserve School (2015 Board Chair and Membership Committee Chair), Licia Johnson of the North Lakeland Discovery Center (Winter Workshop Committee Chair and Treasurer), and outgoing student Board members Jenny Christopher and Kelly Rundell of UW-Stevens Point. Their outstanding dedication to strengthening environmental education for all in Wisconsin is greatly appreciated!

We would also like to thank our ongoing Awards Committee Chair Emily Brown, and current Awards Committee Chair Molly McKay. You can join a committee here.

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