The Alliance Board:

CONNECTICUT

 

Emily Carreiro (Interim President/Secretary)
South Kent School
South Kent, Connecticut

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Emily Carreiro is a long time Environmental Educator throughout New England, having served on EE boards in both Massachusetts, Connecticut, and at the regional level.  She is currently teaching Ecology, Environmental Science, Project WILD, and Knitting at the South Kent School. In her sparse spare time, Emily loves spending time with her family, crafting, gardening, and writing.

Abby Peklo
EDUCATION CONNECTION
Woodbury, CT
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Abby Peklo is the Director of Student & Community Programs at EdAdvance in Connecticut. She currently serves as the president for COEEA.  She has a B.A. in English Literature and Sociology from Muhlenberg College and an M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University.  She has worked in the fields of community programming and education for more than 30 years, with a focus on experiential, real-world learning. For the past ten years, Abby has focused on developing high-interest outdoor and place-based learning opportunities for K-12 students.  She is a proud past recipient of COEEA’s Environmental Administrator of the Year award.

 

Michelle Eckman
Connecticut Audobon Society
Glastonbury, Connecticut
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After graduating from UMass Amherst, Michelle spent the first 15  years of her conservation career as an avian field biologist. Michelle shifted her focus to education in 2002 and earned her MS in Biology and Experimental Statistics from New Mexico State University where she evaluated an environmental education program for her master’s thesis. Michelle has been the Connecticut Audubon Society’s director of education for over 3.5 years and brings with her over 12 years of experience in education. Michelle began her tenure on the board of COEEA in 2012 as Conference Chair (formerly known as Education Chair) and now serves as President. She is also one of 26 North American fellows in EECapacity’s Community Climate Change Fellowship program.  

 

MAINE

 

Linda Woodard
Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
Cape Porpoise, Maine
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Linda is the Director of the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center in Scarborough Maine.  She also runs educator professional development workshops and is a facilitator for Projects WILD, WET and Learning Tree. Linda is a lead educator for Maine Audubon.  She has been working in Environmental Education for over 30 years. She is on the board of the Maine Environmental Education Association, Project Learning Tree and Maine Outdoor Coalition.  She has a Masters in Instructional Leadership from the University of Maine and holds a K-12 teaching certificate in Maine. Linda is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Maine in the Environmental Studies and Policy Department.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

Colleen Kelley
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Amherst, MA
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Colleen is the Education Director at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is an experienced and creative educator with over 35 years of science and environmental education experience ranging from Pre-school to university level teaching.

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

Audrey Eisenhauer 
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center,
Holderness, New Hampshire
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Audrey is the Education Director at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH. She has a BS in Wildlife Biology from Humboldt State University in CA, a MS in Natural Resource and Environmental Education from Utah State University, and a MEd in Elementary Education from Plymouth State University. She has worked for over 20 years in the field of environmental education helping learners of all ages to develop a connection to the natural world. She currently serves as Treasurer for New Hampshire Environmental Educators.

 

Susan M. Cox
US Forest Service
Durham, New Hampshire
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Susan is the Conservation Education Coordinator for the Northeastern Area of the USDA Forest Service encompassing 20 states. Her work is focused on educator professional development about forests and forest related topics in collaboration with several partners. She is a past president of New Hampshire Environmental Educators and is currently serving a second term on the NHEE board. Susan holds a Masters in Adult and Occupational Education from the University of New Hampshire and a BS in Forest Resources Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Previous to her position in conservation education, she was a forest health specialist for 17 years.

RHODE ISLAND

 

Samantha Polon 
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Providence, Rhode Island
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Samantha is the Manager of Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. She is an advocate for nature play and works to help remove barriers to getting all youth outside in their communities. She has presented on play theory, outdoor education and non-profit management on the regional and national level. She focused on land rights and environmental economics in her undergraduate work at Sarah Lawrence College and holds a Master's of Environmental Education degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. She serves as chair of the diversity committee for RIEEA and is a founding member of PASNE, The Play Alliance of Southeastern New England.

Rachel Holbert
Norman Bird Sanctuary
Middletown, Rhode Island
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Rachel is Director of Education at Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, RI, where she oversees school and community programs for all ages.  She served a year of AmeriCorps through the Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative. Rachel has a M.S. in biological sciences from the University of Rhode Island with a special interest in evolutionary developmental biology.  She did her undergraduate work at Louisiana State University, and is a current board member of the RI Environmental Education Association and New England Environmental Education Alliance.

VERMONT

 

Coleen O'Connell (Vice President)
Lesley University
Hartland, Vermont
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Coleen is now retired from teaching after 34 years at Lesley University.  In the past twenty years she has directed and taught the Ecological Teaching and Learning MS Program.  She was Maine's Informal Educator of the year in 2013.

 

 

 



 

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