Board of Directors

Leading the Charge: 
Current Board Members

Our dedicated Board of Directors are the keepers of our mission and vision. These trusted advisors volunteer their time, energy, and expertise to advance strategic goals that stay true to the heart and soul of our work. We are grateful for their passionate support.

We seek to reflect the diverse array of communities that exist all over the U.S. To this end, we have doubled-down on our efforts to reach teachers living or working in BIPOC communities and/or serving those with diverse abilities. We encourage prospective Board members who can faithfully represent these communities to consider joining the Board.

Interested in becoming a Board Member? Fill out the nomination form to get started.

Board Officers

Sue Penix, President

Infant & Toddler Specialist Capacity Building Coordinator and Facilitator of STEAM in a Backpack
Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center at the Family Tree, Baltimore, MD

Amy Beam, Vice President
Nature Educator, Beyond the Walls at Metro Montessori Schools, Washington, D.C. and Maryland

Jessica Clayton, Secretary

Director of Riverside Rhymes Nature Play School, Brick, NJ

Nicole Ivey, Treasurer
Founding Director, Village Community School, New York City, NY

Board Members

Michel Anderson
Senior Manager of Ecoliteracy and Engagement, Blue Water Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Stephanie Bozzo
Founding Director of The Audubon Nature Preschool at the Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, MD

Sarah Carlson
Founding Director, Brooklyn Nature Days, New York, NY

Jennifer Dorsey, M.Ed.
A World of Friends, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Eric Joseph Lewis
Director of Educational Programming, REED Center for Ecosystem Reintegration, Middleton, MD

Rhonda Pollock
Director of Pollywogs Nature Playschool, Nantucket, MA

Nickie Haines
Director of Children’s Treehouse at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

Patricia Leon
Founding Director, Miami Nature Playschool, Miami, FL

Jim McCullough
Founder, Adventure Walkers, Richmond, VA

Katie Rooney
Early Childhood Education Director, Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, MD

Shannon Wise (former Board President)
Director of Early Childhood Education, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA

Want to learn more about the roots of our association? Visit the Founding Members page for more.

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