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Leigh AnnLeigh Ann Reynolds, President

Leigh Ann joined the board in 2019. She received her Wildlife Biology degree from the University of Montana and after working seasonal biological technician jobs for a few years decided to see if environmental education was a good fit. After being a naturalist at Glen Helen Outdoor Center in Yellow Springs, OH she knew that teaching was in her future. Leigh Ann received her MEd in Elementary Education from Antioch University and hasn't looked back sense. Currently, she is the Director of Education at the Squam Lakes Association working to connect children to the outdoors through adventure based environmental education programs. In her free time she can be found backpacking, paddle boarding, cross country skiing, or just relaxing along the shores of Squam Lake.

 

JeremyJeremy Phillips, Vice President

Jeremy received his B.S. in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Recreation from Central Michigan University. He has been a nature lover since his youth exploring and playing in neighborhood woods in his native Michigan. Jeremy began his career in environmental education in the Pocono Mountains area of Pennsylvania. The mountains and outdoors brought him to New Hampshire where he works as a naturalist at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Outside of work he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his two year old daughter, seeing things, again, for the first time.

Audrey Eisenhauer, TreasurerAudrey
Audrey served on the NHEE Board from 2008-2014 and rejoined the board in 2016. She is also a member of the New England Environmental Education Alliance Board since 2013. She began her career in Environmental Education as an undergraduate student when she discovered she could combine her enjoyment of working with children and her passion for the natural world. Audrey has worked in Environmental Education for over 20 years and currently works as the Education Director at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH. Audrey received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California; an M.S. in Natural Resource and Environmental Education from Utah State University in Logan, Utah; and an MEd in Elementary Education from Plymouth State University. 

CristinaCristina LaRue, Secretary

Cristina joined the NHEE board in 2018 and was previously on the board of  the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society. She teaches 7th/8th grade at Mountain Village Charter School, a nature-based Montessori public charter school, where she enjoys integrating ecological literacy across content areas and embraces place-based practices. She holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Case Western Reserve University, an M.Ed from John Carroll University, and an MS in Ecological Teaching & Learning from Lesley University. Cristina has been an educator for over ten years in public and independent schools and has held a number of positions in the environmental education field including Education Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and Education Director on a non-profit teaching farm. Cristina grew up spending summers on Squam Lake and lives in Holderness with her husband and son. She enjoys reading, kayaking, playing classical piano, and birding, and her favorite animal is a snail. 

R. Laurence Davis (Larry)

Larry received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Earth Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis and his PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Rochester. Growing up, his family was active in the outdoors. But it was the experience, at age 5, of finding a beryl crystal at an old mine in Maine that lead him, eventually, to geology. In 1970, he became the Head of Nature Programs at Camp Pemigewassett (“Pemi”) in Wentworth, NH, stepping into the huge shoes of his predecessor who retired after his 42nd year. Last summer (2019) he completed his 50th year in that position. While he has stepped down from running the program at Pemi, he will remain active as a teacher.  He is also Professor Emeritus of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New Haven where he was part of an interdisciplinary program offering B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Sciences. In 2018, the New England Environmental Alliance presented him with their Non-formal Educator Award. He is retired from University teaching and lives in Concord and Wentworth. He enjoys traveling, photography, “collecting” waterfalls, and making music (he is a flautist).  He also continues his academic research in Karst Hydrology (groundwater in cavernous areas) at the Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador Island, Bahamas.

Kate Smarz

Kate grew up exploring the lakes and mountains of the Adirondacks in New York.  She graduated from Colgate University where she double majored in Education and Sociology & Anthropology while playing varsity lacrosse. She went on to earn her Masters degree in General and Special Education from Manhattanville College.  Her commitment to environmental education was reinforced while doing an immersive science education course in the Cloud Forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica through Bank Street College of Education. Kate has taught in various elementary school settings since 2007, ranging from an inner city environmental science charter school in Brooklyn, NY to most recently teaching 3rd - 5th grade for eight years in Waterville Valley, NH. Throughout her career she has focused on encouraging students to get outside, connect with nature, ask questions, and recognize their impact on the earth. In 2019, she left her position in Waterville Valley to stay home with her two young sons. Much of her spare time is spent exploring Squam Lake and the surrounding mountains with her husband teaching their boys the same values, and enjoying the outdoors. 

AndieAndie Hession

Andie graduated from George Washington University in Washington, DC, with a B.S. in Public Health, where she became interested in the connections among food, the environment, and health. She began her career as an environmental educator as a FoodCorps service member for two years in Marshall, Arkansas, and continued to connect students with the environment at Bryant Pond 4-H Learning Center, Maine, and Cedar Circle Farm, Vermont. Andie is currently the School & Community Programs Director at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia, NH, where she has been exploring the outdoors alongside the Lakes Region community since 2017. She loves to garden, can salsa made from a variety of heirloom tomatoes, run, ski, and hike with her dog.