Leigh 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.
Lindsay Webb, Vice-President
Lindsay Webb has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Franklin Pierce University and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies – Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England. Lindsay grew up exploring the outdoors in Connecticut and now continues to explore the outdoors throughout New England. She has worked as a Park Ranger, Wildlife Biologist, and Educator. In her current role as a Wildlife Educator with the NH Fish and Game Department, she works on various wildlife education programs, as well as facilitates professional development workshops for educators who want to incorporate New Hampshire wildlife and habitat lessons into their classrooms. Lindsay also teaches online college courses for the Community College of Vermont and Unity College. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys going on outdoor adventures with her family and volunteering as a citizen scientist.
Marc Nutter, Treasurer
Marc was very involved with NHEE in 2021 and officially became a board member and Treasurer in 2022. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University where he studied Conservation Biology. Marc worked for five summers at Philmont Scout Ranch where he was an environmental educator, responsible for facilitating two and three weeklong backpacking expeditions for high school aged youth teaching a curriculum of natural sciences, land management, and practical conservation skills including trail design & building. He then went on to direct those programs: the Roving Outdoor Conservation School and Trail Crew Trek. After spending a year touring the lower 48 on his bicycle (it’s a long story…ask him about it), Marc took a position at the University of Wisconsin-Extension where he first researched place-based, technology-integrated environmental education techniques and then directed the facility and operations of Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center: a residential environmental education center in the Wisconsin Dells. He came to NH in 2019 to work for NH Audubon first as their Grants Manager, and now as their Director of Conservation Programs, where he oversees the NH Audubon Science, Education, and Lands Departments. On the weekends you can find Marc exploring all that this state has to offer from his bike, boat (kayak), boots, and skis.
Ashleigh Roberts, Secretary
Ashleigh grew up in western Ohio where she enjoyed exploring nature places with her family. Ashleigh began teaching outdoors as a summer camp counselor while earning a B.A. in Middle Childhood Education from Ohio Northern University. Since then, Ashleigh has worked (and played) as an outdoor/environmental educator across the United States from Virginia to California and earned an M.A. in Education from Muskingum University. Currently, Ashleigh is an Environmental Educator at Prescott Farm where she enjoys inviting people of all ages to be curious about nature and enjoy the outdoors. In her spare time, Ashleigh can be found photographing insects and flowers with a magnifying glass, experimenting with new crafts, and walking in the woods. Ashleigh joined the NHEE board in 2021.
R. Laurence Davis (Larry), NEEEA Representative
Larry received his bachelor's and master's 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 led 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, Membership Chair
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 master's 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 now teaching 1st graders in Plymouth, 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. 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.
Dr. Judy Silverberg has worked for over forty-five years in environmental education in Wisconsin, Connecticut and New Hampshire, twenty-eight of those years as wildlife education programs supervisor for NH Fish and Game. She also served as the NH Project Learning Tree Coordinator. Judy operates her own educational consulting business Environmental Education Strategies LLC. She has a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Ecology and a master's degree in Environmental Education from the University of Wisconsin. Her PhD is from the University of New Hampshire in Natural Resources and Human Dimensions. Judy has taught students, teachers and college students about our natural world and science process skills. She has received a variety of awards for her work in environmental and science education including the Howard I Wagner award for excellence in science education from the NH Science Teachers Association and the John Pearce Memorial Award for accomplishments in environmental and conservation education from the Northeast Section of the Wildlife Society. She is a naturalist and author.
Linden Rayton is the owner and educator of Living Water Nature Programs, LLC. She joined the board in 2022 and has been an active NHEE member for 5 years. She has been teaching environmental education since fall 2009 and has worked for a number of EE organizations small and large, including NH Audubon and The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Linden holds a Bachelor of Science in General Biology from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Hopkinton, NH, with her partner and three children, and she is passionate about exploring the intersections of her progressive Christian faith with nature, education, and relationship with the earth. She enjoys reading, birding, camp and church music and family adventures.
Amanda Komarek grew up on the South Coast of Massachusetts boating and exploring beaches, dunes, marshes and all the wonders of the ocean. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a degree in Biology and played field hockey. From there Amanda worked for five years in an aquatic research laboratory as an environmental toxicologist. A move to NH inspired her to check out a career in environmental education at Seacoast Science Center. She was a naturalist and a camp counselor, and it was there she realized her love for not just science but education too. Amanda then began her teaching career in public education and brought a lot of the place-based and environmental education skills she learned into her classroom. She taught middle school science at SAU17 and SAU55 for several years. Once her son was born, she stepped away from the four walls of the classroom and found her way back to the Seacoast Science Center. She is now the Program Manager where she connects people of all ages to our ocean, sparks curiosity, enhances understanding, and inspires conservation of our Blue Planet and the world around them. In her spare time, you will likely find her close to water (the salty kind). She enjoys the beach, boating, exploring, skiing, but mostly spending time with her amazing family and two pups!