National Environmental Education Advisory Council Membership
Current NEEAC Members
Federal advisory committee members can serve terms with a maximum of six years. As members retire, leave their place of employment, or as their terms expire, new members are appointed. Under special circumstances, the membership can be extended for an additional year.
*Indicates member served previously
State and EPA Region
|Kay Antunez de Mayolo,* Vice-Chair||Senior American||California – Region 9|
|Elaine Eisenbraun||Not for Profit Organizations||North Carolina - Region 4|
|Andrea Falken*||U.S. Department of Education||Ex – Officio|
|Jane Griffin||Not for Profit Organizations||Nebraska – Region 7|
|Dr. Sarah Haines||Colleges and Universities||Maryland – Region 3|
|Dr. Rebecca Jordan||Colleges and Universities||New Jersey – Region 2|
|Garrett Clemons,* Chair||Business and Industry||Colorado – Region 8|
|Joshua Leonard||Primary and Secondary Education||Minnesota – Region 5|
|Rosanne Mistretta||Primary and Secondary Education||Pennsylvania – Region 3|
|Tanya Poole||State Departments of Education and Natural Resources||North Carolina – Region 4|
|Rae McEntyre||State Departments of Education and Natural Resources||Kentucky - Region 4|
|Shari L. Wilson||Business and Industry||Kansas – Region 7|
Current Member Biographies
Kay Antunez de Mayolo
Environmental and Science Education Consultant
Ms. Antunez de Mayolo is a curriculum development consultant specializing in science and environmental education with 47 years of experience as an educator. Ms. Antunez de Mayolo previously served on the National Environmental Education Advisory Council representing the State Departments of Education and Natural Resources. She is an active member of several professional, state, and community organizations that support development of environmental education programs, including but not limited to, the North American Association for Environmental Education, the State Agency Partnership - California Regional Environmental Education Community Network, the California Community Forests Foundation, the Society of American Foresters, the National Science Teachers Association, the California Science Teachers Association, the California Association for Bilingual Education, and the Surprise Valley Educational Foundation. Before she began consulting, Ms. Antunez de Mayolo was the statewide environmental education coordinator for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Worked with Project Learning Tree. She is also the 2015 recipient of the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Walter E. Jeske Award and the 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Service to Environmental Education Individual/Local Level Award. Ms. Antunez de Mayolo received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in biological sciences from the California Polytechnic State University and holds a secondary teaching credential in biological/physical sciences.
NGL Energy Partners
Mr. Clemons is the Vice President, Environmental, Health & Safety for NGL Energy Partners LP. NGL Energy Partners owns and operates a vertically integrated energy business with three primary businesses — Water Solutions, Crude Oil Logistics, and NGL Liquids. Prior to joining NGL Energy Partners Mr. Clemons consulted for clients in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding EHS compliance and program management. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Clemons was Executive Vice President of Operations for Basic Materials & Services, LLC and Ohio Basic Minerals, LLC. Basic Materials & Services, LLC is a Denver-based company organized to make investments in companies operating in the natural resources and related service industries. From 2000 to 2008, Mr. Clemons was the Air Compliance Program Manager for TransMontaigne Inc. TransMontaigne operates within the pipeline and refined petroleum storage industries. Mr. Clemons currently serves on the University of Arkansas Geoscience Advisory Board as well as the University of Denver School of Law Alumni Council. From 2015-2020, Mr. Clemons served as a Commissioner on the Colorado Solid & Hazardous Waste Commission, to which he was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper. From 2006-2009, Mr. Clemons served as a Commissioner on the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, to which he was appointed by Governor Bill Owens. Mr. Clemons received a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in resource law studies from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Elaine Eisenbraun accelerates nonprofit work in education and environmental sectors. Her career has carried her from early ventures teaching scouts, landowners, students and teachers through hands-on outdoor education. Later, she designed and built a wilderness outdoor education center, where families, groups, and individuals camped in yurts and learned through guided activities. Elaine has been a teacher and farmer. She became a mountaineering, wilderness studies, and avalanche safety instructor before eventually settling into the busy job of nonprofit CEO. She first directed Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Vermont followed by the North Fork John Day Watershed Council in Oregon. Elaine amplified the education programs at each directorship, developing work/study for teens, preschool nature academies, week-long school programs, and adult opportunities. She became a respected public speaker in nonprofit outdoor education. Today, Elaine combines her nonprofit expertise and environmental education savvy to leverage the value of Culture in traditional Cherokee homelands, as a teaching and resilience tool. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians maintains the first Tribally owned and managed community forest where environmental education leads. They have an inherent connection to environment and education. Elaine has also created a start-up organization focused on children who have critical health concerns with an emphasis on the arts. In each program, Elaine brings unrelated nonprofits together to create synergy and expansive opportunities. She received her bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from the University of New Hampshire and studied wildlife/fish management at Fulton Montgomery Community College. Elaine holds a Master of Science degree in Business Leadership and Management from Western Governors University, which she will use to further advance both the nonprofits she serves and other organizations in the environmental education sector.
JG Creative Consulting
Ms. Griffin, owner of JG Creative Consulting, builds on decades of leadership experience to assist organizations find strategic solutions to reach their potential. Previously, Ms. Griffin served as the President of the Groundwater Foundation, based in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Groundwater Foundation offers educational programs and projects for communities, businesses, and youth to promote the sustainable use of groundwater. As President, Ms. Griffin sets the overall direction and strategic initiative of the foundation; raises operating funds through grants, gifts, and cooperative agreements; and directs and oversees development and implementation of the foundation’s key programs. Programs developed by the foundation include but are not limited to integrating aquifer and groundwater modeling into the science curriculum at local public schools, development of environmental education apps, and project-based environmental education curriculum for the Girl Scouts program. Ms. Griffin also serves as a coordinator for the Nebraska Wellhead Protection Network, which works to assist in wellhead protection efforts by facilitating quarterly meetings that include discussions, educational speakers, and tours for technicians involved in protection of community drinking water. Before she joined the Groundwater Foundation, Ms. Griffin served as Vice President of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College and a diploma in museum management from the Universita’ Internazione dell’Arte.
Dr. Sarah Haines
Dr. Haines is currently a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. While a professor at Towson University, Dr. Haines was the Director of the STEM Education Center, where she was instrumental in initiating and establishing K-16 partnerships that promoted and improved teacher education. Dr. Haines is a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education and the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education and is active in several committees focused on improving environmental education. She also participates in the National Science Teachers Association, and the Association for Supervision of Curriculum and Development. Ms. Haines is the author of several publications focused on service learning, teacher education, and hands-on science teaching methods. She is recipient of the 2014 University System of Maryland Regent’s Award for Public Service and the 2008 Fisher College of Science & Mathematics Business & Community Outreach Award. Dr. Haines earned her Bachelor’s degrees in biology and animal behavior from Bucknell University and a Master’s degree in zoology from the University of Georgia. She also holds a Doctorate degree in zoology from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in teaching with secondary certification from Salisbury State University.
Dr. Rebecca Jordan
Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Dr. Jordan is currently a Professor of Environmental Education and Citizen Science and the Director of Program in Science Learning at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Jordan has worked with state organizations including the Massachusetts Department of Education to develop standardized state resources based on her research and is a member of the New Jersey Commission on Environmental Education and Interagency Working Group. She has led and contributed to development of numerous environmental education programs and workshops and is currently a member of the Citizen Science Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Ecological Society of America’s Education Section, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Educators. She is a reviewer of several journals and publications and serves on the editorial board of the Natural Sciences Education, AIMS Environmental Science, Frontiers in Environmental Science, and World Environment. Dr. Jordan received her Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in organismic and evolutionary biology from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Dr. Jordan also completed post-doctoral work at Princeton University on the topic of ecology and evolutionary biology.
Belwin Outdoor Science Center, Minnesota Saint Paul Public Schools
Mr. Leonard is the educational director for the Belwin Outdoor Science Center in Afton, Minnesota, and has 18 years of experience in developing and implementing environmental education programming. The Belwin Outdoor Science Center includes 225 acres of trails, prairie, forests, ponds, a marsh, and a stream where students can experience science hands-on. Facilities at the center include classroom space and an observatory. As educational director of the science center, Mr. Leonard designs and implements environmental science curriculum for Saint Paul Public School (SPPS) students in grades 1 through 12. He also works to provide the SPPS district with best practices for environmental education, and reports on the program’s impact on students. Mr. Leonard serves as an advisory board member of the Como Woodlands Outdoor Classroom and is the Belwin Conservancy and Saint Paul public schools liaison; he also participates with the Minnesota Phenology Network and the Nature Center Network. Before he joined the Belwin Outdoor Science Center, Mr. Leonard was a high school science teacher with 13 years of teaching experience and created an environmental science learning program at Como Park Senior High School. He received a Master of Education and Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota.
Kentucky Department of Education
Ms. McEntyre is the K12 science consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education, where she provides support for schools and districts in the implementation of the Kentucky Academic Standards for Science. She sits on education advisory boards for the Kentucky Environmental Education Council, the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education and the Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance. Ms. McEntyre received certification as a Professional Environmental Educator through the Kentucky Environmental Education Council and is recognized by the North American Association for Environmental Education. Ms. McEntyre’ s educational career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Lesotho, where she started an environmental club to engage students in thinking about, and combating, environmental issues that would affect their home life. Throughout her 35-year career, she has taught high school biology and earth science, served as an Astrophysics Educator Ambassador for NASA Education and Public Outreach, and has been Project WILD, Project Learning Tree and Project WET certified. She is currently a member of the National Science Teaching Association, the Kentucky Science Teachers Association, the North American Association for Environmental Education and the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, where she serves as a board member. Ms. McEntyre holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Morehead State University, a master’s degree in secondary science education from the University of Kentucky, and a master’s degree in geosciences from Mississippi State University.
Abington Friends School
Ms. Mistretta is currently the Director of Experiential Learning at Abington Friends School (AFS)in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. In her role, Ms. Mistretta connects upper school students to experiences outside of the traditional school day such as environmental stewardship projects, service- based learning and global travel. Previously she was the Lower School Science Teacher at AFS and designed a comprehensive science curriculum for students in grades Pre-K through grade 5. The science curriculum was a hands-on, inquiry-based teaching method that includes the disciplines of biology, earth science, astronomy, physical science, chemistry, and environmental awareness. Ms. Mistretta also developed a Pre-K through grade 12 outdoor environmental learning program, AFS Outdoor Scholarship, Initiative, Discovery and Exploration, and served as director and committee chair. This program integrates an outdoor environmental curriculum into all curriculum areas, including math, language arts, science, art, and music. Ms. Mistretta serves on a number of science advisory teams at her school and maintains a relationship with several community-based organizations, including MANNA, Tookany Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Abington Art Center, and Briar Bush Nature Center. Ms. Mistretta currently serves as the president of the board of directors for the Tookany Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership. Before she joined the Abington Friends School, Ms. Mistretta was an adjunct professor for LaSalle University, teaching ecology and environmental issues/biology to undergraduate students. She has also served as a Senior Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Region 3, where she counseled program staff on legal environmental issues and provided environmental litigation assistance to the Department of Justice. Ms. Mistretta has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dickinson College, a law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and a Master’s in environmental education from Arcadia University.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
In 2000, Ms. Poole began her career in education as a fourth grade teacher at Central Elementary School and organized her school’s science club for grades 3 through 5. Currently, Ms. Poole is a Wildlife Education Specialist and state Project WILD coordinator with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. She has also been a program coordinator at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and currently serves as an adjunct instructor for Western Carolina University. Under Project WILD, Ms. Poole collaborates with natural resource agencies, education agencies, non-profits, and other organizations to design and facilitate Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Growing Up WILD, Flying WILD, CATCH, and other wildlife themes and outdoor skills workshops. Educational content for Project WILD is developed to correlate with North Carolina Essential Standards and Common Core standards and North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development. Ms. Poole has also served as an adjunct instructor and program coordinator for the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. She is the 2011 recipient of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina’s Outstanding Practitioner Award and the 2014 recipient of the Fisheries Division Educator of the Year Award. Ms. Poole holds a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a focus on biology from Western Carolina University and a Master’s degree in environmental education from Montreat College.
Project Central, LLC
Ms. Wilson is the founder and president of Project Central, LLC, an organization that provides project start-up and management services for projects focused on education, the environment, arts, and the health of communities. Through Project Central LLC, Ms. Wilson has coordinated an outdoor classroom and nature trail for middle school students and provided assistance to schools implementing Green Schools projects and curriculum. Ms. Wilson also develops curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and has given talks and workshops in countries such as Vietnam, Laos, Cuba, Georgia, Armenia, Sweden and Germany on Green Schools and environmental and agricultural policies in the United States. Before she founded Project Central, LLC, Ms. Wilson was the Statewide Partnerships and Planning Director for a statewide non-profit organization, where she was manager of the Kansas Green Schools Program. Ms. Wilson is the recipient of several awards, including the 2015 Missouri Recycling Association COAM Outstanding Organics Award, the 2009 Kansas Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Achievements Program Educator of the Year Award, and the 2005 U.S. EPA Region 7 Regional Administrator’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Ms. Wilson has a Bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from Washburn University and a Master’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology with an emphasis on water environments from the University of Kansas. She grew up in rural Kansas and lives in Kansas City, Kansas.
Most Recent Former NEEAC Members
State and EPA Region
|Angie Chen||Not for Profit Organizations||California – Region 9|
|Vidette (Kiki) Corry||State Departments of Education and Natural Resources||Texas – Region 6|
|Andrea Falken||U.S. Department of Education||Ex-Officio|
|Scott Frazier||Business and Industry||Montana – Region 8|
|Kenneth John Gembel||Senior||Michigan – Region 5|
|Cara D. Gizzi||Business and Industry||Massachusetts – Region 1|
|Richard Gonzales, Vice-Chair||Not for Profit Organizations||Texas – Region 6|
|Dr. Kelly Keena, Chair||Primary and Secondary Education||Colorado – Region 8|
|Dr. Mark L. Kraus||Colleges and Universities||Florida – Region 4|
|Caroline Lewis||Primary and Secondary Education||Florida – Region 4|
|Dr. Edna L. Negron-Martinez||Colleges and Universities||Puerto Rico – Region 2|
|Victoria Rydberg||State Departments of Education and Natural Resources||Wisconsin – Region 5