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Current MEES Board Members:

Ann Gisinger



Ann has been participating in MEES since 2011 and was voted onto the board at the Annual Conference in 2012. Previously an environmental educator with The Trustees of Reservations, she is currently the Director of Business Operations for the Environmental Business Council of New England.  Ann manages the EBC’s administration, including finances, marketing, industry and vendor relationships, and EBC events and programs. She received her Master of Science degree in Biology as well as a Certificate in Management of Community Organizations from Tufts University in Medford, MA and her Bachelor of Science degree in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

Erin Kelly


Erin Kelly is the Education Coordinator and the Camp Director at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center with 18 years of experience in outdoor environmental education and camp programming. She has been designing programs to meet the needs of urban audiences in such diverse communities as Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles. Erin earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a M.S. in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England. At the Boston Nature Center, she directs a popular nature camp program that reaches families from all over Boston, coordinates year-round educational programming and supervises the center’s Youth Leader program.

Kathryn Parent
Kathryn Parent


Kathryn’s educational background from Becker College, Worcester led to a career as a daycare/preschool owner and director. She then focused on providing creative educational experiences for special events all across New England. After 15 years of experience in early childhood education and event planning, Kathryn has spent the past 11 seasons at MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, currently the Visitor Services Supervisor at Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park. She is passionate about presenting programming for all ages and abilities, specializing in connecting young children to nature and the outdoors. Her recent focus is working with multiple agencies and non-profit organizations planning large outdoor events such as Maple Sugar Days and Accessible Family Fishing Festivals. Kathryn served a previous full term on the board as the Treasurer, and has recently returned to MEES.

Mass ELP Rep/
NAAEE Affiliate:
Kim Botelho


Kim joined MEES in 2015, with 20 years of experience in environmental education and dual degrees in environmental science from the University of Dubuque and digital photography from Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts.   She currently serves as the Director of Education for the Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket Island.  Her professional experience includes leadership positions with the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and Norman Bird Sanctuary.  Prior to MEES, Kim  served as a Board Member for the RI Environmental Education Association and the Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative. In addition to her career in environmental education, Kim is an artist at heart and an award-winning photographer.  Her work has been featured on National Geographic’s Website, in several calendars, and on the covers of Southcoast Insider Magazine, the Audubon Report, and RI Environmental Literacy Plan.

Online Marketing:
Liz Ellsworth


Liz has been a MEES Board Member since 2014. Liz has been in the Environmental Education field for over 15 years. She has held various roles in the field including: Outdoor Educator, Municipal Recycling Coordinator, School Recycling Specialist, Business Consultant on Green Initiatives, Freelance Environmental Writer, and Social Media Marketer. Currently, Liz is serving as a consultant to The Last Green Valley Heritage Corridor, and to Antioch University New England’s Environmental Studies program. Liz writes a weekly science column, “The Everyday Ecologist,” for the Stonebridge Press and Villager Newspapers in Northeastern Connecticut and West/Central Massachusetts. She also has a passion for books, and has been working in independent bookstores for over 20 years, presently at Brookline Booksmith. Liz holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Education from Antioch University of New England in Keene, NH, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from Bates College, in Lewiston, ME.

Carrie Hawthorne


After graduating from Otterbein College with a B.S. in Life Sciences, Carrie continued her education at the University of New Mexico where she received an M.A. in Environmental Education. In 2004 she joined the Education Department at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI where she managed school programs until 2014. Carrie Hawthorne joined the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, MA as the Curator of Education in June 2014. With over 15 years of experience in informal education, 11 spent in zoos, Ms. Hawthorne has dedicated her professional life to connecting audiences to their environment and wildlife. She acted as Treasurer for the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) from 2007 to 2014.

Marley O’Neil


Marley is a former middle school science classroom teacher and Adult Programs Coordinator at Franklin Park Zoo. She holds degrees in Biology from Syracuse University, 2004 and a Master’s in secondary science education from Boston College, 2008. The forest has always been Marley’s first love, from the age of five she has been known to wander many a nature trail. She is passionate about encouraging the next generation to become stewards of our planet. She began volunteering for MEES in 2017 but has been in informal and formal classroom environments for over 10 years. Marley currently works at Boston University in the Chemistry Department and sells her landscape photography on the side. She plans to pursue a second master’s in counseling, focusing on a new research area, nature and wilderness therapy, to continue to push people to connect to their essential selves and reunite people with the natural world.

Alissa Murfitt


Alissa is a new addition to MEES, joining in the spring of 2018. While receiving her undergraduate degree in geography with a minor in environmental studies at Salisbury University, Alissa advocated for the adoption of an Environmental Studies major which the university added. While working on her B.S. she held many position on the campus environmental club. Outdoor education being her passion, Alissa ran outdoor residential summer camps for three summers for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Alissa first began her teaching career at Echo Hill Outdoor School on the Eastern Shore of Maryland before moving to Massachusetts. Alissa continued teaching in an urban charter school for two years before moving to the New Hampshire/Vermont area to get a masters in earth systems science with a middle school science certification. During grad school at Antioch University, Alissa worked in outdoor environmental education settings. She has taught the past eleven years in the Taunton, Massachusetts public school system & continues to share her passion and love of the natural world with her students as she runs the schools environmental club as well as the Outdoor Club. Alissa loves spending time with family, her dog Rex, friends, skiing, and travelling to see the band Phish.

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