Current MEES Board Members:

President:
Ann Gisinger

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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.

Treasurer, Mass ELP Rep: Erin Kelly
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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.

Clerk, Mass ELP Rep: Kim Botelho
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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
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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.

Past President:
Louise Beaudry
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Louise has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science and Secondary Education from Lyndon State College.  She currently works as the Senior Naturalist for the South Shore Natural Science Center.

Conference Chair:
Kathryn Egnaczak
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Kate is an interdisciplinary artist and educator interested in working at the intersection of art and ecology. Trained as a graphic designer and sculptor, Kate owns and operates From the Farm Studios, an evolving social enterprise, seeking a more sustainable and healthy way of working as a graphic artist. Her vision is a mobile lab and zero waste studio which transports workshops to public spaces through low environmental impact modes of transportation. Bringing the studio to public spaces fosters an awareness of local ecology while encouraging a break from technology. Her current work is based around the Blackstone River and watershed. What she learns from the environments she works in brings back to the classroom as an art educator, encouraging experimentation, free play, and imagination.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture/3-D studies from UMass Dartmouth, a Masters of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary art at Goddard College. She teaches at Worcester Arts Magnet Elementary school, Assumption College and Becker College.

Carrie Hawthorne
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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.

Cristina LaRue
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Cristina joins the MEES board with over ten years of experience in the education field. She lives on Martha’s Vineyard where she has worked for Mass Audubon as the Education Coordinator and Camp Director at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, served as the Education Director at The FARM Institute, a non-profit teaching farm, and currently teaches 3rd/4th grade at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School. Cristina holds a B.A. in political science & economics from Case Western Reserve University and a M.Ed. from John Carroll University. She is a current fellow with the Vineyard Vision Fellowship which is supporting her work developing a master naturalist program at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and her studies in Lesley University’s M.S. in Ecological Teaching and Learning program.

Cristina began participating on the Board in the fall of 2016, and will be voted on by the membership at the March 2017 annual meeting.