AEE Accreditation Council

The AEE Accreditation Council consists of volunteers that are experts in the field of adventure education. Each member of the council brings specific skills to the table and members on the council serve as liaisons to the accredited programs. 

Trey Fouché - Chair

North Greenville University
Email: jwfouche@yahoo.com
Phone: (864) 977-7991

Term expires: 12/31/2017

Trey teaches in and chairs the Department of Outdoor Leadership at North Greenville University. He received his M.Ed. in Outdoor Education Administration from Georgia College & State University and has worked in the experiential/adventure field for over ten years at a variety of schools and outdoor education centers. Currently, he serves as an active AEE Accreditation Reviewer and on the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club. Additionally, he served on the Southeast Regional Council of AEE for many years.

 

Kim Sacksteder - Secretary
The Buckeye Ranch
Email: kim.bestpractices@gmail.com

 

Term expires: 12/31/2017

 

Kim has worked with youth and families since 1993 and has been providing adventure therapy services for the past 15 years. She currently serves as the Adventure Therapy Clinical Manager at the Buckeye Ranch.  Prior to that she was the Health and Wellness Director for Camp Mary Orton, managing the programming for all of their adventure and challenge course programs. Kim has been centrally involved in the development of therapeutic applications of adventure, including presenting at international conferences for over 10 years, chairing the TAPG Adventure Therapy Best Practices Steering Committee for 8 years, Chairing the TAPG Leadership Council, and currently serving on the AEE Accreditation Council. She strongly believes in the power of adventure to support growth and change for people. 

Charles (Reb) Gregg, LL.B - Emeritus Member

800 Bering Rd., Suite 100
Houston, TX 77057
Email: rgregg@gregglaw.net 
Phone: (713) 982-8415

Charles R. (Reb) Gregg is an attorney in Houston Texas, active in outdoor recreation law. Reb has been legal counsel to and represents a number of leading outdoor recreation and education programs and associations in the Country. Reb writes and lectures frequently and serves on the Wilderness Risk Managers Committee, the Accreditation Council of AEE and the Boards of Directors of The Student Conservation Association and Friends of Big Bend National Park. Reb advises the Accreditation Council on a wide range of topics but no longer attends every meeting.

Joe Austin
NOLS
Email: joe_austin@nols.edu
Website: http://www.nols.edu/
Phone: (307) 335-2258

Term Expires: 12/31/2018

Joe Austin is the Associate Director of Admissions for the National Outdoor Leadership School. Prior to this, he worked as a field instructor for NOLS and followed his field work by spending ten years as the Field Staff Manager. Before joining NOLS in 1983, Joe worked for the Outdoor Education Center of the Houston Independent School District in Trinity, TX and was also the Chief Guide at the Maine National High Adventure Area, B.S.A.

Denise Mitten, PhD
Prescott College
Email: mitten53@yahoo.com

Term expires: 12/31/2018

John Nordquist
Cross-Perspective Consulting
Email: john.nordquist1@gmail.com

Term expires: 12/31/2018

John was one of the founding teachers of Crossroads School in Santa Monica, in 1971. Since then, he has helped create exemplary OE programs at 3 different independent schools and has served on the board of the Boojum Institute.  Before recently retiring from the Chadwick School, John was the Director of Global Opportunities and led the development of a more globally engaged curriculum and program. John specializes in global education, risk management, and brings the perspectives of teacher, parent, instructor, and administrator to the Accreditation Council.  He is also an accomplished climber and mountaineer.

Jude Hirsch, Ed. D.
Georgia College
Email: jude.hirsch@gcsu.edu

Term expires: 12/31/2018

Jude is a professor of outdoor education at Georgia College & State University, where she teaches and coordinates undergraduate and graduate programs in outdoor education. Jude has been a tireless volunteer leader in AEE since joining in 1977.  She has served as the Chair of the AEE Accreditation Council, and has co-authored numerous books, including two of the association’s core texts—Administrative Practices of AEE Accredited Programs and the 4th edition of the Manual of Accreditation Standards. 

Michael Lindsey
Lindsey Outdoor Recreation Risk Management Consulting
Email: lindsey.michael58@yahoo.com

Term Expires 12/31/18

Michael served as Vice President of Safety at Outward Bound USA, Inc. (OBUSA) until 2011, when he started Lindsey Outdoor Recreation Risk Management Consulting. Michael began his career in outdoor education in 1979 as an Outward Bound instructor. He worked as an instructor in the United States and abroad before becoming Program Director for Colorado Outward Bound School in 1984. He was the Rocky Mountain branch Director at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in the early 1990s, and served as Operations Director for six years until leaving in 2002.  Michael has conducted numerous investigations of outdoor accidents, and fatalities, both as an internal staff investigator and as an outside consultant. He is the sole person in the United States that has worked in senior management of National and International leadership in safety, quality and program delivery for the top outdoor schools in the United States Outward Bound, and the National Outdoor Leadership School.  

Sharon Clegg
Aspiro
Email: SClegg@aspiroadventure.com

Term Expires 12/31/18

Sharon currently serves as the Director of Medical Services and Risk Management at Aspiro Adventure Therapy.  Sharon received her Bachelors Degree from Utah State University in Community Health Education and holds a Master’s in Curriculum Instruction and Development from the University of Phoenix.  Sharon has taught and trained hundreds of Field Guides, Logistics Departments and students over her career and finds great joy in watching them find their passion in life. In addition to her educational background, her passion is in Emergency Medical Services. She has spent 15 years working from a volunteer to part time status as a firefighter and advanced EMT. She has seen first-hand the devastation that drugs and alcohol play on our youth and wants to assure that young people have the opportunity to change their lives.

Aaron Funnell
Outward Bound Hong Kong
Email: operations@outwardbound.org.hk

Term Expires 12/31/19

Aaron is Head of Operations at Outward Bound Hong Kong, the first organization accredited with AEE in Asia. He has various outdoor qualifications as well as a Master of Education, Diploma of Training and is currently completing an EMBA. He is an Australian and has been involved with Outward Bound for 20 years in the Asia-Pacific, and has undertaken numerous program reviews across the region. He enjoys trekking and sailing and has recently co-convened the inaugural International Sea Kayaking Educators Symposium in collaboration with Monash University, Australia.

Brent Bell, PhD
University of new Hampshire
Email: brent.bell@unh.edu

Term Expires 12/31/19

Dr. Brent Bell is an associate professor of outdoor education at the University of New Hampshire. He researches outdoor orientation programs and their impact on student development, and has authored 16 peer-reviewed publications and two book chapters.  He is also co-author, along with Bob Baird (United Educators) and Drew Leemon (NOLS), of “Guide to Managing Risks in Wilderness Education.” Since 2003, he has spearheaded the Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS), hosting more than 28 symposia focused on issues, research and practice in outdoor orientation in the U.S. and Canada.  Active in the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) for three decades, Brent was honored with that organization’s Karl Rohnke Award in 2009 and its “PICOUP” award — for a “person in charge of unlocking potential” — in 2014. He is also active in the Association for Outdoor Recreation in Education (AORE), is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (since 1988) and is a wilderness first-aid instructor for SOLO in North Conway, N.H.