2017-2018 AEE Board of Directors


Geraldine Paredes Vasquez, President (2020)
Director of Creativity, Action and Service Programs – United World College Costa Rica
Gery´s first encounter with experiential education was as a teen student at UWC India (98-00), one of the sixteen United World Colleges around the world. Her work experience on developing programs and workshops for youth and adult populations from diverse race, gender, cultural, ideological and belief backgrounds has taken her across Latin America, the United States, Asia and Europe. Diversity, inclusion and equity are at the heart of her professional career, both in English and Spanish. She is an Intercultural and Social Justice Educator, graduate from Prescott College, lifelong learner and committed advocate for acknowledging and interconnecting the different forms of experiential education locally, nationally and around the globe.

Bobbi Beale, Past-President (2018)

Senior Research Associate, Center for Innovative Practices, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Bobbi was directed to her first AEE conference (Heartland Regional) in the mid 90’s, where she felt immediately welcomed and supported, as she connected with lifelong friends and colleagues. Since then she has served as an AEE volunteer leader, first on the Heartland Regional Council, then the Council on Research and Evaluation, and currently on the Board of Directors.

Bobbi Beale is a licensed, clinical psychologist and previously served as the Director of the Center for Applied Resilience at Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton, Ohio, where served at-risk youth and families for over 25 years. Bobbi has specialized in designing non-traditional therapy programs for youth populations that are at risk or have trauma histories. Her programs have utilized adventure therapy (AT) to increase skills and resiliency, and include individual, family and group applications.

Bobbi currently provides training, consultation and technical assistance to behavioral health (BH) organizations that serve youth and families in Ohio. She is able to apply years of BH experience toward helping others to understand Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and to implement effective, evidence-supported services. She has also recently launched a small non-profit, Life Adventures for All, committed to making Adventure Therapy accessible to our most vulnerable youth and families. More to come…

 

Lise Brown, Secretary (2020)
Co-Owner, Momenta
Lise is co-owner & facilitator at Momenta: experience, discover, grow, a B-Corp based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (experiencemomenta.com). Momenta creates experiences that discover strengths and foster growth. Lise began her career at camps in Manitoba as an outdoor educator and guide. In 2006, Momenta was founded to meet a need in Manitoba to provide year-round, accessible therapeutic adventure programming that meets best practice and is research-based. Lise completed a Bachelor of Recreation in 2001, a Masters of Social Work in 2007 at the University of Manitoba,  a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy in 2012, and the Forest School Practitioner training in 2015.  Lise combines these areas of practice to provide clinical direction, facilitate groups and counsel individuals both in urban and wilderness environments with a focus on physical and emotional safety, successful participation, fun, meaningful activity and group cohesion.   

Sherry Bagley, Past-Secretary (2018)
Co-Executive Director, Pathfinder Outdoor Education
Sherry currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of Pathfinder Outdoor Education in St. Petersburg, Florida. During her years of service with the organization, she has had the privilege to work alongside an amazing group of people as a Facilitator, Safety Coordinator, Red Cross Trainer, Science Teacher and American Canoe Association Instructor. Sherry's professional journey has been as diverse as her personal interests and passions. She has worked as a caterer, environmental consultant, home health care aid, tugboat captain, and camp director. She is a proud mother of two great children, whom she raises with an extraordinary husband, along with three big dogs, four chickens and multiple fish.


Rod Field, Treasurer (2019)
Founder and CEO, Higher Ground Australia
Higher Ground is one of Australia’s leading providers of outdoor and experiential learning, working with approximately 15,000 individuals per year. Higher Ground aims to develop confident individuals, lifelong learners and responsible global citizens. In his own life long learner pursuits, Rod participates in endurance horse racing, ultra distance trail running and endurance mountain biking.

 


Brian Croft, Member At Large (2018)
Outdoor Programs Coordinator, Indiana University
Brian grew up in and around camps and the outdoors as an avid summer camper. He spent time as a counselor at Boy Scout Camp and at a camp for children with disabilities, Before Indiana University, Brian worked at Southern Illinois University’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center and at Camp Ondessonk in southern Illinois. Committed to the development of students and young professionals, Brian co-founded AEE's Heartland Student Summit. Away from IU, Brian can be found hiking trails, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife and their dogs.

Madhu Sudan, Member At Large (2018)
Chief Vision Officer, Centre for Experiential Education

Madhu Sudan come with over twenty years of experience in the field of experiential education and adventure programming in India & USA. Since 2009 co-founded Explorers OutdoorEd. he has been actively involved in designing curriculum for education and promoting Experiential & Outdoor Education in India. In the past, Madhu has led the adventure learning program at one of India’s largest youth adventure program organisation and actively involved in the experiential education learning arena in India and is currently, Board Member for Safety Committee, Outward Bound Bharat, India, Faculty at NOLS and Founder of Center for Experiential Education, India. Madhu has received the Rastrapathi (President's) Award and Rajyapurskar (Governor's) Award in scouting. Studied Multiple Intelligences conducted by Project Zero, a unit of Harvard University and is zealous about incorporating multiple intelligences in experiential learning. He received AEE's Karl Rohnke Creativity Award.

 

Anita Tucker, Member At Large (2019)
Associate Professor in Social Work, University of New Hampshire 

Anita is Associate Professor in Social Work at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) where she is the Co-coordinator of UNH’s dual degree master’s program in social work and outdoor education and the Associate Director of UNH’s Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center. Dr. Tucker has published over 20 empirical articles and four book chapters and has over 35 conference presentations at AEE as well as other professional conferences spreading the word about adventure therapy. In 2016, she completed a term as the Chair of AEE’s Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group. She is thankful to the amazing programs and collaborators who partner with her in producing research that moves the field of wilderness and adventure therapy forward.

Russ Billings, Member At Large (2020)
Founder, ASET Experiential Education and Dive Into Space
Russ is an advocate for science, technology, engineering, and math. A former high school physics and chemistry teacher, he now works through the Fresno State University Auxiliary Foundation and serves as the Principal Investigator of the NASA Minority Research Education Program's Aerospace Academy and supports the Teacher Internship Program Office. He also recently launched ASET Experiential Education's Dive Into Space program. 

Chey Davis, Member At Large (2020)
Associate Professor of English, Delta College
Chey seeks to be an advocate for equity in the Great Lakes Bay Region by gently supporting people toward radical self-awareness. She has served as chair of AEE's Schools and Colleges Professional Group and currently volunteers on AEE's social justice task force. 

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