2021 AEE Board of Directors


 

 
 T. Grant Lewis
President (2021)
Director/Teaching Assistant Professor, Adventure Recreation Management, West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) 
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I have been involved in experiential education for the past 26 years, and a member of AEE since 2003. AEE has been an important and supportive aspect of my professional and personal growth, and in many ways is where I feel grounded and connected. Over the years, I have served as an accreditation reviewer, regional conference host committee member in both the Northeast and Rocky Mountain regions, the co-convener for the Northeast regional conference, a member of the Rocky Mountain Regional Leadership Council, and a workshop and scholarship reviewer for the AEE International Conference. I have facilitated and delivered workshops at both regional and international conferences, facilitated several Playnotes on the regional level, and was an ActivatEE speaker in 2017. My desire is to be a part of furthering individual growth by serving and supporting others in creating a sense of connection to the association, while assisting in AEE's continued development as an organization that forwards the vision and outcomes of experiential education.


 

 

Carla Hacker
Secretary (2022)
Graduate Faculty, University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse
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Carla has been an educator for more than 30 years with a passion for teaching and learning experientially. Her love for helping students form strong learning communities led Carla to become the program director and teacher for an adventure based experiential education program in the school district in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. She is currently a graduate faculty member for the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in LaCrosse, WI. for classroom teachers pursuing a Master’s degree in  Professional Development with an emphasis on Experiential Education and group process. In addition, Carla is a trainer for Experiential Systems, Inc. and part-time faculty in the Recreation Management program at Madison College. Carla holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters degree in Experiential and Environmental Education from Radford University in Radford, Virginia. She has presented her work nationally and internationally at a variety of conferences as well as in workshops for educators in India, Taiwan, China and Canada. 


Lise Brown
Past-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.


 

Jonah Hacker
Treasurer (2023)

Product Manager, MSI Data

Jonah is a Product Manager at a growing software company in Milwaukee, WI. As treasurer of the board, Jonah is committed to ensuring that AEE thrives financially as it pursues its mission of elevating experiential education as a positive force for change in the world. Jonah holds a BA in French from St. Olaf College, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. Jonah is an adventuresome home cook, amateur string bass player, and mediocre gardener. Prior to entering the private sector, Jonah worked as a teacher for several years. He is excited to contribute to the future development of AEE.


Trevor Wong
Member At Large (2021)
Experiential Learning Manager, The ISF Academy, Hong Kong

Trevor was introduced to experiential education through a sea-based program with Outward Bound Hong Kong. He soon became an OB instructor and took up increasingly responsible roles during his 13-year tenure. He was recruited by The Independent Schools Foundation (ISF) Academy in 2010 to help establish Experiential Learning as a vital cornerstone of learning. Trevor manages the twice-a-year experiential learning programs for students in Grades 4 to 11. He also initiated and expanded the Outdoor Exploration Society (OES) which now serves students from Foundation Year to Grade 12. More than 2000 students and parents participate in and benefit from OES activities each year. Trevor’s motto is: “Character first. Intelligence second. Knowledge third.”


Ed Maggart

Member At Large (2022)
Experiential Education Consultant
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More recently I served as Head of School for The College School, an independent PreK- 8 school in St Louis, which is experientially based. At TCS I enjoyed working with younger students and providing space for our amazing teachers to innovate. I also focused on professional development, creating a student support center, bolstering our summer program, and building a learning center on 30 acres of land outside of town and developing associated curriculum. While in St. Louis, I helped found a 501c3 called the Experiential Education Exchange, which is focused on providing training in experiential education to public and independent school teachers. I also served on the Board for the Independent Schools of St Louis (ISSL) and on the Board for a start-up experiential charter school. I moved back to Asheville NC in the summer of 2018 and have been working as an educational consultant since that time serving schools and other organizations around the SE region. I have been married for 33 years to Sue who is retired from nursing and frequently runs half marathons. (I can’t keep up with her BTW.) We have one child, Jessica, a teacher, who lives in Houston and had her first child, Marie, in April!


Vinay Sirsi

Member at Large​ (2022)
Educator/Leadership Consultant
Vinay is an educator/leadership consultant based out of Bangalore, Karnataka, India. He grew up climbing & hiking in Southern India and has continued to do so across the world. He has worked in various leadership/advisory roles across the adventure travel and outdoor education industry. He is a Certified Professional Facilitator working with adult populations in the areas of Team Performance & Leadership Development, NOLS Field & Wild Med Instructor and continues to look for new adventures paragliding, scuba diving & kiting with his 11yr Old twins.

Jeromy Slaby

Secretary Elect (2023)
Elementary School Teacher

Jeromy is an elementary school teacher based in Seattle, Washington. Like many outdoorsy people, any time spent in nature is time well spent. Specifically, he enjoys hammock-ing near lakes and backpacking adventures in national forest areas. While summer is his favorite season, he does enjoy the comfy sweaters, campfires, and hot cocoa of the colder months.


Stephanie Speicher

Member at Large​ (2022)
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Stephanie Speicher’s diverse teaching and professional experience provide her a unique skill set to guide and support the success of the Association for Experiential Education. Stephanie holds a defined skillset built and strengthened over time in varied settings with a concentration on authentic curriculum design, school leadership, and the development of powerful learning communities. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work in a variety of educational settings from traditional schools as a social studies teacher to a backpacking/rock climbing instructor for Outward Bound, and public charter school administrator. As a Board Member, Stephanie aims to bridge multiple facets of the education community together to sustain the momentum of powerful educative experiences on a global scale.  She currently is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Weber State University. Her research interests include pre-service teacher agency development through the use of experiential methods and the implementation of learning communities in the classroom.  She is living in Utah where she can boundlessly recreate with her family. 


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