AEE Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming AEE's newest Board member: Ed Maggart!

Member-At-Large 2020-2023
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"I earned a degree in chemistry with a minor in environmental science from Sewanee University and subsequently worked as an environmental researcher. Despite enjoying research I craved more interaction with people and so took a job teaching chemistry and assisting with the outdoor program at The Asheville School, an independent boarding and day high school. I went on to teach physics and develop the first AP environmental science class there as well as found the student environmental organization. After a few years I was appointed Director of the mountaineering program. We ran teamwork, communication, and leadership programs for our students as well as offering instruction and experiences in rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, fly-fishing, mountain biking, backpacking, and caving. During my tenure we built a tree ropes course, added an Alpine Tower, added mountain biking and fly fishing to our program, developed a three day wilderness trip for all new students, developed a model for attaining leadership levels, and led the process of having our program certified by AEE, and ran international programs during school breaks. I attended UNC Asheville to earn teaching certification.

I became really interested in how I might bring the collaborative and adventurous sense of discovery that students experienced in the mountaineering program to my classroom. As a result, I became interested in experiential education in various forms. Once again I went back to school, this time to earn a Master’s degree in academically oriented experiential education at Prescott College. My thesis revolved around developing a model for place-based education for use by teachers.

At Asheville School I started to run professional development around experiential education in the classroom for teachers from various departments. Also, about that time, I joined the SE Regional Board for the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) as the chair. I directed the regional conference in Chattanooga during my term as chair. In 2012 I received the Rebecca Carver ABC Award from the SE Region of AEE for my work in that region. In 2012 I was also asked to join the International Board of Directors for AEE as treasurer and served for three years in that post.

I have also been active in the Independent Schools Experiential Network (ISEEN). I have given presentations on experiential education for NCAIS, AEE, ATI, and SAIS among other organizations. In February 2019 I helped lead a webinar in experiential education for teachers from across the country for AEE.

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!"


2020 AEE Board of Directors


Chey Davis
President (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.


 

 

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 (2019)
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.


 
T. Grant Lewis
Member At Large (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.


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.


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.


Marin Burton
Member At Large (2020)
Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership 

Dr. Marin Burton is a Senior Faculty member for the Societal Advancement Division within the Center for Creative Leadership. CCL is a global non-profit which focuses on leadership development. She specializes in leadership program development, design, and facilitation with an intentional focus on engaged pedagogies. She leads the team’s work in organizational leadership initiatives aimed at incorporating leadership development into organizational culture. Her academic work explored the philosophy of experiential education and how its practice can work toward aims of social justice. She has been a long time member and volunteer for AEE over the years.


Kris Salisbury
Member At Large (2021)
NOLS Wilderness Medicine

A Michigan childhood filled with outdoor wanderings and the occasional adventure gone awry were not only formative, but also forecast her career in outdoor education, therapeutic adventure and wilderness expeditions. In Rochester, NY, seven years into leading outdoor youth programs and completing her Peace Corps service, she attended her first AEE conference and has been involved in various Regions ever since.  She holds a BA from UC Santa Barbara and a MA from Vermont College.  Kris teaches for NOLS Wilderness Medicine.  With a deep love of the Southwest, her interests lie in bridging the prevalent "access gap" in outdoor education through creating demographically representative programs, particularly in New Mexico, but also on a regional, national, and global level. She strives to instill a deep cultural value and advocacy for public lands and wilderness stewardship in future generations to support the health and sustainable accessibility to these unique places.


Trevor Wong
Member At Large (2022)
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.”


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