AEE Leadership: Our Staff & Board of Directors

AEE Staff

Sherry BSherry Bagley
Executive Director

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Sherry Bagley is the Executive Director of the Association for Experiential Education. In this role, she gets to assist in the elevation and expansion of experiential education by building an inclusive and accessible community; supporting research and programs; and presenting resources to public audiences. Her career path has taken some hard turns from driving tug boats in the Marshall Islands to catering weddings on the beach. She found her true calling when she began working in the experiential education field over 13 years ago. She can often be found out on or in the water swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, and scalloping. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida in a 100-year-old house with her amazing husband, 2 great kids, 2 polite dogs, and 2 ridiculous cats. 

headshot of Steve PaceSteve Pace, M.S.W.
Director of Accreditations and Certifications 

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Steve was introduced to the power of experiential education when he was an undergraduate at Antioch College. He was transformed after participating in a 3-month field semester course and had the opportunity to lead a similar course before he graduated. Since that time Steve worked for eleven years at the Voyageur Outward Bound School as an instructor, course director, program director, staffing director, and risk manager. He then spent 25 years at Prescott College teaching in the Psychology and Human Development and Adventure Education Programs and later as the Dean of Resident Degrees.  His areas of expertise include adventure education and college program administration, risk management of field activities, interpersonal and group communication, mediation and conflict resolution, and therapeutic use of adventure education.

In 1979 Steve went to his first AEE Conference and was introduced to this remarkable community of educators. Later Steve became an active member of AEE and served both as the President of the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Accreditation Council. For over twenty-five years, Steve has witnessed the effectiveness of the AEE accreditation process and how it gives organizations a comprehensive method to evaluate and evolve. He is humbled to work with the many talented and dedicated volunteers who make this grassroots program so strong.

In addition to his work at AEE, Steve serves as a member of the Safety Committee of the Board of Outward Bound USA and is an Emeritus Professor at Prescott College.

headshot of Anna MianoAnna Miano
Membership & Marketing Manager

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Anna is thrilled to serve the AEE community through her role as the Membership & Marketing Manager.  Anna grew up exploring the natural world around her through hiking, camping, rock-climbing, kayaking, and countless other adventures with her family. Anna built her values around the natural world and learning through experience from an early age. Anna also had the opportunity to experience the benefits of experiential education early on in her schooling; as a "lifer" of a Quaker School in Philadelphia. Anna's professional background includes working within the Admissions department of an experientially-focused K-12 School, and as an Event Manager for corporate clients around the world. When she isn't serving the AEE community, Anna can be found hiking, running, baking, painting, or playing with any and all dogs she can find (including her own). Anna currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.

Kat BrownKat Brown

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Kat is a freelance virtual assistant and founder of Virtually Possible 365. She left the corporate environment in 2019 to launch her business venture, which would allow her to use the skills and talents she has acquired over the past 30 years to help businesses, associations, and non-profit organizations achieve their goals.   She has a BA in Marketing and Healthcare Administration Management/Human Resources. She is a published children's book author.  When she is not wearing a cape trying to save the world, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and her rescue pup, Jett. She loves enjoying any time near the water, listening to audiobooks, watching an interesting documentary, traveling, and seeing her best friends as often as possible. She is a native Detroiter. She believes the best thing about launching her business is the freedom to pick and choose her clients, so she was eager to join the team.

Board of Directors


headshot of Jay ZarrJay Zarr
President (2022-2025)
Pueblo West Colorado
Jay is a master of using natural settings and adventure-based experiences to teach leadership, teamwork, and self-esteem. He works quickly to establish trust among all group members and has them involved, interested and motivated. Jay offers a unique perspective from his 40+ years in the field about the value of self-knowledge, the collaborative nature of leadership, and a leader's role as a servant. His experiences range from working in Higher Education, a Senior Instructor for the Wilderness Education Association, United States Forest Service, At-risk (At Promise) youth, Aging to Saging Certify Instructor to serving as the Board President of the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo. In addition, his involvement has been creating programs at 3 Higher Education institutions and two At Risk ( I prefer the term "At Promise")  High schools and helping design the 10th Mountain Hut System in Colorado.  Along with his wife, Cleo is the CO-Owner of Story Tellers Travels and Imagine If a Mind, Body and Spirit Connections Company. Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary. 
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Jonah Hacker
Treasurer (2021-2024)

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.
headshot of Jeromy SlabyMx. Jeromy Slaby​ (he/him)
Secretary Elect (2021-2024)
Elementary School Teacher
Jeromy is an elementary teacher now based in Seattle, Washington. Previous to Seattle, he called Durango, Colorado his home where he studied Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College. It was here that Jeromy first came to know AEE through helping plan the Rocky Mountain Regional Conferences. Being a young professional, his experience with online, outdoor, and classroom settings for education provides him with a diverse lens that will strengthen the association. Likewise, his experience with and knowledge of modern social justice and political movements will support AEE's ends.
As for the outdoors, Jeromy is an avid hiker, backpacker, and camper. While he will try any adventure at least twice, he can confidently say that he is most comfortable on the ground. You can find Jeromy anywhere you can set up a hammock that is as far away from the highway as possible. 
headshot of Abby OxboroughAbby Oxborough
Member At Large (2021-2024)
Director of Leadership Programming and General Manager at a family-owned resort in Northern Minnesota
Abby is the Director of Leadership Programming and General Manager at a family-owned resort in Northern Minnesota. She was first exposed to experiential education as a camp counselor, where her love for the outdoors translated to meaningful experiences with campers and staff alike. Abby has done everything from working a corporate Marketing job to teaching English in Thailand to writing and editing travel articles - all of which have contributed to her current role in helping small businesses and groups discover strengths and grow as a team in a retreat setting through experiential learning. Abby grew up in Northern Minnesota and her accent really comes to life when talking with her mother. She’s visited over 55 countries (and counting), will be giving a TED Talk in the Spring about the power of customer service, and recently graduated with her MS in Experiential Education from MSU Mankato. 
Headshot of Tom ShorrockTom Shorrock
Member At Large (2021-2024)
Operations Manager for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award based in Abu Dhabi
Tom Shorrock is an Operations Manager for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award based in Abu Dhabi and oversees the development of the Award in the UAE. After obtaining a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, Tom worked in Industry for 6 years in the UK & France. Alongside his work, he was also a member of the local Army Reserve unit. He developed his love for the outdoors and non-formal education by taking part in various courses as well as being involved with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).  His activities with the RSC, allowed him to develop teaching and learning beyond the classroom and create community outreach activities with the help of his local section. Work with the Society has continued throughout his career and was subsequently awarded with a Fellowship. It was during his involvement with the cadet force and working with the RSC, he made the decision to become a teacher and trained through the Graduate Teacher Training Programme. Having taught in the UK, Tom went on to teach Chemistry, Science and French at various schools in Qatar, Bahrain and UAE. He has an interest in Education but in particular Non-Formal Education and how the latter is important for young people throughout school ages but also later on for the world of work.
Tom holds various qualifications: Certificate in Business Management, Diploma in Risk Management, Certified Foresight Practitioner(Futures Foresight and Strategic Planning through The Futures School by Kedge). 
rosanne headshotRosanne Mistretta
Secretary-Elect (2021-2025)
Assistant Director for Program Development, SUNY New York State Master Teacher Program
Rosanne started her experiential education adventures at Girl Scout camp, where she spent all her time backpacking and canoeing.  That formative experience led to her job at Minnesota Outward Bound School. The environment is one of her passions, which led her to her first career as a Senior Assistant Regional Counsel for the US Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia. After 11 years, Rosanne went back to school for a Master's in Environmental Education at Arcadia University. That led her to a career in K-12 schools, first as a science teacher, then as Director of AFS Outside, an outdoor learning program.  She became Director of the Center for Experiential Learning at Abington Friends School, and then the Director of Sustainability and Experiential Learning at the Darrow School. Rosanne now serves as the Assistant Director for the SUNY New York State Master Teacher Program. She lives on a rural mountain in Upstate New York where she is outside in the forest as much as possible with her family and rescue dog, Jasper.
Headshot of Kymberly LacrosseKymberly Lacrosse
Member-at-Large (2023)
President of Growing Greatness and MA student at California Institute of Integral Studies in the Transformative Leadership Program
Kymberly Lacrosse has been a game changing leader for over thirty five years. She served on her first  Board at the age of 15 and has continued to live a life of  Board service since. Leadership and advocacy for Kymberly emerged in organic and authentic ways through life’s experiences and are integrated in all she does. Her formal education includes a BA from UCSC and MA from SJSU, both in Sociology. Her work has earned both local  and national recognition. Kymberly helped to establish Leadership for Community Transformation with Dr. Monica Sharma, which strives to design community change that makes a real, lasting and sustainable difference. Her newly established non-profit and curriculum, Growing Greatness  have been established as a cumulative work from all of her life experiences and professional perspective. She facilitates engaging workshops that activate the infinite potential within each of us! Kymberly partners with youth, adults and communities to manifest our goals- creating a container of community engagement that shifts the way we achieve powerful results. Kymberly brings a heartfelt passion to social justice, experiential education and community engagement that is rooted in an undeniable commitment to see individuals and communities to be inspired, powerful and unstoppable. Her commitment to equity and justice drive her to work diligently to change the systems in place for a more equitable and thriving world. Kymberly has also worked as a Non-Profit Consultant for the last eight years.
justinJustin Hougham
Member at Large
Faculty at the University of Wisconsin- Madison

Dr. Justin Hougham is faculty at the University of Wisconsin- Madison where he supports the delivery of a wide range of science education topics to K-12 students, graduate students, and in-service teachers. Justin’s scholarship is in the areas of place-based pedagogies, STEM education, and education for sustainability. Justin has taught 17 different undergraduate and graduate courses as well as instructed over 1000 days in the field. He continues to teach courses, clinics, and trainings that develop pedagogies in experiential education. Justin’s projects and research in the use of technology in place-based environmental education can be found in journals and in conference presentations throughout the US.

Justin currently is on the leadership teams for several federally funded projects that serve needs in community engaged research focused on culturally responsive environmental science education and leadership. Further, he successfully conducts research into and documentation of educational strategies advancing environmental education and organizational change leadership that supports environmental education innovations. He is actively evolving programming innovation to support development of scholarship and research in education in the urban context and expanding access for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Science Education.

Prior to his faculty role in Wisconsin, Justin served in leadership roles in environmental education programs in New Mexico, Idaho and Washington. This included a Post doctoral fellowship through a NASA funded climate literacy project as well as research projects on-site in the south pacific and in Greenland. Other projects include field work in Alaska, Trinidad and Tobago, Chile, and Costa Rica.

BernieBernie Rupe
Treasurer Elect
Founder and Executive Director of Chicago Voyagers

Bernie Rupe has 30 years of experience in the adventure therapy field and has 15 years’ experience working and managing Adventure Therapy programs. He is the founder and Executive Director of Chicago Voyagers, a non-profit charity providing free adventure therapy services to low-income youth of color. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Nationally Board-Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist. He has developed a community-based model for providing services to those in need and presented workshops seven times at national and international conferences and published research in the field. He is also on the Outdoor Behavioral Health Council’s Proposal Selection Committee for the Wilderness Therapy Symposium.  Bernie feels at home in the outdoors and enjoys international adventure vacations and riding his bicycle almost every day.

bradBrad Daniel
Member at Large
Co-founder and Executive Director of 2nd Nature TREC

Brad Daniel has been a college professor, wilderness trip leader, outdoor educator, and field science instructor for over 35 years. He is co-founder and Executive Director of 2nd Nature TREC (Training, Research, Education, Consulting), a consulting agency that partners with existing programs to help them become more effective. He also teaches courses in the Masters in Experiential and Outdoor Education program at Western Carolina University. Brad has served in various roles in AEE including Southeast State Ambassador Coordinator, Southeast Regional Council member, and co-chair of the Symposium for Experiential Education Research (SEER). One of his professional passions is bringing groups together to create a greater impact and he is a member of many outdoor-oriented organizations including the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the Wilderness Education Association (WEA), the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) and the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA). He serves on the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors (CEO) Research Committee. Brad’s passion is using outdoor experiential learning to engage the heart, challenge the mind, and nurture the spirit. He enjoys hiking, canoeing, photography, rescuing dogs, drinking coffee, exploring natural landscapes via any mode of travel, and reflecting on this thing called life.

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