AEE Leadership: Our Staff & Board of Directors
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.
Steve Pace, M.S.W.
Director of Accreditations and Certifications
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 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, 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 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 Wilderness Risk Managers Conference Steering Committee, the Safety Committee of the Board of Outward Bound USA, and is an Emeritus Professor at Prescott College.
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. Anna is thrilled to serve the AEE community through her role as the Membership & Marketing Manager, a role that leverages both her professional skills as well as her personal values. 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 partner and dog.
Board of Directors
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 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.
Member At Large (2021)
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.
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.
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.”
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 SirsiMember at Large (2023)
Secretary Elect (2024)
Elementary School Teacher
Member at Large (2023)
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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