Member Spotlight

Our Members are making an incredible impact every day through their work. Each month, we highlight a few of our over 2,000 Members from around the world through ‘Member of the Month’ on social media and on our blog. With Members in 28+ Countries, all with a unique experience and career in Experiential Education, there are so many stories we can't wait to share!

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AEE News Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Jackie
Member Spotlight: Jackie

Meet Jackie Spithill! Jackie(she/her/hers) grew up all over the US and now lives on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Jackie works in Adventure based therapy and is a counselor in training at Pure Life Adventure, and is also studying at Prescott College. Tell us a bit about what you do at... Continue Reading

Date posted02/27/2024


Member Spotlight: Carol
Member Spotlight: Carol

Meet Carol Smith! Carol (she/her/hers) grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and currently lives in Gibsonville, NC and teaches in Elon, NC. Carol is a Professor of Education, Program Coordinator for the Outdoor Leadership & Education major and Adventure Based Learning minor in the Dr Jo Watts... Continue Reading

Date posted02/15/2024


Member Spotlight: Kristina
Member Spotlight: Kristina

Meet Kristina Book! Kristina(she/her/hers) grew up in the suburbs of Denver and now lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Kristina is an Instructor of Adventure/Experiential Based Learning at The United States Air Force Academy - Center for Character and Leadership Development. Tell us a bit about... Continue Reading

Date posted02/15/2024


Member Spotlight: Shana
Member Spotlight: Shana

Meet Shana Wills! Shana (she/her/hers) grew up in Chicago, and "worked all over war-torn sub-Saharan Africa before returning to Chicago". Shana is now the Executive Director/Founder at Refugee Education & Adventure Challenge (REACH) – focusing on experiential learning / outdoor... Continue Reading

Date posted02/8/2024


Member Spotlight: Kate
Member Spotlight: Kate

Meet Kate Vinson! Kate (she/her/hers) grew up in West Branch Michigan and now resides in Minneapolis Minnesota. Kate is a Visual Arts Instructor of Sculpture & Ceramics at Perpich Arts High School in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Tell us a bit about what you do at your organization. I teach... Continue Reading

Date posted01/31/2024


Member Spotlight: Collin
Member Spotlight: Collin

Meet Collin Rhoade! Collin (he/him/his) grew up in Elkhart, Indiana and now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where he is the Co-Founder, Program Director and Lead Therapist at Inner Trek. Tell us a bit about what you do at your organization. In one part, I'm a therapist, meeting mostly with... Continue Reading

Date posted01/24/2024


Member Spotlight: Caitlin
Member Spotlight: Caitlin

Meet Caitlin McCormick Small! Caitlin (she/her/hers) grew up in Northborough, MA, a small town near Worcester. She now lives in Gloucester and works in Beverly, MA as the Executive Director of Project Adventure. Tell us a bit about what you do at your organization. No 2 days are alike in... Continue Reading

Date posted12/18/2023


Member Spotlight: Diane
Member Spotlight: Diane

Meet Diane Hall! Diane was born and raised in in western Massachusetts, a place she still calls home. "It’s where I learned to be tough on the outdoor skating rinks and by climbing trees; where I discovered the value of family and community engagement; where I developed my compassion for... Continue Reading

Date posted12/18/2023


Member Spotlight: Scott
Member Spotlight: Scott

Meet Scott Gray! Scott (he/him/his) grew up in Silicon Valley and now lives in Lancaster, PA. "For better and for worse, I am a product of growing up in Silicon Valley in the 1990s. I lead a sheltered childhood in a number of ways, but was raised in a hyper competitive environment. There are... Continue Reading

Date posted12/18/2023


Member Spotlight: Raelyn
Member Spotlight: Raelyn

Meet Raelyn Viti! Raelyn (she/her/hers) grew up in New Hampshire and after some traveling returned to New Hampshire! Raelyn is a Professor of Outdoor Education/nature and mental and emotional health at New England College. Tell us a bit about what you do at your organization. Teach and... Continue Reading

Date posted12/12/2023


Member Spotlight: Justin
Member Spotlight: Justin

Meet Justin Hougham! Justin (he/him/his) grew up in Southern Indiana and now resides in Wisconsin where he is a Professor of Environmental Education Specialist at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tell us a bit about what you do at your organization. I have been a faculty member in... Continue Reading

Date posted12/12/2023


Member Spotlight: Bill
Member Spotlight: Bill

Meet Bill Heinrich! Bill (he/him/his) was born and raised in Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA and now resides in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Bill is the Director of Mindset at Orbis/Symplicity. Tell us a bit about what you do at your organization. I help educators apply experiential learning... Continue Reading

Date posted12/3/2023