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Northeast Region Advisory Council

The Northeast Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is a team of volunteers dedicated to supporting change and growth within the realm of EE through the offerings within AEE NE. As a team, we hold multiple goals that we strive for through our engagement and leadership within the region.

We seek to:

  • Represent AEE's values in the Northeast, and support its growth and impact as an organization.

  • Recognize and address current needs for attention and change within the Northeast by:

    • Initiating strategies and actions to affect change in these areas

    • Advising and supporting the Host Committee in reaching these objectives at Annual NE Regional Conference.

  • Fuel the expansion and diversification of groups and perspectives within AEE.

  • Foster connections within our region.

  • Create opportunities for members to develop within this field.

Roles and participation in the council rotate to support allow for the capacity and perspectives needed to responsibly serve AEE in this way. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact the current NERAC chair, Anne Louise, at [email protected]


2021 Members


Anne Louise Wagner


High 5 Adventure Learning Center

Since her introduction to the field in 2009 at Hartwick College, Anne Louise is continuously reminded of the power of experiential education for both participants and facilitators. While getting her Masters from SIT Graduate Institute, she dove deeper into understanding the power dynamics and inequities at play within learning environments. Today, with her role at High 5 Adventure Learning Center in Vermont, she supports the social, emotional and leadership skill development within schools. As the current Chair of NERAC, Anne Louise supports the shifts within AEE NE’s conference and region to include all the ways and people implementing in experiential education while recognizing how supremacy is reinforced - including the experiential education field.

Hutch Hutchinson
Experience Based Training and Developemnt (EBTD) Liaison

Boston University

Dr. Paul J. (Hutch) Hutchinson is a Senior Lecturer in the Management and Organizations Department of Boston University Questrom School of Business where he teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Hutch began his work in adventure-based education as a student at Gettysburg College in the 1990s before heading to Minnesota State University-Mankato for a Masters degree in Experiential Education. He earned his Ph.D. in American and New England Studies at Boston University and his research focuses on the relationship between culture and pedagogy, particularly arguing that the experiential education movement resulted from changing perspectives of youth and wilderness in America between the 1830’s and 1920s. The majority of Hutch’s teaching is now focused on adult learners and organizational development, helping students to become more compassionate, mindful, and effective team members as they collaborate to build more ethical organizations.
Sharon Gagne

Sharon Gagne
Member Services

Hi I am Sharon, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Nationally Certified School Counselor. I have worked with teens and families in a variety of setting from the inner city schools and agencies, hospitals, youth services, public and private schools, and private agencies. I have conducted individual, group, family and crisis counseling. I love facilitating adventure based counseling groups. It is awesome to see the learning and growing that students and clients make when given a challenge and they accomplish it. Besides being a counselor I love to be outside and take photos and have my own company Sunshinelife sgagne. I also love to travel, camping, biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, going to the theatre and most of all love the beach!

Jiin Cruz

Member At-Large

As an artist trained at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Jiin brings deep consideration and intention to his work, minding the ways that details overlay to create visual experiences that inspire thought and feeling. Since 2009, he has brought this ethic to his work as a facilitator, designer, and director of experiential youth programs. Drawing from his own experiences and relationships built throughout his career, Jiin increasingly leads not only with a concern to investigate social and cultural dynamics in a classic sense, but to expand the accessibility and justice of this powerful form of education. On NERAC and elsewhere, his work calls attention to the ways the field of experiential education can and must consider intersectionality and cultural representation if it is to include people of different backgrounds equitably and effectively, and meet its most fundamental goals with integrity.

Rae_SherrenRae Sherren
Member at Large

The Adventure Group

Rae began her EE career in 2006 coordinating an after-school drop in for inner city youth. Through her 15 years (so far) with The Adventure Group she has also supervised summer day camps, facilitated life skills classes, given career development support, and provided outreach work to PEI’s most vulnerable population. The most fun she has is providing personal growth and teambuilding workshops utilizing the organization’s ROPES Course. She would say one of the best parts of her job is seeing people push themselves outside their comfort zone to realize their inner strengths.


Devin_FarkasDevin Farkas

Member at Large

Devin is committed to delivering and increasing access to transformative experiential education. In his work this is done primarily through outdoor and wilderness based education, technical skills instruction and outdoor educator training at the collegiate level. He holds a Masters of Science in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh. He has over 10 years of professional experience in the field, which all started with an introduction to AEE at an international conference in 2008. He is excited to work as a member of NERAC to facilitate connections within the region that help those new to the field develop their skills, and those who've worked in the field for a long time continue to develop and examine their practice.


Keith King