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Northeast Region Advisory Council


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.

Scott Catucci
Member Services

Syracuse University

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.

Roxanne Carter-Thompson
Member At-Large

The Adventure Group, PEI, Canada

Roxanne Carter-Thompson, is the Executive Director of the Adventure Group in PEI, Canada. She started working with the organization in 1993. Over the years Roxanne has developed, co-ordinated and implemented projects in the areas of crime prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, literacy, parenting, and social development with children to name a few. A faculty member of UPEI's Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies since 2000, Roxanne previously taught a course called: At The End of Your ROPE: Unravelling Group Conflict. This course counted as 14 credits towards Conflict Resolution Certification. Roxanne has taught the benefits of Adventure Based Programming to first year Holland College Sport and Leisure students. She has also taught an elective course to the second year Sports and Leisure program. Roxanne has a strong background and extensive training in Adventure Based Programming, Behaviourial Sciences, Human Relations, Organizational Behavior, Communications and Management Development. Roxanne has facilitated over 400 workshops in such areas as respect and diversity, personal growth and self awareness, leadership, problem solving and team building for the community, government and corporate sectors.

Rae Sherren
Interim Member

The Adventure Group, PEI, Canada


Justin McGlamery
Past Chair

Focus Your Locus Teambuilding Training and Development LLC


Keith King