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Your 2020 Host Committee

Phil Brown

Phil Brown
Convener

High 5 Adventure Learning Center

Phil joined the High 5 team in May 2015 having previously worked in Adventure and Outdoor education for 7 years. Originally from England, Phil moved to the United States in 2008 to work at the New York YMCA camp, first as a Camp Counselor, then an Outdoor Educator and finally as the Challenge Course Coordinator. His experience in the realms of Summer Camp, Outdoor Education, and Physical Education give him an invaluable perspective when working with a large percentage of High 5’s clientele. Phil brings high energy and devotion to the Adventure field and has presented at the NEYCC, ACA New England, ACCT, Northeast and International AEE, BOOST, several regional Physical Education conferences and at the High 5 Symposium. He is also one of the co-authors of the book “Tinker: Building Purposeful Experiences from Classic Adventure Activities” and the producer/host of “High 5 Adventure – The Podcast”.
 mark flynn

Mark Flynn
Incoming-Convener (2021), Website

University of Connecticut - Student Activities Leadership and Organizational Development

Mark has always valued connection and opportunity through intentional play and education. The path into the field was forged through volunteering at an up and coming low ropes program during graduate school almost a decade ago. Now Mark manages that very same program and a small retreat space providing a range of growth opportunities for the student leaders and community members at the University of Connecticut (UConn). Mark believes in the power of bringing people together which can be seen in initiatives created such as the Police Community Challenge and C2 – Connect and Challenge programming at UConn. Both requires strong collaborations with people in different communities. Ask Mark about it at the regional conference! Mark co-managed the service crew of the 2018 international AEE conference and this will be the fourth year they have volunteered to help in the planning and implementation of the NE AEE conference.

 Brett

Brett Billings
Sponsorship, Strategic Development

Mayhew Program

Brett is the expedition coordinator and Concord, N.H. outreach worker for the Mayhew Program, an eight-year mentoring program that builds long-term, community-based relationships with under-served New Hampshire boys, ages 10-18. In the former role, Brett leads summertime backpacking, canoeing, and mountain biking expeditions throughout the White Mountains, and during the school year, Brett mentors a caseload in the capital region of the state.  Before rejoining Mayhew's full-time staff in 2019, Brett worked as a ski patroller and ski coach in Colorado, a therapeutic horticulture instructor on Rikers Island in NYC, and a summer camp director for children from NYC experiencing homelessness.  He has presented on behavior management in experiential settings both regionally and nationally; is a Nationally Registered EMT; is a mountain bike guide through the Bike Instructor Certification Program; co-edits the NH Chapter newsletter of the Appalachian Mountain Club; and is pursuing a M.Ed. in school psychology at Plymouth State University.
Christy Brodeur

Christy Brodeur
Career Connections, Workshops

Contract Facilitator

Christy is a Contract Youth/School/College/Community Facilitator for a variety of organizations in the northeast. She started college studying neuroscience and genetics, and then switched to study Adventure Education at Plymouth State once she learned it was possible to do outdoor education and facilitation as a real-life job. Through PSU, she got connected with NEAEE and co-presented research at the regional conference. She has worked as a volunteer trainer and administrator for the White Mountain National Forest PSAR program, a residential outdoor educator, summer camp logistics coordinator, challenge course facilitator, wilderness medicine instructor-in-training, and as an EMT.
Devin Farkas

Devin Farkas
Workshops, Registration

St. Lawrence University Outdoor Program

Devin has worked for colleges and universities since 2007, first as a student intern at Hamilton College, then as an assistant director for the Bowdoin College Outing Club and presently as a teacher and administrator for the St. Lawrence University's Outdoor Program. While he spends a lot of his time helping students develop technical skills in outdoor recreation and adventure, he is most passionate about helping students develop the more difficult to master social, emotional, decision making, teaching and processing skills that hold value beyond outdoor adventure experiences. His current avenue of professional curiosity is in combing Inter-Group Dialogue pedagogy with outdoor adventure experiences. Devin is an Inter-Group Dialogue facilitator, certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor Trainer, New York State Tier I Rock Guide and NASAR Wilderness First Responder.
 Maggie

Maggie Horne
Marketing, Service Crew, Workshops

The Winchendon School

Maggie graduated in 2019 from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. At Hamilton, she was introduced to experiential education through the mentorship of Andrew Jillings and Amy James and is extremely grateful to have found a network of like-minded professionals, so much so that she joined the host committee following the 2018 Regional Conference. In 2019, she will be entering her first year of teaching as a Mathematics teacher at The Winchendon School in Winchendon, MA. Beyond the classroom, she will be the Outdoor Skills instructor and Swimming coach. She's most excited to put her passion for experiential education into practice through Winchendon's ColLAB program, an immersive, interdisciplinary workshop-style course that culminates in a 2-week long field-based study and reflection symposium.
 Josie

Josie Martin
Registration, Logistics

Project Adventure, Inc.

Josie grew up exploring the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Her passion for the outdoors brought her to the thriving outdoor education field in New England and also to the Northeast AEE community. Josie is inspired each year by the work others in this community do and finds this gathering a time of rejuvenation. Josie currently works at Project Adventure and in her spare time enjoys exploring New England with her family.
 Megan

Megan Meinen
Sponsorship, Workshops

The University of Vermont - Adventure Ropes Course

Megan Meinen loves to play, explore and connect! Her time as an experiential educator has been spend bouncing between place-based and environmental education (such as directing the SummerQuest day camp at the Crane Estate in MA or ECHO science center in VT) to Adventure Education (such as working on challenge courses in the US and Honduras). Before all of that, she studied Outdoor Education at the University of Edinburgh. Of all the places she’s been she’s found home in New England and specifically in the Green Mountain State working for the University of Vermont Outdoor Programs as the coordinator of the ropes course. On a day off you’ll find her on a mountain bike, skis, or hiking with her family (John, Willa, and Fella the dog).
 Cam

Cam Miller
Service Crew

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc.

Cam Miller joined the field of Experiential Education in 2011 at The Leadership School at Kieve Wavus Education. He was attracted to the use of games and activities as tools to learn life skills and create meaningful relationships. Cam has been attending AEE conferences since 2013; and became interested in giving back to a greater community of educators. In 2019 he became the host committee member for the service crew, giving support to all who attend the conference. Cam is currently the Challenge Course Manager at Kieve Wavus Education working with students from around the state of Maine.
Camille

Camille Oosterman
Out-going Convener, Logistics, Workshops

Project Adventure, Inc.

Camille Oosterman has been in the field of adventure education for over ten years, beginning at Hartwick College and continuing to Project Adventure, where she works as a trainer and youth facilitator. In 2015, she developed the Leaders in Training program to bring leadership opportunities to the high school students in the North Shore of Massachusetts. Camille has been involved in the NE AEE community for four years, and was the Conference Convener for 2018 & 2019.
Greg Urban

Greg Urban
Publications, Technical Support, Workshops

Project Adventure, Inc.

Greg Urban grew up in the Chicago, went to school in Oregon, and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where he plays at Project Adventure as a trainer, youth facilitator, & calendar king. Greg enjoys hammocking, board-gaming and ringing handbells in his time away from PA. He firmly believes in the power of play, music, and imagination in human connection, and relishes the adventure of the everyday. Greg has been on the NE AEE host committee since 2016, and enjoys the little details in the brochure and bringing more board games and hammocks than any other gear anywhere he goes.