SWEEP Board of Directors

Thank you to our dedicated Board of Directors!

Rob Anderegg
Four Winds Nature Institute
Chittenden, VT

rob.anderegg(at)outlook.com

Rob is currently the Associate Director and one of the founding members of the Four Winds Nature Institute, where he teaches natural science workshops and handles many of the financial and administrative duties of the organization. Trained as a chemist, Rob spent ten years teaching at the University of Maine (Orono) and ten years in drug discovery before coming to Vermont.  He is interested in nearly everything.

Core Knowledge Areas:
Plants and Animals

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Lauren Chicote
Winooski Valley Park District
Burlington, VT

info(at)wvpd.org

Lauren is the Programs Director at the Winooski Valley Park District in Burlington where she oversees the non-profits education, day-camps, and outreach programs. Prior to her current position, Lauren served as the WVPD's AmeriCorps Environmental Educator through the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and worked for the Great Burlington YMCA's After School Program. She grew up in Southern Vermont spending many hours outside in the woods where she developed a deep passion for nature, wildlife and the great outdoors. Lauren loves everything Vermont has to offer year round and enjoys hiking with her dog, kayaking, gardening, xc skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

Core Knowledge Areas:
Ecology and Environment
Environmental Issues
Natural Resources
Water Resources

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Ashley Eaton
Lake Champlain Sea Grant - UVM Watershed Alliance
Burlington, VT

akeaton(at)uvm.edu

Ashley Eaton is the Interim Watershed and Lake Education Coordinator for Lake Champlain Sea Grant as well as a second year M.S. student focusing on Leadership for Sustainability at the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. In her position with Lake Champlain Sea Grant she oversees the UVM Watershed Alliance program which provides watershed science curricula, resources and professional development to K-12 schools throughout the Lake Champlain Basin. She received her Bachelors in Elementary Education with a concentration in Environmental Science in 2013. Trained as a K-6 teacher Ashley brings her understanding of educational pedagogy and love of the natural world to her work. Currently her masters work is focused on exploring how to create inclusive watershed education that addresses power and privilege dynamics in issues of water quality and quantity.

Core Knowledge Areas:
Ecology and Environment
Hydrologic Processes
Oceans and Coastlines
Water Resources

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Jenna Guarino (Co-Chair)
Ecotone Education
Randolph, VT

jguarino556(at)gmail.com

Jenna is the Director of Ecotone Education, a consulting firm that collaborates with schools and community groups to build environmental literacy. She specializes in student ecosystem studies, curriculum development, and teacher professional development. She also teaches courses in environmental science and biology at the Community College of Vermont.

Core Knowledge Areas:
Ecology and Environment
Environmental Issues
Hydrologic Processes
Natural Resources
Plants and Animals
Techniques and Methods
Water Resources

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Kerri McAllister
Shelburne Farms

Kerri is the Program Manager at Shelburne Farms.  She works to support sustainability education both internally, across the farm's education programs, and externally through local, regional, and international partnerships.  She specializes in professional development, citizen science engagement, and climate change education. Throughout her work, Kerri strives for equity and inclusion for social and environmental justice.

As a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, Kerri has been recognized for excellence in geographic education and was recently invited on an expedition to the Arctic to further her climate studies first hand with naturalists, photographers, and adventurers.

Kerri works to provide interdisciplinary educational opportunities that inspire curiosity, promote inquiry, and empower action. She is a passionate lifelong learner and educator who embraces the world as her classroom.

Core Knowledge Areas:
Atmosphere and Climate
Environmental Issues
Oceans and Coastlines
Techniques and Methods

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Jamie Montague
Audubon Vermont
Huntington, Vermont

jmontague(at)audubon.org

Jamie is a native of New Hampshire and has traveled the world looking for a place that resonates as home. In 2015, she moved back to New England with her husband and daughter and is finding a sense of home in Vermont. Jamie works for Audubon Vermont as the Education Manager and Summer Camp Director. After studying Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester and Natural Resource at the University Centre of the Westfjords in Iceland, she worked as a naturalist in the Adirondacks and coordinated Citizen Science and Education programs in Washington state. Jamie thrives on the challenge of inspiring others to be stewards of the environment and gets particularly excited about maple syrup and fall colors! In her free time you will find her running, hiking, and biking with family, knitting Icelandic sweaters, and baking her way through old-fashioned cook books.

Core Knowledge Areas:
Atmosphere and Climate
Environmental Issues
Natural Resources
Oceans and Coastlines

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Christie Nold
FH Tuttle Middle School
South Burlington, VT

Christie is a 6th grade English and Social Studies teacher at FH Tuttle Middle School. Prior to teaching 6th grade she worked as the School Programs Coordinator at Shelburne Farms and taught in Nedryhailiv, Ukraine. Christie loves any opportunity to allow her students to engage in the natural world!

Core Knowledge Areas:
Ecology and Environment
Environmental Issues
Natural Resources
Plants and Animals

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Coleen O'Connell
Lesley University
Hartland, VT

oconnell(at)lesley.edu

Coleen is the Director and a Faculty in the Ecological Teaching and Learning MS degree program at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. The program is a combination field and online hybrid program for both formal and informal educators from around the country. Having recently moved from Maine where she was involved in the Maine EE group, is now serving on the New England EE Board as a rep from Vermont SWEEP. She lives at Cobb Hill Cohousing in Hartland, Vermont, a 23 household cooperative multi-generational community with a working farm on 270 acres.

Core Knowledge Areas:
Atmosphere and Climate
Ecology and Environment
Environmental Issues
Techniques and Methods

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Emily Rowe
Center for Northern Woodlands Education (Northern Woodlands Magazine)
Corinth, VT

emily(at)northernwoodlands.org

Emily is passionate about place-based education and loves sharing the resources with educators. A graduate of Hampshire College with a background in humanities, arts, and cultural studies, Emily has worked for several interesting nonprofits including Canterbury Shaker Village, the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, and the Montshire Museum of Science. She does her best to fill her non-work hours with as much music, nature, dance, and community as possible.

Core Knowledge Areas:
Ecology and Environment
Environmental Issues
Natural Resources
Plants and Animals

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Beth Roy
Vital Communities
White River Junction, V

Beth Currently coordinates farm-to-school programs in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 15 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and currently lives in Hartland, Vermont, with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.

Core Knowledge Areas:
Earth Characteristics
Ecology and Environment
Environmental Issues
Geologic Processes
Hydrologic Processes
Natural Hazards
Natural Resources
Plants and Animals
Techniques and Methods
Water Resources
Farm to School

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