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Meet IdEEA’s Board
I was born and raised in McCall, Idaho and spent my youth roaming the forests and riverbanks surrounding our rural neighborhood. As I grew older, my realm of exploration expanded to the peaks and Wildernesses of the Northwest. These experiences formed the foundation of my profound connection to our natural environment. This connection – coupled with a deep belief in the power of education – led me to the graduate residency at McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). At MOSS I witnessed firsthand the transformative effect that engaging, experiential education can have on young people. Since MOSS, I have devoted myself to the advancement of environmental literacy in our youth by working and volunteering with various environmental education organizations. Currently, I am contributing to the environment of life-long learning at MOSS as the Maintenance Coordinator, as well as developing a back country ski program in McCall where teens gain experiential foundations in avalanche, snow, and climate science while hiking and skiing in Idaho’s West Central Mountains.
A board member since 2012, I currently serve as board secretary. I am the Program Coordinator for Idaho’s only non-profit residential outdoor science school, the McCall Outdoor Science School. I’m also a formal middle school science teacher and Fire Effects monitor for the National Park Service. I have my M.A. in Education and B.S. in Environmental Science and am currently a PhD student at the University of Idaho.
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, my EE career began in Wisconsin while attending Carroll University where I received a BS in Environmental Science. I began volunteering with different organizations, leading nature hikes or science experiments for elementary students. After graduation, I found my way out West to the McCall Outdoor Science School, gaining experience teaching students in beautiful Ponderosa State Park while earning a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education through the University of Idaho. I then detoured back to Wisconsin to work in Special Education in the Westby Area School District and then in Outreach and Education for Organic Valley, an organic food company. Recently, I made my way back to the great state of Idaho where I’m Curator of Education at the Pocatello Zoo. These diverse work experiences have given me insight into how government, private, and public organizations fit into the world of EE. I’m passionate about environmental education in my job and in daily life as well and am happy to be a part of connecting environmental educators across Idaho.
Name: Kim Young – Treasurer
Occupation: Commercial Credit Analyst, US Bank
I love the environment! I’m a native Idahoan and know how valuable the environment and its wildlife are to our local economy and lifestyles. I am most interested in water resources and increasing community awareness and cooperation in responsible/safe residential use and conservation. My background is in anthropology/archaeology and environmental public administration. My primary interests are cultural ecology and water resource management
Residence: Boise, ID
Occupation: Wildlife Educator, Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
I have been a Wildlife Educator for IDFG for over 20 years where I develop, design and implement environmental education programs based upon Idaho wildlife. I am also the lead writer and editor for Wildlife Express, a child’s newspaper published by IDFG targeting fourth through sixth grade students. I am passionate about environmental education and was involved in the writing of Idaho’s Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP). I am chair of the Environmental Literacy Committee and believe IdEEA’s members and friends will play important roles in informing the public about the ELP, communicating its roles and objectives, and moving the ELP forward. I believe an environmentally literate society is crucial to sustaining our future.
Residence: Boise, ID
Occupation: Water Education and Outreach Coordinator; Idaho Water Resources Research Institute – University of Idaho
I am an Idaho native who grew up on a farm in North Idaho. As farming duties would allow, my family hunted, fished, and camped for recreation. My environmental connections, framework and ethic are founded in those experiences. Idaho’s land and natural resources have continuously provided me a living and quality of life for which I will always be grateful and I feel a strong obligation to give back to and protect “our home” in any way I can – I have chosen education as that vehicle. I have a teaching degree from University of Idaho (UI) and did masters studies at UI as well in natural resources to enhance my knowledge base and skills. I have been an environmental education practitioner for over 25 years and an active and long-term member of IdEEA. I have held various positions as a member of the Board, currently serving as President. My work is in support of the organization, Idaho’s environment, those who work and live off the land, and those who share in the work of enhancing knowledge and connections to our natural world.
Residence: Boise, ID
Occupation: Professor Boise State University
I am a professor of special education and early childhood studies at Boise State University. For the past decade I have focused my work in higher education on young children with disabilities and/or behavioral challenges. I am relatively new to the field of environmental education but the more I learn, the more excited I become about more directly connecting my work with my values and priorities. As I am heading into a year of sabbatical from my regular duties I believe that this is a great time to get involved.
I was able to attend the IdEEA Conference last month and I can absolutely say that I am genuinely excited about the opportunity to collaborate with such a dedicated, welcoming and inspiring group of people! I hope I can bring a unique perspective focused on inclusive environmental education practices for children of all ages and abilities.
Residence: Pocatello, ID
Occupation: Education Specialist for the Idaho Museum of Natural History
I love living in Idaho. Every month of the year there is something to do that gets me outside, whether it’s hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, or white water rafting; there is always something fun to do. My work at the Idaho Museum of Natural History allows me to share my love of Idaho’s natural wonders on a daily basis. In addition to formal teaching, I have personal and professional interests in getting community members involved in environmental citizen science projects and finding more ways to get young people outdoors. If elected to the IdEEA board I would use my resources and connections with the museum and Idaho State University to further the mission of IdEEA and my own interests in environmental education.
Residence: Idaho Falls
Occupation: Idaho Falls Zoo
Sunny Katseanes has formally been in environmental education since 1998, but the passion to spread the important message of conservation is lifelong. Sunny holds a BS in Zoology from Idaho State University. From 1999-2005, Sunny served as the first year-round Education Coordinator for the Tautphaus Park Zoo. Sunny rejoined the zoo, now known as the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park, in January, 2015 after working as a Public Information Officer and Communication Specialist for Bechtel BWXT Idaho and serving as the Director of Education at the Museum of Idaho.
Occupation: Girl Scouts
I grew up playing outdoors and going to camp every summer in lower Northern Michigan. It was during these times that my love for the outdoors grew. I attended Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior where I received an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management. During my time in college, I was able to understand the importance of experiential learning and about the growing disconnect between children and the outdoors. I have spent numerous summers and the past few years working for different non-profit camping organizations around the United States and am very happy to be working as the Outdoor Program and Camp Manager for the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage. What better place to have environmental education than camp? Not only do I love helping others learn about their environment, but I find myself learning new things with them. I feel that if we can connect youth to their environments in fun interesting ways, they will find the importance of taking care of them. It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you are from, environmental education is for all and I am excited to be a part of a board that feels the same.
Occupation: Foothills Learning Center
Genny is ecstatic to serve on the board of IdEEA! She has been inspired by IdEEA since attending the conference in 2009. Genny has lived in Idaho most of her life and began teaching Environmental Education at the McCall Outdoor Science School in 2008. At The College of Idaho she studied Environmental Science, ran for the cross country team, and studied abroad in Cuzco, Peru. As a graduate student in Bioregional Planning and Community design she wrote her thesis on Two Methodologies to Involve Youth in the Public Planning Process, which still influences her teaching and . She has worked and volunteered for many local organizations in the Treasure Valley including Zoo Boise, the MK Nature Center, The Cabin, and the New Roots Program with the Golden Eagle Audubon Society. She is currently serving an 11-month AmeriCorps term in Boise with the Foothills Learning Center teaching Environmental Education, coordinating volunteers, and supporting EE staff. In her free time Genny explores Idaho with her partner Andrew, spends time with her family, and races ultramarathons around the region.
Occupation: UI PhD student
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University in 2007, I joined the US Peace Corps and served in the Republic of Niger. Through my work as a Community Health Agent I became interested in environmental education and its connection to human health. In 2012, I returned to school to obtain a master’s degree, completing my first year at the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). While working at MOSS, I developed an interest in communicating science and environmental concerns to students in an accessible and engaging way. After MOSS, I built on these communication skills the following year when I was awarded a National Science Foundation GK12 fellowship and taught Honors Biology at Lewiston High School. This past year I worked as the Co-Manager of the University of Idaho’s Confluence Project, which connects north Idaho high school students to local water resources through field investigations designed to integrate experiential, place-based learning with scientific inquiry both in and out of the classroom. I am currently working toward my PhD studying arctic ecology using remote sensing at the University of Idaho in Moscow.