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Meet IdEEA's Board
Dirk Anderson – Board President
Occupation: Education Coordinator, Boise Urban Garden SchoolI grew up in the small town of Idaho City, ID. During the summers I could be found exploring the creek behind my house or climbing up the nearest hillside looking for deer and elk. My curiosity and love of the outdoors lead me to a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Montana Tech in Butte, MT. After undergrad, I spent a couple seasons as a ski and snowboard instructor at Discovery Ski Area where I uncovered my desire to teach. This lead me to the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) where I received a M.S. in Natural Resources and a graduate teaching certificate in Environmental Education. Since my experience at MOSS I have done everything from coaching high school basketball to working in an art foundry with my father. I served an AmeriCorps term as an Education Program Assistant with the Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS). I live in Boise and am currently employed as the Environmental Education Program Coordinator for BUGS.
Courtney Russell – Vice President
Occupation: Girl ScoutsI 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.
Jyoti Jennewein – Secretary
Occupation: UI PhD studentAfter 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.
Name: Kim Young - TreasurerI 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.
Genny Gerke – “Tech”retary
Occupation: Outdoor Program Director, The College of IdahoGenny 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 the Outdoor Program Director at The College of Idaho. In her free time Genny explores Idaho with her partner Andrew, spends time with her family, and races ultramarathons around the region.
Julie Scanlin Residence: Boise, ID Occupation: Water Education and Outreach Coordinator; Idaho Water Resources Research Institute – University of IdahoI 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. 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.
Mark Beaver Residence: McCallI 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.
Occupation: EducatorMy passion for the outdoors grew out of childhood summers spent camping in the wilds of Oregon and Washington, along with afternoons exploring the natural world at my grandmother’s small farm in Hillsboro, Oregon. In high school, I participated in Northwest Youth Corp, which eventually brought me to the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness in central Idaho to work on a trail crew for the US Forest Service. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Geography and a minor in Environmental Science I relocated to Idaho full time. Eventually I decided to go back to school, this time at Boise State where I earned my teaching certificate and a Master’s degree in Earth Science. As an educator in the Boise area for fifteen years, I have developed a passion for connecting youth to their environment in a multitude of ways. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering with the Golden Eagle Audubon Society and other environmentally focused organizations around the Treasure Valley.
Occupation: Outdoor Recreation Planner for Canyon CountyI am currently Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Canyon County Departments of Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources. Canyon County Parks is dedicated to preserving the cultural and natural resources of our County as recreational and educational opportunities for our citizens and visitors. We provide free, place-based field trip programming to over 12,000 students (150 schools and educational organizations) each year. Previously, I received a master’s degree from the University of Idaho, via their McCall Outdoor Science School graduate program, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from The College of Idaho in Caldwell. I grew up in Parma, Idaho.
Occupation: Education Coordinator, World Center for Birds of PreyCurtis Evans grew up in the Pacific Northwest where his outdoor adventures in backpacking, skiing, and camping began. Experiences in the Scouting program and exposure to conservation efforts as a youth lead Curtis to study wildlife both large and small through a B.S. in Biology. Upon graduation he found himself in Philadelphia, PA as a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America where he enjoyed engaging volunteers and the community in local and regional level education and service projects among the youth. Curtis has since returned to Boise, ID and works at the World Center for Birds of Prey as the Education Coordinator. Among the many hats worn at a nonprofit, Curtis’s main duties involve engaging the community and raising awareness of environmental science through the lens of raptor conservation. In his spare time, he enjoys seeking out birds in the wild, camping, and hiking with his wife and daughter. With a variety of hobbies in gardening, cooking, and wildlife there is always something new to discover and share.
Residence: Moscow, ID
Occupation: PhD Student, University of IdahoOriginally from Long Island, New York, my interest in environmental science was cultivated by middle and high school educators who encouraged me to pursue my fascination with the natural world. My educators dedicated finite time and resources to engaging students in environmental science through marine research projects, partnerships with nearby universities, and establishing science clubs (i.e. Women in Science and Engineering) with field trips to nearby laboratories. The availability of environmental courses and extracurricular activities allowed me to explore my interests and led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. Roles I took on with Residential Life and my undergrad’s environmental club allowed me to craft programs and events to engage the college-populace in environmental conversations and connect students with the outdoors. I am excited to utilize and further develop these skills with IdEEA! My current PhD work investigates how different human populations across the West prepare for, react during, and recover from wildfire events.
Occupation: Director of The World Center for Birds of PreyTate grew up in the Pacific Northwest devoted to the outdoors. He studied biology at Western Washington University and then earned a Master’s degree in raptor biology from Boise State University. In working as an ornithologist, primarily studying owls and songbirds, Tate recognized the critical importance of engaging the general public with the objectives of scientific research. With a passion to conserve biodiversity around the world, Tate now serves as Director of The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho.
Residence: Pocatello, Idaho
Occupation: Third Grade Teacher
I grew up in the outdoors going camping and hiking with my family all over Idaho. I attended Idaho State University where I got my degree in Elementary Education. I've taught third grade in Pocatello for four years and have worked with the Girls Scouts of Silver Sage for the last three years as a camp director in McCall, Idaho. I've always had a great appreciation for the outdoors and know how important it is to educate kids on their environment. Being able to do this inside a classroom during the school year and outside of the classroom at camp over the summer has been such a fun thing for me. I love being a teacher but I also love being a student and having the opportunity to grow and learn more about our beautiful surroundings and how to keep them beautiful!