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Content: Present Experiential Intersectionality A Dialogue of Professionals in 2018
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Table of Contents
Why Albuquerque
Pre-Conference Offerings
Conference Schedule
Workshop Descriptions
Rocky Mountain Region Business Meeting-State of the Region
Evening Activities
Food Options
Sleeping Options
Presenter Biography's
Why Albuquerque?
Albuquerque, located nearly a mile above sea level with a
population of nearly 1 million, is a unique culturally diverse
place situated in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley making it a
community with a long history of vibrant art, distinctive food,
and melded music. Albuquerque has three unique
"downtown" areas including: historic Old Town with
meandering cobbled alleyways, cozy old adobe buildings, and
great galleries where you can roam for hours and be deeply
engrossed in New Mexican art and culture; Downtown which is
in its revival and closes its streets on weekend evenings for food trucks, live music and the concert
venues; and Nob Hill, home to UNM where you can find great coffee shops, a state of the art climbing
gym, late night tacos and terrific places to sit with friends or even play a board game.
Talk to any local resident and they will warn you about coming to the Land of Entrapment (enchantment) and how once you visit, you won't want to leave. New Mexico is humble and perhaps a little quiet about its gems as a state but with an incredible diversity of cultures being home to 22 Native American communities and many vibrant and unique Spanish and Mexican American cultures, New Mexicans live each day as a natural experiment in intersectionality, a concept here long before the word was coined. We still have much work to do but in general, residents work hard to honor this tapestry of varied culture and it is as much a defining characteristic of identity as Green Chile and Frybread. It is New Mexico.
The natural landscape exudes a poeticism woven into not only art, music, and culture but into the way New Mexicans do adventure. Rugged and remote only begin to describe our back-roads and wilderness areas. With over 26 designated wilderness areas (one at the edge of Albuquerque city limits) over 50 Wilderness study areas, and 124 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, New Mexico offers countless opportunities beyond the many more developed National Parks and Monuments for exploration and discovery without the crowds of neighboring states. Plus, we are one of the top four most biodiverse states in the nation (NatureServe, 2002).
Albuquerque is nestled in a bowl at the base of the Sandia (watermelon) mountains making outdoor pursuits easily accessible and navigating anywhere as simple as looking for the mountains (they are always in the East). With more than 40 breweries (one is a Cidery), a few dozen excellent coffee houses, trampoline and ninja parks, pump tracks and miles of mountain biking trails that link to urban bike paths, and a wilderness area at the edge of our city, you may find yourself surprised by what this "quirky" city offers you.
So, come for the conference and stay for the wild...
-RMR Conference Chair Kris Salisbury
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The Association of Experiential Education (AEE) is a global community of experiential educators and practitioners with the shared goal of enriching lives through Experiential Education. Vision: We believe learning through experience positively transforms people and our world. Mission: AEE promotes and expands the global capacity of experiential learning. Environmental Education Association of New Mexico EEANM is a non-profit organization which provides, promotes, and enhances quality environmental education by offering New Mexicans opportunities for professional development, communication and partnership. Named Outstanding Affiliate of the Year by the North American Association of Environmental Education in 2017, EEANM supports hundreds of teachers and educators in designing education and learning opportunities for all students that are interdisciplinary and connects us all to our environment. Keynote Speakers Jackie Leyba, Denise Mitten, Heather Yazzie Campbell & Eileen Everett will share personal stories highlighting experiential intersectionality in our community!
Preconference Offerings
Tent Rocks Hiking Experience (minimum 10 participants $15 per person Facilitated by Cottonwood Gulch Staff
Adventures in Fine Art Cheryl Casden
Petroglyphs National Monument Hiking Experience (minimum 10 participants $10 per person) Facilitated by Cottonwood Gulch Staff
Healing with Nature in Mind Tiffany Wynn & Anji Estrellas
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Day Friday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday
Time 4:30pm 10:00am - 4:00pm 12:00 4:00pm McKinnon 102 1:00pm 1:304:00pm McKinnon 104 6:00-8:00pm 8:00am 8:3010:00am Performance Hall 10:1511:15am McKinnon 102 McKinnon 104 McKinnon 105 McKinnon 200 McKinnon 204 11:30am 12:30pm McKinnon 102 McKinnon 104 McKinnon 105 McKinnon 200 McKinnon 204 12:30pm Pickup and go 12:30pm 1:15pm McKinnon 102 1:45pm 3:15pm McKinnon 102 McKinnon 107 McKinnon 105
Conference Schedule
Registration Opens
Tent Rocks
Hiking Experience
Healing with Nature in Mind (Therapeutic, Nature Based
Tiffany Wynn & Anji Estrellas
Therapy) (PDI)
Petroglyphs National Monument Hiking Experience
Cheryl Casden T Grant Lewis Breakfast Jackie Leyba, Denise Mitten, Heather Yazzie Campbell, Eileen Everett
Adventures in Fine Art (Art & Science of Teaching) (PDI) Play Note (Gym): Join us for a wonderful welcome and joining of our community! Outside the Performance Hall Keynote: Experiential Intersectionality
Caity Martin Ryian Brydenthal Heather Yazzie Campbell/Celeste Yazzie Shanelle Bogus/Jacob Brenner* Cass Landrum Christine Rochester Kristen Bell/Kathryn Venzor Jessie Barrie/AAHS students AJ DeBoer/Elliot Burke* Jo Cutler/Amanda Fair/CJ Poulin* Lunch State of the Region Robert Owen Denise Mitten Laura Cook/Lisa Swanson
Agency of Fear in Adventure (Schools & Colleges) Creating Space with a Makerspace (Art & Science of Teaching) Connecting to the Natural World Through Culture and Story: Finding an intersectional bridge to connect disparate cultural views (Social Justice & Ethics) Mindfulness in the Wilderness as a Tool For Faith Development (Mind/Body/Spirit) EE + EE = Love (Environmental Ed/Nature) The Being in Doing-Multicultural Trans-formative Experiences (Schools & Colleges) Collaboration Tool Kit -- Cultivating Connections in your Community (Facilitation & Processing) A Mandatory Outdoor Education Program from the High School Student Perspective (Schools & Colleges) The Backcountry Community: Attitudes Toward Avalanches and Safety (Adventure-Based Programming) Finding Balance: Examining Feminine and Masculine Leadership Styles (Social Justice & Ethics) TBD Come here about what's happening in the region and where the conference will be next year! Using Our Personal Stories Effectively (Social Justice & Ethics) Be Safe Out There: critical thinking and the use of Risk in Adventure Education (Facilitation & Processing) Cross-Cultural Team Building (for hearing/deaf populations) (Schools & Colleges)
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Saturday Sunday Sunday Sunday
McKinnon 200 McKinnon 204 McKinnon 206 McKinnon 104 3:30pm 4:30pm McKinnon 102 McKinnon 104 McKinnon 105 McKinnon 107 McKinnon 200 8:00am - 9:00am 8:00am McKinnon 107 9:15am 10:45am McKinnon 102 McKinnon 104 McKinnon 105 McKinnon 107 McKinnon 200 McKinnon 204 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neal Ferris/Anferness Soce/Joel Yazzie/Heather Yazzie Campbell Jeromy Slaby* Tish Morris/Karen Herzenberg Kelly Steinberg Dara Johnson/Peter Glidden Hank White/Axl Ryd* Jessie Barrie/Katie Dolan/Stephanie Good/Samuele Baca Eli Poss/Richie Scheuer Moira Laughlin/Holly Huebner/Lena O'Brien* Breakfast Jay Zarr Sarah Councell/Mike Shaw Bob Stremba/Kathy Whitman John Lacroix/Hollis Lyman Samantha A. Field Kris Salisbury T. Grant Lewis/Claudia Schneider Jay Zarr & Tiffany Wynn
Building intersectional awareness through aboriginal fire building (Adventure-Based Programming) A Systems Thinking Approach to Education: Developing a Mindset for Change (Art & Science of Teaching) New Mexico Rivers--Changes Over Time (Environmental Ed/Nature Study) Drawing Connections with Citizen Science (Environmental Ed/Nature Study) Poverty Simulation ­ An interactive approach to expose youth to the many challenges of living in poverty (Schools & Colleges) Increasing Environmental Awareness through Ski Touring and Ice Climbing (Environmental Ed/Nature) classroom teachers' Perspective on Immersing in Experiential Education Pedagogy and Practice (Art & Science of Teaching) Adventure and mental illness/wellness: Integrating therapeutic value into recreation and educational settings (Therapeutic) Traditional and Progressive learning; Two ways of Teaching and how they can be integrated (Research & Eval) Outside the Performance Hall Morning Tia Chi Fun with Friction Fires (Adventure-Based Programming) Enriching Outdoor Leadership Practice through Theory and Environmental Literacy (Adventure-Based Programming) Concepts of Human Potential - The What, So What, and Now What of an Unlimited Force (Research & Evaluation) Queering Recovery: Bringing Intersectionality and Inclusion to the forefront (Social Justice & Ethics) Managing Up - Cultivating relationships for outcomes Ecotourism in Our Backyard Awards & Endnote (Performance Hall): Come play and explore compassion and gratitude for our wonderful intersection community!
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Workshop Descriptions
The Backcountry Community: Attitudes Toward Avalanches and
The workshop begins with a brief lecture about how community and culture can affect one's personal skiing/riding objectives and
decision-making in the backcountry. We will explore various perspectives and mindsets with regards to the ski/ride community.
Such mindsets will vary in range from competitive skiers or riders, to avalanche professionals, to backcountry beginners. Although
participants do not need a skiing or snowboarding background to attend, it may be helpful as we cover some advanced
Strand: Adventure-Based Programming
Saturday 11:30-12:30pm
Room: 200
Presenters: AJ DeBoer & Elliot Burke*
Enriching Outdoor Leadership Practice through Theory and Environmental Literacy
Effective outdoor leadership embraces a variety of practices-including environmental literacy; flexibility to meet changing
conditions; helping our students and clients be successful yet challenged; a balance of attention to task and relationship;
appropriate risk taking; and tolerance for adversity. Through demonstrations, discussions, and reality-based scenarios, participants
will learn how to incorporate a variety of current theories and models--the "why" behind the "what"--into effective outdoor
leadership and training.
Strand: Adventure-Based Programming
Sunday 9:15-10:45am
Room: 104
Presenters: Bob Stremba & Kathy Whitman
Building intersectional awareness through aboriginal fire building
Using aboriginal fire building as a catalyst, Project Venture will show participants ways to open the discussions about how to
approach sharing sacred knowledge.
Strand: Adventure-Based Programming
Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Room: 200
Presenters: Neal Ferris, Anferness Soce, Joel Yazzie &
Heather Yazzie Campbell
Fun with Friction Fires
In this workshop, we will explore techniques and materials for friction fires. After learning the basics of "busting an ember" on hand
and bow drills, participants will have lots of time to practice, while getting coaching from the presenters. We will also discuss:
What supplies are readily available in the Rio Grande ecosystem? What about the desert and our regional mountains? How can
we integrate collecting, constructing, and using a fire set into our
Strand: Adventure-Based Programming
Sunday 9:15-10:45am
Room: 102
Presenters: Sarah Councell & Mike Shaw
Creating Space with a Makerspace
Creating Space with a Makerspace. Once we embrace the concept of intersectionality, we value the importance of our differences
and similarities. When an individual's identities, traits, stories, beliefs and perceptions are accepted and not judged by others,
those individuals have an opportunity to truly be themselves. A makerspace is an effective way for kids to express and be their
true self. Come see what a makerspace could look like for your
Strand: Art & Science of Teaching
Saturday 10:15-11:15am
Room: 104
Presenter: Ryian Brydenthal
classroom teachers' Perspective on Immersing in Experiential Education Pedagogy and
Albuquerque Academy is a traditional, highly rigorous college prep independent school. Come hear from three academic
classroom teachers, from three different academic disciplines, about how their teaching practice and philosophy has been
impacted by professional development focused on understanding and integrating experiential education pedagogy and practice
into the classroom.
Strand: Art & Science of Teaching
Saturday 3:30-4:30pm
Room: 105
Presenters: Jessie Barrie, Katie Dolan, Stephanie
Good & Samuele Baca
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A Systems Thinking Approach to Education: Developing a Mindset for Change
"If you drop a person anywhere in the world, can they thrive?" This is a question worth asking as our world becomes more
connected and globalized. Systems thinking allows us to see the world as a series of intersections. By doing so we can create
solutions to conflicts in a way that will have little impact on others. This workshop will define systems thinking, and provide the
tools needed to integrate it into practice.
Strand: Art & Science of Teaching
Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Room: 204
Presenter: Jeromy Slaby*
EE + EE = Love
Environmental Education and Experiential Education go hand in hand! Come learn the tips and tricks to integrating Environmental
ideas and understandings into the wonderful world of experiential education. You will walk away from this workshop with a toolbox
of environmental education ideas catered to your program.
Strand: Environmental Ed/Nature
Saturday 10:15-11:15am
Room: 204
Presenter: Cass Landrum
Increasing Environmental Awareness through Ski Touring and Ice Climbing
The effects of Climate change can easily be seen in the winter environment. As educators we can use winter sports as a platform
to inform people about environmental crisis. This workshop will explore some tools that can be shared with professionals in the
backcountry to increase environmental awareness. Additionally, the commodification of these areas from the outdoor industry will
be analyzed to see what the pros and cons are of leading and educating the
Strand: Environmental Ed/Nature
Saturday 3:30-4:30pm
Room: 104
Presenters: Hank White & Axl Ryd*
New Mexico Rivers--Changes Over Time
Get oriented to Albuquerque. Learn about the river ecosystems of the Southwest and the Rio Grande in particular to help you get
oriented to this area of the Southwest. We will build a simple model of the river ecosystem of the past, present and future. Then
challenge you to imagine using this activity model to represent changes in your own local area.
Strand: Environmental Ed/Nature
Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Room: 206
Presenters: Tish Morris & Karen Herzenberg
Drawing Connections with Citizen Science
The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) uses citizen science to engage students in real world questions through
collecting and analyzing data in the Rio Grande Bosque. BEMP educators will demonstrate simple ways students in elementary
through high school can collect data around their school or neighborhood and how to help students analyze their data and answer
questions about their local environment.
Strand: Environmental Ed/Nature
Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Room: 104
Presenter: Kelly Steinberg
Collaboration Tool Kit -- Cultivating Connections in your Community
Learn how the benefits of collaborating with other local institutions can broaden your reach to under served populations and
increase community awareness in your organization by using a long-term partnership as a model. Brainstorm possible partners,
how to navigate funding, standards, and curriculum changes, and possible subjects to
Strand: Facilitation & Processing
Saturday 11:30-12:30pm
Room: 104
Presenters: Kristen Bell & Kathryn Venzor
Be Safe Out There: Critical Thinking and the use of Risk in Adventure Education Engage in a critical examination of the relationship between judgment, risk, and participant outcomes. We examine the affective environment and program components as we define risk and the standards and practices of using risk, familiar zones, challenge, and stress as teaching tools. An understanding of responsible risk taking and challenge in learning is emphasized. Learning and transference in regard to risk is discussed. Our experiences and brain research confirms the importance of affective learning environments.
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Strand: Facilitation & Processing Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Room: 107
Presenter: Denise Mitten
Mindfulness in the Wilderness as a Tool For Faith Development
In relation to Experiential Intersectionality, many individuals who carry a faith of some sort, can be found using the outdoors as a
platform for practicing mindfulness and becoming more aware of the way they interact with the environment. By implementing
mindfulness into basic wilderness expeditions, individuals can begin to experience God and growth within their personal faith in a
deeper and more impactful way.
Strand: Mind/Body/Spirit
Saturday 10:15-11:15am
Room: 200
Presenters: Shanelle Bogus & Jacob Brenner*
Traditional and Progressive learning; Two ways of Teaching and how they can be
The workshop demonstrates a comparison of traditional versus progressive learning through interactive role-playing and
discussion. Attendees will experience the two types of learning while gaining an appreciation for progressive learning styles and
outcomes. With provided research and through discussion participants will explore methods of integrating progressive learning in
traditional schooling systems.
Strand: Research & Eval
Saturday 3:30-4:30pm
Room: 200
Presenters: Moira Laughlin, Holly Huebner, Lena
Concepts of Human Potential - The What, So What, and Now What of an Unlimited Force
"You can do anything you put your mind to." Words that are indelibly seared into our minds at a young age. But what if no truer
words have ever been spoken? Join us as we introduce you to the unlimited force within our brains that is generally left untapped,
and a revolutionary new way to achieve self-actualization. We'll discuss old ways of thinking and a new way to look at the power of
your brain.
Strand: Research & Eval
Sunday 9:15-10:45am
Room: 105
Presenters: John Lacroix & Hollis Lyman
Agency of Fear in Adventure
This workshop will introduce the concept of social agency for program participants. Attendees will learn the factors that can affect
agency such as social class, religion, gender, ethnicity, language, ability, customs, and how these factors can influence
fear. Attendees can expect to learn ways to provide even more agency, and in turn reduce fear for participants in Outdoor and
specifically Adventure Recreation
Strand: Schools & Colleges
Saturday 10:15-11:15am
Room: 102
Presenter: Caity Martin
The Being in Doing-Multicultural Trans-formative Experiences
Who we are does matter and how we come to see ourselves is important. Experiential education with the use of critical reflection
takes time and work on the part of both the practitioner and the participant. Developing an atmosphere where change and growth
are encouraged for all participants is the art of successful facilitation. This session explores effective learning and reflective
theories and puts them in to action in a participatory
Strand: Schools & Colleges
Saturday 11:30-12:30pm
Room: 102
Presenter: Christine Rochester
Poverty Simulation ­ An interactive approach to expose youth to the many challenges of living in poverty Participants in the Poverty Simulation workshop will learn about the methodology and approach behind the Poverty Simulation, some of the demanding logistics of facilitating the experience, what is an appropriate audience, age and size for this experience and things to consider when deciding to run your own poverty simulation for youth. This is a wonderful Experiential Education approach to teach youth about the many challenges people in our communities experience living in poverty.
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Strand: Schools & Colleges Saturday 3:30-4:30pm
Room: 102
Presenters: Dara Johnson & Peter Glidden
A Mandatory Outdoor Education Program from the High School Student
All students at Albuquerque Academy have mandatory outdoor education programming in grades 6-9 and elective curriculum in
Grades 10-12. This is a unique element of our school with a forty+ year history. Come hear from high school students who have
engaged with both the mandatory and elective programming about their perspectives on the value, opportunities, and challenges
of this dynamic program.
Strand: Schools & Colleges
Saturday 11:30-12:30pm
Room: 105
Presenters: Jessie Barrie & AAHS students
Cross-Cultural Team Building (for hearing/deaf populations)
TeamBuilders8 LLC will provide a cross-cultural team building workshop where group members learn to communicate and work
together as a team through problem-solving activities and instructional presentations. The workshop is designed to allow
opportunities for exploration and discussions of cultural norms, barriers and challenges in culturally diverse environments including
people with severe hearing loss (disabilities). Facilitators guide discussions to develop cultural bridges and cooperation by
learning new perspectives, communication tools, and avenues of productive
Strand: Schools & Colleges
Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Room: 105
Presenters: Laura Cook & Lisa Swanson
Connecting to the Natural World Through Culture and Story: Finding an intersectional bridge to connect disparate
cultural views
An open discussion on the application of ecological ideals and stewardship practices among diverse cultures across the southwest
and United States. Sharing stories and cultural views that influence our multiple identities shaping our communities. Participants
will have the opportunity to engage in indigenous activities to discover connections to the natural world and each other as a human
Strand: Social Justice & Ethics
Saturday 10:15-11:15am
Room: 105
Presenters: Heather Yazzie Campbell & Celeste
Finding Balance: Examining Feminine and Masculine Leadership Styles
Have you wondered where you fall on the leadership spectrum? Let's explore masculine and feminine approaches, what makes a
competent leader, and where you stand. Through exciting activities and an informative discussion, you will leave this workshop
with a broader perspective on your personal style of
Strand: Social Justice & Ethics
Saturday 11:30-12:30pm
Room: 204
Presenters: Jo Cutler, Amanda Fair, CJ Poulin*
Using Our Personal Stories Effectively
Our personal experiences can be a powerful tool. But they can also cause some serious harm for your relationship with a client.
There is a very delicate balance that is not always clear. We want to talk about how and when to use personal stories and
experiences effectively in a mentor-ship role. Help us suss out the nuances of personal experience and the practical application in
a therapeutic
Strand: Social Justice & Ethics)
Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Room: 102
Presenter: Robert Owen
Queering Recovery: Bringing Intersectionality and Inclusion to the forefront According to the J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group, more than 52% of Gen Z's (ages 13-20) reported they identify as something other than straight. As this generation paves the way for inclusion, organizations need to catch up in order to best serve this growing demographic. Through self-reflection, experiential activities, and lecture, this presentation explores strategies to
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build an inclusive and accessible program for LGBTQIA+ youth & young
Strand: Social Justice & Ethics
Sunday 9:15-10:45am
Room: 107
Presenter: Samantha A. Field
Adventure and mental illness/wellness: Integrating therapeutic value into recreation and educational
This workshop will explore ways in which adventure activities in recreation and educational settings can help people cope and
sustain mental wellness. Many educators working in the field will have clients with mental illness. The workshop will cover models
from adventure education and lessons from clinical psychology and medicine. The workshop will include an introduction lecture,
discussion in small groups, and a more open discussion on topics of interest for
Strand: Therapeutic
Saturday 3:30-4:30pm
Room: 107
Presenters: Eli Poss & Richie Scheuer
Managing Up - Cultivating relationships for outcomes
No matter what your position in an organization or agency, managing the relationship with the people or agencies "above" you, can
make or break your ability to be successful. Whether you are the Executive Director working with a board or foundation, a newly
hired field staff looking to make a good impression or in middle management and wanting to launch a new program, a well-
cultivated relationship is critical to success. Join us as we explore strategies for "Managing
Strand: Management
Sunday 9:15-10:45am
Room: 200
Presenter: Kris Salisbury
Healing with Nature in Mind
Ecopsychologists share with us a strong a compelling message, that our psychological dysfunction is a direct result of our false
belief that we are separate from nature. We see the disconnect in policy, systems, and every day behavior. Join us in this PDI
intended to explore our perspectives, our ability to connect with nature and treatment techniques based in the natural world. The
presenters will explore the neurobiological connection with nature as well as how nature based healing is a trauma informed
response model.
Strand: PDI
Friday 12-4pm
Room: 102
Presenters: Tiffany Wynn & Anji Estrellas
Adventures in Fine Art
For centuries, people have used nature as a temple and container for art making. How can the power of art making, mindfulness
and gratitude transform one's experience of nature. Learn how to integrate creativity and simple art lessons into your outdoor
education curriculum. Experience a walking meditation and an outdoor art lesson in painting from observation with Fine Artist and
Teacher, Cheryl Casden.
Strand: PDI
Friday 1:30-4:00pm
Room: 104
Presenter: Cheryl Casden
Ecotourism in Our Backyard
This workshop is designed for educators (higher ed; k-12; environmental ed), with an emphasis on the intersectionality between
outdoor recreation, interpretation and ecotourism. The focus of the presentation will be on exploring ecotourism through the lens of
outdoor recreation and interpretation. While ecotourism has traditional roots as a means for those from Western cultures to travel
abroad, the emphasis will be placed on the examination of Utah (or your own backyard) as the destination. Participants will engage
in discussion of how to support eco-tourism in their own locales through the implementation of outdoor recreation and interpretive
Strand: Environmental Ed/ Nature Study
Sunday 9:15-10:45am
Room: 204
Presenters: T. Grant Lewis & Claudia Schneider
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State of the Region
Saturday 12:30pm
Introductions of Leadership Council
Networking Questions
Review of Proposed Vision statement for the RMR
New Business
a. Next Year RMR Utah
The Rocky Mountain Region of AEE Vision Accepted 2017: The members of the RMR are diverse learners and practitioners, who inspire inclusivity, social justice and cultural awareness within their communities. RMR members are dedicated to the advancement of experiential education as a way to improve the world around us.
Evening Activities Stone Age Climbing Gym Welcome to Stone Age, the gathering place for Albuquerque's climbing community. We have tons to offer you and are super stoked to see you here! Conference Participants Cost: Online Climbing Gym Agreement https://app.rockgympro.com/waiver/esign/stoneageclimbinggymnm/a8ecab2f-1599-4cce-9a8a-53728d46ed2e
Cool Springs Trampoline Park Cool Springz Trampoline Park, is a locally owned family business! Basketball dunk, dodgeball court, foam pits and 18,000 square feet of fun! Special court for small children available anytime during the day. This is the woman-led, locally owned New Mexico business of Tamara Portnoy and "Voice of the Lobos" Robert Portnoy! Conference Participants Cost: $10 http://www.coolspringz.com Food Options Green Jeans Farmery Albuquerque Green Jeans Farmery is a one-stop multiple-option destination of eateries, confectionaries, adult drinkeries, shops, plazas and places to hang out, constructed entirely with shipping containers as building blocks. Green Jeans is an indoor/outdoor gathering place that builds on ingenuity, fun and localist choices with a message of community, healthy living and fun. Green Jeans Farmery Albuquerque https://www.greenjeansfarmery.com/ Michael Thomas Coffee and Chillz Frozen Custard To bookend your day or whole trip might require caffeine and sweets. Excellent coffee can be found just south of Nob Hill at Michael Thomas Coffee, who roasts beans on the premises from all over the world. Have a cup and take some beans to go, then venture back toward the University of New Mexico's (UNM) campus for frozen custard straight out of the Midwest. Lighter than ice-cream, eggier than gelato, frozen custard is just right for the summer heat. The daily flavour could be anything from caramel espresso to tiramisu but is always backed up by chocolate and vanilla, served as scoops or turned into waffle sundaes. http://www.michaelthomascoffee.com/ Sophia's Place Dennis Apodaca started as a very good cook at a doomed burrito joint on 4th Street in the North Valley. When it was gone, he took over the tiny building and opening a little breakfast-lunch spot named for his daughter. Customers flood the cosy space for lemon ricotta pancakes, duck confit tacos, Asian-style noodle bowls and breakfast egg platters smothered in red chilli. After tasting his creations, few diners can believe that the kitchen that served them the best breakfast they've had all year is barely larger than a camper van. 6313 Fourth Street NW, +1 505 345 3935
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New Mexican food near the UNM campus is an energetic local experience, but just a few miles away one can take in a complementary dining venue ­ that of working folks and families ­ while consuming amazing carne adovada. The recipe starts with a simple red chilli sauce containing barely more than dried red chilli pods, water, salt, and garlic. Served as-is like an earthen soup it can warm anyone's heart, but used to marinate then roast cubed pork results in edible ecstasy. If you see her, thank 90-year-old Mary for five decades of love, sweat and tears. https://www.zomato.com/albuquerque-nm/mary-titos-cafe-albuquerque 66 Pit Stop New arrivals to the state will soon learn of the green chilli cheeseburger: it's simply the American favourite gussied up with fiery green chilli. Many restaurants have a "GCCB" on their menu; few are as memorable as the Laguna Burger. The 66 Pit Stop is a convenience store at the western edge of town where one can order a half-pound burger for under $5 then watch it cooked from one of a handful of seats. Once delivered, it will occupy both hands until gone, when reaching for the napkins is advised. 14311 Central Avenue NW, +1 505 352 7848 Sleeping Options Camping Bear Canyon by Albuquerque Academy email: [email protected] *Let them know you are attending the AEE Rocky Mountain Regional Conference* Hotels There are a few hotels we found that are near the conference site location: 1) Comfort Suites Albuquerque - 5251 San Antonio Dr. - Rates starting at $71/night 2) Nativo Lodge - 6000 Pan American East Fwy NE - Rates starting at $74/night 3) La Quinta Inn and Suites - 7439 Pan American Fwy NE - Rates starting at $59/night Other Options AirB&Bs, Bed and Breakfasts, and RV Camping are all accessible in the greater Albuquerque Area.
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Jessie Barrie is the Chair of the Experiential Education Department at Albuquerque Academy. Jess holds her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and organizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focused on the effects of adventure education on adolescent girls' inner motivational resources. Jess also works as the crisis management coordinator at Albuquerque Academy and is a founder and the executive director of the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network.
Kirsten Bell is the Teacher Professional Development Specialist at Denver Botanic Gardens and has been with the Gardens since 2007. She has taught science and environmental education in a variety of both formal and informal settings with all ages of children and adults. Kirsten Bell's background includes teaching as a middle and high school science teacher; she has a BA in Biology and a MA in science curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado.
Shanelle Bogus is a senior at Fort Lewis College studying Adventure Education. She is focusing on wilderness ministry, specifically backpacking and climbing. She has been a backpacking guide for True Elevation Wilderness Ministry for four years and a summer camp director and counselor at Whispering Pines Bible Camp for five. She has had the ability to work with students from all walks of life, both domestically and internationally. In doing so, Shanelle has gained a lot of knowledge about the power of the intersection between nature and spiritual impact from a faith-based perspective. There is something to be said about finding peace and rest in a wilderness setting that brings about an awareness of God.
Jacob Brenner is a senior at Fort Lewis College where he studies Adventure Education. He has been working in the wilderness ministry field for the past five years and has a specific interest in leadership development. In addition to starting work this year as Field Director at AEI Base Camp in Taylor Park, CO, Jacob hopes to develop a faith-based wilderness therapy program to serve at-risk youth in the Christian community.
Ryian Brydenthal is the Art Director at Telluride Academy. The Academy is a non-profit program for kids. We provide numerous summer camp opportunities as well as some after school programming. As Art Director it is my goal to bring art experiences to as many campers as possible. When I am not teaching in Telluride I am mom to two teenage kids in Flagstaff. I volunteer at their schools. I have also worked with a couple different service based non-profits in Flagstaff. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in elementary education with a specialization in Fine Arts and a ESL endorsement. In my free time I enjoy mountain biking, sewing and traveling.
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Elliot Burke is a senior in the Adventure Education department at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. From Evergreen, Colorado, skiing has always been his favorite pastime. He learned to ski at the age of two and before graduating Evergreen High school received a Level 1 Avalanche Education Certificate through AIARE. Following high school he went to study at Fort Lewis College. He received his Level 2 Avalanche Education Certificate through AIARE in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Additionally, he has been competing in the Freeride World Tour Qualifiers. Currently, he aspires to pursue a career in Adventure Education and skiing. Heather Yazzie Campbell is an outdoor leadership program manager for the National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP). She leads the experiential/adventure education program in various Indigenous schools across New Mexico. She has been with NIYLP for 10 years. Along with her role as program manager Heather is a Project Venture trainer and has trained Indigenous communities throughout the United States and Canada. Heather has over 15 years experience in experiential education, as well as two years experience teaching 5-8th grades in Phoenix, Arizona. Heather grew up on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona and enjoys backpacking, canoeing, and running. Cheryl Casden was born and raised in Buffalo Grove, IL. A third generation female artist, she takes after her grandmother, Ellen, mother, Lynda and sister, Jody. These strong roots provided guidance to pursue her dreams in the arts. She gradated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2013. Her Jewish heritage led her to study abroad at Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, Israel. Since college, she has shown at numerous group shows and music festivals throughout the United States. Eventually, her passion led her to teaching at local art centers in Chicago. In 2017, love for travel and the outdoors led her to New Mexico to work with Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions as their Art Specialist. Within the first year, Casden has cultivated an amazing community and started teaching full time. Her business, Adventures in Fine Art, combines art and the outdoors, taking beginner art enthusiasts painting outside all around New Mexico. Laura Cook initially began facilitating team building programs both at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and for a private outdoor adventure company in Virginia. Laura has over 20 years experience in facilitating team building workshops, which included ropes course facilitation, outdoor expeditions and organizational development work. Traveling the world, she worked with many diverse multicultural groups in providing training programs for schools / colleges, government agencies, top management teams, private groups and businesses. Prior to co-founding TeamBuilders8 LLC, Laura was director of an adventure program, a paralegal with an international law firm, an economics instructor, a director of a continuing education department, and a business consultant. Sarah Councell is a faculty member in the Experiential Education Department at Albuquerque Academy. During her time at the Academy, Sarah has designed curriculum and taught courses such as Southwest Survival, Ultralight Backpacking, Rock Climbing and Mountain Biking. Sarah is also lucky enough to travel with sixth-ninth graders into the canyons and mountains of the region. When not teaching, Sarah enjoys bikepacking, skiing, traditionally tanning deer hides, and gardening. Sarah has taken courses with and did a brief apprenticeship at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, taught for the National Outdoor Leadership School and has a Masters in Education from St. Lawrence University, where she was also the Associate Director of the Outdoor Program. Jo Cutler is from Colorado and spent most of her childhood traveling between city and mountain life. As a young teenager her family took her on a rafting expedition through Idaho; inspiring her to live a life in the outdoors. As opportunities presented themselves, Jo was able to begin studying Outdoor Leadership before coming to Fort Lewis College where she entered the Adventure Education Major. After her first year at school, she began working in Buena Vista, Co as a whitewater paddle guide. The next year she worked as trip leader on the Animas river in her college town of Durango and was able to further develop her leadership skills. In her final college semester, Jo looks forward to working as a field instructor for Deer Hill expeditions, wrangling teenagers, and exploring the south west. AJ DeBoer is a senior in the Adventure Education department at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Growing up on the slopes of Aspen, Colorado, his oldest and most favorite playground has always been the mountains. Naturally, he learned to ski at a very young age and shortly before graduating Aspen Public High school, he received a Level 1 Avalanche Education Certificate through AIARE. He then went off to study at the University of Montana in the heart of the Bitterroot range, where he further developed his backcountry skills. In 2017, he received his first Level 2 Avalanche Education Certificate through AIARE in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. Currently, he is in the middle of his second Level 2 Avalanche course. He aspires to pursue a career in Adventure Education, to be a professional and an expert in the field of avalanche education, as well as to further pursue his career in wilderness and traditional emergency medicine. Katie Dolan
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Eileen Everett is a wildlife biologist turned environmental educator having had the honor of teaching over 25,000 New Mexican students across the state through mostly multi-day, outdoor programs. She has worked as an environmental educator for Audubon New Mexico and the Santa Fe Watershed Association, ran her own consulting firm "Down to Earth Education", and as a climate change educator for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. In early 2016, Eileen stepped into the role of Executive Director of the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico and later that year became one of New Mexico's first Certified Environmental Educators. She deeply values an abundance mindset, work/life balance, education designed for all students, and a more equitable and inclusive world. In her spare time, Eileen can be found tending to her dog pack and goat herd.
Amanda Fair spent all of her summers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains which instilled in her a love for the outdoors. She pursued and completed a two-year outdoor education program at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. Soon after, she began the four-year adventure education program offered at Fort Lewis College in Durango. Amanda is now (finally) nearing the end of her college career and is anxious and excited to make her way as a professional into the outdoor industry.
Neal Ferris is the Senior Project Venture Trainer for the National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP). He heads the training department and has trained Indigenous communities across the United States and Canada. He has been with NIYLP for over 10 years. Along with his role as Senior Trainer Neal co-leads adventure outings with various Project Venture programs. Neal is from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and enjoys rappelling, backpacking, and hiking.
Samantha A. Field holds her LPCC as a Wilderness Therapist. Sam identifies as a Queer Woman whose identity has radically informed her personal and professional world. She has worked across the globe assessing and implementing culturally competent health care programs. Sam has a private practice, works as an experiential therapist with youth and young adults and is an inclusion consultant for wilderness and residential programs.
Peter Glidden is a full-time faculty member at the Albuquerque Academy. Peter is apart of the Visual Arts faculty and leads a summer program called "Community Builders", designed to educate youth about non-profits in Albuquerque. Last year he along with colleagues helped to facilitate the entire 8th grade class through an interactive experience called a "Poverty Simulation". This half-day, intensive simulation was a powerful experience for students and faculty participants and they hope to share their experiences for the greater AEE community.
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Dara Johnson is a full-time faculty member at the Albuquerque Academy. Dara has worked in Experiential Education and led Community Service programs for over a decade. She is currently the Director of the Community and Global Citizenship program (The Academy's diverse and expansive service program). Last year she along with colleagues helped to facilitate the entire 8th grade class through an interactive experience called a "Poverty Simulation". This half-day, intensive simulation was a powerful experience for students and faculty participants and they hope to share their experiences for the greater AEE community.
Karen Herzenberg has been an educator for over 20 years and a natural history/environmental educator for the last 11; BA University of Illinois and MA University of New Mexico in elementary education. Most of my 4th grade students were dealing with situations involving poverty, prison, addiction, unclear citizenship status and/or learning English. I found that interdisciplinary and experiential education were especially effective strategies for working with my students, outdoor education in particular worked magic. "Problem" kids suddenly blossomed and became enthusiastic teachers to their classmates when we explored local wild places. Normally silent kids told me about plants and animals they had found. Reflections were rich with wonder. After 10 years of classroom teaching and a few years volunteering at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park in Albuquerque, I was hired as an interpretive ranger at the Park responsible for natural history programming for all ages that was experiential in nature.
Holly Huebner is an Adventure Education major at Fort Lewis College. She is originally from Massachusetts where she worked for an Outdoor Adventure company, Zoar Outdoor. She has since moved to Colorado to finish her degree. Since attending Fort Lewis College, Holly has learned about the many educational philosophies of progressive education and seen first hand how experiential education can influence students positively and negatively. She hopes to take the lessons learned and carry them over towards pursuing a Masters in Education.
John Lacroix "Sherpa" received his Bachelors from the award winning Outdoor Education program at the University of New Hampshire. He is the owner of Human Potential LLC and the Race Director of the Human Potential Running Series, Colorado's largest ultramarathon series. He is also a former chair of the AEE's Rocky Mountain Region.
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Cass Landrum follows a passion for arid lands and an interest in desert ecology, Cass found her way to New Mexico after working as an outdoor educator and admin in New York, North Carolina, Texas and California. She uses her compulsion for organization along with her varied experience to get creative keeping up with how students learn. When she's not color-coding spreadsheets, her Spring and Fall is spent showing students how to poop in a groover, and she spends her summers romping through creeks and picking up dead things. Moira Laughlin is an Adventure Education major at Fort Lewis College and has a passion for the great outdoors. She has guided for a nonprofit that helps underserved youth get to experience the outdoors. She grew up participating in many outdoor programs and attended an Expeditionary Learning school. T. Grant Lewis (T) is an Assistant Professor of Outdoor & Community Recreation Education at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. T has been in the field of education for the past two decades, and has extensive experience with planning and delivering experiential programs in a variety of settings. Prior to his arrival at Weber State, T served as assistant professor/coordinator of outdoor leadership and education at Shenandoah University (VA). He also spent three years as a faculty member at Springfield College, five years as a K-12 health educator, and six years as a camp counselor. Jackie Leyba oversees the Rio Puerco Field Office Recreation Program that includes over 750,000 acres of public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has worked for the BLM for over 17 years. Until recently, Mr. Leyba managed Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument for five years. During that time, he worked in close cooperation with various entities to conserve, protect, enhance, and restore the geologic, cultural, and biological objects of interest for which the Monument was proclaimed. Prior to working at the Monument, Mr. Leyba worked as a Captain in the BLM New Mexico's Fire Management program. Mr. Leyba attended Humboldt State University through the Technical Fire Management program. He continues to manage incidents across the United States as an Incident Commander and Division Supervisor. Currently, he maintains over fifty partnerships with multiple tribal governments, numerous non-profit organizations, corporations, state and federal agencies, and multiple non-governmental organizations. He is the chairman of various committees who identify, name, and frame wicked issues to create alignment. This process is intended to achieve mutual goals and objectives through deliberative dialogue, furthering the democratic process. Hollis Lyman is a graduate student at the University of Denver in Sport & Performance Psychology. She received Bachelor's degrees in Psychology, and Criminology, at Ohio State University. She is the owner of "Unlimited Force" where she also works as a personal trainer and health and wellness coach. Caity Martin was a student at Albuquerque Academy, and that's where I developed my passion for the outdoors, conservation and adventure recreation. After graduating in 2009, I went on to study Cultural Anthropology and Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. I guided and taught for an outdoor adventure company, The Expedition School while in school. After graduating from UT I continued working in a trainer role and program lead. I was able to teach courses ranging from Lifeguarding to Wilderness First Aid, and completed my Wilderness EMT during that time. In 2016 I started working for the H.E. Butt Family Foundation as a camp Director of Operations, and now as a Director of Programming. In my role I coordinate with Title One schools withing a 3 hour radius of our camp. I coordinate with teachers to bring schools out to camp for 3 day Outdoor Adventure Experiences. Our foundation provides all facilities and activities free of charge, to serve the greatest need areas. Denise Mitten, during her 40+ year career, has used her interdisciplinary background (forest ecology, outdoor leadership, parent education, and complementary and alternative therapies) to work in adventure education, adventure therapy, environmental education, and with men, women, and youth, including many special populations such as youth at risk, youth offenders, corporate people, socially and economically disadvantaged women and children, female survivors of abuse, nuns in recovery, women felons, people with eating disorders, and homeless people. Dr. Mitten currently teaches (and chairs the program) in the adventure education master's program at Prescott College. She has studied and published in the area of risk for a number of years. Tish Morris has spent most of her career as an educator at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. I have had the privilege of helping people learn about Earth's natural history in informal situations, both in the museum and in the field, on topics as broad as the origin of the solar system to more focused ones, such as bat ecology. I have planned summer camps to take children on week-long day and overnight explorations, and teacher professional development courses that take teachers into the field with researchers. I recently taught preservice teachers life science through activities and field trips at the University of New Mexico.
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Lena O'Brien is an Adventure education major with a business minor at Fort Lewis College. She attended an outdoor leadership class in high school. She hopes to continue helping other experience the outdoors as well as run her own youth camp in the future. Robert Owen struggled immensely with drug and alcohol addiction starting from around the age of 13 and throughout my teenage years I. I floundered in regard to school and was unable to continue maintaining healthy relationships with anyone in my life. I had a friend near and dear to me pass away, I believe this was a shift in my morality and the way that I viewed drugs. Finally, through discussions with my family, we decided to have me to go a Wilderness Therapy Program. From that point on I knew exactly what it was that I wanted to do with my life. However, I had many more struggles before I was able to realize my dream of working at a Wilderness Therapy Program. I had several relapses after my treatment as a teenager and finally was able to get clean and sober through Alcoholics Anonymous. I was employed at Aspiro Adventures as a field guide first and worked for 2 years in the field. Since then I have climbed the latter to become the Field Operations Manager. This is the position I currently hold. Eli Poss is someone who struggles with mental illness. Eli Poss has used outdoor recreation as a tool to manage his illness and cope with the stressors of life, depression, and mania. Eli has the perspective of somebody who struggles with Bipolar disorder. Through deep relationships with friends, he has also gained some perspective and insight into the struggles of other mental illnesses. Additionally, Eli took a Wilderness Therapy class as part of the adventure education program at Fort Lewis College (in progress). Also, he is pursuing a minor in psychology. CJ Poulin moved to Vail, Colorado, where he learned to snowboard. He was in Vail for twenty years. In that time, he managed a bar and restaurant or two, began a skateboard program with Vail Recreation District (VRD), worked the race department for VRD, and got his G.E.D. He then enrolled in school at Colorado Mountain College for two years before deciding to get a degree in Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College. Christine Rochester "CJ" has attended Fort Lewis for two and a half years and looks forward to graduation this April, so he can continue his work with skateboarding and skateboard programs for youths. Axl Ryd loves to climb, backpack and combine the two. He works as a student outdoor leader at Fort Lewis's Outdoor Pursuits program during the school year, and in the summer as a climbing guide on the Matanuska Glacier. He enjoys taking people to unique places and making them feel connected to their surroundings. Kris Salisbury has worked and played in Experiential Education for a few decades in a myriad of roles and a diversity of regions. This has bred a unique perspective in her understanding of EE. As Executive Director of a Wilderness Education program, Kris's current passions include the preservation of America's southwest wildlands, growing the tools of the next generation of educators, and "re-wilding" America's youth. Richie Scheuer has been immersed in the outdoors, rock climbing, and river rafting his whole life. He has seen the power of what nature can do to the human body and mind. He is currently majoring in Adventure Education in his third year at Fort Lewis College. In his time at Fort Lewis College he has learned many valuable lessons that nature and adventure can teach us. Claudia Schneider is a junior at Weber State University, studying outdoor recreation administration. Having been put on a pair of skies earlier than she can remember and taking whitewater rafting trips before she could think to fear big water, it's safe to say being outside isn't just something that Claudia loves to do, it's her lifestyle. It is important for her to advocate the value of wild lands and water, with her biggest hope being that the integrity of the places we like to run, raft, hike, and sleep under stars, can be preserved for others to fall in love. Mike Shaw has been spending time on outdoor trips since he was in diapers, he has been working as an outdoor educator since 1994. Some of how he has spent the time between then and now includes working 14 years as a NOLS instructor, 15 years with the Department of Experiential Education at Albuquerque Academy, and teaching for NOLS Wilderness medicine since 2006. In addition, Mike has also worked with summer camps, wilderness therapy programs, in college outdoor education programs, and as an instructor with the Khumbu Climbing Center in Phortse, Nepal. He is an avid climber, fly-fisher, woodworker, and photographer with numerous published works. Jeromy Slaby is an Adventure Education student at Fort Lewis College. As a travel writer, Jeromy has traveled through parts of Europe, Central America, and North America. During his time at Fort Lewis, he has increasingly focused much of his time and energy towards the research and design of a travel-based, high school curriculum that emphasizes systems thinking through integrated experiential education.
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After he graduates this coming summer, Jeromy will continue this research by traveling and interacting more closely with local populations in hopes of providing educational solutions to solving our collective problems. Anferness Soce is an experiential educator who has been working with The National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP), implementing Project Venture for 4 years. He has worked with Indigenous youth from different tribes and communities from across the United States. He has helped to coordinate as well as co-lead the program in different communities both on and off the Navajo Nation. Alongside implementing the program, he has also helped train different Indigenous communities to better understand the program. Teaching is another aspect of working with youth that he enjoys. Anfernee is Navajo who grew up near the Navajo Nation in Gallup NM. Kelly Steinberg grew up in the mountains of northern New Mexico and has taught environmental education in Colorado, and in Alaska as an Americorps intern. She is an educator with the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) in Albuquerque, NM, where she works with New Mexico students in the classroom and along the banks of the Rio Grande to collect citizen science data. Kelly also develops and delivers environmental education lessons and events to a diverse audience throughout the Rio Grande watershed. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM) and received the EEANM Outstanding Environmental Educator Award in 2017. Bob Stremba, Ed.D., has developed and taught undergraduate adventure education degree programs at Fort Lewis College (CO), Plymouth State University (NH), and New Mexico Highlands University. The book Teaching Adventure Education Theory: Best Practice (Human Kinetics, 2009), which Bob co-authored, describes experiential pedagogical strategies for presenting the theories, philosophies and conceptual material of adventure education. He co-edited the sixth edition of the AEE Manual of Accreditation Standards and has most recently given the keynote presentation about the connection between leadership practice and theory for the Outdoor Orientation Program pre-conference at 2017 AEE International Conference in Montreal. Lisa Swanson began her experiential education facilitation in 2001 as a volunteer with the Personal Discovery Program while she was a student at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She received both her bachelor's degree in leadership and programming and her master's degree in school counseling with a certificate in cultural diversity and human services from Gallaudet. Lisa's passion about people, their personal growth, and the outdoors played a crucial role leading to 10 years of experience with experiential education, including ropes course facilitation, rock climbing, hiking, and group facilitation. A co-founder of Team Builders 8, Lisa is excited to be working in a field that reflects her passion. She can be found providing workshops nationally and internationally (in Russia, the Philippines, and Costa Rica). She hails from New Mexico and lives in Albuquerque with her two dogs. Kathryn Venzor is the Director of School Programs & Interpretation at Butterfly Pavilion, an invertebrate zoo in Westminster, Colorado, where she manages on-site and off-site educational offerings, including curriculum-aligned program development, implementation and evaluation. Previously, Venzor was the Education Curator at the Albuquerque BioPark, overseeing all educational programs and offerings and managing the volunteer program for the BioPark's Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden. Venzor holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology and Museum Studies from New Mexico State University, and has been developing education programs on scientific concepts for cultural facilities for the past 14 years. Hank White is a Senior in the Adventure Education Department at Fort Lewis College. He is an avid winter backcountry traveler, with a passion for the environment. He has expertise in snow science, mountaineering, and skiing. He has worked in education in both frontcountry and backcountry educational settings. Kathy Whitman Kathy Whitman holds a Ph.D. in biology (plant ecology) and has been involved in adventure based outdoor education for more than 35 years. She is the founding director of the Western New Mexico University Outdoor Program and teaches ecology, GIS, and outdoor courses, including Introduction to Outdoor Leadership. Since 2016, Kathy has been working with Bob and his AE 450 students to further develop WNMU's Outdoor Program and prepare for AEE Accreditation. Tiffany Wynn, MA, LPCC, has served different communities as a clinician and executive director. Her recent work has focused on integrating trauma informed care, neurobiology, adventure practices, and intersectionality. She is working on her PhD in Counsellor Education and Supervision, focusing her dissertation in the intersection of ethnicity and gender with treatment outcomes. Tiffany developed and taught adventure-based psychotherapy and ecotherapy curriculum at Prescott College. She has authored work exploring gender and sexuality in outdoor leadership programs, adventure therapy practices and the integration of adventure therapy practices with substance use disorder treatment.
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Celeste Yazzie is from the Towering House and Big Water Clan of the Dinй tribe. She works as a Lead Experiential Educator for the National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP). With NIYLP she supported Project Venture across the Southwest, as well as working with tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Lakota tribe. She has been an elementary school teacher at Uplift Charter School in Gallup, as well as a PE, reading/math interventionist and 5th grade teacher at Atsa Biyaazh Elementary School and a middle school/high school personal wellness teacher at Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque. Celeste has also been involved in elementary basketball and Middle/High School track/cross country coach. She has also been engaged in Native youth leadership development, service projects, as well as an advisor for the Northern Dine' Youth Committee. Joel Yazzie is an Experiential Educator with the National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP). He has been a past participant in the NIYLP program Project Venture for 9 years. He has worked with several different youth from various Native American tribes, and has co ­ lead introduction to Project Venture trainings for agencies located in the southwest and the Pacific Northwest, and other youth organizations. Hails from the Navajo tribe of the Southwest. Jay Zarr offers a unique perspective from his 40+ years in the field about the value of self-knowledge, the collaborative nature of leadership, and the role of leader as servant. So be prepared to move, think and feel - three important "tools" for any aspiring, budding, or established leader. His experiences range from working in Higher Education, United States Forest Service, At risk (At Promise) youth, Wilderness Education Association, Aging to Saging Certify Instructor to serving as the board President of the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo. Some of his involvement has been creating programs at CSU-Pueblo, Western State University, Colorado Mountain College and help design the 10th Mountain Hut System in the state of Colorado. Currently along with his wife Cleo is the Co-Owner of Story Tellers Travels and Imagine Iife and is the Director of Experiential and Service Learning for the Summit Education Corporation.
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