Association for Environmental & Outdoor education

Staff & Board

AEOE is governed by the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. Please find our Board and Staff contact information below. Any general queries should be directed to our Executive Director, Estrella Risinger:

AEOE governance team at the 2019 California Statewide Conference at Westminster Woods


Executive Director

After 64 years as a solely volunteer-run organization, in January 2019, AEOE hired Estrella Risinger as the first Executive Director of AEOE. Estrella partners with the AEOE Board of Directors to expand our program offerings and educational opportunities, and increase the impact of environmental education within our state. Estrella started her career in the classroom, with summers spent exploring California and connecting youth to the natural world as an outdoor educator. Most recently, she served as the National Education Manager at NatureBridge, the largest education partner of the National Park Service. As the lead of the Residential Environmental Education Partnership on SEL, Estrella helped to launch the website, a Social and Emotional Learning Toolkit for Residential Environmental Learning Centers. She lives in Oakland, CA, where she is the mother of two active children who love being outside almost as much as she does. 

Please contact Estrella at

Gabe Germanow, Webmaster & Membership Coordinator,
Gabe is a Naturalist at Foothill Horizons Outdoor School in Sonora.  He has been a member of AEOE since 2012, and has been the Webmaster since 2015.  Gabe is an avid skier and hiker, and he loves carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  

BOARD OF directors

AEOE's Board consists of 9-19 directors. All Board members are volunteers. These dedicated leaders ensure that AEOE meets all fiscal and legal responsibilities while steering the development of the organization.


Reed Schneider, President & Chair,

Reed has worked in many corners of the field from naturalist and educator, to cook staff, as well as administration. Most recently, he was the Education Director for NatureBridge in Yosemite. Reed works to expand AEOE’s capacity to support and promote quality environment and outdoor education in our state. He lives in Mariposa California with his wife and two boys.

Tracey Weiss, Vice President,

Tracey is an executive leader that has worked with nonprofit organizations for the past 20 years. From the forests to the sea, Tracey builds partnerships and vision to strengthen the field. Tracey has served on the AEOE Board of Directors since 2010.  Serving as the Board Vice President, she is passionate about building AEOE’s organizational capacity and ensuring that all California’s students have the opportunity to participate in residential environmental education. When Tracey is not advocating to get outside she is at home with her wife and kids in Santa Cruz, CA. 

Andrew Boyd-Goodrich, Treasurer,

Andrew’s life mission is to make millions of people happy! He does that in his professional life as the Executive Director of Camp Ocean Pines, along the Central Coast in Cambria. Previously, Andrew worked for the YMCA of San Francisco at the Camp Jones Gulch and Point Bonita sites. He likes spending time with family and friends, old movies, arcane philosophical arguments, and Mexican food.

Katie Andersen, Secretary,

Katie Andersen is an Outdoor Education Specialist at Cuyamaca Outdoor School. She began volunteering with AEOE in 2012 as the Southern Council Secretary, and has been Board Secretary since 2014. Katie is a native San Diegan, but spent her college years in Northern California at Sonoma State University where she earned a BA in Environmental Studies before returning home to work on her teaching credential at San Diego State. When she's not busy with AEOE, Katie can be found serving with the California School Employees Association (CSEA). She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their two dogs camping, rock climbing, and spending time in nature.

Board Members at Large


Angie specializes in connecting people with wildlife and engaging local communities in the conservation of their own local areas. Angie manages the statewide Marine Protected Area (MPA) Watch Program, a network of programs that support healthy oceans through community science by collecting human use data in and around our protected areas, as well as managing communications campaigns for an international non-profit called WILDCOAST. Angie has a diverse professional background ranging from director of a residential environmental school to organizing community-based conservation initiatives in Mexico with the San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research. Angie has served on the AEOE board since 2013 and currently serves as the Conferences Chair.

Blanca Hernández,

Blanca Hernández, Program Director at YES Nature to Neighborhoods leads the program team using a strengths-based approach, and develops outdoor programs that cultivate the leadership of underrepresented Richmond youth and adults. Blanca has a B.A. from the University of San Diego and is a graduate of CompassPoint’s Next Generation Leaders of Color. She has been a panelist and presenter at various convenings including the PGM ONE Summit, the Children & Nature Network, Change Scale and with outdoor partners on the importance of equitable and inclusive programs and practices. She serves on various executive committees, and in action teams that focus on racial equity. Her self-care practices include painting, writing, and jogging with her dog, Bo.

Kat Montgomery,

Kat holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a MAS in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. She has worked throughout the state as a naturalist, challenge course facilitator, adventure trip leader, and program director, and believes deeply in the power of outdoor education. Kat is currently taking a break from the field to do a one-year fellowship in Washington, DC, which has her working on ocean policy in the United States Senate. When she’s not briefing lawmakers on Capitol Hill, you can find Kat hiking, gardening, or hanging with her three cats, Napali, Jade, and John McClane.

Kelly Prendiville,

Kelly has been in the EE/OE field for several years as an intern, field instructor, program lead, and coordinator for several organizations spanning from Massachusetts to SoCal. As of mid-July 2019, she has shifted to working mostly as a freelance curriculum writer while keeping her foot in the OE/EE door by doing some programs with Positive Adventures as a field instructor. Her current project is helping design an interactive educational website about marine science focusing on Monterey Bay for a company who specializes in extreme STEM. Kelly has been involved with AEOE since 2016 but was a part of similar organizations in other states prior to that. While she currently is not personally focusing on OE/EE as much, she is excited to remain plugged into the community and support it. Kelly serves as AEOE's Conference Workshop Coordinator and Registrar. 

Kimberly Waite,

Kimi Waite is a social justice educator-explorer and is passionate about inspiring and leading students and teachers to take local action for global change. A global educator, her professional K-12 teaching career spans three countries. As a teacher leader for the California Global Education Project, she presents and shares best practices with educators throughout California. She is a 2019 Environmental Education 30 Under 30, awarded by the North American Association for Environmental Education. She is involved with statewide policy initiatives, and serves on the University of California-California State University Environmental and Climate Literacy Project Summit steering committee, and the in-service sub-committee. Kimi is the Team Leader of EcoBlitz, an interdisciplinary environmental education & community science program created by a team of California based National Geographic Explorers and National Geographic Certified Educators.

Kori Donley,

Kori Donley has happily devoted her life to being an educator and leader in Environmental and Outdoor Education. She has explored with students across the globe, from the Yukon to Patagonia and New Zealand to China. During her graduate studies in Natural Resources and Society, Kori partnered with climate scientists at the University of Idaho to design place-based climate change curriculum and lead professional development for high school teachers. From her experience as a contributor to the Grow-Outside Toolkit for Social Emotional Learning, she leads workshops throughout California to help educators and program leaders infuse SEL into every aspect of their programs. Presently serving as the Director of School Programs at Westminster Woods, a member of the PD committee for the Sonoma EE Collaborative, an AEOE Board Member, and a contributor to the Green Schoolyards Initiative, Kori supports California students by providing leadership, training, resources, and collaboration opportunities for education professionals. Any time she spends time in the outdoors, it reinforces her motivation for engaging in this essential work. Her adventure partners include her husband, Eric, and dog, Marlow.


Ryan studied marine biology at UC Santa Cruz, but his career path took a turn into the field of education as a park ranger, naturalist and museum interpreter. He still misses going on research dives in the kelp forests of Northern California, but couldn’t be happier in his role as the OE Director at Pathfinder Ranch. He has also enjoyed his time as the Program Leaders Group (aka EOSM) Coordinator for AEOE and serving on the Board of Directors. He loves working in this field, providing life-changing experiences to youth like he received when he was in 6th grade, and now exploring the outdoors with his young son!

Sarah Foglesong,

Sarah is a passionate educator and advocate for early childhood education and environmental education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Education and a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Prescott College. Sarah loves providing educators with the training, tools, and support they need to bring nature-based learning into their classrooms as well as in finding ways to bring environmental education to young children and their families in diverse settings and circumstances. Sarah currently serves as AEOE's Membership & Outreach Chair. 

Board Nomination

AEOE's Board of Directors is recruiting new members to join our leadership team. AEOE strives to serve and represent environmental and outdoor education across California. Our strategic plan calls for us to work to strengthen the diversity and capacity of our network. Our Board represents a wide range of skills and expertise. We are looking for individuals who have a demonstrated dedication to our mission and can help reach new and innovative areas within our field. Board terms start July 1. Interested in joining AEOE's Board? Nominate yourself or someone else here!

Past board minutes can be accessed here:

Past Board Minutes from the current fiscal year (FY21) 

    AEOE's Bylaws can be accessed here (note: they were recently revised in 2020)

    AEOE Bylaws


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