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The AEOE Board consists of 9-16 directors, 4 of which are officers (President, Vice President, CFO, and Secretary). 6 of the directors (the Council Chair positions) are elected by their respective Councils. All Board members are volunteers. Some may serve more than one role, such as serving on a Council or as coordinator (fundraising, membership, etc.). These dedicated and giving people ensure that AEOE meets all fiscal and legal responsibilities while steering the development of the organization and coordinating three super conferences a year!

Reed Schneider head shot. Board President.

Schneider, Reed

Board President and Chair

I am the Education Director for NatureBridge in Yosemite. I serve as AEOE’s president and board chair. I am interested in expanding AEOE’s capacity to support and promote quality environment and outdoor education in our state. I have worked in many corners of the field from naturalist and educator, to cook staff, as well as administration. I live in Mariposa California with my wife and two and a half year old son.

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Weiss, Tracey

Vice President, Governance Chair

I am the Executive Director at Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools. I currently serve as the Vice President of the AEOE Board of Directors. When not at work, I enjoy time with my wife and our 10 year old twins and a 7 year old, along with a myriad of feathered and furry friends at our home in Santa Cruz, CA.

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Andersen, Katie

Board Secretary

Katie Andersen is an Outdoor Education Program Specialist at Cuyamaca Outdoor School, and a proud board member of the AEOE. 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 Sch…

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Morris, Steve

CFO

I have been involved with AEOE since 2006, served on both the Southern Council and Statewide Board, and became a lifetime member in 2009. I am currently AEOE's CFO. My outdoor education career began at Cuyamaca Outdoor School in my hometown of San Diego. I have held a myriad of camp positions over the years including naturalist, lifeguard, trip leader, bus driver, and most recently OE Director at YMCA Camp Surf.

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Drake, Tom

Board Member at Large, Marketing Coordinator

Currently a High School Science Teacher for courses in marine biology and geology. Masters of Education in Curriculum Development with a minor in Science K-12 from Concordia University, Portland Oregon. Undergraduate studies in business and biological sciences, B.A. Business Administration with an emphasis in management and marketing from CSUF. Teaching Credentials in Biological and Geo-sciences. Experienced naturalist for OCDE Outdoor Science School teaching environmental education.

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Kemsley, Angela

Board Member at Large

I live in sunny San Diego working as an Outdoor Education Program Specialist at Cuyamaca Outdoor School. In my free time I am also a tour guide at the San Diego Zoo. I love partaking in all SD has to offer, especially running and SCUBA diving. I am currently serving as Inclusivity Co-Chair along with the talented Jenny O'Connell and as the 2013-2014 Southern Council Chair.

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Taxel, Nathan

Board Member at Large

I am thrilled to be part of the AEOE Southern Council and this year’s chair! I am the Director of Outdoor Education at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point Ca, where I oversee science, California history, and team building programs for students from all over Southern California. I have a Master’s degree in parks and resource management from Slippery Rock University and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Today, I live in Rancho Santa Margarita with my wife and son.

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Mayeda, Ryan

Board Member at Large, EOSM Coordinator

I studied marine biology at UC Santa Cruz, but my career path took a turn into the field of education as a park ranger, naturalist and museum interpreter. I couldn’t be happier changing fields, and in 2012 I became the OE Director at Pathfinder Ranch. I have also enjoyed my time as the Environmental and Outdoor School Managers (EOSM) Coordinator for AEOE and one of our newer board members. I love working in this field, providing life-changing experiences to youth like I received when I was in 6th grade, and now exploring the outdoors with my 1 y…

Montgomery, Kat

Board Member at Large

I have worked throughout the state as a naturalist, challenge course facilitator, and adventure trip leader. Most recently, I spent four years living on the beautiful central coast, working as the director of a coastal outdoor education program. I am passionate about helping my staff learn, grow, and develop as both educators and people. I joined the board in 2018 and am so excited to help support California’s environmental educators. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. When I&rsq…

Callan, Leah

Board Member at Large