Board Members

Staff & Board

Board Members

Maggie Karschnia
Maggie KarschniaBoard President, Elected 2019
Maggie Karschnia is an Extension Educator for the UMN Water Resources Center and the Minnesota Sea Grant, focusing on urban stormwater and community resiliency. Maggie has a bachelor's degree in Conservation from UW-River Falls and a master's degree in natural resources & environmental education from Hamline. Throughout the years, she’s had a wide variety of environmental professional experiences, such as throwing on scuba gear and completing aquatic plant surveys for the Wisconsin DNR, putting on flame-retardant clothing and burning prairies for the Minnesota DNR, swerving for moose en route to remote park areas in Alaska State Parks, and saving land, one property at a time, at the Minnesota Land Trust. Wherever the road has led her, Maggie has incorporated environmental education into her role and is proud to serve on the MAEE board.
Alex Borden
Alex BordenBoard Treasurer, Elected 2020
Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a degree in accounting in 2018 and has since worked at a local public accounting firm specializing in non-profit and multi-family real estate compliance. "I have loved the environment for as long as I can remember, from family camping trips at Devil’s Lake State Park at a young age to backcountry backpacking in National Parks as an adult. I love spending time outdoors in any fashion, although I prefer to be somewhere near a body of water or mountains. I am a strong believer in education in all forms, and I have a passion for learning and teaching about ways we can better coexist with our environment."
Sally Mattison
Sally MattisonBoard Secretary, Elected 2021
Sally is a lead teacher at Dodge Nature Preschool and also volunteers as a teacher/naturalist at Dodge Nature Center. She is licensed in early childhood and elementary education and certified as a Minnesota Master Naturalist, and has worked professionally in teaching, communications, and nonprofits. In her free time, she loves spending as much time as possible hiking, canoeing, biking, camping, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two school-age kids. Whether writing a column for parks and recreation directors, coordinating adopt-a-park efforts, or integrating environmental awareness into her lessons, she has always loved weaving her passion for nature into all she does. As a lifelong resident of the Upper Midwest, she is excited to apply her skills and experiences to support educators and advance environmental education throughout Minnesota.
Janine Mohn
Janine MohnBoard Vice President, Elected 2020
Janine is the Minnesota Project WET Program Coordinator for the MnDNR and serves as the Vice President on the National Project WET USA board. She is also the President of the Twin Cities Trout Unlimited Board of Director. Formerly, she served as the National Education Program Director for Pheasants Forever. Janine has directed and administrated environmental education programs for the past 27 years of her career. She has worked with non-profits, foundations, universities, served as a national keynote speaker/trainer, event planner, award-winning curriculum writer and national newsletter editor. Early in her career, she worked for two environmental education companies in south Florida where she taught thousands of youth the wonders of Florida ecology and fresh/salt water systems. Janine is excited to be on the Board at MAEE and hopes to take the organization to the next level!
Jamie Madson
Jamie MadsonBoard Member, Elected 2019
Jamie grew up in St. Michael, MN snowmobiling, fishing, hockey and canoeing the BWCA. He earned an elementary education degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a Master’s of Education in Learning Technology. Since 1995, he has served as a teacher at Rockford Middle School. Over the past eight years, he has helped convert the school to The Center for Environmental Studies (RMS-CES) and fostered partnerships with the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, Deep Portage Conservation Center, Three Rivers Park District, and 25:2 Solutions. Jamie is passionate about promoting environmental education, mentoring teachers and incorporating the outdoors into the curriculum. In his spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time on the North Shore, hiking, snowshoeing, and fishing. He married his high school sweetheart, Amy Jo, and they have three daughters.
Julia Luger
Julia LugerBoard Member, Elected 2021
Julia is a Minnesota native who loves connecting people to the outdoors. Julia attended the University of Minnesota Duluth for her undergraduate degree in Biology and her Post Baccalaureate certificate in Environmental Education. Julia has worked at Wildlife Forever, Wolf Ridge ELC., Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, North Star Council's Base Camp, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, AK and NatureBridge in Yosemite National Park, CA.
Miranda Wood
Miranda WoodBoard Member, Elected 2021
Miranda grew up in Minneapolis and spent her childhood summers camping and exploring Minnesota's parks & lakes. Miranda has a Master’s Degree in Sustainability in Management from the University of Wisconsin. She has also received certifications in Edible Landscape and Container Design from the Chicago Botanical Gardens, and Green Classrooms from the USGBC. She has previously worked as a landscape designer, social media manager and event coordinator. Miranda also has a strong background working with children as a nanny, tutor, preschool teacher, summer camp counselor, and undergraduate mentor. She is emphatically passionate about sustainability, teaching children about the wonders of the environment, and how to protect it. Miranda is happiest spending her weekends hiking and kayaking with her husband and young son, or reading a book beneath the trees.
Seth Spencer
Seth SpencerBoard Member, Elected 2022
Seth is an educator for Climate Generation, based in Minneapolis. He has a Masters in Environmental Education from UMD, and has spent numerous years working around the country with the National Park Service, 4-H Youth Development, and with environmental education non-profits. He recently returned to live in Apple Valley with his wife and young daughter after 5 years connecting students with the ocean and forests around Homer, Alaska. Seth grew up spending time canoeing the Boundary Waters and exploring the shores of Lake Superior, and enjoys hiking, birding, and biking the trails of the Metro area. He is excited to support educators, youth, and families create connections with Minnesota's amazing outdoor world!

Staff

John Million
    John MillionEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    John Million became MAEE's Executive Director in 2021. Prior to MAEE, John worked for the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), an environmental education/outdoor recreation nonprofit based in Lake Placid, NY. The last fourteen years of his tenure, Million was the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the 30,000 member, $4.5 million ADK. He managed the primary visitor center/program complex for the Adirondack Park and coordinated strategic planning, marketing and communications, human resources, budgeting, and operations across multiple locations. He established school outreach and outdoor stewardship programs and worked with government agencies, volunteers, committees, donors, and a board of directors; all while maximizing internal business income, achieving membership growth, and increasing fundraising returns.

     

    Annie Santos, Attorney
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
    Minneapolis, MN

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    General contact information

    Minnesota Association for Environmental Education
    Mailing address: 3815 American Blvd. E Bloomington, MN 55425-1600
    E-mail: maeeinfo@gmail.com (please email before calling)
    Phone: 612-354-MAEE (6233)