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 MattisonVice President, 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.
Marte Kitson
Marte KitsonBoard Member, Elected 2022
Marte Kitson is an Extension Educator in the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program, and is a part of the Center for Great Lakes Literacy. Marte focuses on facilitating interactions between scientists and educators, and she supports educators to increase place-based learning, stewardship, and environmental literacy. Marte has a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Gustavus Adolphus College, and a master of science degree in biology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Marte has sampled zooplankton in many Minnesota lakes and Lake Superior, conducted aquatic vegetation surveys in wetlands in every Great Lake, snorkeled in the Clearwater River in Idaho and its tributaries to conduct salmonid surveys, set gill nets in high mountain lakes, electro fished in northern Wisconsin rivers, and generally had a good time of it. Marte loves camping, canoeing, hiking, and teaching her daughter these ways of life.
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.
Seth Spencer
Seth SpencerBoard Secretary, 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!
Breanna Trygg
Breanna TryggBoard Member, Elected 2022
Breanna grew up in Minnesota, spending time in the woods and waters as much as possible, especially at her family’s cabin in Voyageurs National Park. Breanna attended University of Puget Sound for her undergraduate degree, and has a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Pinchot University. She began her career at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, then served as Program Director at Pacific Education Institute. In 2015 she started Trygg Consulting, LLC, and worked with nonprofits, government, education organizations, and multi-stakeholder initiatives to build their capacity to do great work. Breanna is currently the Education and Outreach Director at Voyageurs Conservancy.
Patty Born
Patty BornBoard Member, Elected 2022
Patty Born is an Assistant professor at Hamline University's School of Education and Leadership, where she also serves as program director for the Master of Arts in Environmental Education program. She earned a doctorate in Education in 2019. Prior to working in higher education, she held many jobs including naturalist, wildlife technician, prairie burn technician, wildlife rehabilitator, science teacher and nature preschool educator. Patty's passion lies in helping teachers use the environment as a context for teaching, and she has published several books and articles for educators on this topic. She is especially interested in issues of human-animal relations, climate justice, and equity in environmental education. She lives in St Paul with her family and enjoys birding, gardening, camping, hiking, paddlesports, and pretty much anything ocean-related.
Deanne Trottier
Deanne TrottierBoard Member, Elected 2022
Deanne works at Eagle View Elementary School in Pequot Lakes doing what she calls her dream job. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education degree and a Master's of Education degree in Diverse Learner, as well as certificates in Leave No Trace, Master Naturalist and equity and diversity. After 30+ years of classroom teaching in South Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota, she started a new environmentally focused STEM (E-STEM) program for all K-4 Eagle View students. Her passion for teaching and learning outdoors started at an early age while on canoeing, backpacking and camping trips with her family. She and her husband Pat have continued those traditions while raising their five children. When she is not teaching, you can find Deanne reading, practicing yoga or exploring woods and water trails in her kayak, hiking boots, skis or snowshoes.


John Million
    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.


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    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
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    Phone: 612-354-MAEE (6233)