Board Members

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Board Members

Anna Jennerjohn
    Anna JennerjohnBOARD MEMBER, ELECTED 2020
    Anna Jennerjohn taught elementary school for a decade in Iowa, Minnesota, and northern Mexico before returning to University of Minnesota where she is pursuing her PhD in Literacy Education. Prior degrees include a BA in Sociology and Elementary Education and a MA in Education Policy. One of her strengths as a teacher of children is integrating science and literacy curriculum, and she seeks to help pre-service teachers integrate those subjects as well using nearby nature when possible. She loves experiencing all the seasons Minnesota has to offer through biking, camping, paddling, and cross-country skiing with her partner and three kids. Most of all, she believes we can slow down and gain more when we get children outside.
    Elissa Mallory
    Elissa MalloryBoard Secretary, Elected 2017
    I began my career in teaching directly after earning my BA in Anthropology at Macalester College. I spent two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Austin, TX. My program, an urban 4-H club, taught science classes in public schools around the city. I particularly enjoyed the parts of my job that included working outdoors with kids, plants, and animals. My experiences in AmeriCorps inspired me to pursue further study in environmental education which incorporates my lifelong passion for the outdoors, wildlife, and experiential education. While earning my Master’s degree in Natural Science and Environmental Education from Hamline University, I worked as a costumed interpreter at various MN historical sites. I learned a great deal of Minnesota’s amazing natural and cultural history, while also learning pioneer skills like food preservation and food gardening. I currently teacher pre-K at a nature-based school in the Twin Cities. I am inspired by my students’ awe of nature, innate understanding of natural systems, and curiosity on a daily basis.
    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!
    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.
    Jamie Madsen
    Jamie MadsenBoard Member, Elected 2019
    I grew up in St. Michael, MN snowmobiling, fishing, hockey and canoeing the BWCA. At the University of Minnesota Duluth I earned an elementary education degree. After college I married his high school sweetheart, Amy Jo. We have three daughters. I have since earned is Master’s of Education in Learning Technology. Since 1995, I have been a teacher at Rockford Middle School. Over the past eight years, we have converted the school to The Center for Environmental Studies (RMS-CES). I am passionate about promoting environmental education, mentoring teachers and incorporating the outdoors into the curriculum. At RMS-CES, we have developed and fostered partnerships with the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, Deep Portage Conservation Center, Three Rivers Park District, and 25:2 Solutions. I have also coordinated the ski club for the past 15 years. I serve on the Deep Portage Conservation Center board. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time on the North Shore, hiking, snowshoeing, and fishing. My favorite week of the year is spending a week at YMCA Camp du Nord in Ely.
    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
    I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with my degree in accounting in 2018 and have 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.
    Claire Wilson
    Claire Wilson Board Member, Elected 2019
    After completing my undergraduate degree in biology at Carleton College, I went on to receive a M.S. in Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. There I found my niche communicating science to diverse audiences. I organized an ecology field day for fourth grade students and eventually joined the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in Washington, D.C. for two years. In the summer of 2019 I found myself back in Minnesota and currently work at the University of Minnesota in the College of Biological Sciences. There I work to bring the work of CBS faculty, postdocs, students and researchers beyond the four cinder block walls of their offices. My favorite days are getting out in the field with researchers and getting to see how their work plays out first-hand.
    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.
    Sally Mattison
    Sally MattisonBoard Member, 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.

    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)