BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Director: Terran McGinnis

Terran McGinnis is a passionate environmental educator and has been for as long as she can remember. Personally, it began as a child when she would talk about animals to anyone who would listen. Professionally it began during college when she worked as park ranger in her home state of California: starting in the regional parks and ending up as an Interpretive Ranger at Yosemite National Park. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!), Terran entered the world of zoo and aquarium education, and there she has remained for 26 years. Grateful to be able to tell the most fanciful, inspiring, mesmerizing, and true stories about the planet, Terran has watched in awe as this career has taken her from the mountains to the coast of California and from the First Coast to the Keys and back again in Florida. 

Among her favorite aspects of this field are the partnerships and camaraderie that she finds with her colleagues. As the Manager of Education and Community Development at Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the Membership Chair for the Florida Marine Science Educators Association, and the Education Committee Chair for the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, Terran looks forward to pulling the best of all she's seen and learned into her new role as the Executive Director of the League of Environmental Educators in Florida. Florida has so much nature to protect, learn about, and connect with, and environmental educators make that happen, so let's get to work!


OFFICERS

President: Dustin Angell

Hi, my name is Dustin Angell and this is my second time serving as LEEF President. When I switched from the science center world to environmental education in 2013, LEEF became my lifeline. Through LEEF I was connected to resources, training, and – most importantly – a network of educators from around the state. I really can’t imagine my career without the tools and inspiration provided by LEEF. I am honored to serve on the board and hope my efforts can help others find what they need to be the best educators they can.

I am an environmental educator and conservation photographer living and working in the Headwaters of the Florida Everglades. As Director of Education at Archbold Biological Station in Venus, Florida, I manage interns and volunteers, and oversees education and programs for all ages. Originally from Syracuse, NY, I have a Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in Alfred, NY. I am interested in using photography to promote the research, conservation, and education happening in Florida. Whether through nature tours or photo exhibitions, I see myself as a storyteller who helps people develop their relationship with nature.

Past President, Membership, and SEEA Representative: Sarah Davis

Ever since I can remember the outdoor world was a part of me. I truly believe the roots of scouting that inspired my parents and grandparents encouraged me to be curious about the outdoors, continue with scouting and feel at home outside. Now I strive to connect people of all ages to nature including my family. Environmental Education is about sharing the curiosities and mysteries of nature, learning about the ecosystems, encouraging critical thinking about science and using the natural environment as a context for teaching and learning.

My name is Sarah Davis and I am proud to continue serving LEEF this year as the past president. I have been involved with LEEF, now for over ten years, to support our profession as environmental educators – to engage citizens of all ages and teach all how to make informed decisions about our natural world. Outside of LEEF you can find me coordinating 4-H youth development for Sarasota County through the University of Florida IFAS Extension or mothering two beautiful and smart independent 12 and 14 year-old daughters, hiking, kayaking and camping whenever possible.

President Elect: Vacant

Treasurer, Florida Environmental Literacy Plan, and SEEA Representative: Vicki Crisp

Today’s generation of children is the first to grow up almost entirely indoors. Our children are spending more time in front of a screen than they are outside. The greatest gift we can give to our children is a love for the outdoors, and the greatest gift we can give to the outdoors is a generation of children who love it.  The League of Environmental Educators in Florida (LEEF) strives to ensure Florida’s children have daily opportunities to know and love their natural world—to engage in education in the environment, about the environment, and for the environment. 

My name is Vicki Crisp and I am the current LEEF Treasurer.  I have been an active member of LEEF for more than 30 years.  Although I am a formal teacher by training, I am an environmental educator by passion.  LEEF is my support system that allows me to network, learn, and bring sound environmental education to Floridians.

Secretary: Robin Reccasina

HI, my name is Robin Reccasina and I have been LEEF’s Board Secretary since 2011. I am also the Executive Director at the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital in Coral Springs, FL where I have served in all capacities as an employee since 2014 and volunteer since the late 90’s.

I enjoyed a childhood with the freedom to explore the outdoors at my leisure and have always been amazed at the wonders of nature. I enjoy sharing my discoveries with others which led me to life of teaching both in and out of the classroom for over 30 years. LEEF offers a great forum to learn and network with others who share the same passion.

Native to North Carolina, I have been in Florida since 1996 where my husband and I have raised two children.


DIRECTORS

Director 1: Vacant

Director 2: Vacant

Director 3: Karen Johnson

Hello, my name is Karen Johnson, Science Educator and Academic Coach for Hillsborough County Public Schools and previous Coordinator of Nature's Classroom Environmental Education Center. My passion is to connect people to the world around them… a connection that we are increasingly losing.  I began Outdoor Insights Environmental to facilitate a means to bridge the gap between learners, of all ages, and the world around them, by providing positive, educational experiences and adventures.  Additionally, by being a Florida Master Naturalist and active Facilitator of Environmental Education programs such as Project WET, WILD and Learning Tree, I am able to support many other educators with resources to encourage and empower their students to become responsible decision makers.

As a LEEF Board Member, it is my honor to be a part of a collaboration and networking team of individuals that share a belief in the importance of Environmental Education, in order to build an understanding and appreciation for our natural systems, for a sustainable future.  

Director 4: Dawn Miller-Walker

I am the owner and program director of Science Eye and co-founder and program director of Environmental Conservation Organization. I have over 20 years of environmental education experience teaching principals of ecosystems, conservation, ethical angling, and other aspects of plant, animal, aquatic biology, Earth, and physical sciences through hand-on, inquiry-based in-school and in-the-field programs. For me, science is not a noun, but a verb… with a passion to encourage others whether it is students PreK-3-college, teachers or the general public to have a Take Action Now! approach to conserve our precious environment.

I have been a lifetime LEEF member since I started full time in the environmental education field because it fully supports my missions and values of EE. A board member since 2014, I remain on the board because I not only support what LEEF does, but I find it comforting to be surrounded by other board members who have the same drive and passion I do for EE.

Director 5: Nicole Llinas

Director 6: Jennifer Macbeth

My name is Jennifer Macbeth and I’m happy to serve on the board of directors for LEEF. I am full time faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University and have been teaching in higher education since 1998. I am involved in environmental education because I feel it is the most important way to create change. Change happens in the individual student and through wider reaching changes in the world.  In his inaugural speech in 1994 Nelson Mandela said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” I believe that every student is born to manifest a great destiny and has the ability to create change.  One of my key examples of this ideal is embodied in the Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Wangari Maathai.  By founding the Green Belt Movement she motivated environmental changes in her country, but ultimately inspired a Nation.  My goal in teaching is to promote awareness of environmental and justice issues, develop an individual’s ability to critically analyze information and communicate it effectively, and promote engaged, service-oriented citizens.

LEEF brings together people and organizations from all aspects of environmental education that are passionate about creating this powerful change I speak of. Together I believe we have the power to change our world!

NON-VOTING MEMBERS

Historian and Communications: Dolly Cummings

Parliamentarian and Project WET: Eileen Tramontana

A native Floridian, Eileen Tramontana began her career in resource education in South Florida, moved to the Suwannee River Water Management District and finally to the St. Johns River Water Management District as education and volunteer manager.

After leaving water management due to downsizing in 2011, Eileen worked for the US Fish & Wildlife Service at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Jamestown KY and finally, Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, DeLeon Springs.

Then she moved into the non-profit realm and worked at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center in southwest Florida before accepting the position as executive director for the Trout Lake Nature Center in May 2014 where she continues to work today. She became certified as a Non-profit Manager.

During her career, Eileen worked on stormwater management, landfill design, beach renourishment, wetland mitigation, sanitary sewers and developments projects. Her eclectic work experiences, provides unexpected expertise that is valuable in resource education.

Communications: Lilian Norris

Founded in 1983, the League of Environmental Educators in Florida is the professional association for individuals and organizations dedicated to the cause of environmental education in Florida. We are the state affiliate for North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), an organization that brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of our natural world and one that has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world for over four decades.  

The League of Environmental Educators in Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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