Board of Directors
The KAEE Board of Directors is a working board that provides guidance at the policy level aimed at enhancing environmental education professional development efforts across the state, region, and nation. Keeping in mind KAEE’s vision of a sustainable world where environmental and social responsibility drive individual and institutional choices, board members work together and lead the association toward achieving the KAEE mission to increase environmental knowledge and community engagement in Kentucky through the power of environmental education. Ultimately, the board works collectively to guide KAEE’s work to promote excellence in environmental education and provide support, resources, and networking opportunities to Kentucky’s community of educators.
The KAEE Board of Directors consists of 15 members, five of whom are officers: chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, and immediate past chair. New board members are elected each fall at the annual KAEE conference and join a core team of KAEE representatives from across Kentucky. Board members serve two years as they work to provide strong leadership for the organization and improve environmental education efforts throughout the state.
MEET OUR BOARD
Dan Pascucci, Chair
Whitney Wurzel, Past Chair
Pony Meyer, Board Member
Jenny Sánchez, Board Member
Rae McEntyre, Vice Chair
Jennifer Beach, Board Member
Jason Nally, Board Member
Erin Sliney, Board Member
Jackie Gallimore, Secretary
Meg Gravil, Board Member
John Pollpeter, Board Member
Terry Wilson, Advisory Board Member
Vivian Bowles, Treasurer
Rhonda Lamb, Board Member
Henrietta Sheffel, Board Member
BOARD MEMBER ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The KAEE Board of Directors is a working board. Members work together and lead the association toward achieving the KAEE Mission to Increase environmental knowledge and community engagement in Kentucky through the power of environmental education. The Board provides guidance at the policy level aimed at enhancing environmental education professional development efforts across the state, region, and nation. KAEE will advocate for environmental education, but KAEE will not advocate for any particular environmental issue.
BOARD GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
The Governance Committee is charged with:
Identifying current board needs related to KAEE board membership and board development.
Selecting a slate of candidates to fill board officer and board member vacancies.
Ensuring the current board receives any professional development it needs to fulfill its legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
The Governance Committee is made up of a five-member appointed committee that includes the past chair, two board members, and two KAEE members-at-large. The two KAEE members-at-large will serve a one year appointment. In order to qualify for this position, you must be a current KAEE member in good standing. You must be able to participate in several conference calls and review documents before the calls. Previous knowledge of KAEE’s mission, vision, and long-range plan is preferred.
All board nominations, including both Board officers and Board members, will be submitted to the Governance Committee. The Governance Committee will use a matrix to determine gaps in the current board composition related to gender, geographic location, race, age, skills, and the vocations of current members. From that analysis, the Governance Committee will submit a non-competitive slate of candidates for each elective board position and office to be filled. The slate of candidates will be presented to the membership for final approval.