Ashley Hoffman has served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education since 2010. She holds a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University School of Business and Nonprofit Administration. She also currently serves as a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Affiliate Network Working Group, a member of the NAAEE Advisory Council, and as the Executive Director of the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA). The Affiliate Network represents the state, provincial and regional environmental education organizations of NAAEE. The SEEA is a collaboration of environmental education organizations in the eight southeast states (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN). Ashley is a Certified Professional Environmental Educator and a certified member of the NAAEE Guidelines Trainers Bureau. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new places and enjoying time in the outdoors with her family.
Brittany has been working with the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education since 2016. Prior to working with KAEE, she was a formal educator, teaching sixth grade math and seventh grade science. She holds a B.S. degree in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in math and science. In May 2016 she earned a Masters degree in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Environmental Education. Brittany earned her Environmental Education Endorsement through Eastern Kentucky University. She now serves as the state co-coordinator for Project WET, and as the state coordinator for the Leopold Education Project and Project WILD. In her free time, Brittany enjoys spending time with her husband and amazing kiddos, playing outside, and seeing live music.
Katherine joined KAEE in 2020 and is an experienced educator, program organizer, and exhibit designer. Prior to working with KAEE, Katherine was the Discovery Education Director at The Living Arts & Science Center in Lexington, for more than 14 years. She has particular interests in hands-on education and environmental literacy and is excited to serve as a support person for environmental education initiatives across the state. Katherine is passionate about helping people explore the outdoors, and in her free time enjoys doing the same with family and friends.
Michelle joined KAEE in 2021. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2013 with degrees in Psychology and English. She has experience working with nonprofits and participating in community building and engagement. A life-long Kentuckian, Michelle has always been passionate about the native plants and wildlife of her Appalachian hometown. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and has recently developed an obsession with houseplants. She currently lives in central Kentucky with her husband and kiddo, and their three dogs.
Leigh joined KAEE as development director in 2022 after serving as outreach coordinator in 2019 and 2020. Her career has always centered around education, whether in the fields of higher ed, health and wellness, international, or environmental. She is a certified professional environmental educator and is trained in Project WET, Project WILD, and Project Learning Tree. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Centre College in 2008 and lives in central Kentucky. Some of her favorite things include books, beaches, baking, hiking, tulips, and mountains. Despite living in a landlocked state, her heart is most at home by the ocean, and she is a firm believer in Isak Dinesen's advice that "the cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea."