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Our Team

Executive Director



Ashley Hoffman

​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 Wray

Deputy Director



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.  In her free time, Brittany enjoys spending time with her husband and amazing kiddos, playing outside, and seeing live music.

Perry Thomas

Program Director


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Perry Thomas joined the KAEE team as Program Director in 2024. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College and M.A. in Teaching and Ph.D. in Biology from Northern Arizona University. Perry has served as a formal educator at middle school, high school, and university levels as well as a nonformal educator with the Kentucky Division of Water and the Oldham County Soil & Water Conservation District. She is a Certified Professional Environmental Educator and KAEE Facilitator. With KAEE, Perry coordinates the Green Schools Program and district-level professional development. She also supports the facilitator network, organizes KAEE’s annual Outdoor Learning Symposium, and serves as state coordinator for Project WILD. At home, Perry and her husband Rick Thomas work with draft animals to restore pastures and woodlands on their Henry County farmstead. In her spare time, Perry enjoys tending pollinator gardens and paddling Kentucky’s waterways.

Michelle Wilson

Operations Coordinator


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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.

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