The Arkansas Environmental Education Association is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. Directors serve for a tenure of two years. Any member of AEEA can seek election as a member of the board. The current Board of Directors is listed below.
AEEA Board of Directors 2018
Rob Beadel has served since 2008 as the Director of Forestry Education for the Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation (AFAEF). In this position he serves as the state coordinator for Project Learning Tree (PLT) and also coordinates landowner education programs throughout the state. In 1995, Rob graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Arkansas Tech University. He has been involved in Environmental Education since 1995 having worked for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Rob had served on several environmental education boards at both the state and national levels. He has served on the Arkansas Environmental Education Association board of directors completing two terms as the Board President and on the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Affiliate Steering Committee. He recently completed a three-year appointment as the PLT Coordinator Representative on the Education Operating Committee for National PLT. Rob resides in Benton.
Tiffany Dunn, Vice President | Recycle Saline | 2018-2019
Tiffany Dunn has been with Recycle Saline: A Solid Waste District since 2012 and serves as the Marketing and Education Coordinator. In this position, she oversees the award winning, YEA! Team program working with teachers and students on their recycling programs in their schools. She developed and annually produces Re-Fashion Bash “Where Green Is The New Black” a recycling fashion show where students create designs out of recycled and reusable material for the runway.
Tiffany received her B.A. in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is very committed to her community, actively serving on the Board of Directors for Keep Bryant Beautiful, Benton Matters, and recently AEEA. She is also a member of the Arkansas Recycling Coalition and SWANA. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter visiting park, hiking, and traveling.
Brad Robertson, Treasurer | United Way | 2018-2019
Katie Gusewelle grew up in Little Rock, AR and has been a middle school science teacher within the Little Rock School District (LRSD) at two different campuses since 2011. She received a BA in Environmental Studies from Hendrix College in 2010. After working as a science educator in an after-school program, she decided to pursue education full time. She received her M.Ed in Middle Childhood Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2012. She has served as a leader on several committees within the science department of the LRSD including textbook selection, curriculum mapping, science fair chair, and administrative leadership. Watching students become passionate about science, the environment, and STEM is the ultimate goal for any science teacher, and she tries to increase environmental awareness within her classroom daily. She has partnered with the Arkansas Geologic Society, the Audubon Society, UALR, and other organizations around the state to bring real-world experience to her students. She currently lives in Little Rock, and enjoys kayaking, hiking, and seeing all that the Natural State has to offer!
Sarah DeVries is an Environmental Analyst III for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) section of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) Environmental Division. As part of her work, Sarah assists AHTD central office and district personnel plan with public participation, pollution prevention measures, appropriate BMP selection and application, and compliance with environmental regulations for the NPDES MS4 permit and statewide General permit. Previously, Sarah worked on watershed protection efforts at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Arkansas Rural Water Association. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR and her Masters degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts . Sarah’s passion for environmental protection began as a child when her family became ill from drinking contaminated well water. This early experience inspired her to focus on addressing water quality and involving stakeholders in pollution prevention measures.
Trish Ouei is an urban stormwater educator at the Benton County Cooperative Extension Service under the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Trish has a BS degree in Health Education and a Master’s in Educational Technologies. She has served as treasurer, VP, and President for AEEA and is re-joining the BOD after taking a couple of years off. Her career experience allows her to not only look at environmental education from the water quality side, but also with a public health eye and a solid waste management perspective. She has conducted and coordinated local, state, and regional trainings, multi-day conferences, and community education programming. Trish enjoys the hustle and bustle of Northwest Arkansas but still loves getting to roam thru the country side like she did growing up in the Arkansas River Valley.
Larry spent his retirement years from 2005 to 2013 working on his inventions. His first project was looking at how recycling was being accomplished, and then how to make it more convenient so that a greater number of items could be collected. After numerous different sizes, colors, dividers, materials, and lastly in-home tests, the current container is the result. Larry was able to see his idea come to fruition. A container that fits right inside your kitchen, collects more recycling items than any other recycling program, “including plastic bags, Styrofoam, computer parts, glass, and sorts them as they are placed inside. During this process he found that pharmaceutical, OTC medications, and vitamins are polluting are drinking water and that there is no known way to remove these pollutants. Thus hatched the concept of his Stat-Medicament-Disposal bottle.
Michelle is a Development Management Specialist for Communities Unlimited. She is a native of Northwest Arkansas whose childhood fascination with the outdoors influenced her career. Michelle has been involved in environmental education and conservation for over 15 years with experience developing and delivering curriculum related to a wide variety of environmental topics. She has coordinated numerous conservation events around Northwest Arkansas and has actively engaged hundreds of volunteers in conservation and restoration activities.
Michelle has a BA from Hendrix College in Environmental Ethics and a Masters in Management and Leadership from the George Herbert Walker School of Business with Webster University. Michelle is actively involved in her community. Currently she serves as the President of the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society Chapter. She was the 2015 Volunteer Chair for the Washington County Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Committee. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Beaver Watershed Alliance and the Multi-Basin Regional Water Council. Michelle is an active Project Learning Tree facilitator, training teachers and educators around Arkansas. In her free time she enjoys gardening, reading, canoeing, and exploring her own backyard with her family.