Staff & Consultants
Staff & Directors
Sarah Milligan Toffler
Director of City Initiatives
Paxton has over 20 years of experience connecting people of all ages to the natural world. Prior to joining C&NN she developed hands-on exhibits at living museums including the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, The New York Botanical Garden and the Maritime Aquarium. Paxton’s primary goal for all projects has been to create unique opportunities to engage with nature that leads to a lifelong love of the natural world.
Lead Organizer, Natural Leaders Network
CJ Goulding has worked with Washington’s North Cascades Institute introducing teens to backpacking and canoe camping trips, and has also served with the Student Conservation Association as a Community Crew Leader working with high school students in the city parks and green spaces of Seattle and Edmonds.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Margaret is a policy and program architect who connects environmental learning and play with the goals of achieving health and wellness for all children. She is a national leader in designing programs that increase outdoor physical activity, mental health, and healthy lifestyles for children and families.
Linda joined the C&NN team in 2014, supporting all things administrative. As a daughter of farmers, she spent her childhood outside and wishes every child could do the same today. With a degree in music education, she is often found singing, playing piano, or going to concerts (often outdoors) with her husband and three children in Minneapolis.
Director of Leadership Development and the Natural Leaders Network
Administrative Coordinator, Natural Leaders Network
Amir Nia, proud alumnus of California State University, Long Beach, serves as the Administrative Coordinator for the Natural Leaders Network. Amir works across initiatives to support organizational goals and coordinates logistics for NLN trainings.
Director of Network Communications
Director, Natural Families Network
Program & Communications Manager
Mollie is the Program & Communications Manager for C&NN. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management and a Minor in Sustainability Studies from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. For nearly a decade, Mollie has played a key role in developing and implementing strategic programs for diverse audiences—ranging from science and sustainability programs for international scholars, to outdoor adventure programs for youth and families, to training programs for community leaders in the U.S. and abroad—all with the goal of bringing people closer to each other and nature, to foster lasting engagement and stewardship.
Robyn Bjornsson is the executive assistant for C&NN. She provides support and administrative services for the network and responds to information requests. Prior to joining C&NN, Robyn worked with low income families in various non-profit organizations, primarily as a program director of a childcare subsidy program. Robyn received her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and master’s degree in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two daughters and in San Diego.
Avery Cleary is the co-founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative and leads C&NN’s initiative to connect, support and empower Grassroots Leaders. She currently guides the team of Grassroots Leaders and C&NN staff who are committed to creating avenues of access to the latest tools, resources and research on Network Leadership Principles and Strategies.
Cathy Jordan, PhD, LP, pediatric neuropsychologist by training, is an associate professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She is also an Extension Specialist in the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality. Cathy was the Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Extension’s Children, Youth and Family Consortium from 2004 until July, 2014. Cathy earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Wayne State University in 1991.
Natural Leaders Network Advisor
Martin LeBlanc is a leading voice in the movement to reconnect children and nature. As a teenager, Martin’s own life was turned around through an outdoor experience. Since then, he has gained experience in government and the non-profit sector to unite diverse partners toward the goal of giving each child an outdoor experience.