Staff and Consultants
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.
International Network and Research Network Consultant
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., served as founding President and CEO of C&NN from April 2006 to July 2013. Cheryl is an innovator, entrepreneur, author, and educator who is among those instrumental in developing the worldwide movement to reconnect children and nature.
Grassroots Leaders and Research Network Organizer & International Conference Manager
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.
Lead Organizer, Natural Leaders Network and Legacy Camps
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.
Senior Natural Leaders 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.
Monica Lopez Magee
Director, Family Initiatives
Monica has turned a love of the outdoors into a career promoting nature exploration, environmental education, and stewardship. Through her sixteen years of nonprofit work, she has been involved in all stages of program implementation and development from spearheading youth education programs and community-service initiatives, strategic planning, fundraising, and organizing communications campaigns. Monica is excited to assume her role as director of family initiatives, so she may continue to engage children in nature-rich experiences.
Webmaster and Systems Administrator
Ana Moses is a dynamic, passionate, and results-oriented technology professional with experience that includes marketing, strategy, social and community engagement. She possesses the unique blend of creativity and analytical skill. A keen web strategist with a balance between strategic planning and operational skill.
Director, Cities and Nature
Mikaela is an energetic, passionate policy expert. For the past eight years, she has used her policy expertise to advance public health and transportation strategies at both the national and local level. Mikaela looks forward to working with cities across the country to create innovative ways to create equitable access to nature. Prior to joining C&NN, Mikaela worked for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership as part of the national Programs & Policy team. Mikaela is based in Los Angeles, CA and is devoted to making healthier, more vibrant communities.
Director, Content Strategy
Jenette is Director of Content Strategy at C&NN. She brings over 17 years of experience to the role and was a health and environmental reporter and documentary film producer for PBS, ABC, CBS & National Geographic before shifting into nonprofit communications and content. Jenette is passionate about nature and the environment and sits on an Advisory Board for the Endangered Species Coalition.
Assistant Director Natural Leaders Network
Mike is Assistant Director of C&NN’s Natural Leaders Network. For nearly 20 years Mike has worked to connect environmental and social justice, particularly within faith communities. He has served on the staffs of the national Episcopal Church, Earth Ministry, and Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. Mike has edited/partially authored three books: Simpler Living, Compassionate Life; Food and Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread; and Money and Faith: The Search for Enough. He lives in Seattle, enjoys most anything outdoors, and enjoys ice cream as much as any kid out there.
Assistant Director of Advancement
Mollie is the Assistant Director of Advancement 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.
Research Library Curator
Ruth Wilson, Ph.D. has over 30 years as a teacher and teacher educator and now devotes most of her time to writing and consulting on issues relating to young children and nature. She wrote her first book on connecting children with nature (Fostering a Sense of Wonder during the Early Childhood Years) in 1993 and has since written several other books and numerous articles on this same topic. Her most recent book, Learning is in Bloom, was published by Gryphon House in 2016.
Director, Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities
Jaime is a strategic thinker, partnership builder, program developer, fundraiser and conservationist who is thrilled to help make green schoolyards the norm. She is the former Vice President of Community Engagement and Education at Openlands in Chicago, where she grew the organization’s school-based programs to include a substantial school garden and teacher training program for elementary and high school students, and launched its green schoolyard program, Space to Grow.
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