Board of Directors
The Children & Nature Network’s Board of Directors serves as its official governing and strategic oversight body. Board members are elected to their positions and represent professions from various industries and sectors. Each an avid supporter and advocate of the children and nature movement, together their multidisciplinary expertise and skills are a critical factor in its continued success.
David Hartwell is the former President of Bellcomb Technologies Incorporated, a world-leading manufacturer of composite panels used in industrial, non-aerospace applications and unique products that has an annual capacity of 40M square feet. He sold the business in 2015. David is active on a number of boards of privately-held businesses and assisting businesses with strategic and transitional issues. He is also active in many non-profit activities and serves on the boards of the Belwin Conservancy as its President, National Audubon Society, Land Trust Alliance, Island Conservation, Mississippi River Fund, Conservation Minnesota and the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council as Chair. David and his wife Elizabeth enjoy travel and often, but not often enough, go to distant places to birdwatch, see the countryside and hike. A garden lover, his entire backyard is vegetables with the only grass in it being of the weed variety. David’s record tomato plant reached 14’ high and provided great entertainment for his four grown children and seven grandchildren. David has been a supporter of the work of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) since its earliest days. He joined the Board of Directors of C&NN in 2015.
Kim Moore Bailey
Jesse Sixkiller is an attorney at the law firm Gray Plant Mooty in Minneapolis, where he advises for-profit and non-profit clients ranging from startups to large organizations in various corporate and transactional matters. Prior to private practice, Jesse was a law clerk at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota, and prior to law school, Jesse worked on federal policy matters in Washington, DC, for the executive branch of his tribe, the Cherokee Nation. Jesse received his law degree at the University of Arizona and his undergraduate degree in both Government and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. Jesse and his growing family live in Minneapolis where they like to explore the creek near their home. His latest outdoor hobby is fly fishing.
Stephan D. Nygren
Stephan Nygren’s early career was in the hospitality industry, founding the Peasant Restaurant Group. Steve and his wife, Marie, retired to a farm just outside Atlanta with their three daughters in 1994 and six years later, he became concerned about urban sprawl invading their adopted country paradise. In 2000, Steve led the effort to create the Chattahoochee Hills Country Alliance to bring together landowners, developers and conservationists to find a mutually-agreed upon solution for balanced growth. Through two years of work and public meetings, a land use plan was adopted to preserve 70% of the 40,000 acres on the edge of Atlanta while providing 20% more housing than the traditional suburban sprawl yield. In 2004, the Nygrens began Serenbe to demonstrate an environmental concept for community development interlaced with agriculture activity and a range of housing choices mixed with shops, galleries, restaurants and an Inn located in the historic farm compound. The result is reminiscent of century-old communities. For more information on Serenbe, you may visit www.serenbe.com. Steve is an enthusiastic supporter of the work of the Children & Nature Network, attended his first C&NN conference in 2010, and joined the Board of Directors in 2014.
Dr. Gail C. Christopher
Dr. Gail C. Christopher is an award winning social change agent and former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), one of the world’s largest philanthropies.
She is the visionary for and architect of the WKKF led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America. TRHT is an adaptation of the globally recognized Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) model. TRHT evolved from the decade long WKKF America Healing, racial equity and racial healing initiative, designed and led by Dr. Christopher. Over the last ten years she has had responsibility for several other areas of foundation programming. These include, Food, Health and Well-Being, Leadership, Public Policy, Community Engagement and place-based funding in New Orleans and New Mexico.
In August of 2017, Dr. Christopher left her leadership position with WKKF to launch the Maryland based Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature; and to devote more time to writing and speaking on issues of health, racial healing and human capacity for caring. She is currently Chair of the Board of the Trust for America’s Health and a Fellow of The National Academy of Public Administration.
Nancy Herron joins the Board of Directors of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) in 2015 after serving as a C&NN Senior Associate and on the grassroots leadership team since the early days of C&NN. Nancy is a retired Outreach and Education Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, with over 21 years of experience in nature and outdoor recreation education. She is the recipient of multiple awards in leadership and education innovation. She has been a director of several non-profits, a teacher, a reporter and columnist. Some of the highlights of her career include co-founding a five-county hospice in rural Kansas, director of a respite care center for children with disabilities in Virginia, a teacher of children with learning disabilities and a VISTA volunteer for adult literacy. Nancy is co-founder of Texas Children in Nature (TCiN), a consortium of regional collaboratives with over 400 organizations who share the vision of reconnecting Texans with nature. Each region reflects its own character and needs while guided by TCiN’s strategic plan, the development of which Nancy led and coordinated. Shortly after its release, Nancy was asked to direct a similar effort to create Texas’ Environmental Literacy Plan, a plan that former First Lady Laura Bush then launched.
Fran P. Mainella
Fran Mainella is a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. She is also President of Fran Mainella Consulting,LLC. Director Mainella served nearly six years as the 16th Director and the first woman to lead the U. S. National Park Service and served 12 years as Director of Florida’s State Parks. She has also served as executive director of the Florida Recreation and Park Association and as president of both the National Recreation and Park Association and the National Association of State Park Directors. Recipient of numerous awards, Fran is the Outgoing Chair of the Children and Nature Network, having served as a member of C&NN’s Board of Directors since 2010. She is also Founding Co-Chair of the US Play Coalition, Chair of the Pugsley Award committee and Fellow of the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators, Chair of the Public Lands Advisory Council to the National Environmental Education Foundation, a member of Newsweek Magazine’s Environmental Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Directors for the National Park Trust, member of the Foundation for Sustainable Parks and Recreation, member of the South Florida National Park Trust, and a highly-sought public speaker.
Lisa Moore is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Services for PlayCore, a leading play and recreation company. In this role she is responsible for the company’s strategic services which includes market analysis and strategic planning, corporate communications & marketing, e-business, and human resources. She also leads the Company’s Center for Professional Development overseeing a variety of independent research initiatives, national partnerships, curricula and programming development, advocacy initiatives and resources, and accredited professional development services that promote the value of play and recreation across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to PlayCore, Lisa served people of all abilities in a variety of educational and medical settings and is passionate about dynamic service delivery models that meet the unique needs of individuals, families, and communities. Lisa is active in her professional and local communities, she believes in the power of outdoor play and recreation, and is committed to building communities through nature-rich play for children and families of all abilities. She joined the Board of the Children & Nature Network in 2015.
David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College. The Oberlin Project was formed out of David Orr’s vision of full-spectrum sustainability: an all encompassing joint venture by the town and College to create a thriving, sustainable and environmentally friendly community in Oberlin. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees and other awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging “persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy.” His career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change. He is the author of seven books and co-editor of three others. In addition to serving on the Board of the Children & Nature Network, he has served as a Trustee for many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and the Bioneers. He has been a Trustee and/or advisor to ten foundations.
Stephen J. Pont, MD, MPH, FAAP
Hannah Quimby serves as Executive Director of the Quimby Family Foundation, an organization with the mission to grow human wholeness by fostering the relationship between people and nature. Prior to her current role, Hannah worked to grow her family’s business, Burt’s Bees, as a territory manager and corporate trainer. Hannah holds a graduate degree in Integrative Health, is a certified fitness instructor and nutritionist, and graduated from the 2015 Exponent Philanthropy Next Gen Fellows program.Hannah was raised in an off the grid cabin, surrounded by forest to explore, and hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine as a young adult. These experiences imbued her with a deep love for wilderness and an appreciation of how outdoor time and human health go hand in hand. She’s committed to supporting access to value forming outdoor experiences for all.
Hannah is a trustee of three family foundations, serves on the Advisory Board of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, and is an Outreach Ambassador with the Outdoors Empowered Network.
Laura Turner Seydel
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children.
Laura is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and is currently the chair of the board; in 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.
Laura serves on the boards of her family’s foundations: The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She is vice chair of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Carter Center Board of Councilors; she also serves on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta.
Laura is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and environmental awards, including the League of Conservation Voters Environmental Hero Award, the SCLC Drum Major for Justice Award, the Healthy Child Healthy World’s Mom on a Mission for Service Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s Legacy Award, the YWCA Academy of Women Achievement Award, the National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence, the Andrew Young Foundation Pass on Blessings Award, and is a Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Legacy of Leadership Honoree.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oglethorpe University and is a contributing eco-editor and environmental speaker living with her husband, Rutherford, and their three children in their home, EcoManor, the first LEED-certified Gold residence in the Southeast.
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder; The Nature Principle; and Vitamin N. Translated into 22 languages, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children, their families and communities to nature. His most recent book is Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs.
He is co-founder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, which supports a new nature movement.
In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson, Sir David Attenborough and President Jimmy Carter. Among other awards, Louv is also the recipient of the Cox Award for 2007, Clemson University’s highest honor, for “sustained achievement in public service.”
He speaks frequently around the world, including keynote addresses presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, the first White House Summit on Environmental Education, the Congress of the New Urbanism, the International Healthy Parks Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and the national Friends of Nature Conference in Beijing, China.
Louv has written for the New York Times, the Times of London, Parents Magazine and many other publications. and has appeared on CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and other programs. Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather hike than write.