We welcome one new and two returning board members from last month’s elections:
Kathryn Venzor returns to our board and will continue to serve as our President. She is the Education Curator and oversees educational programs at the ABQ BioPark’s Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach. The programs include the BioVan and Zoo to You free school and community outreach programs, volunteer and teacher trainings on conservation and the environmental sciences, and curriculum develop on the plants and animals exhibited at the BioPark.
Originally from El Paso, Texas, Kathryn spent time in New York and Philadelphia working in museum education, and decided to return to the southwest to pursue her graduate degree in anthropology from NMSU in Las Cruces. She is passionate about promoting environmental literacy in New Mexico and helping educators obtain the tools they need to inspire our youth to become stewards for the earth and advocates for conservation and sustainability.
Colleen Langan-McRoberts, our newest board member, has been the Bernalillo County Open Space Coordinator since 2008. She created the Open Space Program, providing resource-based recreation and environmental education opportunities for the public at large. She serves as the President on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs, a not-for-profit organization that supports Master Naturalist programs throughout the country. She also manages the Bernalillo County Master Naturalist program, which has received state and national recognition.
Colleen received a Bachelor of Science from the Department of Education at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1999 and a Master’s degree in Environmental Education through UNM’s Master’s International Program. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer for three years in the Republic of Philippines. Next, Colleen worked as a research assistant for the World Wildlife Fund and then as the Growing Native Program Director at Potomac Conservancy in the Washington DC area. She finally returned to New Mexico to work for the community in her current capacity with Bernalillo County.
Cindy Griesmeyer is looking forward to continuing her service on the EEANM board as our Vice President. She retired in July 2013 after teaching for 18 years. Her teaching degree was secondary education with a minor in science and a masters in Environmental Education. Her most recent classroom incorporated art and EE, as she taught EcoArt for 4th, 5th and 6th graders for the ABQ BioPark’s summer program.
Cindy joined the EEANM Board in 2012 and has been a supportive member working with the officers, board members and members on promoting the organization. She is a Project Learning Tree workshop teacher trainer. Cindy is also a member of the Sierra Club and enjoys travel and outdoor adventures.
This article was originally published in EE Connections for Winter 2014 [PDF].