MEET THE BOARD
Tate grew up in the Pacific Northwest devoted to the outdoors. He studied biology at Western Washington University and then earned a Master’s degree in Raptor Biology from Boise State University. In working as an ornithologist, primarily studying owls and songbirds, Tate recognized the critical importance of engaging the general public with the objectives of scientific research. With a passion to conserve biodiversity around the world, Tate now serves as Director of The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho.
Board Vice President
Julie is an Idaho native who grew up on a farm in North Idaho. As farming duties would allow, her family hunted, fished, and camped for recreation. Her environmental connections, framework and ethic are founded in those experiences. Idaho’s land and natural resources have continuously provided a living and quality of life for which she will always be grateful and she feels a strong obligation to give back to and protect “our home” in any way she can – she has chosen education as that vehicle. Julie has a teaching degree from University of Idaho (UI) and did masters studies at UI as well in natural resources to enhance her knowledge base and skills. She has been an environmental education practitioner for over 25 years and an active and long-term member of IdEEA. Julie is in support of Idaho’s environment, those who work and live off the land, and those who share in the work of enhancing knowledge and connections to our natural world.
Secretary and Membership Guru
Curtis Evans is the Education Coordinator with the Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey. He is passionate about science, education, and nature. Find Curtis at your local Scottish jam session where he plays accordion.
Laura is currently Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Canyon County Departments of Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources. Canyon County Parks is dedicated to preserving the cultural and natural resources of our County as recreational and educational opportunities for our citizens and visitors. They provide free, place-based field trip programming to over 12,000 students (150 schools and educational organizations) each year. Laura received a master’s degree from the University of Idaho, via their McCall Outdoor Science School graduate program, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from The College of Idaho in Caldwell. An Idaho native, Laura grew up in Parma, Idaho.
Director / Webmaster
Passionate about hands-on learning and community involvement, Emma has worked as an environmental educator and volunteer coordinator for many years. After living in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, Emma found her way to Idaho. Emma currently is the State Manager of the Idaho Conservation Corps, an organization that focuses on experiential environmental learning and job experience.
Genny is ecstatic to serve on the board of IdEEA! She has been inspired by IdEEA since attending the conference in 2009. Genny has lived in Idaho most of her life and began teaching Environmental Education at the McCall Outdoor Science School in 2008. At The College of Idaho she studied Environmental Science, ran for the cross country team, and studied abroad in Cuzco, Peru. As a graduate student in Bioregional Planning and Community design she wrote her thesis on Two Methodologies to Involve Youth in the Public Planning Process, which still influences her teaching and . She has worked and volunteered for many local organizations in the Treasure Valley including Zoo Boise, the MK Nature Center, The Cabin, and the New Roots Program with the Golden Eagle Audubon Society. She currently works at Roots Forest Preschool and does independent contracting in McCall. In her free time Genny explores Idaho with her husband Andrew, spends time with her family, and races ultramarathons around the region.
Julia enjoyed an upbringing of outdoor exploration in the hardwood forests and abundant fields of Upstate New York. After completing her B.S. in Wildlife Science at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, she accepted various jobs in the natural sciences, working as a wildlife biologist, naturalist, and environmental educator throughout the United States and Canada. During the summer of 2012, a wildlife rehabilitation internship in McCall, Idaho left her lovestruck by its incredible landscape, and although she left to continue her varied environmental work, and to achieve her M.S. in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England in 2015, it was always a dream of hers to move back to Idaho. In the fall of 2016, after educating as a guide in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Julia finally found her way back to McCall and began teaching nature-based preschool at Roots Forest School. Enjoying a diversity of hobbies in the mountains and forests brings her great joy, especially when coupled with the opportunity to help instill a sense of wonderment and stewardship for the amazing place she lives!
Sheralynn manages education network projects, outreach, and development administration for RISE Education Partnership. She previously worked as Education Coordinator for the City of Boise's Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center and was a Field instructor of McCall Outdoor Science School. Sheralynn has her master’s in Environmental Education/Natural Resources from University of Idaho and a degree in History and Communications. With a strong background in STEM and community-based collaborations, she brings extensive experience in volunteer coordination, collaborative action and relationship cultivation.
Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways we describe this invaluable member of our team. John Maki's background in finance and banking are crucial to IdEEA's success.