Whether or not you subscribe to the idea of New Year’s resolutions, 2019 is bringing some major changes for EENC. EENC is thrilled to announce that our executive director, Lauren Pyle, is now a full-time employee! This is a major step for our organization and will enable us to really focus on expanding and enhancing our support of environmental education across NC.
We are also welcoming new board members to our team:
- Amy Renfranz, Grandfather Mountain as President Elect
- Corey Sperling, Reedy Creek Nature Center as Education Chair
- Kelly Hendrix, Blue Jay Point County Park as Policy Chair
- Chelsea Sloggy, Union County Soil and Water Conservation District as Resource Development Co-Chair
- Jessica Metz, New Kituwah Academy as Western Section Chair
The EENC board and staff just wrapped up our annual board retreat, and we’ve got big plans for the year ahead. Stay tuned for the announcement of our new mini-grant program. We plan to unveil this new program to help our members promote excellence in environmental education by the end of February! We are also developing a diversity scholarship for the conference, inspired by past president Deborah Miller who we lost in 2018, as one of many steps our organization is taking to become more inclusive. And we’re working on clarifying and enhancing our member benefits to bring more people into our community and to better serve our current members.
Plus, we’ve got our conference in September at the Schiele, section events, and many other things planned! We’re looking forward to the year ahead for EENC and we hope you are, too.