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About Us

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Our Mission

Salem Environmental Education creates awareness and understanding of our relationship to the environment, working in partnerships with our community. Our environmental education programs teach and motivate people to become active stewards of our environment.

Who Are We?

We are a nonprofit organization who have years of experience working with a wide range of ages from toddlers to senior citizens. We are committed to quality environmental education programming developed by SEE educators and are responsive to others from the community who come to us with requests for support of their educational programming. These partnerships with schools, agencies, and other community organizations at little or no cost are a unique feature of our organization.

Our Team

Board Member – President

JONATHAN YODER

Jon was an award winning science teacher at North Salem High School for 23 years, ending his formal education career as the Science Specialist and the STEM Specialist for the Salem-Keizer School District. He organized efforts on the Mill Creek Project, a restoration and educational project that lead to the construction of a community-school environmental learning center. Jon has been involved with numerous local and state initiatives around environmental education . He has been a consultant and provided professional development nationally and has published a number of guides on community-based education.

Board Member – Treasurer

GAIL GREDLER

Gail is a semi-retired horticulturist with a long-time interest in environmental education. She has served as horticulture instructor at Chemeketa Community College, education director at the Oregon Garden, community horticulturist for the Oregon State University Extension Service, and Executive Director of Oregon Community Trees. She is particularly interested in the world of plants, but enjoys teaching about all aspects of the natural world.

Board Member – Secretary

RYAN KINNETT

Ryan has been teaching environmental education for nearly 20 years. His experiences include being an Outdoor School instructor, Wilderness Ranger with the U.S. Forest Service, high school science teacher, 4-H After-School STEM-based Service Learning Program Coordinator with OSU Extension Service, Interpretation with Oregon State Parks, Caretakers of the Environment International Educator and Coordinator, and Community Relations Coordinator with Gilbert House Children’s Museum. Ryan believes in providing authentic learning experiences that connect people to nature and their community while developing a sense of stewardship and citizenship.

Board Member

ALAN PENNINGTON

Alan grew up in Arkansas and graduated with a BA in Biology from Hendrix College in 1982. Prior to moving to the Salem area in 1997, Alan was a science and math teacher in three foreign countries—Indonesia, Spain, and North Carolina. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1999 with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Health and was employed at the City of Salem as a Natural Resource Outreach Specialist to work on water quality and salmon issues. He joined Marion County’s Public Works as a Waste Reduction Coordinator in the summer of 2008 and heads up the EarthWISE program for the county.

Board Member

JOHN RUSSELL

After receiving a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ohio State University, John moved to Oregon to pursue his career. For over 40 years, John worked for public agencies, including the City of Salem, the City of Bend and the State of Oregon Department of State Lands. He worked in redevelopment and related urban planning issues, particularly including affordable housing and redevelopment of central cities and other blighted areas. John has previously served on other nonprofit Boards, including the YMCA and Salem Community Development Corporation (affordable housing provider).

Board Member

KAILEIGH WESTERMANN

Kaileigh grew up in the Puget Sound region and moved to Salem in 2008 to play basketball and pursue her undergraduate degree in environmental science at Willamette University. Kaileigh first began working as a lab technician in a water quality lab and then became interested in the education and engagement side of environmental science, so she transitioned to working in the Salem-Keizer School District. In June, 2016 she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Sustainability Education from Portland State University. Her most recent position was working for the environmental department at the Port of Portland, as the waste minimization project coordinator. She hopes to contribute to the environmental education and influence of sustainability in the Salem community.