The board of directors for Environmental Educators of North Carolina is elected by the membership and oversees the organization. Board members plan the annual conference, help develop partnerships, seek funding for the organization, manage EENC memberships, communicate EENC activities and news to the membership, and set and manage the annual budget for the organization. Section chairs organize section-specific events and help spread the word about the activities by members within their section. We have an all-volunteer board and 100% of our board members contribute financially to the organization each year.
EENC's work is also supported by an executive director, program coordinator, and a communications and relationship manager.
President Elect: Kyra Thurow Bartow
Resource Development Co-Chair: Clay Wooldridge
Resource Development Co-Chair: Sammy Bauer
Past President: Elise Tellez
Lauren Pyle is the Executive Director for the Environmental Educators of North Carolina. Lauren got into environmental education completely by accident. Lauren graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Biology and M.A.T. in Secondary Education, and the goal of being a high school biology teacher. Instead, she started as a temporary summer camp instructor and got hooked on nonformal education. After nearly 10 years teaching in nonformal settings in the Asheville area, in January 2018 she became EENC’s first Executive Director. Lauren works to increase environmental literacy throughout North Carolina by advancing EENC’s strategic priorities, building partnerships, supporting EENC's programming and operations, and coordinating fundraising and development.
Outside of EENC, Lauren enjoys gardening and playing outside near her home in western NC with her husband and two young children. You can contact her by e mail.
Michelle Pearce is EENC's Program Coordinator. She manages professional development programs and supports a variety of projects that make EENC a go-to resource for environmental educators in our state. Michelle is a certified North Carolina Environmental Educator and has a Master's of Arts in Education with a focus in Science Education. Her passion is empowering educators with tools that will help them provide equitable and inclusive learning. She is a long time member of EENC and has served on the Board of Directors as Membership Chair, Education Chair, and as the 2016 President. You can contact Michelle by email.
As EENC’s Communications & Relationships Manager, Grace Baucom coordinates communication campaigns and projects designed to strengthen our statewide community of members and donors. Grace is a Certified North Carolina Environmental Educator and an NAI Certified Interpretive Guide passionate about fostering curious minds and sustainable communities through environmental education. She graduated from NC State University with degrees in Extension Education and Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, and minors in Environmental Education, Spanish, and Parks & Recreation. When offline, Grace enjoys exploring hiking trails and campsites across the state. You can contact Grace by email.