2021 Board Elections
The 2021 vote for the Board of Directors will be open until Friday, April 16, 2021.
The voting form has been emailed to all active members.
You may vote for each applicant (yes, no, or abstain).
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Andrew Wright, Director of Operations, Indier Outdoor Education
Dave Sperry, Director of Venture Outdoor Leadership, UNC Charlotte
Jamie Lewis Hedges, Director, GO•REC
Jessica Lawrence, Environmental Science and Biology Teacher, Bixby Public School
Jay Post, Asst. Professor, Parks, Recreation, & Hospitality Administration, Arkansas Tech University
Quinn Linford, Ph.D. Student, Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Science, Texas A&M University
Scott Schneider, Senior Lecturer of Outdoor Leadership at North Carolina State University
Originally from the state of Oklahoma, Andrew Wright is an outdoor professional and partner in Indier Outdoor Education, where we serves as Director of Operations. He lives with his wife Liz in the magical town of Yangshuo, China which is a world class climbing and outdoor enthusiasts destination where Indier is based. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelors in Outdoor & Community Recreation.
Prior to joining Indier in 2013, Andrew began his career in the outdoors at an early age of 16 starting as a lifeguarding and Wrangler for weekend groups. After working many different roles in summer camp , Andrew was promoted as Water Front Director in 2008, where he served as a lifeguard instructor training 35 lifeguards, and overseeing two open lake water fronts and 40 lifeguards.
After Classen, Andrew explored other camps and companies across the USA, working in Hawaii and California, before settling in 2010 on Catalina Island as the Ropes Course and Climbing Manager for Catalina Island Camps (CIC), which is a private summer camp that caters to southern California. Andrew also began working with CIC’s educational school Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP), as a Lead Instructor, which was a partnership collaboration with the Ocean Futures Society backed by Jean Michel Cousteau.
Andrew believes the power of the outdoor industry can have positive change for the world, and was profoundly impacted in his life. He has been involved in numerous different organizations and non-profits over the years, and was first introduced to the WEA in 2011 as a student presenter. As a professional member of the WEA, Andrew works with the International Committee and other volunteer positions, and strives to help the development of the WEA internationally.
Dave Sperry began his outdoor career at Camp Berea in New Hampshire in the late 1980s. On days off, he would explore local rocks, rivers, and mountains with whoever else he could drag along. He soon realized these adventures could build deep community and strengthen character. Not long after this discovery, he pursued an MS in College Student Development focusing on the use of outdoor education in a student development context.
Dave taught in the Outdoor Education Department at Montreat College for 15 years, and it was here that he was first involved with the WEA, completing a Professional Short Course NSP Certification in 1996. Since then, he has completed the updated COE training and is very excited at the forward movement the association is experiencing.
After Montreat, Dave went to HoneyRock in northern Wisconsin to coordinate Wheaton College's Outdoor and Adventure Leadership MA program and experientially-based student orientation program. He is now the director of Venture Outdoor Leadership at UNC Charlotte.
Dave is a certified Level 4 Whitewater Canoe Instructor Trainer and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor with the ACA. He is a certified provider for the PCIA. He has also spent extensive time volunteering with Camp Kewina in Bolivia.
Jamie Lewis Hedges
"My name is Jamie Lewis Hedges, and I’m the Director of GO•REC, an outdoor recreation and education destination near Traverse City, MI. I earned a masters of interdisciplinary studies in natural resources and community values researching community experiences in the outdoors. I’ve also helped nonprofits develop their digital communications. I founded University of the Ozarks’ outdoor and environmental program in Northwestern Arkansas. Additionally, I worked as Guest Services Coordinator for an environmental education center in the Cascades of Oregon, developed the outdoor adventure program at Indiana State University, and worked for Galyan’s Trading Co. My experiences include video documenting Maasai ethnomedicine in Kenya, swatting mosquitos in the Colombian Amazon, drinking Guinness in Ireland, and enjoying bánh bao in Vietnam. My work and career is focused on forging a path for the outdoor industry that advocates innovation, climate mitigation, equality in access and acceptance for all."
"My name is Jess and I am an ecologist here in Oklahoma! I am a mother to 2 beautiful kiddos, 2 dogs, 4 fish, 3 snails, and 2 hermit crabs. When I am not at school teaching, you can quickly find me out in the garden, riding bikes, or somewhere in town where there are amazing vibes, such as live music and/or the arts. If you can't find me at all, I'm out adventuring!"
"I love taking my young children into the wilderness. 9 years ago I was still considered a youth, and would wander about the states working at cool jobs, loving life and enjoying being outdoors and disconnected from the daily pull of technological distractions. After having children I quickly realized those little sweet faces I love so dearly, truly are our future leaders and decision makers. Watching them explore the outdoors, and being comfortable in all elements while having fun makes my heart smile. They will carry these positive experiences and skills with them as they enter into the world as young adults, while faced with hard decisions on how to manage our ecosystem after our consequential actions we make, on this current day."
"I am so proud to be a part of the WEA community. It's mission is crucial as well as all partnerships that can be cultivated along the journey. I sure can't wait for the day we can all come together in person and re-connect! Thank you all for this opportunity."
Jay is currently a board member and President-Elect. Jay’s first WEA experience was 2002 during an expedition in the Grand Tetons. Over the years, he has been involved with several committees. He has been lucky to travel internationally with the WEA. He has been a presenter for numerous WEA conferences including his first professional presentation in 2003. Jay is a Certified Outdoor Education. He also is a Leave No Trace Trainer and WFA instructor. After 11 years of teaching, Jay is currently an assistant professor for Recreation and Parks Administration at Arkansas Tech University.
Jay is passionate about the mission of the WEA. He is working on expanding the WEA presence internationally. He is looking forward to continuing the rollout of the credentialing programs. Another important initiative he wants to work on is the expanding number of organizational members to offer more WEA trainings.
"I am a lifelong adventurer and believer in the value of recreation for individuals, social groups, organizations and families. My teaching and guiding experiences, education, outdoor skills and interests are what lead me to the WEA. I have presented at and been a volunteer at two WEA conferences. I have an earned Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation, a Master’s degree in Youth and Family Recreation, and will soon complete a Ph.D. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Science, with an emphasis in the human dimension of natural resource management. In the course of my educational pursuits, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of recreation fields: a backpacking instructor; National Parks ranger; outdoor activities trip leader for multiple universities; professional guide for refugees, persons with disabilities, veterans and private/professional groups; and currently, I teach an Introduction to Leisure, Recreation and American Culture class at Texas A&M University. All of these experiences have opened my eyes to the life-changing impact outdoor education can have on individuals from every walk of life. Outdoor recreation is important for everyone, and everyone deserves to have access to it."
"The world is rapidly changing. With development encroaching on available wildlands and people relying on media for their leisure time more than ever before, outdoor education and experiences have never been more important. My goals in serving as a member on the board of directors of the Wilderness Education Association is to help outdoor leaders better navigate the contemporary challenges development and media create in using outdoor adventure education to improve people’s lives. I would like to further the mission of the association by assisting in the continuing curriculum and standards designs for furthering the professionalization of outdoor leaders, and to help leaders find ways to promote outdoor and adventure education."
Scott Schneider (he/him/his)
...is a Senior Lecturer of Outdoor Leadership at North Carolina State University. He teaches theory courses in outdoor leadership and activity courses in: backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, canoeing and challenge course programming. He is a certified American Mountain Guide (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Challenge Course Manager (CCM).
Scott holds a master’s of science in Recreation Management from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Adult Education at North Carolina State University. He is a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) graduate and has worked as an Assistant Instructor for the North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS).
Scott’s interest to serve as a board member of the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) comes from a desire to assist the WEA membership and contribute to the larger field of outdoor education. Scott attended the WEA conference this past year and realized some of the most transformative outdoor educators in his life utilize WEA’s Backcountry Classroom teaching methodologies. The WEA’s outdoor leadership training and certification programs are area’s Scott is passionate about contributing too. Scott would work hard to become a Certified Outdoor Educator (CEO) so he could expand the WEA’s certification programs and apply his expertise in teaching and developing the next generation of outdoor leaders.
"It is clear WEA has done a lot of work strategically positioning the organization to be a leader in the outdoor education profession. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve the diverse WEA membership and assist in continuing the important work the WEA provides for the outdoor education profession."