2020 EEAA Board of Directors
President - Allie Sorlie
Vice-President - Brooke McMinn
Secretary - Beth Dille
Treasurer - Shirley Farell
Region 1 - Maggie Johnston
Region 2 -
Region 3 - Alma Huston
Region 4 - Allie Sorlie
Region 5 - Brooke McMinn
Region 6 - Mandy Pearson
Region 7 - Susan Caplow
Region 8 - Gabrielle Ehinger
Region 9 - Jennifer Lolley
Region 10 - Jimmy Stiles
Region 11 - Angela Underwood
Shirley Farrell Claire Datnow
Environmental Education Association of Alabama
Board of Directors
Susan is an associate professor of Environmental Studies at University of Montevallo. She coordinates the Environmental Studies program and sustainability initiatives at UM. She received her Ph.D. in Environment and Ecology from UNC-Chapel Hill, her M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University, and her B.A. in Public Policy Analysis/Biology from Pomona College.
Susan teaches courses that explore the interface between humans and the environment, and she incorporates field-based activities and service learning into her courses as much as possible. Susan’s research focuses on how people interact with conservation interventions (including policies, projects, or education) and how those interactions can lead to environmental/social change that supports conservation efforts. She has conducted research or led educational trips in Tanzania, Belize, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, St. John (USVI), the Florida Keys, and Hungary.
Before graduate school, Susan worked in a variety of environmental education settings, including Carolina Raptor Center, Haw River State Park, Warner Nature Center, and Monteverde Butterfly Garden.
A graduate of Rutgers University’s Department of Plant Science, Brooke’s specialties are medicinal and economic botany, ethnobotany, sustainable agriculture, and conservation. In 2014, following several years with the Rutgers University Extension and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station as a horticultural agent, Master Gardener program coordinator, and plant breeding researcher, Brooke returned to her birthplace of Birmingham, AL. As Plant Adventures Program Specialist for the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Brooke worked to share the wonders of the Gardens and nature with underserved communities before transitioning to her current role in 2018. As the Friends’ Director of Education & Visitor Experience, Brooke designs and delivers educational programs and garden experiences to better connect the greater Birmingham community to the plants that power their lives.
Maggie taught science at Alabama School for the Deaf for many years, then directed the Educational Programs at Camp McDowell... McDowell Environmental Center, McDowell Farm School, and Magnolia Nature School. She is now Executive Director of Wild Alabama.
Beth is originally from the Twin Cities, Minnesota. She earned her undergrad in History and Education from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and also has a Masters of Religious Education from Liberty University. She has lived . . . everywhere; from New Jersey to Texas, Australia to Florida. She worked in environmental education in Texas and is very excited to be back in this career. Between that position and Camp McDowell she has been a social studies teacher and a Children and Youth Director. One of her favorite jobs is being a team building/leadership facilitator and trainer, which includes working with high and low rope courses. Beth adores her six year old son, Lucas, and spends most of her free time with him. She also loves spending time with friends, traveling, cooking, running, reading and listening to a ridiculous amounts of podcasts. One of her greatest passions is working with people in Thailand with an organization called “Mission Pattaya.”
Shirley Farrell has been teaching environmental education all of her life. As a gifted specialist, she was able to include environmental education into her classes and facilitated school gardens and outdoor classrooms, bird festivals, water festivals, and backpack teaching kits focused on different topics for teachers to use outdoors. She is an avid bird-watcher and loves to garden and hike. She has served on the EEAA board for almost 20 years and currently serves as the treasurer for EEAA.
Kimberly Murray is enjoying her 16th year at Munford Schools. She received her Wildlife Management degree from Ohio State University and her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University. She has a passion for teaching conservation education and has taught at summer camps, nonprofit centers, and residential centers in New England, Alabama, and Ohio. She married Robert Murray from Jacksonville, Al in 1997, she has a 17 year old daughter, a 29 year-old step son, a daughter-n-law, and four amazing grandchildren. She has been teaching environmental education for over twenty three years and continues to attend workshops, conferences, in-service meetings, college classes, and seminars. She reads professional journals and stays up-to-date in her professional knowledge. As a Science Resource Teacher at Munford Schools she has the opportunity to work with her fellow teachers in K-12th grade. She enjoys being an EEAA board member and looks forward to continuing to work with EEAA members throughout Alabama
I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, which has ignited my love for the natural world. I taught creative writing to gifted and talented students in the Birmingham, Alabama Public Schools System. I am a published author, including a middle grade eco mystery series, The Adventures of The Sizzling Six. I have received numerous scholarships and awards, including The Blanche Dean Award for Outstanding Nature Educator. During my tenure as teacher, my students and I developed a nature trail, recently named in my honor as the Alabama Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve.
Naturalist emeritus- Alabama State Parks Mike retired in 2020 from Alabama State Parks after serving 3 years as Park Naturalist at Lake Guntersville State Park. Previously, Mike served 1 year for ADEM and 10 years as a classroom Secondary Science teacher. His career also includes 13 years for Goodyear as a Quality Control Chemist. He has a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Alabama, and a BSEd in Science Education from Athens State University. Currently he is serving as a volunteer Naturalist, Consultant, and Environmental Educator in State Parks and other public lands all over the state of Alabama.