Executive Director, Olivia Griset
Olivia is a professional environmental educator passionate about using place, community engagement, and the natural world as a unifying context for teaching and learning. Olivia is certified for teaching K-12 in Maine and was a high school life science teacher. Olivia is a facilitator for Project Wet and Project Learning Tree and in 2009 she was named a National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator; one of only five in the nation. She has also worked as an environmental educator at Maine Audubon and the Cathance River Education Alliance. Olivia developed and implemented multi-year nature-based pre-K curriculum for the Bath YMCA. Olivia currently serves as President of the Maine Environmental Education Association, on the Maine STEM collaborative, and as a program developer for the Maine Emerging Environmental Changemakers Network. She also works at the national level sitting on the Affiliate Steering Committee for the North American Association for Environmental Education. Olivia is the founder and editor of the online periodical “Nature Families” which provides information about Family Nature clubs, and ideas to better engage families with the natural world. Olivia has a BS from Utah State University in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology and and MS in Education from the University of Southern Maine.
Maine Environmental Changemakers Network Program Manager, Nyaruot Nguany
Nyaruot has been involved in the Changemakers program from it’s first year, serving as one of the original youth organizers. Nyaruot then served as a Changemaker Fellow and has been deeply involved in the design process as the network has grown and evolved. Nyaruot is now furthering her involvement with the network stepping into the networks first management role to coordinate and oversee day to day network activities, trainings, outreach, and managing the robust fellowship program and the annual Changemakers Gathering planning team. Nyaruot is passionate about working at the intersection of environmental education and social justice. In addition to working with Changemakers Nyaruot also helps coordinate Maine’s chapter of Outdoor Afro. Nyaruot lives on Peaks Island, Maine.