The Loudoun Environmental Education Alliance (LEEA), which started in 2007, celebrates their 15th anniversary and announces new board members. LEEA cohosts the annual Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS), Loudoun Nature Days and other environmentally related activities. They manage a member’s Resource Guide of forty plus county organizations and produce a member newsletter. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.loudounnature.org
Mark Pankau: Board Chair. Mark Pankau is a retired LCPS teacher and school garden club coordinator. He started a school garden club teacher email newsletter called the Northwest Virginia Regional GREENetwork to share environmental and sustainable news. After joining LEEA, he served two years as the Advocacy Chair before becoming the new LEEA Board Chair.
Chad Green: Secretary/Treasurer. Chad Green has been an internal program evaluator at Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) since 2005. He is also co-founder/co-chair of the Educational Research and Evaluation Network, a regional collaborative of school district researchers and evaluators in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Latvia, 1994-96), he continues to give back to the community as an area leader for Keep Loudoun Beautiful (SE Leesburg-Heritage area) and trail leader for the bluebird nest boxes located around the LCPS Administration Building.
Erika Cuevas: Membership Chair. Erika Cuevas is the Community Engagement Manager at Loudoun Water. She continues to serve a second term as the LEEA Membership Chair and has previously served as a Co-Chair on the LEEA Board of Directors.
Kristine Abbe-Nguyen: Historian and Programming Chair. Kristine Abbe-Nguyen currently serves at Loudoun Water’s Corporate Communications Department to support customer and stakeholder-centric outreach initiatives. Kristine is a Loudoun Water representative for community outreach, events, schools, and other venues. She has extensive experience in environmental education, advocacy, and environmental leadership through her current work at Loudoun Water and as a part time employee at George Mason University’s outdoor education facility.
Diana Weber: Communications Chair. Diana Weber is the director of the nonprofit, Educational Climate Solutions (ECS). ECS provides outdoor climate change education to elementary school students as well as solutions to decrease the schools’ climate warming emissions. Diana is also active with Keep Loudoun Beautiful, where she chairs the youth committee and is a clean-up area leader.