Chair Elect: April Harper
April Harper has been working in the field of environmental science and education for a decade. She studied Biology at Longwood University and received a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Indiana, concentrating on natural resource management. Her experiences range from biological surveying to formal education as an adjunct biology instructor. As an environmental educator, her passions for biological field work and education are combined through promoting and coordinating citizen science projects and sharing appreciation of the natural world through learning.
April was on the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond from 2018-2019 and currently holds the Board position of Co-Vice Chair for the Virginia Association of Environmental Educators. At this time she is the Program Coordinator for the Live Red Foundation, a Richmond based non-profit.
Communications & Outreach Chair: Alex Antram
Alex Antram has fourteen years’ experience in environmental communications, outreach, and education. Trained in ecological anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and environmental conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University, she is adept at natural and cultural resource management and interpretation. Alex is especially interested in community engagement and inspiring a conservation ethic in youth and adults. She is a facilitator for the Project WILD suite, and trained in environmental education through the National Audubon Society, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and Project Learning Tree. Alex has an eclectic professional background, having worked with the Smithsonian, National Park Service, US Forest Service, and small museums and nature sanctuaries. Currently she serves as the Outreach & Education Manager for Women for Conservation, a nonprofit focused on empowering and partnering with women around the globe to protect endangered wildlife and their habitats. Recently returned to Virginia from ten years in San Antonio, Texas, Alex enjoys volunteering with the Master Naturalists and exploring the great natural wonders of the Commonwealth. She is newlywed and spends most of her free time with her wonderful husband and parents, as well as her overly excited dogs, Kuyuti and Charlotte, and sweet but needy orange tabby, Nugget.
Student Board Representative: Kylie Wash
Kylie is an enthusiastic conservation educator with experience teaching in formal and informal settings. She’s worked in museums, aquariums, zoos, and nature centers; and is pursuing a Master’s in conservation education through Project Dragonfly and the Wildlife Conservation Society. She was on the steering committee for the Hampton Roads Alliance for Environmental Education for three years helping to provide resources and training to local environmental educators. She was also a Nature Play Regional Lead for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2020.