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VAEE Chair and Vice Chair Nominees

07 Jan 2019 1:18 PM | Bruce Young (Administrator)

Nominees for VAEE Chair

Dan Cohen

Dan has an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.  Over the last 15 years Dan has led environmental education programs in New York, Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire and Virginia.  He served as the K12 Environmental Educator at the Claytor Nature Study Center of Lynchburg College before taking on his current role managing the energy savings program and teaching in the Environmental Studies Department at Roanoke College.  Dan helped found the Blue Ridge Environmental Educators (BREE) and served as the inaugural BREE Chair.  He also serves on the board of the Virginia Association for Environmental Educators.  Dan received his Virginia Master Naturalist Certification in 2009.  He is a certified Virginia Water Educator and a trained facilitator for Project WET, Project Learning Tree, and Project WILD. 

Nominees for VAEE Vice Chair

Bruce Young

Bruce comes from a varied and wide background. He earned his BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from East Carolina University after spending several years as a freelance Costume Designer in North Carolina Bruce went back to school to earn his certification in Elementary Education. During his science methods class Bruce was exposed to Project WILD for the first time and was hooked. He proceeded to enroll in the North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Program taking workshops, seminars and training sessions across North Carolina.  Bruce moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in August of 2016 when his husband took a job teaching at Tandem Friends School.  Since moving to Virginia  Bruce has been a 1st Grade Assistant Teacher/ K/1 Environmental Education Teacher at Free Union Country School (2016/17) and a 5th Grade Science/Virginia Studies Teacher (2017/18). He currently serves on the VAEE Board as a Director-at-Large, Communications Chair and the VAEE representative on the Virginia Environmental Education Certification Advisory Board. Bruce is a proud member of the NAAEE Guidelines Trainer Bureau and is an educational programming volunteer with the Rivanna Conservation Alliance. He hopes to continue his passion for Early Childhood EE, EE Certification and advancing VAEE as strong voice in environmental education in the Commonwealth. 


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