GPSEN Leaders: Farewell and Welcome

GPSEN Leaders: Farewell and Welcome

We are excited to announce exciting new leadership changes in GPSEN’s Board of Directors. Our current Board President, Heather Spalding, has accepted a newly-created position at Central Washington University’s (CWU) College of Education and Professional Studies! Heather will match new teachers, principals, and superintendents in regional Washington schools as they finish their degrees. She is excited to develop this role and create new partnerships for the College while considering ways to integrate sustainability within education at CWU. Relocating to a smaller town will also provide space to pursue creative endeavors and enjoy the outdoors. Heather will remain Chair of our Governance Committee for at least the next few months to support a smooth leadership transition. She will then continue to participate as a Governance Committee member and apply to be a senior advisor.

With Heather’s transition, GPSEN elected Serena Dressel as our new Board President at the February Board meeting. Serena joined the Board in 2017 and previously served as Board Vice President and Secretary. In addition, Serena has supported GPSEN’s College Network, participated in our International Committee, and helped plan the Symposium. She is a graduate of PSU’s Environmental Studies department with honors and a minor in Indigenous Nations Studies. Serena supported a service learning partnership with PSU’s Intensive English Language Program that connected students’ learning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to her new Board President role, Serena has been hired to serve as the Interim Coordinator at PSU’s Student Sustainability Center as Heather vacates that position.

As a result of our transitions in leadership, we also welcome our newly elected Vice President Kelsey Hill and Treasurer Owen Rudloff. Kelsey and Owen both joined the Board in June 2019. We are thrilled to see the progression of our Board members to new leadership roles! We feel confident that our Board will continue to thrive and build GPSEN’s capacity to support sustainability education within Greater Portland. We are working diligently to prepare for the upcoming Sustainability Symposium and will also be recruiting for new Board members this spring. Are you one of GPSEN’s next leaders? Please feel free to direct questions or express your interest to contact@gpsen.org. We’ll also share an application in upcoming newsletters as the year continues.

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