Board-of-Directors

Board-of-Directors

ISEEN is governed by a Board of Directors and run by an Executive Director & Operations Coordinator.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an ISEEN board member or volunteering in another capacity please contact us today!

Executive Director: Jessie Barrie-  Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque, NM

Jessie Barrie is the Chair of the Experiential Education Department at Albuquerque Academy and the Executive Director (and part of the founding team) of the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network (ISEEN). Jess grew up in Toronto, Canada, attending both the Bishop Strachan School and St. Clement’s Schools and did an undergraduate degree in Outdoor Recreation Management at Acadia University, in Nova Scotia. After graduating from Acadia, Jess moved to the warmer climate of Santa Barbara, California to work in the outdoor education program at the Dunn School. From there, she migrated north to the much wetter climate of Squamish, British Columbia, as the first director of the Summit Outdoor Education Center. In 2005 she moved back to the sun, by way of Albuquerque. Jess holds her Ph.D. in educational leadership and organizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focused on the effects of adventure education on adolescent girls' inner motivational resources

Operations Coordinator: Courtney Prieur-  Montreal, Quebec

Courtney Prieur is the Director of Student Life at Selwyn House School, an independent K-11 all-boys' day school in Montreal, Quebec. Her focus at school is on the development of student leadership via student council, activities & events, community engagement and in the classroom! Courtney has attended the annual ISEEN Institute since 2010 and has been involved with the logistical planning since 2014. As a mother of two young girls, she enjoys Ultimate Frisbee during her free time and teaching the kids how to swim! 

Board Chair:  Vicki Weeks-  Global Weeks, Seatle, WA

A native of Seattle, Washington, Vicki has a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed in International Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Building on over 30 years of experience in teaching, leadership, advising, service learning and program design, as well as community connections in more than 30 countries, Vicki Weeks helps schools and organizations expand their thinking, programs, and practice through her company Global Weeks. Her experience at Lakeside School, where she created and developed one of the most comprehensive global service learning programs in the country, reinforced her commitment to teamwork, collaboration, and big picture thinking as well as the practical applications of that process: leading to actual programs for real people in specific places. Her programs and practices are designed to develop global leaders and to align with new and existing curriculum. Vicki maintains both broad and deep connections in the educational world through board and advisory roles in the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network, Global Education Benchmark Group, Kuska School, and Awamaki. Vicki was a member of the ISEEN board from 2010-2013 and then rejoined the board in 2015.

Vice Chair: Sara Mierke-  African Leadership Academy, South Africa

Sara is Program Director for Global Programs at African Leadership Academy (ALA), where she is launching Catalyst Term, a study abroad/gap year program and developing school-to-school partnerships with partners around the globe linked to the Academy’s unique mission, initiatives, pedagogy, and curriculum. Prior to joining ALA, Sara was Director of The Sally & Bob Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning at Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio, guiding partnerships, service and global programming. Her work in the education space is informed by 15-years in the philanthropy and non-profit sectors, including 10 years in international relief and development, spanning North America, East Africa and the Balkans. She earned her Master’s degree in international development and social change from Clark University and her Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Amherst College. In her new home of South Africa, Sara enjoys exploring, cycling, hiking, and live music (outdoors!), as often as possible. Sara joined the ISEEN board of directors in 2013.

Treasurer: Kevin Cook-  St. Michael's University School, Victoria, BC, Canada

Director of Service at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, BC: Kevin has had a wide range of experiences during the past thirty years in education at Public and Independent Schools. Roles have included: Director of Service, Residence and University Advising as well as Deputy Director of Senior School, Senior Houseparent, teacher of Mathematics, Chemistry, Health & Career education and coach of rugby and rowing. This includes serving as an active member of the Senior Management and Leadership Teams. Experiences include a solid educational background and a recent return to school at The Klingenstein Center of Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. These studies completed a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership in May 2005. Life experiences have also included some success at athletics as both a national level player and coach. Kevin joined the ISEEN board in 2012.

Secretary: Ted Hill-  Roessler-Chadwick Foundation, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Ted is currently President of the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, which operates both Chadwick School in Palos Verdes and Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea. Prior to his appointment as president, Hill served for 18 years as headmaster at Chadwick School. While headmaster, he spearheaded initiatives to develop exemplary character in students and to increase Chadwick’s global focus, playing leadership roles in global educational organizations and significantly expanding Chadwick’s national and international reputation. Ted has spent more than three decades in K-12 and higher education and administration working at Williston-Northhampton School, Graham-Eckes Palm Beach Academy, St. Margaret’s School, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Louisville Collegiate School and Chadwick School. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Hill holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, a master’s degree in French language and literature from Middlebury College and a bachelor’s degree in French and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ted joined the ISEEN Board in 2016

Member at Large: Shelly Gibson-  Chewonki Foundation, Wiscasset, ME

Shelly currently works with the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset Maine. She grew up in Pennsylvania and holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from Penn State University in Psychology and Philosophy and received her post-graduate diploma in Outdoor Education at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In addition to her work with ISEEN, Shelly serves on the Conference Committee for The Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). Shelly shares her love of city life in Portland, ME with the beaches and mountains of New England; skiing, kayaking, backpacking, or playing with friends. Shelly joined the ISEEN board in 2016.

Member at Large: Simon Hart-  Where There Be Dragons, Boulder, CO

As the Director of School Partnerships for Where There Be Dragons, Simon works with independent schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada to provide professional development training, consulting, and collaborative student programming in intercultural experiential education. Having grown up in a subsistence farming lifestyle on the South Shore of Lake Superior, Simon spent his high school years in Puebla, Mexico, and Taipei, Taiwan, where he graduated from the Taipei American School. At Carleton College, he received grants to conduct field-work in remote forest societies of Cameroon and Guatemala focusing on human-nature relationships that led to work in Costa Rica establishing farm-based experiential education programs focused on cultural ecology. Simon is a bass player, urban homesteader, and avid cyclist who has spent the past ten years developing experiential international programming, professional trainings, and innovative curriculum that engages participants in intimate relationships with the unknown. Simon joined the ISEEN board in 2015.

Member at Large: Charlie Noyes-  Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

Charlie Noyes began his teaching career in 1986 at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, where he currently manages various aspects of the developing farm program and teaches visual art. He earned a B.A. in English from Middlebury College and a M.A. in art education from RISD. Past roles and responsibilities at Hotchkiss include art department chair and art gallery co-director. He also served as director of the Beginning Teachers Institute (BTI) for the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools from 1990-2007. In 2008 he developed and implemented a two-season afternoon co-curricular program to support a very nascent Hotchkiss farming initiative. These days, in addition to strengthening this co-curricular farm program, he is working to develop substantive farm-based coursework in his new half-time role as Curriculum Coordinator for the farm. In addition to teaching, he is a painter, and illustrator. He also pursues interests in music, carpentry and all things out of doors. He lives off campus with his wife Karin, also an artist. They have three grown children and one shiny new granddaughter. Charlie joined the ISEEN board in 2014.

Member at Large: Mark Cutler-  Phillips Academy Andover, Andover, MA

Mark Cutler is a Spanish instructor, house counselor in a 36-boy dorm, and co-director of Outdoor Pursuits at Phillips Academy Andover. Mark is involved in a number of experiential programs at Phillips Academy, including academic partnerships with neighboring schools and community agencies; student leadership initiatives through the outdoors and sustainability projects; and global expeditionary learning in Mesoamerica and the Andes. As Tang Institute Fellow at Phillips Academy, he currently is developing models for place based programming and inter-community partnerships in both academic and co-curricular settings. Mark was part of ISEEN's founding team and was a member of the board and involved until 2009. He took a brief hiatus and then rejoined the board in 2014. Mark also hosted ISEEN at Phillips Academy on its 10th anniversary.

Member at Large: William Graham-  South Dartmouth Massachusetts

Will retired as the 8th Head of Midland School in Los Olivos, California in 2016. Prior to this role, he served as the Associate Head of Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. Will and his wife Marguerite were awarded the Outstanding Citizenship Award in Bethel for their work securing funding and support for the teaching of writing in rural public schools. Will led winter mountaineering trips in northern New England for twenty five years and brings over forty years of independent boarding school experience to ISEEN. As a student, teacher, coach and administrator, he carries a deep understanding of place-based learning, student leadership, and experiential education. Will attended Middlebury College as a two sport college athlete where he earned a B.A. in American Literature and an M.A. in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He studied the teaching of writing at Lincoln College, Oxford as well as “writing and a sense of place” at the University of Alaska Southeast. Will joined the ISEEN board in 2016.