Team

Robin Organ, Executive Director/Founder
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As an educator, Robin believes that creating an environmentally literate citizenry begins with our youth. She is responsible for developing and implementing Green Schools’ programs across Massachusetts, New England, and the US. Robin was recently invited to participate in discussions with Vice President Joe Biden and US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on climate solutions. And, she was selected as one of 100 women to attend the White House Women and the Environment Summit. She participated in the first White House Summit on Environmental Education and the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony.

In addition to her efforts with Green Schools, Robin is the Project Manager of the Massachusetts Environmental Literacy Plan and Chair of the Secretaries Advisory Group on Energy, Environment and Education. Robin serves as an active member of these organizations: MA Green Ribbon Schools Working Group, Advisory Board for the Green Schools National Network, U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Stakeholder Group, the NE High Performance School Stakeholders Group, the MA Partners in Prevention, and the MA Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Meeting.

Maureen Aylward, Director of Students and Schools
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Maureen understands that children, teenagers, and young adults are the most critical audience for environmental literacy and environmental education. She believes in empowering youth to take action with environmental stewardship. In addition to her work at Green Schools, Maureen is a university instructor on sustainability and business, and a communications strategist, writer, and author. Her creative strategies have been put into practice in several areas that include educating professionals on sustainability practices, values-based business models, and helping social entrepreneurs with business strategy. Maureen received her MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH and a BA in English Literature and Art History from Salem State College, Salem, MA.

Russ Holden, Content Developer

Russ is a seasoned middle school science teacher in western Massachusetts. He is a board member of Metacomet Land Trust, an organization that preserves local natural treasures in southern Worcester and southwestern Norfolk counties. He is also the Chair of his hometown Conservation Commission. Russ helps coordinate the Massachusetts Environmental Literacy Plan and is a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education. He earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and holds a Masters degree in Chemical and Life Sciences from the University of Maryland.

Tammy Thornton, Newsletter Coordinator
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Prior to moving to Connecticut and taking on the Green Schools Newsletter Coordinator position in 2012, Tammy held the position of Breen Schools Board President for two years. She taught seventh grade life science at Dover-Sherborn Middle School in Dover, MA for six years. Tammy earned her Bachelors of Science at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME and her Masters of Environmental Science with a General Science Teaching Degree from Antioch New England in Keene, NH.

Lori Wells-Prew, Director of Young Women and Innovation

Lori Wells-Prew is passionate about STEM education, community, and developing strong girls. In addition to her work with Green Schools, Lori is the Director of Corporate Outreach for Willwork, Inc., a nationally recognized, rapidly growing tradeshow, labor, and exhibit services organization. She has served as Acting Executive Director for the New England Society of Association Executives and as Executive Director of Move Massachusetts, a non-profit charged with generating consensus around the region’s major land-use and transportation projects. Lori serves on the boards of several organizations: School on Wheels of Massachusetts, Green Schools, the Foundation for Excellence in Education in Easton, MA, as well as countless other organizations with a focus on leadership development, women’s issues, and health.