Board of Directors

Are you interested in contributing to Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools? Consider joining the Board of Directors and give you insight, dedication and expertise so that Exploring New Horizons can continue to provide dynamic environmental education programs to the youth of Northern California. See how you can get involved and make a difference to Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools and youth today.


Tracey Weiss, Executive Director

Tracey has been Exploring New Horizon’s Executive Director since 2006. With 16+ years of experience in environmental education, she uses her passion for environmental education to inspire and engage youth and their adults to become stewards of California’s natural world. Throughout her professional career, Tracey has been dedicated to serving youth, the environment, and developing strategically sound nonprofits. Her passion for the environment started at a young age with the Girl Scouts. She grew up within the organization and is still an active camper. Tracey continued to help girls ‘grow strong’ as the Outdoor Program Director for the Girl Scouts of Northern California, and International Groups while living in Germany and the United Kingdom. Her many experiences providing outdoor education opportunities for youth range from taking high school students on environmental tours of Belize, creating a new national model for marine science education at Camp SEA Lab, and working as the Camp Director at Skylark Ranch Girl Scout Camp.

Tracey is an active member with the Northern California American Camp Association, serves on the Environmental Literacy Task Force for the California Department of Education, and is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. She possesses in-depth knowledge and experience in leading both the complex day-to-day operations of our organization as well as guiding its vision, growth, and unique corporate culture. [email]


Colin Sullivan, President


Colin runs the legal team at Patreon, a membership platform that makes it easy for artists and creators to get paid. He spent his childhood in rural Humboldt county where being able to explore and play in the forest nourished his love of nature. As a result he believes every child should have the opportunity to experience nature first hand. Before going in-house at Patreon he ran a solo law practice where he was outside general counsel to tech companies and entrepreneurs.[email]


Alison Willett, Secretary


Alison has worked in marketing, advertising, and marketing operations throughout her career, specializing in digital direct marketing and relationship management. She currently manages the Global CRM and Marketing Operations group at Bio-Rad Laboratories. Alison grew up camping with her family in Northern California, and is glad to support an organization that provides meaningful outdoor experiences that allow children to connect with and appreciate nature. Alison holds a BS in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from University of California, San Diego and an MBA in Marketing from University of Washington. [email]


Melanie Steger, Treasurer


Melanie is the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at Rocketship Education, a national charter management organization. She has been working in a finance capacity in the education sector for the past six years. Prior to working in the education sector, Melanie spent two years in South Africa overseeing an evaluation of a large scale financial literacy program in the mining industry. Melanie holds a Masters in Economics from the University of San Francisco. She enjoys a variety of outdoor sports, particularly hiking and skiing, and excited to support an organization that brings meaningful outdoor experiences to students. [email]


Members-at-Large

Anne Baker


Anne is an assistant professor of political science at Santa Clara University specializing in American Politics. She has applied experience in campaign finance, elections administration, and lobbying as a consequence of time spent working on the Hill and projects undertaken while obtaining her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and a masters degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys a variety of outdoor sports, particularly hiking and backpacking and is a National Outdoor Leadership School alumna. She has fond memories of outdoor programs and numerous camping trips with her family. Her interest in outdoor education stems from these experiences. [email]


Lisa Mazzola


Lisa began her career in education as a classroom teacher and later discovered that teaching outdoors was more true to her passion. She went to grad school at the University of Washington to earn a Masters in Environmental Education, which began her career as a Naturalist. She especially enjoys learning and teaching students about plant medicine and helping students to realize their interdependent role with the natural world. After five years of being a Naturalist here at ENH, she realized that becoming the campus Gardener was the perfect fit so she could focus even more on demonstrating to students how we directly depend on the earth’s resources for both food and medicine. She also enjoys teaching students about Nutrition as she facilitates salad-making with the students. Now she is in her 5th year as Loma Mar’s gardener. Lisa calls her career here a “jobby”, because it is not just a job, it is also her hobby and favorite pastime.[email]


Jacob Sackin


Jacob was born in Columbia, Missouri and grew up in Kansas City. He came to California for an outdoor education internship in the Sierras, and worked in outdoor education at Foothill Horizons, San Joaquin Outdoor Education, Northwest Youthcorps, and Exploring New Horizons, for 12 years, serving as Program Director at Exploring New Horizons at Sempervirens. Jacob also earned a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University, and published his first young adult novel, Islands, in 2007. He is now a Grant Writer/Development Associate at New Teacher Center. [email]


Sheila Golden


Sheila Golden is the Director of Programs at Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), a non-profit that supports sustainable food systems and agriculture. A former Garden Coordinator for ENH, Sheila fully understand and values the deep impact a week of outdoor school can have on the confidence and well-being of today’s youth. After earning an MS in Community and Regional Development, Sheila worked for UC Cooperative Extension as an Urban Agriculture Specialist and eventually landed at CAFF where she manages the organization’s Farm to Market programs and has fundraised over $1.4 million. She feels it is only natural and full-circle to bring her new talents back to ENH in her new role as a board member. [email]


Dr. Jeaneen Wallis


Dr. Jeaneen Wallis is a Senior Quality Manager. Jeaneen holds a BA in Science, Technology and Society, a MBA and a PhD in International Psychology focused on Organizations and Systems. She has done fieldwork in Germany, Peru and Mexico. As an alumna of an outdoor school on the east coast, Jeaneen attests that the leadership and teamwork learned there were essential to her future success. She lives in Aptos with her husband and Samoyed. [email]


Safiyyah Abdul-Khabir


Safiyyah is a digital strategist for numerous organizations in the Bay Area and beyond. Prior to working in marketing, she taught abroad in rural China. She holds a M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University. [email]


Nancy Romney


Nancy works at Baker Street Advisors as a manager helping clients, families and foundations navigate their various financial situations, needs and objectives. She advises on all aspect from their liabilities and risk management, to estate, retirement and education planning, and charitable giving and investment strategies.

Her fondest childhood memories were spent at the beach, swimming in the ocean, building sandcastle and listening to the seagulls. After going on her first backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail she discovered the healing power and ability to find herself through being outdoors in nature. Nancy holds a B.S. in Business Management and Finance from North Carolina State University and became a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) in 2017. [email]


Katrina Ricca


Katrina works with Avid4 Adventure providing exciting summer day camp experiences for kids around the Bay. While her focus is now on summer camps, in the past she worked at school-year outdoor education programs, including a couple years as Program Coordinator at Exploring New Horizons, Sempervirens. With a background in education and recreation, she’s excited to work with ENH in another capacity as a board member, continuing to support a program that makes such an impact on those it touches. [email]