Our Board

No nonprofit can exist without having a board of directors, but at Schoolhouse, we could not thrive without our dedicated board who gives tirelessly of their time, talent, and passion for kids. 

Board Member       
Jen Costanza, Research Assistant Professor, NC State University Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Board Member Since: 2018

Jen is a parent of two kids who are not yet old enough for Schoolhouse, and she can’t wait until they are old enough for camp! Schoolhouse’s mission of kind, curious, and confident matches the qualities she hopes to instill in her kids…and to her, playing outdoors sounds like the perfect way to spend a childhood. She loves that at Schoolhouse, differences are celebrated, and everyone is treated with kindness and respect. Kids can be themselves, run wild [with careful supervision], get dirty, while learning to appreciate one another. Jen serves on the board because she believes in Schoolhouse’s mission, vision, and values; and she enjoys working with and learning from the other board members, who are creative, imaginative, and hard-working.

To Jen, Schoolhouse is much more than an outdoor camp. Yes, it’s outside, but at Schoolhouse the outdoors is the setting for teaching kids self-efficacy, respect for others, and curiosity about the world around them.

Jen also volunteers as coordinator of student travel awards for her professional organization in landscape ecology, where she distributes grants to students so they can travel to present their scientific research at the organization’s annual conference.        

Considering serving as a board member?
Jen shares, “A little bit of your time can make a big difference to Schoolhouse! As a board member, your views and ideas are respected and valued. Please share some time with us, help out, and you’ll see that effort pay off really quickly.”


Board Member
John Offenberg, Senior Research Chemist, US Environmental Protection Agency
Board Member Since: 2016    

Schoolhouse of Wonder has helped thousands of Triangle children to grow, encouraging kind, creative minds through outdoor activity. As a board member, John enjoys helping build the organization and encouraging greater access to Schoolhouse across the Triangle. Why Schoolhouse? He loves that Schoolhouse instills confidence and freedom in children through artful outdoor activities. 

Considering serving on the board?
John encourages you: “Come give it a try.  There are great people here, doing wonderful work.”

 


Board Member
Mickey Fanney (he/him/his)
Board Member Since: 2021

Mickey appreciates that Schoolhouse provides opportunities for kids to connect with nature and each other. He’d like more people to know “how accessible the programs are … having children in the programs offered, I can attest they appreciate nature and are more willing to explore our world more and more!”

Regarding his service on the board, he says, “I want to further expand and grow the mission of SHOW. So glad that I’m available to provide my insights and encouragement!”

Considering serving on the board?
“Be ready for an engaged and compassionate group wanting to challenge and grow the SHOW mission!”


Board Member
Erin Selzer (she/her/hers)
Board Member Since: 2021

Erin joined the board of directors at Schoolhouse because she wanted a chance to get involved in and give back to the outdoor/nature education world, which is a departure from her day-to-day work life. She enjoys working with others to navigate challenges and celebrate the successes of an organization in which she truly believes. She loves the way Schoolhouse of Wonder gives kids (hers included!) the chance to explore nature, form relationships, and develop a sense of self, all while under the watchful eyes of counselors who they really admire. She appreciates the emphasis on empowering kids to feel confident in nature, which in turn encourages her as a parent to trust in their capabilities and give them additional opportunities for risk and growth in nature and beyond.


Board Member
Renee Strnad 
Board Member Since: 2021


Board Member
Robin Murchison
Board Member Since: 2021


Board Member
Emily Wallace
Board Member Since: 2021


If you have a passion for Schoolhouse, find yourself telling anyone who will listen to you about how amazing Schoolhouse is, or have a skill set that you think can help in the many aspects of a non-profit organization, reach out to us!