BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mary Zentara
Aaila Kaye
Karen Liebermann


 

Board Bios

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Aaila Kaye

Board Member
Pronouns: she/they

Aaila was born and raised in occupied Abenaki land / central Vermont, just over the hill from where EarthWalk meets. As a seven-year-old at EarthWalk's first summer camps, she could often be found covered in mud and scampering around the woods. Now, Aaila can be found sending emails on behalf of their beloved EarthWalk, wishing they were covered in mud and running barefoot through the woods. In addition to board duties, Aaila tries to find time to cook delicious meals, enjoy bonfires with pals, practice martial arts, and occasionally, sleep. 

Contact: aaila@earthwalkvermont.org

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Mary Zentara

Board Member
Pronouns: she/they

Guided by the idea that nature connection is each child’s birthright, Mary had the honor of co-creating the licensed Forest Preschool at North Branch Nature Center, Abenaki Territory. Her heart was filled by sharing innate wonder and awe, joyfully playing and learning outside beside some of our youngest community members.

Currently, Mary is largely focused on supporting individual and community resilience while helping to mitigate the widespread impact of trauma. She is doing this through community and program collaboration efforts, a somatic experiencing practice, and nature connection. To better serve the community, Mary recently completed a master’s degree program in Special Education and a certificate in Resiliency-based and Trauma-informed Practices at the University of Vermont. Mary also completed the Somatic Experiencing certification program at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. She is dedicated to embodied social and environmental justice practices, anti-bias education, and addressing the impact of historical trauma. Mary is grateful to be serving and learning as part of the EarthWalk Circle.

More Board Member Bios Coming Soon!

Karen Liebermann

Elders

Jane English

Jim Kelso

Jerri Nash

Deb Bogart

Karen Starr

Duncan Tingle

Wilmer Brandt, Ancestor