CBEEN’s effective leadership and management ensure its long-term viability as a meaningful network, non-profit society and registered charity.
CBEEN is strategically guided by passionate volunteer Directors, each of whom bring diversity and depth to the organization based on their interests, skills, professions and backgrounds.
Board of Directors
Todd Hebert, Chair (Cranbrook)
Todd lives and works in Cranbrook in the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation and is the Executive Director of Columbia Outdoor School & Blue Lake Camp. He has been involved in environmental education for many years through his work at Blue Lake, as a facilitator for HCTF and a community educator. He is also spearheading the restoration of Joseph Creek and connecting community to the creek and its importance to the area.
Janet Kuijt, Vice-Chair (Fernie)
Janet is grateful for a path that has allowed her to be involved in running Kootenay Mountain Adventures – summer nature camps, Backcountry Pursuits – summer & winter backcountry trips and School District 5 K-9 outdoor educational programming on the traditional homelands of the Ktunaxa. Being and learning in nature is a passion she is honoured to share by supporting the important connections between community, classrooms and the great outdoors. Her current role is Vice Principal at Ecole Isabella Dicken School in Fernie BC.
Jennifer Roberts, Treasurer (Kimberley)
Jennifer lives in Kimberley, the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation. She is currently the District Principal of Transformative Learning. She is a director with Classrooms to Communities and co-chairs the Kootenay-Boundary Chapter of the British Columbia School Superintendent’s Association’s (BCSSA) Environmental Education initiative (KBEE). She is often to be found outside exploring nature and the local trails.
Glenda Newsted, Secretary (Nelson)
Glenda’s family ancestry is English and Polish. She lives and works on the unceded territory of the Sinixt Nation. She has been working with children and families for over 20 years in a variety of settings including local government and non-profit, public schools, early childhood education, and outdoor education.
Monica Nissen, Director (Nelson)
Monica lives in Nelson on the territory of the the Sinixt (Lakes), the Syilx (Okanagan), the Ktunaxa, and the Secwepemc (Shuswap). A passion for the wilderness and a gift for teaching drew Monica into the field of environmental education where she has worked both inside and outside the classroom. She has been Wildsight’s Education Program Manager for over a decade. She also serves as an Instructor for the West Kootenay Teacher Education Program, Regional Advisor for the Classrooms to Communities Network, and Facilitator for the Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education Initiative, amongst many other hats!
Erika Momeyer, Director (Edgewood)
Erika lives in the community of Edgewood, where she acknowledges the land, traditions and culture of four nations: the Sinixt in the Arrow Lakes, the Secwepemc to the North, the Sylix to the west and the Ktunaxa to the east. With respect, she continues to grow in her learning and understanding of their cultures. She is a K-3 Teacher, with more than 20 years experience in Environmental Education, known for her Walking Wednesdays outdoor experiences. In her free time, Erika can be found paddling, hiking and photographing the Kootenays and beyond accompanied by her plastic flamingo, Frederick.
Gillian Cooper, Director (Creston)
Gillian lives in Wyndel in the traditional territory of the Ktuxana Nation. She is a classroom teacher with a passion for wetland education and restoration. She has been an environmental educator for many years, and worked previously with the Creston Valley Wildlife Management area and Wildsight. She enjoys spending plenty of time outdoors in the Creston Valley with her husband and two boys.
Kristina Leidums, Director (Creston)
Kristina is the co-founder of the Creston Kids Outside Society. She holds a teaching degree from Lakehead University in Outdoor, Ecological and Experiential Education, as well as a Masters of Arts focused on learning and education. Kristina is passionate about connecting with children through questioning, wonder, playfulness and curiosity. She resides in Creston, in the Ktuxana Nation traditional territory.