Board of DirectorsThe GSNN Board of Directors represents leadership in public education from elementary through university, environmental education and healthy schools experts along with green student activists groups.
Jennifer Seydel, PhD.
Executive Director, Green Schools National Network
Jennifer Seydel brings more than 40 years of experience preparing youth for success in an ever-changing world to her role as Executive Director of Green Schools National Network (GSNN). Jenny has taught at grade levels from kindergarten to graduate school, worked in public schools and nonprofits, has been involved with starting numerous public charter schools, has extensive experience with at-risk children, and has worked with educators across the country and eastern Asia. Prior to her role with GSNN, she was a school designer with Expeditionary Learning for twelve years, providing school coaching, leadership development, and curriculum design support to schools nationwide. She was the lead author of one of the first integrated curriculum modules that combines Common Core State Standards in ELA with Next Generation Science Standards.
Geoff Deigan, President
Executive Director, Prairie Crossing Charter School
Geoff Deigan is Executive Director of the highly acclaimed, award-winning Prairie Crossing Charter School, an environmentally-centered public school in Grayslake, Illinois. In 1997, Geoff founded and serves as President and CEO of WRD Environmental, an ecological consulting firm. Well-versed in sustainable development, Geoff has led a variety of large-scale environmental projects, job training programs, and community-engagement initiatives focused on environmental best practices. Geoff’s extensive board experience includes service for land conservation organizations, public libraries, and charter schools. He has spoken at numerous national conferences on environmental education, sustainable land use, green infrastructure and more.
Luseni Pieh, Vice President
Head of Policy, Chewie Labs
Luseni (Lou) Pieh is an attorney, strategist, and policy professional who is currently working on organic waste policies and the implications for communities. Previously, he held roles in the public, private, and non-profit sectors working primarily on environmental and sustainability issues. Most recently Lou served as a member of the U.S. EPA’s Agency Review Team for the Biden-Harris Transition and before that held senior roles in the Obama Administration in the U.S. EPA and White House.
Lou has a B.A. from Michigan State University, a J.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington, and an LL.M in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Policy from the University of Denver.
Alison Suffet Diaz, Secretary
Founder & Director of Growth & Sustainability, Environmental Charter Schools
Alison Suffet Diaz is Founder and Director of Growth and Sustainability of Environmental Charter Schools, Lawndale, CA. In her current role, Alison focuses on school growth; manages mission-aligned green school facilities development, management, and operations; spearheads sustainability initiatives; liaises with national and local green school partners; and oversees development, partnerships, and advocacy. Alison earned her teaching credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills, B.S. in Business from State University of New York, Albany and Juris Doctorate from Temple University Law School.
Diana Cournoyer, Treasurer
Executive Director for the National Indian Education Association (NIEA)
Diana has been a key driver in expanding NIEA’s work beyond the U.S. Capitol to communities across Indian Country. She has shaped broader teacher hiring initiatives, created more opportunities for visits to tribal communities, acquired millions in grant funding for NIEA, testified before Congress in support of Native education, and inspired professional trust and collaboration among staff, colleagues, organizations, and Native nations across the country. Her work has ensured that Native students have the best possible outcomes and educators have the best possible resources to support their efforts.
Founder and CEO, Natural Pod
Bridgitte Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod, is a thought leader dedicated to better environments for play, learning and collaboration using sustainable furniture. In her work with Natural Pod, she has helped create over 10,000 learning environments throughout the world. She’s engaged over 40,000 educators through her workshops and presentations and has been dedicated to creating play-based pedagogy and sharing the importance of the learning environment design. Bridgitte also serves as President on the board of the Green Schools National Network, creating broad-based initiatives and successful strategies aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools across the United States.
Managing Partner at Building Impact
William D. Almond, FASLA, CLARB
President, Principal Landscape Architect, WPL
William D. Almond, FASLA, CLARB is a licensed Landscape Architect with 41 years’ experience on a wide range of residential, commercial, municipal, military, and institutional projects. Prior to establishing the landscape architectural division at WPL, Mr. Almond was Senior Associate at the Norfolk based architectural firm of Shriver and Holland Associates for over 21 years. He has extensive ties to his local community, serving on city council appointed boards and commissions and local neighborhood civic leagues. Mr. Almond received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with Distinction degree from Virginia Tech in 1978.
Superintendent of Encinitas Union School District, Retired
Dr. Timothy Baird recently retired as superintendent of Encinitas Union School District (EUSD). His retirement caps 10 years of service to EUSD, 16 years of service as a superintendent, and 39 years of service as a public educator. During Dr. Baird’s tenure at EUSD, the district was recognized as a 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District and won recognition for its innovative use of technology, being one of the first districts in the nation with a one-to-one iPad program starting in 2011. EUSD also received state and national awards for developing learner personalized teaching practices and for its focus on teaching to the whole child. Since retiring, Dr. Baird has remained active as a writer, presenter, and educational leadership consultant. He is a frequent presenter at environmental, technology, and curricular conferences.
Founder and Principal Designer of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds Inc.
Adam is an internationally acclaimed designer, builder, and researcher of nature-based play spaces and the founder of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds. Adam has traveled globally to advocate for children’s rights to nature play and to collaborate on the creation of spectacular natural parks and playgrounds.
His resume in the natural playground industry is unparalleled; highlights include creating campuses, trainings, working on projects for the US Army, Parks Canada, and Australia, and city projects for Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver, Calgary, New York, Austin, Denver, Chicago, and Miami.
Founder, 228 Accelerator
Caroline Hill is a thought leader who lives, works, and designs at the intersection of education, innovation, and equity. Her work inspired the creation of equityXdesign, a design framework that merges the values of equity work and innovation with the intentionality of design. Her latest venture, 228 Accelerator, catalyzes the redesign of relationships that normalize mistreatment and oppression, builds bridges between the powerful and the powerless, and accelerates our journey to a more inclusive society.
Caroline’s work is rooted in more than 20 years of experience in public education, education innovation, management consulting, and engineering. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia, a Master of Education in Learning and Teaching from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an M.S. in Administration through New Leaders for New Schools, a principal training fellowship.
Principal, and Director of K-12 at LPA Design Studio
Acting Director, Global Climate Strategy, The Nature Conservancy
As Acting Global Managing Director, Global Lands at The Nature Conservancy, Jennifer Tabola leads performance management, operations, and talent across a diverse portfolio of land-based conservation strategies. She also plays a leading role managing across communications, policy, and land-based natural climate solutions to elevate nature-based climate solutions as a critical component for achieving international carbon mitigation commitments. Jennifer is a member of her local Environmental Services Council and is a certified Master Naturalist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology and completed the Humanities Honors Program, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, at the University of California, Irvine. She also holds a master’s degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University.
Ileana Albareda, Ed.D
Lead District and School Strategy Consultant
Lead District and School Strategy Consultant
Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships
Jennifer Seydel, PhD.
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