|Board of Directors|
While growing up in northern Virginia, Kim knew from an early age that she had two passions: animals and the water. She combined her two interests and spent her professional career stimulating interest in, developing knowledge about, and inspiring stewardship of aquatic environments as a marine mammal trainer!
Compelled by her experience, Kim graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a concentration in Psychology from the University of Vermont in 1993. After college, Kim worked in Mississippi, New Jersey, and Maryland training marine mammals and educating visitors about the marine environment. After almost 10 years in the industry, Kim made a difficult decision to stop working full time in order to put all of her energy and passion into raising her beautiful daughter!
Sean Delaney has been a member of the Board since its inception. Sean grew up in an environment rich with experiential education, as his parents owned a company specializing in cultural immersion travel for secondary school students in western and eastern Europe, including the former Soviet Union. Sean was fortunate to participate in many of these programs, both as a student and a leader. As a direct beneficiary of experiential education, Sean knows how important this learning tool can be. These programs focused on environmental education as well as cultural immersion, which has shaped his enthusiasm for Creative Education. A former member of the U.S. Sailing team and professional sailor, Sean currently resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he practices business law, focusing his efforts on land use and water law. Sean's professional career complements his background and allows him to bring several assets to the Board.
Laura Tegtmeyer became involved in environmental education inadvertently. To complete her honors BS in Biology and minor in Psychology at Long Island University, Laura was required to do a semester long internship. Laura became a science instructor for Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at Seacamp, in the Florida Keys. Laura fell in love with the tropical marine environment and working with adolescents. For five years, Laura worked as an Assistant Camp Director at a residential education facility that services over 10,000 young adults every year. Laura also spent two years as marine mammal trainer for Miami Seaquarium, where she helped pioneer an interactive education program. She was privileged to work with David Nathanson, Ph.D., renowned psychologist, who uses marine mammal interaction as a way to motivate physically and mentally handicapped children in their therapy.
Laura is currently a consulting Project Manager for MapInfo Thompson Predictive Analytics software in Newport Beach, CA. She has joined the Creative Education Board of Directors, so she can continue sharing her commitment to conservation with young adults and so that her skills in technology can create new and lasting environmental awareness.
Lori Gross founded Creative Education in 1998. Lori graduated with honors from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a self-designed degree in Environmental Science and Policy. While studying in Baja, Mexico with The School for Field Studies, Lori decided to dedicate her life to experiential education and sharing her love for the natural world with others. Her thesis on the impact of eco-tourism on marine mammal behavior taught her that there are many perspectives to every environmental issue.
For the past ten years Lori has worked in the field of experiential education in both marine and environmental science for organizations including, Island Institute, Lee Middle School, Visions International, The Newfound Harbor Marine Institute, Whale Camp, and the Curacao Sea Aquarium. In addition to directing Creative Education, Lori consults for magnet schools around the country in the design, implementation and evaluation of their thematic programs. She also works as a naturalist with Clipper Cruise Line.
Her passion for travel and science education has enabled her to visit and teach in some of the most beautiful places around the world including the Florida Keys, Australia, New Zealand, the Virgin Islands, the Bay of Fundy, Curacao, Roatan, Belize, Costa Rica, and the San Juan Islands.