Georgia Association

of Marine Education

GAME Board of Officers & Bios 2015-2016

Past-President & NMEA Rep:  Beth Palmer

Beth Palmer grew up on Lake Oconee near Eatonton, Georgia. She traded the small fresh water lake for the vast salty ocean. Beth graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannnah with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2009. Currently the program director for the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, Beth has been teaching at the science center for five years. When not teaching, Beth enjoys watching movies with her boyfriend Stephen and their adopted kids, an anxious Jack Russel terrier (Bo), a feisty Chihuahua (Paco), and the newbie siamese cat (Joker).


President Elect:



Treasurer Alicia Shell

Alicia Shell - Over the last 15 years, Alicia Shell has taught her way down the Atlantic Coast. Originally from Long Island, New York, Alicia graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in environmental science and continued her education at Duke University, North Carolina. Here she earned a master's degree in Coastal Environmental Management, with a focus on Latin American and Caribbean Studies. While at Duke, she also became a certified Environmental Educator through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Education. Formerly as the Education Coordinator of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Alicia created and maintained a comprehensive education program, including on site and outreach programs for students of all ages, as well as underserved and underrepresented audiences. She has an undeniable passion for conservation and education and has always enjoyed working with young children. Alicia currently works at the United Methodist Church on St. Simons Island, where she is a lead teacher for the Ones/Walkers. She also tends the nursery at First Baptist Church. 


 At Large Board Member: Angela Bliss

Angela Bliss moved to the GA coast around 10 years ago from Tennessee after earning her MS in Environmental Science. She worked as an informal educator in SD, Washington, and Tennessee before moving to Georgia and has a passion for learning and teaching. Angela's been involved in GAME for over 6 years and has learned so much from GAME greats like Margaret Olsen, Brooke Vallaster, and Donna Stewart who were always so gracious to help ID critters, improve teaching strategies, and learn overall life lessons. Angela currently lives in Savannah with her husband (Tom), daughter (Emma), and four legged children (Max & Abbie). She works at UGA MAREX with COSEE SE (Center of Ocean Sciences Education Excellence SouthEast) while taking classes in hopes of earning a PhD in Adult Education from UGA in Athens before Emma graduates from high school. In her free time (HA HA HA), Angela loves to garden, attempt home improvement projects, and drink coffee over great conversation with friends and family.


Secretary: Trish DuBose


Publications Editor: Adam Mackinnon 

Adam is a Georgia native and has been working on the coast with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Nongame Endangered Species Program and the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve for the past 17 years. Adam and his wife Jan met while studying sea turtles on Wassaw Island. Adam has two small children ages six and nine and currently lives on St. Simons Island.



Website and Communications Coordinator: Paul Medders


Paul is a life-long resident of coastal Georgia growing up fishing, boating, and exploring the coastal area. From lifeguarding on the beaches to Scuba diving the offshore waters coastal Georgia has always been home. After attending school for while at UGA it was the sirens song of the ocean waves and the smell of the marsh that brought him back home to the coast. Paul has in BS in Biology from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah. Beginning work in 1994 with Coastal Resources of DNR, Paul has worked on a variety of projects from fish tagging studies to underwater surveys. In 2006 Paul accepted a position as the Marine Education and Outreach associate for Coastal Resources. Through this position Paul coordinates the Know The Connection public outreach and education campaign, visits schools to teach about marine fisheries management, and conducts other public outreach activities. Paul also enjoys fishing, sailing and SCUBA diving the coastal waters of Georgia with his wife and three boys.


Inland Rep: Kim Morris-Zarnake
 

Kim Morris-Zarnake - Kim is the Manager of Education Programs for the Georgia Aquarium and responsible for professional development, partnerships, education stations and special projects. Kim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Minor in Environmental Science from State University of New York at Geneseo and Masters of Science in Biology-Aquarium Science from the University of Maryland. In addition Kim has is a Certificate in Environmental Education from UGA. Prior to joining the Aquarium in July 2005, Kim worked with the Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division's Adopt-A-Stream program training citizens, teachers and students in water quality monitoring and coordinating the annual Rivers Alive water way cleanup program. Kim also worked at Zoo Atlanta as their Distance Learning Manager and the National Aquarium in Baltimore as their Conservation Coordinator.

For the last twelve years Kim has served on the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia's Board and Advisory Board guiding this professional organization as a leader in environmental education for the State of Georgia. Current Kim is serving as Co-chair of the Advanced Training for Environmental Education in Georgia Program which provides training to formal and non formal educator about environmental education. Kim has also been a member of GAME for the last seven years, serving on the 2008 NMEA conference committee.


Inland Rep: Gail Sinkule




Field Trip Coordinator: Erin Mugge

Erin Mugge moved down to Georgia in 2008 from Iowa not only to steer clear of snowy winters, but also because she wanted to teach about the marine environment. She studied Zoology at Iowa State University and has been teaching informal environmental education ever since. Erin is currently the Education Director at Driftwood Education Center on St. Simons Island, and her favorite things to do are teach on Cumberland Island and take care of all the teaching animals. She lives in Brunswick with her husband, corgi dog, two spoiled cats, and a bearded dragon.







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