Meet the Pec Facilitation Team

Rebecca Stanfield McCown

Director of the National Park Service’s

Stewardship Institute

      Rebecca Stanfield McCown is the Director of the National Park Service’s Stewardship Institute located at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, Vermont. Rebecca’s work focuses on supporting park service staff and partners so they, in turn, can better serve the American public. Through building partnerships and advancing creative approaches to community engagement and leadership development, the Stewardship Institute brings practitioners together to advance common goals for conservation stewardship. As Director of the Stewardship Institute, Rebecca manages programs that focus on enhancing cultural competency and diversity skills, leadership development, and evaluation and promotion of practices that contribute to successful public land management. 

     Rebecca has worked on national projects that include the NPS Urban Agenda, addressing harassment and hostility in the workplace, advancing facilitation and dialog skills Service-wide, and peer leadership development programming. Her most recent work has focused on integrating restorative practices, and trauma awareness into National Park Service employee support programs to improve the ability of NPS to address issues of workplace harassment and hostility, racial equity, and the interpretation of complex and painful histories across NPS sites.

     Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and serves on their Board of Advisors. Rebecca is a member of the Network for Landscape Conservation’s Coordinating Committee and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

Joan Haley

Director of Partnership Education Programs for Shelburne Farms with Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park 

   Joan fell in love with environmental education while working for the U.S. Peace Corps in Honduras. This brought her to the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), where she worked internationally and nationally for several years, serving first as the Director of International Programs, then as Deputy Director, and finally as Acting Executive Director.

   Joan also served as Education Specialist for the Smithsonian Institutions' Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management Department, continuing the partnership started with NAAEE to develop overseas training programs.  In 2009, Joan joined Shelburne Farms to manage partnership education programs with the National Park Service, including Park for Every Classroom and the Wellborn Place-based Ecology Education Institute. 

   Joan studied environmental economics at the University of Michigan, earned a Masters in Science in Environmental Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the School for Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

Eboni Preston

Director of Operations, Greening Youth Foundation

Eboni is a management professional with a background in non-profit administration, program operations, and workforce development. She is currently the Director of Operations with the Greening Youth Foundation, an Atlanta based nonprofits engages diverse youth and young adults by connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation. Outside of her work with the foundation, Eboni is the Board Chair for Georgia Conservancy’s Generation Green Board, a board member for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, a board member of the Next 100 Coalition, a member of the Southeast Regional Council for National Parks Conservation Association, and the Labor and Industry Chair for Georgia NAACP.

Eboni is also committed to serving as a mentor and facilitator with the Children's Forest of Georgia's Next Generation Forest Service Ambassadors and Forest for Every Classroom programs.

Eboni holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration from Kennesaw State University, a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, and Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

Delia Clark

Place-Base Service Learning Consultant

Confluence, Inc & Shelburne Farms

       Delia's work focuses on building sustainable communities through place-based education, civic engagement and dialogue, and school/community partnerships. She is a frequent trainer, speaker, and facilitator in these areas throughout the United States and Central/Eastern Europe, for organizations that include US National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance, Shelburne Farms, and QLF/Atlantic Center for the Environment. Her wealth of experience in place-based education includes serving as Director of the Center for Place-based Learning and Community Engagement; teaching masters level classes in Environmental Education and Interpretation at Antioch University New England; and serving as lead trainer for the Appalachian Trail’s Trail to Every Classroom program, and the Iditarod Trail to Every Classroom program. Delia is the co-author of Questing: A Guide to Creating Community Treasure Hunts published by University Press of New England; Learning to Make Choices for the Future: Connecting Public Lands, Schools and Communities Through Place-based Learning and Civic Engagement; and Community Vision to Action Forums: An Organizers Guide to Participatory Planning; which have collectively been translated into six languages.

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