Rebecca Stanfield McCown
Director of the National Park Service’s
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.
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.
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.
RaeLynne has been involved heavily with the National Park Service ever since her time as a middle school teacher. RaeLynne loves having students learn beyond the four walls of their classrooms and her strength lies in the creation of partnerships and programs in K-12 education and in entities like the National Park Service. For five years RaeLynne was the Coordinator of Social Studies for Baltimore City Public Schools. In that time she received Every Kid in the Park grants to send all 6,000 fourth graders in Baltimore City to National Park Service sites that aligned to their fourth grade curriculum. She created History Field Day in Baltimore's Patterson Park, was involved in the planning and execution of the 7,000 student living flag at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (FOMC), and launched a program with Baltimore National Heritage Area named Kids In Kayaks, which yearly put hundreds of 8th graders in kayaks learning about the history surrounding the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. RaeLynne was heavily involved with FOMC, acting as their Teacher-Ranger-Teacher and was in their first cohort of Park for Every Classroom teachers. Once RaeLynne moved to her position in the Central Office she already knew first hand the benefits of Place Based Education from her time in the classroom and her partnership with FOMC, and she made it a priority in her work there. RaeLynne has her Master of Education from the University of Maryland at College Park and in 2015 was recognized nationally with the HISTORY Award for Service for her work establishing the National History Day research program in Baltimore City Public Schools.
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.
Region 1 Education Program Manager for the National Park Service
Matt Jacobs is a passionate educator, advocate, and practitioner of heritage conservation who comes to us from the National Parks of New York Harbor (NPNH) where he serves as their Education Program Manager, providing and coordinating a variety of education, training, recreation, employment and VIP opportunities for youth at NPS sites in NYC and throughout the region. His primary responsibility is leading a partnership with the New York City Department of Education at the Stephen T Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship High School (Mather), a Career and Technical Education (CTE) High School in Manhattan where students receive instruction in carpentry, masonry, decorative arts and landscape stewardship and broad exposure to the NPS and other public lands and historical sites. Through hands-on project based engagement, over 400 Mather students each year build college and career readiness while laying the foundations for a life of craftsmanship, stewardship and engaged citizenship.
Prior to his position at NPNH, Matt worked as a historic architect and preservation specialist for the NER’s Historic Architecture Conservation and Engineering Center (HACE) in Lowell, MA, leading and supporting cultural resource stewardship projects at parks across the NER. He got his start with the NPS while in architecture school, through a summer position with the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), part of the Heritage Documentation Program.
Even when not working, he can often be found at NPS sites and historic house museums with his wife; trying to instill in their four kids a passion for nature, culture, art and history. Involved in a variety of faith-based and community organizations, he finds respite at home with the family, their 7 chickens and cat named Luna.