Hello my name’s Robb and I am a repeat board member. I got back on to see if I could help change the world. I am the Outdoor Adventure Director at Winding Trails in Farmington where I run the challenge course and the cross-country ski center. I play outside for a living and that is just awesome!
I have spent the better part of my life in the outdoors as I was introduced to the wonders that nature has to offer at an early age. I love all kinds of outdoor pursuits from skiing and snowboarding to kayaking, canoeing and scuba. Even long walks on the beach and moonlit dinners are right up my alley.
Hi! I’m Peggy Chaffee (that’s pronounced “Chay-fee”) and I am totally passionate for learning through play as “work”! While attending Bryant College, and after obtaining my B.S. in Business Administration, I was fortunate to participate in a 3-week canoeing expedition in Minnesota and later a 3-week hiking expedition in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, both through Outward Bound. Teetering on belay at the top of huge pine trees in Minnesota was my first amazing experience with a ropes course. These two trips were the most challenging experiences of my life!
After working 10 years in the corporate world within a finance department, I became a stay-at-home Mom to my two sons, which is one of the best decisions of my life! This time gave me the opportunity to connect with my community while volunteering. In December of 2005 when I was ready to reenter the workforce, I thought back to my Outward Bound days and I was pleased to find and become involved in jobs on ropes courses all throughout CT. Additionally I enjoy facilitating adventure activities within the classroom setting for youth. The fact that I can do meaningful work which is fun and valuable to me and my community is why I love my job!
Hi I am Sharon, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Nationally Certified School Counselor. I have worked with teens and families in a variety of setting from the inner city schools and agencies, hospitals, youth services, public and private schools, and private agencies. I have conducted individual, group, family and crisis counseling. I love facilitating adventure based counseling groups. It is awesome to see the learning and growing that students and clients make when given a challenge and they accomplish it.
Besides being a counselor I love to be outside and take photos and have my own company Sunshinelife sgagne. I also love to travel, camping, biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, going to the theatre and most of all love the beach 🙂
Hola, my name is Kat! I am a millennial fascinated by empathetic relations and experiential based education. So far, my time serving on CEEA has been spent focusing on community connections, like our team up with the Connecticut Forest & Park Association! My background is primarily high adventure based education, but now that I am no longer living in Vermont, my path has shifted to more outdoor based developmental facilitation.
In Vermont, I fell in love with meditation and mindfulness at the Center for Mindful Learning. You can often catch me teaching free holistic based classes in communities across Connecticut, petting all the dogs, or drinking espresso.
Frankie Piela, Treasurer –
Greetings, I’m Frankie. For the past 15 years during the school year, I have been the Low Ropes Course Manager, Adventure Coordinator and a member of the EASTCONN Inter-district team. As a trained low ropes and high ropes Challenge Course facilitator, my ideas and creative plans have been an integral part of the EASTCONN Adventure program. On weekends and during the summer, I facilitate at courses and programs throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. A Connecticut native, I have many years of experience working towards positive youth development. I have always enjoyed working with people of all ages and my positive energy helps groups meet their goals successfully.
On a personal side, I am one of nine children, am married to my best friend Erv, have raised 4 children, 2 step-children and am overjoyed with the arrival of my grandchildren, Cody, Camden, Drew and Brielle (I’m their Namma). I have vacationed with my family for the past 25 years at the same spot that I went as a child, Echo Lake in Maine. I have been restoring a colonial built in 1832, never ending, for the past 34 years. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, adventuring and life!
I am very excited about being on the CEEA Board. I am a Youth Service Coordinator for the Manchester Youth Service Bureau and have an excited and versatile position. I am fortunate to develop and facilitate several programs such as the Youth Commission, Girls Circle, Mother Daughter Circle, and several summer programs. I also and one of three managers of the Manchester Challenge Course. I spend my free time working for other Challenge Courses in CT and MA.
I have a lifetime of exciting experiences growing up in a family of adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts. I traveled extensively to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Yukon and Northwest Territories in Canada as well as Colombia, South America. I graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Interpretation and Outdoor Education. Worked for 10 years for Hurricane Island Outward Bound.
My greatest adventure is being a mom for 13 years to my wonderful daughter, Hannah. I enjoy sharing with her similar adventures that led me to where I am today!