Meet the Staff
Robin Organ is the Founder & Executive Director of Green Schools, Inc., a multi-award-winning 501(c) 3, nonprofit organization, whose mission is to create greener & healthier learning environments through Innovative Environmental Education, Awareness, and Action. Green Schools provides a number of Environmental Education & STEM-based programs to schools and communities looking to develop the Next Generation of Students & Schools! Robin has been in the field of education for close to 20 years working in both formal and informal education systems.
Robin recently participated in discussions with US Vice President Joe Biden on Climate Solutions and US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Robin was selected as one of 100 women across our nation to attend the White House Women & the Environment Summit, The 1st White House Summit on Environmental Education, and the 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony. Robin is a true leader in Environmental Education & Innovation across our nation, and she believes firmly that creating an environmentally literate citizenry begins with our youth.
Robin has been responsible for developing and implementing Green Schools’ Programs across the Commonwealth, New England, and our Nation. She has developed more than 200 strategic Partnerships including; US EPA, US ED, US DA, US DOL-Women’s Bureau, US DOE, ESE, DOER, STEM Networks, NAAEE and countless others connected to the field of Environmental Education.
In addition to her efforts with Green Schools, Robin is the Project Manager of the MA ELP [a statewide Environmental Literacy Plan] and MA Chair of SAGEEE [Secretaries Advisory Group on Energy, Environment and Education]. Robin serves as an active Member of the MA Green Ribbon Schools Working Group and was a driving force in bringing the Federal Green Ribbon Schools Awards Program to the Commonwealth. Robin also serves on the Advisory Board for the Green Schools National Network, U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Stakeholder Group, the NE High Performance School Stakeholders Group, the MA Partners In Prevention, and regularly attends the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Meeting’s where she is active in several STEM Networks.
Green Schools Director of Students & Schools
Maureen M. Aylward is Green Schools’ New Director of Students & Schools. In addition to her work at Green Schools, Maureen is sustainability consultant, university instructor on sustainability and business, and a communications strategist, writer, and author. She works with businesses, schools, non-profits, and municipalities to help them pioneer sustainability efforts with strategic planning, marketing, storytelling, and communication.
Maureen teaches three courses on sustainability and business and product innovation for Northeastern’s online MBA program, as well as a senior capstone course in the Environmental Studies major at Merrimack College. Her creative strategies have been put into practice in several areas that include educating professionals on sustainability practices, values-based business models, and helping social entrepreneurs with business strategy.
Maureen received her MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH and a BA in English Literature and Art History from Salem State College, Salem, MA. Maureen is the host of a local cable television show called Cape Ann Report, and she is active in the arts and writing community on Cape Ann.
Russ is currently in his 11th year of teaching as a middle school science teacher in western Massachusetts. He is the Chair of his hometown Conservation Commission and is a member of the board of the Metacomet Land Trust, helping to preserve local natural treasures in southern Worcester and southwestern Norfolk counties.
Russ worked with Massachusetts Audubon as a Teacher/Naturalist and remains an avid hiker, birder and amateur naturalist.
For more than 3 years Russ was a Peace Corps Volunteer and Technical Trainer in the West African country of Cote d’Ivoire.
Russ is involved in coordinating the Massachusetts Environmental Literacy Plan and is currently a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education. He earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and holds a Master’s degree in Chemical and Life Sciences from the University of Maryland.
Director of Young Women & Innovation
Lori Wells-Prew is Green Schools’ New Director of Young Women & Innovation. Lori is passionate STEM Education, Community and developing strong girls. We knew this job was perfect fit! In addition to her work with Green Schools, Lori is the Director of Corporate Outreach for Willwork, Inc. Exhibit and Event Services a nationally recognized, rapidly growing tradeshow, labor, and exhibit services organization. In this capacity, she initiated company-wide marketing, communications, and outreach strategies, and she serves as a liaison between corporations, associations, and regional convention centers.
Prior, she served as Acting Executive Director for the New England Society of Association Executives (NE/SAE). NESAE is a non-profit membership organization serving associations throughout New England. Lori also served as Executive Director of Move Massachusetts, a non-profit charged with generating consensus around the region’s major land-use and transportation projects. Lori was the first Legislative Policy Analyst for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), and she established its legislative protocol that still exists today. MAPC serves 101 cities and towns in the metropolitan Boston region. Lori was a Massachusetts State House intern for both State Senator David Magnani and State Representative Paul Casey and attended the Citizen’s Legislative Seminar at the State House, providing her the opportunity to obtain a thorough understanding of the legislative process.
Lori has served on the Board of Advisors of School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA), Green Schools, the Foundation for Excellence in Education in Easton, as well as countless other organizations with a focus on leadership development, women’s issues, and health.
Lori was honored as an “Unsung Heroine” Award at the State House from the Commission on the Status of Women in 2011 for “being a leader in every aspect of the Easton community involving children and families.”
Tammy Thornton is Green Schools newsletter coordinator. Tammy currently lives in Connecticut with her husband and two energetic boys as a stay at home mom. Prior to moving to CT and taking on the Newsletter Coordinator position in 2012 Tammy was on the Green Schools Board and held the position of President for two years. She also taught seventh grade life science at Dover-Sherborn Middle School in Dover, MA for six years.
Tammy earned her Bachelor’s of Science at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME and her Master’s of Environmental Science with a General Science Teaching Degree from Antioch New England in Keene, NH.