Lisa Orr
Executive Director

Lisa joined MEE in June 2018 after working 8 years as Frederick County’s Sustainability Program Coordinator and 10 years as Executive Director of Volunteer Frederick. Her passions include energy conservation, renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, and sustainable living. She’s excited about helping MEE increase its resources for educating youth and others about the importance of protecting the natural resources upon which we all depend. Lisa completed a graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Case western Reserve University and has a Masters in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her husband would say her hobby is working, but her pets make sure she enjoys morning yoga and hikes on the Appalachian Trail.

Shannon Richardson
Director of Outdoor and Environmental Education

Shannon comes to us from the classroom. She knew in 7th grade she wanted to teach and found the perfect classroom, outside. She taught Middle School prior to taking over Mountainside's outdoor and environmental education programming.  The greatest perk of her job is the variety of programming and audiences she is able to serve from one day to the next. She loves reconnecting individuals with nature and each other through environmental ed and ropes. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Towson University and can be found out on the property with her English Bulldog, Dozer. 

Alyssa Wiens
Assistant Director of Environmental and Outdoor Education

Alyssa joined the MEE team after completing her Master's in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University in December 2018. She has worked various jobs in environmental education that have taken her from Kentucky to Wisconsin. Her undergraduate degree in Wildlife and Fisheries from Mississippi State University has helped her build a strong background in natural history. She's excited to put her degrees to work with MEE to create impactful and engaging activities for students and adults. When Alyssa isn't working you can find her snugging her cat, Clementine, or planning her next big adventure.

Joe Richardson, Sr.
School Composting Facilitator and Educator

Education has always been a passion for Joe Richardson, Sr., the owner of Bar-T summer camps and after-school Kids Clubs that have been operating since 1961. In 2002, Joe discovered his passion for environmental land stewardship and quickly began transforming the Bar-T Mountainside campus into a model for sustainability initiatives and an ideal location for offering hands-on outdoor science and environmental education for students and others. As an MEE Educator, Joe teaches kids about energy, the life cycle of plants, ecosystems, stream restoration, and more through Bar-T's and MEE's In-School and Mountainside-based field trips and retreats. As MEE's School Composting Facilitator, Joe collaborates with the Frederick County Composting Working Group, the Southern Frederick Rotary Club, Key Compost, and school officers, teachers, and students to teach kids about food waste and recycling, and help them set up food separation systems and compost pick-up services.

Nick Miller
Farmer

Nick has worked with MEE since 2015. He brings nearly a decade of experience in agriculture. Nick grows and teaches on Mountainside's two-acre sustainable farm. He enjoys introducing children and adults alike to the joys of growing and eating fresh fruits and vegetables and building a connection to the food we eat and the soil that produces it. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Asian Studies from St. Mary's College of Maryland and is currently pursuing his Master's in Agronomy. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his dog Buster.