Board of Directors

Molly Lord-Garrettson

Molly Lord-Garrettson

President

Molly has a background in primary and secondary education and in 2017 started her own nonprofit, Peace Valley School.

Kelly Hetzler

Kelly Hetzler

Secretary/Treasurer

Kelly has a broad background in forest management and geospatial sciences.  She has worked in forest management with Native Americans for 21 years, in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Arizona.  She has a MS in Silviculture and Forest Protection from the University of Washington in Seattle and a BS in Forest Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In volunteering on the OEA board, Kelly looks forward most to helping the group’s goal of expanding access to outdoor adventures to encourage connection with the natural world.

Sam Rynearson

Samantha Rynearson

Board Member

Sam currently works as a nurse practitioner but her ‘roots’ are in natural resources and forest biology. She came to Oregon in the mid-1990s to work in forestry research and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. Now she’s raising her 3 sons here in McMinnville and reveling in the beauty and abundance of this amazing region. She comes to the OEA Board as a passionate outdoor enthusiast who loves gardening, hiking, camping, or geeking out on slugs or her native bird list. Sam feels most balanced and at home when in nature. Her background in environmental biology has shaped her appreciation for her work in healthcare and now, it seems, working in healthcare has reaffirmed her appreciation of nature. What could be more calming or affirming than watching a Pacific Northwest season unfold?

Sam believes that children in this unusual era of technology and global connectivity need more than ever to be anchored in knowledge of the natural world. Learning to observe at the speed of nature, understanding weather and the ‘purpose’ of all members of the food chain from predator to slug builds curiosity, appreciation and intelligence in ways that no screen can offer. She believes that in a rapidly-changing world, that having playful experiences, time to listen, watch and learn in nature will build the foundation kids will need to be the scientists and citizens of tomorrow.

Jackie Lee

Jacqueline Lee

Board Member

Jackie has spent the last 25 years of her career focusing on the at-risk youth of Oregon. With a passion for alternative education and community programs, she has dedicated her career to being an advocate for youth from running the Peer Court program in Yamhill County to providing young people with the resources to navigate the education system. She holds a master’s degree in Criminology and a degree in Psychology from Western Oregon University. In her spare time, she travels the Pacific Northwest camping with her family and enjoying the outdoors. She loves that OEA gets kids outdoors learning and away from the indoors and their devices. She decided to be an OEA board member because she loves the outdoors and with her family has always explored the outdoors and learned as much as possible about the environment.

Lyne Breault

Lyne Breault

Board Member

Lyne is a nature lover. Hiking, kayaking, gardening, and practicing Tai Chi and Qigong outdoors are some of her favorite activities. Born in Quebec, Canada, Lyne moved to Boston to pursue a career in science. Although she enjoyed everything Boston had to offer, she felt a strong need to spend weekends outdoors with her family to help alleviate the effects of living a fast-paced life in the city. Her career slowly transitioned from being a scientist in a pharmaceutical company to owning a Martial Arts studio and thereby teaching natural ways to improve and maintain health. Eventually, Lyne and her husband’s longing for a slower-paced lifestyle closer to nature led them to McMinnville, Oregon where they felt at home from day one.

Lyne’s children enjoy nature and the outdoors, but not as enthusiastically as their parents. In order to inspire a deeper appreciation of nature, Lyne enrolled her son in a camp at Outdoor Education Adventure with Theresa and Neyssa. Lyne’s son wasn’t overly thrilled about spending an entire week outside and went to camp with cold feet on the first day. When Lyne picked him up that evening, however, her son’s enthusiasm was palpable. He refused to leave right away, taking her on a hike to show her, bursting with pride, all that he learned that day. He woke up eager to go to camp from that day on.

Lyne believes that inspiring environmental stewardship in children is essential. She knows, however, that it is not an easy task. It needs to be done in a way that appeals to and engages children. Theresa and Neyssa have accomplished this and much more with Outdoor Education Adventure. It is therefore a great honor and pleasure for Lyne to be part of an organization with such a worthy goal and the knowledge, skills, and passion to achieve it.