The Forest School Foundation is a 100% volunteer-led organization. Our Board of Directors includes talented professionals from a variety of backgrounds and locations, all working together to promote the mission of forest school advocacy and awareness.


Terri Singer


With over 30 years’ experience as a CPA, numerous board nonprofit leadership positions, and a passion for early childcare education, Terri has embraced the Forest School Foundation, and North Carolina, with open arms. In her spare time Terri enjoys travel, hiking, photography, mixology, and being a mother and grandmother of two.


Kate Bianchi

Kate is a mother of two and a nature-based home education specialist. She enjoys supporting other parents with wholesome & nature-inspired parenting, lifestyle and education. Her goal is to help increase awareness of the forest schooling movement, as well as the benefits of outdoor education for children and adults alike.

Fundraising Chair

Clare Long


Clare's varied public service experience includes volunteer and community outreach as well as conservation education, historic interpretation and naturalist training and facilitation for the National Forest Service and across our nation's public lands. Clare currently resides in New Hampshire and serves the board in a remote capacity.

Vice President

Michael Torres

Michael Torres Forest School Foundation

Dr. Torres has worked as an educator and biochemist since 1970, devoting his career to teaching and research in higher education in the US and abroad. Now retired, Michael pursues his passion for travel, photography and the natural world.  In 2016 he helped to establish the Forest School Foundation in Asheville, NC.

Operations & Advancement

Erin Bowers


Erin is a dual-certified environmental educator turned digital marketer and wellness coach. As a lifelong conservationist and new mom, she is passionate about getting kids outdoors so they can develop their fullest potential and become future stewards of the earth. She enjoys sharing this passion through visual and written communications.


Maitland Demos


Maitland has a background in Environmental Sciences and Finance/Insurance. As a full-time working mom, she enjoys spending her free time with her family and animals on her homestead right outside of Asheville, NC. Maitland feels grateful to give back to the children in her community by combining her passions and knowledge with the Foundation.

School Director

Kathryn Long


Kathryn is a co-founder of the Forest School Foundation and its premier Growing Wild Forest School. Her vast experience in early childhood education and forest school training through the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers has gifted her with the opportunity to support young learners in their  intrinsic belonging to their human communities and to their natural world.

Multi-Media Specialist

Daniel De Wit


Daniel is a multi-media artist and designer with a passion for all things 'green' - from gardening and architecture to  outdoor education and climate activism. His specialty  in video production will assist Growing Wild Forest School in communicating the spirit and stories of forest school to new audiences.

To learn more about the educational and administrative staff we work with, please visit the Growing Wild Forest School.

Interested in getting involved with our team? Check out our current volunteer opportunities.

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