WHO WE ARE

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.

President

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.

Secretary

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.

Michael Torres

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.

Vice President

Jessica Tamayo

Jessica is delighted to join Growing Wild Forest School and support the vision of the Forest School Foundation. She has recently relocated back to Asheville from coastal California, where she directed the outdoor preschool at Esalen Institute and co-founded Big Sur Forest School. Jessica is a trained Waldorf Early Childhood teacher, kundalini yoga instructor, Gestalt facilitator, and Warren Wilson graduate. Her work is driven by a passion to cultivate connection with self, other, and the environment, and to support the development of human potential beginning with the earliest years. 

Administrative Director

Emily Lancucki

Emily Lancucki brings a diversity of skills and experiences to the GWFS Board. With an academic background in public relations and over a decade working in philanthropy Emily is driven by connecting people to important causes. Emily loves being in conversation daily with organizations and individuals who want to make the world a safer place. Over the course of her career, Emliy has held roles in the US and in Asia, earning opportunities to gain experience and skills in all facets of fundraising activities. She joined The HALO Trust, USA in early 2021 and supports the philanthropy team by pursuing and developing new relations with private and corporate foundation partners. Outside of work and GWFS, Emily supports and advocates for causes related to food insecurity and homelessness, as well as women's empowerment. Emily shares her life with her husband, their young son (a previous beneficiary and forever fan of GWFS) and their small but mighty mini Aussie. They can often be found on a trail or exploring a riverbed.  

Director

School Director

Kathryn Long

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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

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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.