The Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA) is managed by a Board of Directors that is made up of educators, parents, scientists, and administrators that are dedicated to providing the students of Arlington County a place where they can engage in outdoor studies.
Current Board Members
Michael Nardolilli, President
Michael Nardolilli, a graduate of Georgetown University, received his law degree from the College of William & Mary in 1981. A litigator with almost twenty years of experience representing Fortune 500 corporations in multi-million dollar insurance coverage disputes, Mike joined The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) in 1999 as its Vice President and General Counsel. Since its founding in 1994, NVCT has permanently protected over 100 acres of Northern Virginia from development.
Mike is a long-time community activist in Arlington and has previously served in numerous capacities, including Chairman of the Arlington County Transportation Commission, Vice Chairman of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, and Secretary of the Swanson PTA. Mike has three children in the Arlington public schools and currently teaches a fourth-grade Sunday School class at St. Ann’s in Arlington.
Bob Schrider, Vice President
Bob Schrider is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a 25 year resident of Arlington along with his wife Sue, and children Sydney and Jack. Bob’s kids have attended overnights with their class, and their dad, as well as summer camp, and love the Lab. He is a Chief Estimator with Balfour Beatty Construction, Leed Accredited Professional and lends his construction expertise to the Lab facilities, maintenance, and improvements.
Claire Hardie, Treasurer
Claire Hardie has lived in Arlington for the last five years, and has two sons who attend Discovery Elementary School. She was introduced to the Outdoor Lab through a third grade field trip when there was still snow on the ground and loved the experience. Claire has many years of professional experience as a corporate accountant and now works as a bookkeeper for a number of small local clients. She also served as Treasurer of the Nottingham and Discovery PTAs for three years. Claire is looking forward to bringing these experiences to help continue the strong financial management of the AOEA.
Mary Ann Penning, Secretary
Mary Ann Penning and her husband Nick transplanted their family to Arlington from Illinois in 1977. She eventually resumed her teaching career in 1986 and is currently a fourth grade teacher at Randolph Elementary. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she shares the math lead teacher position and co-chairs Helping Hands, offering students the opportunity to make sandwiches for the homeless. Over the years, she has enjoyed being able to take her former fifth grade students to the Outdoor Lab for their first camping experience. Her own four daughters, now in their thirties, enjoyed the Outdoor Lab and one summer she was the cook for the summer program. To serve food warm to over fifty campers and staff was the hardest job she’d ever undertaken, not to mention the dishes involved. Mary Ann received her undergraduate teaching degree from Illinois State University and her Master of Education degree from George Mason University.
Anita K. Scott has seen the Outdoor Lab grow from its infancy and has many memories to share. As one of Phoebe’s 5 children, she grew up with a great love of and appreciation for nature and the out-of-doors. After graduating from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, she earned her BA in English from Westhampton College, taught for more than 30 years in Arlington (mostly at Williamsburg Middle School) and in 1988 received her MA in Humanities from Marymount University.
The Scotts’ 4 children all attended Arlington Public Schools, and they now have four teenage grandchildren in nearby McLean. Anita enjoys reading, the theater, bridge and has remained active in many local organizations since her retirement in 2000. The AOEA is her absolute favorite pastime, however. It is very exciting for her to see the second and even third generations of Arlington students come out to the Lab, especially since it is increasingly important in our digital world for our children to spend time learning outside.
Judy Collins has lived in Northern Virginia since 1979 and in Arlington since 1987. Her son is a graduate of Arlington Public Schools and attended one of every Outdoor Lab programs offered, including summer camps. In October of 2005 he completed his Eagle Scout project requirement at the Outdoor Lab.
Ms. Collins has worked as research director at NALP (National Association for Law Placement) since 1991, and prior to that worked at USDA and United Way of America. She has been a volunteer with AOEA since 2007, assisting with outreach efforts and serving as volunteer coordinator. Other community activities have included PTAs, and various school and county advisory committees. She has been a member of APS’ Social Studies Advisory Committee since 1998, and has been treasurer of the Bluemont Civic Association, and also served as its newsletter distributor since 2003.
Paul Diehl has lived Arlington since 1967 and has children who attended Arlington schools. He is a retired Arlington Public Schools bus driver who drove students to the Outdoor Lab for many years. Paul is also a master beekeeper and helps others learn the art (including Arlington County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patrick Murphy) Paul tends the bees and helps with the facilities and maintenance of the Outdoor Lab .
Carol Goodloe has lived in Arlington since 1981 and has two sons who attended Arlington public schools and now a grandson who has started at Abingdon Elementary School. Carol is retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2012 after 34 years as an economist specializing in domestic and international trade policy. In that capacity, she had opportunities to travel to every continent except Antarctica (very little grows there). She now spends her time enjoying the outdoors (biking, gardening, sailing) and volunteering with various groups. She accompanied her sons on trips to the Outdoor Lab many years ago and became an immediate fan. Carol has volunteered with the AOEA for about 5 years.
Felix A. Herrera
Felix A. Herrera has lived in Arlington for over 25 years. He is a graduate of Washington-Lee High School. He fell in love with the Outdoor Lab in his senior year while visiting the lab with his HILT-EX B class. His senior year he spent an over-night, at the Outdoor Lab, with his science class and subsequently became a summer camp counselor in the mid 1990s. Mr. Herrera currently teaches science in the HILT department at Wakefield High School and is a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Michael Maleski is a 20+ year resident of Arlington, living in the Leeway neighborhood with his wife JoAnne Carter and his children Charlotte and Gabriel who attend Tuckahoe Elementary. Mike is a business and technology consultant for small businesses and non-profits. He also volunteers and is a Board Member for the Overlee Community Association. He is a former Teach for America Corps Member who as an 8th grade science teacher saw first hand the benefits of outdoor learning for his students.
Ron Oleynik is a 25 year resident of Arlington, who lives in the Ashtown Heights neighborhood with his wife, Nancie, and their two daughters, Haley and Nina. Ron is an attorney with the law firm of Holland & Knight in Washington, practicing in the area of international trade. He and the family are big outdoor enthusiasts.
Todd Parker has lived in Arlington for over 20 years and has done the Lab Notes Newsletter since Fall 2004. He has experienced the Lab “first hand” by attending a 5th grade overnight and numerous open houses with his children Holly and Devon. Todd works for the Department of the Navy and has been the Comptroller of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda since 1996.
Paula Wolferseder Yabar
Paula Wolferseder Yabar is currently employed by the Council on Foundations, an organization that is dedicated to the advancement of philanthropic organizations, as Vice President of Membership and Development. She has over 25 years of fundraising, communications and marketing experience and has worked for notable conservation organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Nature Conservancy. Outdoor education is a personal passion, as some of Paula’s formative memories of growing up in RI involved formal and informal environmental education programs. Paula has two children, both of whom attended Arlington Public Schools and went to the Outdoor Lab for school and summer programs. She is a firm believer that getting kids outdoors in a place like the Outdoor Lab builds a life-long appreciation for the natural world.