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
Todd Parker, President
Todd Parker has lived in Arlington for over 20 years and was elected President in 2017. 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.
Michael Maleski, Vice President
Michael Maleski is a 20 plus year resident of Arlington and was elected Vice President in 2017. Mike lives in the Leeway neighborhood with his wife JoAnne Carter and his children Charlotte and Gabriel who attend Swanson Middle and Tuckahoe Elementary schools. 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.
Ann Thomson, Treasurer
Ann Thomson joined the Board as Treasurer in 2019. She and her husband Blaine moved to Arlington in 1998 and immediately knew they’d found a place where they wanted to put down roots.
Their three children attended Taylor Elementary and are now at Dorothy Hamm Middle School and Yorktown High School. They all have a love for the Outdoor Lab cultivated through many field trips, overnights, and summer camps.
Ann has been with Accenture for over 20 years where she’s developed deep skills in financial and contract management, as well as technical operations.
Ann and her family love spending time outdoors and have a special fondness for exploring National Parks in the US and Canada.
Sarah Jensen, Secretary
Sarah Jensen and her family live in Arlington with one child at Jamestown and others alumni of Arlington Public Schools. Sarah and her husband are both natural resources attorneys who work to preserve natural spaces as a gift and a responsibility to our children and those in our community and nation. Sarah administers a sustainability program for U.S. Department of Energy installations, including pollinator, migratory bird, cultural resources and ecosystem protection.
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.
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 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.
Scott Kovarovics and his family have lived in Arlington since 2004. His children attend Yorktown High School, and have participated in activities at the Outdoor Lab, including 5th grade overnights and summer camps, since elementary school. Scott has a background in public policy and association management, and currently serves as Executive Director of the Izaak Walton League of America. Scott and his family enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities
Mary Ann Penning
Mary Ann Penning and her husband Nick transplanted their family to Arlington from Illinois in 1977. She resumed her teaching career in 1986 and was a fourth grade teacher at Randolph Elementary. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she was the math lead and co-chaired 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 grown, enjoyed the Outdoor Lab. One summer Mary Ann was the cook for the Outdoor Lab 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.
Kristen moved to Arlington with her family in 2015 and has two daughters who are students at Taylor Elementary and Swanson Middle Schools. Kristen is a career educator who has worked as a high school teacher, K-12 principal, and education consultant in Illinois, North Carolina, and the DC-region for over twenty years. Her master’s thesis work at Duke University focused on identifying and scaling up innovative school reform initiatives and she has significant work experience in such initiatives including the Early College High School movement, launching teacher leadership academies, and providing executive leadership coaching in best practices to school principals, superintendents, and community college presidents.