Mary Weber-Quinn | Board Member
After growing up in Minneapolis, Mary graduated from St John’s University / College of St Benedict with a BA in Natural Science and Education. She went to work for the National Park Service as a Naturalist in Oregon and Alaska while working winters in land use planning. After a few years, she completed her Masters at Washington State University in Wildland Recreation with an emphasis on Experiential Education. Mary’s first ‘big project’ was to reclaim and manage a section of the South Platte River in Littleton Colorado where the first environmental education programs were started. Her and her husband Gary returned to the Northwest in 1985 to work at Rocky Mountain Academy where she spent several years as the Academic Director with primary duties of curriculum development, accreditation and post-graduate guidance. Motherhood (with 3 great daughters) was full time for a few years until she went to work at Schweitzer where she has been for over 20 years. Mary’s career has been highly varied ranging from marketing to human resources to her current (and favorite) position as the Director of Events and Activities.
Wildland Recreation, MA
Natural Science and Education, BA
Erik Olson | Board Member
Erik Olson comes to SOLE with a background elementary education and educational administration. Erik grew up in Lander, Wyoming home to NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). While in Lander he was immersed in the outdoor opportunities growing up in the Wind River Mountains. This exposure has helped shaped his morals and values into who he has become today. He understands the importance that the outdoors provide to our youth such as developing leadership skills, environmental appreciation, communication skills, better health and an overall increase in positive student behavior and self-esteem.
In addition to volunteering his time at SOLE, Erik serves the Lake Pend Oreille School District as the Principal of Farmin Stidwell Elementary School. Prior to his current position, Erik served as Principal at Sagle Elementary School and Director of Technology for the Lake Pend Oreille School District respectively.
Erik began his professional career as a first grade teacher in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area. Following his teaching tenure he served as an elementary school principal for numerous schools in the Pulaski Community School District (Pulaski, WI). One of the schools provided outdoor learning opportunities to students (Project WILD, Project Learning Tree) in an outdoor learning classroom.
During his time off Erik can be found enjoying the North Idaho outdoors.
Geoff Meek | Board Member
Bio coming soon!