Lorrie Byrom


Craig Ferreira
Craig works at the Energy Innovation Center for Green Mountain Power. He spends his time looking into new technologies and methods that will help transform the way energy is consumed in hopes of moving Vermont to the cleanest possible energy future. Craig graduated from Colby-Sawyer College with a B.S. in Business Administration, and from Green Mountain College with a Master’s in Environmental Science. Craig loves to spend his time outdoors gardening, roaming the woods with his wife, two children, and two dogs, and writing. He is fascinated with the way kids can learn and discover, and views Four Winds as an incredible opportunity to help steer the connection between children and their environment.

Dana Hudson
Dana is a fun-loving adventurer who spends her days wrangling kids, chickens, dogs, and volunteers. She works for Shelburne Farms as an educator and program coordinator. She has strong roots in farming and food education, as well as network building and environmental education. She is always hatching up a new way to do things, or trying to understand other perspectives. You can find her on top of her desk, up a tree, in the garden, or exploring with students.

Simon Jorgenson
Simon Jorgenson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Vermont. Previously, he worked as a classroom teacher and Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Currently, he teaches courses in social studies and science education and serves as a field supervisor for pre-service teachers. As a researcher, he is interested in the convergence between STEM and environmental education—the ‘greening’ of STEM.

Deb Parrella
Deb has been teaching natural history to children and adults for more than 20 years. She leads Nature Program workshops throughout Vermont, adding activities, skits and games to the program from her deep bag of teaching ideas. Deb worked with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science for many years and was a lead author of the second edition of Hands-On Nature. As Director of School Programs for Shelburne Farms, she coordinated programs for K-6 students and their teachers. She is the author of the much beloved text, Project Seasons, a hands-on elementary science activity guide for teachers. Deb has been on the board of the New England Environmental Education Alliance and VT SWEEP and is currently staff representative on the Four Winds board. Deb received her Master’s degree from Michigan State University and a B.A. at the University of Vermont.

Cory Stephenson
Cory first solidified her love of the natural world playing in the wilderness of the West while earning her B.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado. After eschewing the life of lab rat and an indoor office, she returned to graduate school at Antioch University New England for a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Science Teacher Certification. Over the last 10+ years Cory has worked as a place-based educator both in schools and with the greater community, striving to bring the wonder of nature to students of all ages. When not out in the woods, you can find her spending time with her children, skiing, biking and tending her garden and chickens.

Rachel Valcour
Rachel currently teaches high school science at Otter Valley Union High School and before that was the middle school science teacher at Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden, VT. She finds every opportunity she can to get her students outside to learn and explore. She enjoys connecting school and community in her instruction – like the integrated unit she taught on the local watershed with students researching the Flood of ’47 and then Hurricane Irene’s impact, OR the unit she and the middle school team led on Forest Ecology. Rachel and her family spend lots of time in their garden, in their kayaks, and playing in the brook in their own backyard.

Todd Walker
Todd is a Financial Advisor with Greenvest in Vermont, an investment firm that specializes in socially and environmentally responsible investing. Before this he was an independent financial writer for the investment, insurance and banking industries for more than 25 years. Todd is married to Cathy, a Barbara Brennan Healing Science Practitioner, and has two sons, Craig & Keith. Cathy and Todd are avid organic gardeners and environmentalists/conservationists who see Four Winds as a natural extension of their belief that nature is the best teacher.