Lauren Steele is the Executive Director and Founder of the Steele Center for Earth Literacy and Sustainability. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Framingham State University, with a major in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, and a minor in Geographic Information Systems. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Connecticut where she is pursuing a Master of Energy and Environmental Management degree. She has also taken college courses in music education, elementary education, and computer information systems. Lauren enjoys gardening and fiber crafts such as knitting, crocheting, spinning, rug-making, quilting, and sewing. She is a Massachusetts Certified Conservation Commissioner serving on the Conservation Commission in Uxbridge, MA. Lauren hopes to encourage people to appreciate the environment, interact with nature more, and preserve open spaces by promoting Earth Science and wetlands education.

Andrew Gorman is a Director and President of the Steele Center.

Russell Holden is a Director and Vice President of Curriculum Development.


Laura Parker Roerden, Director, has over twenty years of experience in environmental education. She has a masters of education degree from Harvard University and a B.A. from Boston College and is a lecturer and author of many books, curricula and articles on young people’s social, emotional, and ethical development. Laura has designed educational outreach projects for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Basketball Association, Pokemon USA, Olympians at Athletes for Character Education, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, AT&T, Operation Respect, and the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program, as well as for various film, music and video projects including the Grammy-nominated children’s recording “Changing Channels.” She is the former publisher and managing editor at Educators for Social Responsibility and former managing editor of the magazine New Designs for Youth Development. Laura currently serves on the board of directors of Ocean Matters, Women Working for Oceans (W20), a fiscal partner of the New England Aquarium, as well as Earth, Ltd. of Southwicks Zoo and is a member of the Pleiades Network of Women in Sustainability. Laura has taught marine education in a myriad of settings including traditional classrooms, on decks of science-at-sea programs, and 100-feet beneath the sea on scuba in ecosystems ranging from the rocky intertidal to the coral reef.

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