Eric is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Communication, and Seton Hall University with a M.A. in Strategic Communication and Leadership. Eric worked for Bridgeport Charter Township as their Recreation Director and later as the Downtown Development Association Coordinator for just over 8 years. Prior to that, Eric began his professional career in the non-profit sector working for the Shiawassee Family YMCA, Bay Area Family YMCA and the Saginaw YMCA .
Eric has served as board chair of the READ Association of Saginaw County and as a board member of the East Side Soup Kitchen, Friends of Hoyt Park, Great Lakes Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Michigan Sports Unlimited. In 2009, Eric was named the Distinguished Citizen of the Year for Bridgeport Township and in 2011 was named Saginawian of the Year by the Saginaw News.
Eric is beginning his first year at Hartley Outdoor Education Center. Eric is married to his lovely wife Stacey and has two children: Graysen who is 8 and Finley who is 6.
Paul has been a professional naturalist at Hartley Outdoor Education Center for 20 years. Paul graduated from Lake Superior State University in 1991 earning a dual degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Management and Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Upon graduation Paul worked as a naturalist for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks at Stony Creek Nature Center for 3 years before landing his current position. Paul is well known for his portrayals of Jean-Paul LeFranc the French Voyageur and his first person representation of Abraham Lincoln. Paul enjoys flying squirrels, butterflies, dragonflies, and bird watching and has been the Hartley bird banding master station manager since 1997.
Andrea has worked in outdoor education for over 15 years, including summer camp work at Chippewa Nature Center and her current position as a Naturalist at Hartley Outdoor Education Center. Andrea received her B. A. in Biology from Central Michigan University. Andrea is passionate about Hartley's Virtual Field Trip program and specializes in aquatic biology. Andrea lives in Saginaw with her family and enjoys traveling, fishing and geocaching.
Jonathan is a graduate of Cornerstone University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology including internship experience through Blandford Nature Center. Jonathan’s passion for environmental studies has lead him to also complete further trainings in Water Resource Analytics Certification from Au Sable Environmental Institute, cultural, Spanish, and Marine studies taken in Costa Rica at the Universidad Veritas, EMT Training through the MMR of Saginaw, Search & Rescue training through Civil Air Patrol, and currently working toward applying to a Masters in Environmental & Outdoor Education from Hamline University, MN. Jonathan’s career experiences include 7 years professionally teaching in Environmental Education, two of which through Hartley Outdoor education Center. His career experiences include DNR Trail Guide, Kuyper College assistant Adjunct, Hartley Naturalist, and private educator for various groups in the surrounding community. Part of Jonathan’s passion was developed from his early experiences in scouting through outdoor programs, volunteering at parks, working at summer camps, and ultimately attaining the Rank of Eagle. Jonathan has been actively working with DNR and Scouting hand in hand for almost 15 years and has grown up in a family that was very pro outdoor education and camping from early toddler years. This passion is being carried on through not only classes he teaches, but also with his wife Malinda and their two young children.
Aaron graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.A.A. in Broadcasting and a minor in Psychology. He also has a Biology teaching endorsement from Ferris State University and is currently finishing his Master Degree in Curriculum Design from Ferris. Aaron is currently beginning his second year as the Recreation supervisor at Hartley. Aaron also worked for the Saginaw Intermediate School District at the Millet Learning Center.
Aaron spends his free time raising and training Clydesdale horses. He lives in Freeland with his wife Amy, their four children and a ever changing number of Clydesdales.