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About Us

The Environmental Education Exchange was founded in the spring of 1991 in response to the growing demand for environmental education programs in schools K-12 nationwide. E3 has grown to a full-time staff of six professionals with a diverse range of backgrounds, skills, and areas of expertise. Additionally, E3 employs over 20 part-time outreach presenters, as well as specialized support staff. At E3, we believe in collaboration, and solicit team feedback, ideas, and suggestions at all stages of project development. Together our goal is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of environmental education, leading students and adults to greater participation in current environmental and societal issues.


Staff Overview

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Neil Markowitz, Executive Director

Neil has been actively involved as a professional environmental educator for over 25 years. With an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, and a Master of Science from the University of Michigan, he has successfully taught graduate level coursework, and managed educational projects for a wide range of agencies and organizations. For two years in the mid-1980’s, he lived in Australia while on the faculty at Deakin University in the College of Education. In 1991 he co-founded the Environmental Education Exchange, dedicated to promoting the development of environmental education in the U.S. and Mexico. As the Executive Director for this organization, Neil is responsible for program administration (fund raising, finance, project management, curriculum materials design, and strategic planning initiatives), and keeps an active involvement in program development and implementation. Neil has been closely involved in the administration of grant and contractually based educational programs and planning efforts ensuring that projects are completed on time and within budgetary constraints.



Debbie Gevirtzman, SENIOR Programs MANAGER

Debbie was an active middle school science and math teacher in Tucson for over 15 years before joining the Exchange staff in 2001. She received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in Geology and a Master of Science from the University of California, Davis, also in Geology. She also holds a Secondary Teaching Certification from the University of Arizona. Debbie is responsible for the coordination of a team of eight classroom presenters who conduct over 1,700 elementary and middle school education outreach programs on water, recycling, electrical safety, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and living history each school year. In addition, Debbie assists in the design and development of classroom presentations, educational curricula, and training workshops.


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Adam Kingery, Energy Programs Manager

Adam Kingery was a classroom teacher in Arizona for 13 years before joining the Exchange as an outreach presenter in 2016. For many of those years, Adam’s students benefitted from the programs offered by the Exchange. Adam holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona, as well as a teaching certificate from Prescott College. He manages the logistics and teams of energy presenters for the Bright Students middle school program and the Home Energizer Workshop for both Tucson Electric Power and Unisource Energy Services, as well as the Salt River Project's Powering Our Future Renewable Energy program. Adam also assists with curriculum revisions and new program development.


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Jeremy Markowitz, Multimedia Producer

Jeremy Markowitz has been working for the Exchange for nearly a decade creating digital media. His work includes developing digital presentation materials to accompany in-school programming, producing educational videos, and managing the logistics of program giveaway materials. Notably, he designed and built a multi-screen visual journey and full length historical documentary for the Juan Bautista De Anza Visitors Center, for the National Park Service, in Martinez, California. Jeremy previously worked as an Interpretive Technology Technician for Cleveland Metroparks in Ohio, developing interactive electronic exhibits, producing educational videos, and designing audio visual systems. Jeremy has a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University where he worked extensively with the award-winning student media television station TV2, hiring and managing a staff of 150 students, producing news, sports, and entertainment broadcast television programs.


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In remembrance of Pepe Marcos-Iga

Pepe Marcos-Iga worked on staff at the Environmental Education Exchange from 2002 - 2014. Pepe was a core member of the E3 team throughout those years as the International Programs Manager. We worked extensively on training programs along the US - Mexico border as well as spearheading professional development efforts in collaboration with the North American Environmental Education Association, serving as President for over 6 years. Pepe used his unflagging sense of humor, keen intelligence, and consistent drive to further broaden the message of environmental education in North America and throughout the globe on his many international travels. He was a dedicated co-worker, held in high esteem by his colleagues at E3 and became a deeply reliable friend to us all. He will be deeply missed and always remembered.


Outreach Presenters

Every school day, our enthusiastic and engaging outreach presenters are in classrooms across Arizona presenting programs on a diverse range of environmental and social topics. For more information on the programs they conduct, explore our Outreach section.


Conservation Division


Trica Oshant Hawkins, Director, Conservation Division

Trica has over 25 years experience developing and presenting environmental education programs and brings her expertise in the environmental sciences as well as her extensive experience in K-12 classroom education to the Exchange's Conservation Division. After receiving a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Renewable Natural Resources from the University of Arizona, Trica guided natural history and diving expeditions in Mexico. She left the Southwest for three years to serve as Education Specialist for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. Returning to her desert home, she worked as a field biologist before envisioning and co-founding the Environmental Education Exchange in 1991. As former Education Director and current Director of the Conservation Division for the Exchange, Trica oversees all program and materials development, teacher training workshops, and strategic planning efforts. 



Board of Directors

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Francis Morgan, President

Founder - ReadingTeacher.com 


Susan Randolf, Vice President 

Teacher (retired) - Tucson Unified School District


Michael Brown, Secretary/Treasurer

Attorney - Private practice   


Sariya Jarasviroj Brown

CEO - Circo Vino


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Richard "Fe" Tom

Principal, Lead Designer - The Architecture Company 


Don Tempkin

Retired Physician

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James B. Glover, Ph.D.

James "Jim" Glover is a biologist with graduate degrees from Marshall University (W.V.) and the University of Louisville (K.Y.). As a graduate student and later as a professor he taught courses in environmental science, limnology, cellular and molecular biology, and a variety of other courses related to the biological sciences. For the majority of his career he worked for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) managing programs related to surface water quality monitoring, assessment, and protection. His work there exposed him to a variety of programs related to environmental education and he believes strongly in the promotion of environmental literacy. While in SC he also served as adjunct professor in the departments of Toxicology and Entomology, both at Clemson University, and in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. In 2017 Jim retired from DHEC and relocated to his wife's childhood home of Tucson Arizona. He is currently attempting to learn more about the desert southwest, to include the natural and human history of the beautiful state of Arizona.


Hugh Rose (IN memoriAm)

Founding Board Member E3

Corporate Executive (retired) - Cummins Diesel