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Krista Wright
Executive Director, Polar Bears International


Krista Wright has worked with nonprofit organizations that focus on building environmental literacy and a conservation ethic for more than 20 years. Her expertise includes strategic planning, environmental education, and nonprofit management and development, She is a visionary thinker who is skilled at establishing partnerships with entities including government agencies, other nonprofits, educational groups, universities, and the business sector. She has also volunteered as a consultant for a variety of non-profit organizations, offering expertise in development and strategic planning. Wright previously held positions with Montana Outdoor Science School, Big Sky Ski and Summer Resort, and Colorado Outdoor Education Center. She received a B.S. in outdoor education from Kansas University and later studied elementary education at Montana State University. Wright began volunteering with PBI in 2008 and joined the staff as COO and executive vice president in 2009. She is a passionate conservationist who is deeply concerned about the effects of global warming on polar bears, the Arctic, and the planet. 

Field Programs Manager
Polar Bears International


Alysa McCall has a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Animal Biology from Thompson Rivers University and an M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Alberta where her thesis focused on the polar bears of western Hudson Bay. She gained hands-on experience with polar bears from multiple fall and spring field seasons in Tuktoyaktuk and Churchill, and has been heavily involved in the collaring and tracking of Hudson Bay polar bears. Alysa has been volunteering with PBI since 2010 in multiple capacities, including being a panelist on the Tundra Connections program and assisting with the Polar Bear Tracker. She is passionate about science education and polar bear conservation, and is dedicated to ensuring that future generations inherit a healthy planet.
Julene Reed, M.Ed.
Director of Tundra Connections


Julene Reed is the Director of Academic Technology at St. George's Independent School in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the Director of Polar Bears International's Tundra Connections program. Julene is an educator with over twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher, technology integration specialist, and administrator. Julene is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Discovery Education Leadership Council member, Google Certified Teacher, and professional development author and provider. Julene has developed curricular content focused on global education for both Apple education and iTunesU. Julene serves on the Advisory Councils of Polar Bears International and Dr. Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots. She is also a member of the Global Education Conference's Leadership Team and Advisory Panel.

As a consultant, keynote speaker, and workshop presenter, Julene has led professional development sessions internationally through conferences, online courses and webinars, and independent consulting engagements. Julene's a of expertise include global education, technology integration, digital media projects, challenge based learning, 21st century skills for education, 1:1 computing including laptop initiatives, mobile devices in education (iPads and other tablets), technology planning, interdisciplinary education, blended learning, web 2.0 tools, Common Core and technology integration, Google Apps for Education, and more. Julene has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a B.S. in Elementary Education.