Outdoor Education and Recreation

The No Child Left Inside Advisory Committee evaluates applications for grants in the No Child Left Inside program.

These grants provide funding for outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth.


  • Live in Washington
  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Enjoy finding creative solutions and appreciate other perspectives
  • Are interested in and knowledgeable about outdoor recreation and education


  • RCO will provide the training needed to evaluate grants
  • Stipends may be available to eligible committee members.

Time Commitment

  • 2-3 days of virtual meetings every other year
  • 15-30+ hours for written evaluation, completed remotely
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies


  • No current vacancies

Term Length

4 years

General Resources

2023 Dates

Evaluation Introduction MeetingJanuary 18
Tier 1 & 2 Written EvaluationJanuary 18 – March 10
Tier 3 Evaluation MeetingFebruary 8 – 10
Results MeetingMarch 16

Committee Members

Local and Education Agency Members

  • Tsedenia Adno, Student
  • Kandi Bauman, University of Washington, Freeland
  • Kirk Beckendorf, Cascadia Conservation District, Wenatchee
  • Gideon Cauffman, City of Oak Harbor, Oak Harbor
  • Jennifer Papich, City of Spokane, Spokane
  • Stacey Selcho, Spokane Conservation District, Spokane

Nonprofit and Other Agency Members

  • Raina Baker, Camp Beausite Northwest, Port Hadlock
  • Jaime Colling, REI, Seattle
  • Colin Fogarty, Confluence, Vancouver
  • Julie Gardner, Vertical Generation, Seattle
  • Jeremy Grisham, Empowered Response Counseling Services, Everett
  • Britnee Harvey, Oak Harbor
  • James E King, McKinney Center for Community and Economic Development, Seattle
  • Martin LeBlanc, LBC Action, Seattle
  • Chris Liu, Outdoor Asian, Seattle
  • Siri Nelson, LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Olympia
  • Jacqueline Reyes, The Wilderness Society, Seattle
  • Esa Tilija, REI, Seattle
  • Tammy VuPham, Outdoor Asian, Redmond

State Agency Members

  • Leia Althauser, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia
  • Sarah Dettmer, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia
  • John Keates, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Bellingham
  • Makaela Kroin, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia
  • Allison Lu, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Seattle
  • Melinda Posner, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia
  • Elizabeth Schmitz, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia