Executive Director, Erin Cody

Erin joined the EEC in 2015. She has a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Ecological Restoration from the University of Washington and an M.S in Elementary Education Teacher Certification from University of Phoenix. She has worked in an elementary setting for 14 years  and has much experience in natural sciences. Erin is an avid hiker and enjoys all sorts of outdoor recreation. She enjoys life most when she is outside.

Instructor, Sally Epperson

Sally is a retired elementary teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. This is her first year as an EEC instructor and truly enjoys teaching water and agriculture education in the elementary schools. Sally can see and feel the excitement in her students as she presents a lesson in water conservation or agriculture.  Their enthusiasm for the lesson, coupled with hands on activities, indicates an appreciation and interest in the world around them. 


Sally and her husband love the Camp Verde area where they live. She enjoys hiking and reading. One of Sally's favorite activities is looking for deer or elk antlers in the spring and summer. 

Instructor, Amanda Gagnon

Amanda Gagnon (aka Ms. G) has a M.S. in Forest Science and Wildlife Ecology, and a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in science.  She worked for nearly a decade as a water quality environmental consultant across the State of Arizona. Her passion and enthusiasm to teach others about natural resources and good stewardship led her to EEC in 2019. She has experience teaching a wide range of audiences from preschool to adults.  When Amanda is not working, you can find her outside enjoying nature and thumbing through her outdoor field guides.

Instructor, Jeff King

A lifelong Arizonan and field archaeologist until 1985, Jeff devoted the second half of his career to community-based nonprofits in the Phoenix Metro area before retirement in the Verde Valley. His experience includes eight years of K-12 STEM education the Desert Botanical Garden and membership on the Creighton Elementary School District’s Board of Governors in Phoenix. 


He is active in the Arizona State Archaeological Site Steward program and volunteers at Tuzigoot National Monument. Jeff and his wife reside in Clarkdale.