Committees

Access and Permitting Committee

Committee Chair, Andy Nelson and Committee Chair-Elect, Levi Dexel

Purpose: The Access Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors and National Office on matters relating to access to public lands and waters for university outdoor programs, military outdoor programs and community recreation programs. This includes but is not limited to:
 
                A. Outfitter-guide permitting policies of federal and state land and water management agencies.
                B. Indemnification requirements for recreation programs that are state or local government entities.
                C. Insurance requirements imposed as a condition of access to public lands and waters.

Awards Committee

Committee Chair, Jenn Velie and Committee Chair-Elect, Steven Whitman

Purpose: The Awards Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors and National Office on matters relating to awards given by or through AORE.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Committee Chair, Katie Hecker and Committee Chair-Elect, Abby Rowe

Purpose: The DE&I Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors and National Office on matters relating to diversity and inclusion in outdoor recreation and education.  The DEI develops strategies and providing advice for increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of the Association, the profession of outdoor recreation and education, and AORE member programs. 

Financial Advisory Committee

Committee Chair, Bryan Karban 

Purpose: The Financial Advisory Committee will provide guidance and direction on the management of AORE’s finances, but will not have responsibility for the day-to-day administration, management, finances, or operation of the organization.
 
The Financial Advisory Committee will provide perspective on the financial climate, relative policies, and strategic initiatives as directed by the BOD to achieve the agreed outcomes for the AORE. The Financial Advisory Committee will monitor and suggest modifications to the Cash Reserves and Long Term Reserves in alignment with AORE Strategic Plan and Investment policies.

Environmental Stewardship Committee

Committee Chair, Elise Clausen and Committee Chair-Elect, Nick McEachern

Purpose: The ESC provides advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors and National Office on matters relating to environmental stewardship. This includes, but is not limited to: 
 
                A. Internally-focused environmental stewardship: Ensuring that AORE and its member programs operate in an environmentally sensitive way.
                B. Externally-focused environmental stewardship: Advocating on environmentally-related public policy issues that affect the operations of AORE                     member programs.

Presenter Relations Committee

Committee Chair, Scott Dirksen and Committee Chair-Elect, Kenny Williams

Purpose: The PRC provides advice and recommendations to the AORE Board of Directors and National Office on matters relating to educational content for the AORE Annual Conference. This includes, but is not limited to:
 
                A. Reviewing educational presentation proposals.
                B. Recommending additions to the upcoming conference schedule.
                C. Preparing and providing for logistical support for presenters at the annual conference.
                D. Planning for future conference session proposal needs.

Research and Publications Committee

Committee Chair, Dr. Andrew Szolosi

Purpose: The RPC guides the scholarly efforts of the AORE and supports the membership through the communication and support of research relevant to outdoor recreation and education.

Student Development Committee

Committee Chair, Chris Bullard and Committee Chair-Elect, Chris Hendricks

Purpose: The SDC provides advice and recommendations to the AORE Board of Directors on matters relating to student development. This includes: 

                A. Assisting students with the development of professional competencies.
                B. Providing mentorship for student membership.
                C. Advocating for the inclusion of all students in the field of outdoor recreation.

Interested in serving on a committee? Apply here!