Executive Board Members
President: Julie Ann Biedrzycki
Julie is a former teacher, currently raising and homeschooling her 3 young children. As a student of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland College Park, Julie ran educational support programs in local public elementary schools, which inspired her to stay involved with youth and her community ever since. In the education field for 17 years, she has taught ages 3-adult in all variety of programs and venues, from public to private schools, from classrooms to National Parks. Julie specializes in conservation and environmental awareness, and is passionate about gardening, wild foraging, herbalism, and reducing waste through sustainable living. She currently lives in MD, as caretaker to a beautiful historic forest and the century-old homes there, where she enjoys making and selling herbal products and wildcrafts from her home. Julie brings both experience and enthusiasm as a board member for Ancestral Knowledge, focusing on fundraising and community outreach.
Vice President: Amy Beam
Amy has been teaching preschool and school-aged children for more than thirty years. For more than to dozen years she has taught at the schools of Metro Montessori in Washington DC and Maryland. She is the owner of Camp Shady Grove and Kid’s Love Nature! summer camp programs and is the founder of the Beyond The Walls Nature Awareness Programs which teaches children, their parents, and teachers throughout the year. She regularly leads nature awareness workshops and retreats for staff development which award required continuing education credits. She is also on staff at Montgomery Montessori Institute and Metro Teacher Training Institute, The Art of Mentoring at the Vermont Wilderness School, and Coyote Mentoring at The Living Earth School. Amy has presented at the American Montessori Society’s International Conference and the Building Strong Naturalist Communities retreats. She has appeared in The Washington Post, Families Only Magazine, Montessori Life, and local Gazette newspapers. She is featured in the upcoming documentary Mother Nature’s Child and can be seen on YouTube in Mother Nature’s Child Trailer.
Amy’s service with Ancestral Knowledge will greatly expand the organization’s mission to the young community. She has also been invited to serve on Smithsonian Institute’s National Science Resource Center’s Advisory Board.
Secretary: Meredith Massey
Treasurer: Patrick Cornelius
Previous Board Members
N. Roderick McCracken, Jr.