ABOUT US

WHAT WE DO

15 Minute Field Trips™ offers hands-on education programs at the intersection of art, community action, and the natural world. We believe art is an especially effective motivator of environmental advocacy. When we observe art in nature, and create art from nature, we develop a unique sense of unity with and protectiveness over the environment. 15 Minute Field Trips harnesses this philosophy in its virtual and in-person training sessions, designed to instill in students, youth groups, and families an appreciation for the outdoors, and empower them as environmental activists.

WHO WE ARE

Melissa Guillet

Melissa Guillet, Creative Director

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Dana Goodman, Co-Chair

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Maggie Sheerin, Co-Chair

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Marilyn Eanet, President

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Marlon Carey, Treasurer

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Ryk McIntyre, Secretary

Melissa Guillet, Creative Director

Melissa became a URI Master Gardener in 2011 and was involved in the pilot Eco-Exploration Camp.  She was also in Audubon Society of RI's pilot Schoolyard Science for an Urban Eco-System and was named Environmental Educator of the Year in 2012.  She started and maintains a school garden where she teaches environmental education STEM to STEAM.  She continues to be recognized for her program development and dedication to environmental literacy, speaking at the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association's annual meeting on STEM to STEAM enactment, presenting and workshopping "Art & Design to Engage Kids in STEM Subjects" at the New England Association of Technology Teachers 2014 conference, presenting on how to start and maintain a school garden at the 2015 "School Gardens 101" conference at Rhode Island College, and has received multiple recognition awards from the East Providence School Department.  She has developed her programming over years working with elementary students and started an Eco-Warrior program to encourage environmental leadership at home.

Dana Goodman, Co-Chair

Dana is committed to doing meaningful work that will improve our communities and our environment for the benefit of seven generations beyond ourselves. Her environmental stewardship priorities are sustainability, renewable energy, waste reduction and conservation. She believes in the power of education and community engagement to inspire action in support of these goals. Dana's career has bridged many disciplines including filmmaking, photography, jewelry design, retail, customer service, outreach, environmental science, and solar, all with the long-term focus of improving our communities and our social valuation of the environment that sustains us all. She volunteers with and supports multiple environmental organizations and social benefit non-profits including Save the Bay RI, Audubon Society of RI, the Sierra Club, and AIDS Care Ocean State. Dana is a dedicated LGBTQ ally, environmental activist, and martial artist. In her personal time, she enjoys the ocean, the forest, international travel, antique books, and a darn good cup of coffee.

Maggie Sheerin, Co-Chair

Maggie Sheerin is a local Rhode Islander with a love for the outdoors and spreading environmental awareness. She brings to the team a passion for composting organic matter and community connection. She joined the team through her work with Urban Greens Co-op Market and continues to connect resources with Zero Waste Providence volunteers and biking around the state.

Marilyn Eanet, Ph.D., President

Marilyn, a Professor Emerita, Rhode Island College is an educator and a holistic psychotherapist. Initially majoring in Speech and Theater with minors in English and music, she taught in urban high schools in Kansas City, Missouri. After receiving an MA is Speech Communications for Columbia University, her teaching experiences led her to the study of literacy at the secondary, adult and college levels. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Reading Education at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, she moved to Rhode Island to spend 26 years on the faculty at Rhode  Island College where she was involved in teaching literacy courses and creating programs in college learning skills and in adult literacy. She also consulted in urban high schools and co-led the Teacher Academy, a program to encourage and support culturally diverse students to become teachers. Before retiring from the college she earned degrees in Holistic Counseling from salve Regina University and spent a number of years in a private counseling practice. Marilyn’s love of the natural world is deeply seated in her childhood growing up on a small family farm in northwest Missouri. Her other interests include music, especially classical, choral and folk music, and theater. She volunteers in projects and activities at her church and beyond.

Marlon Carey, Treasurer

Named Best Hip Hop Poet by the Cambridge Poetry Awards two years in a row, Marlon has also been the Boston Cantab Lounge’s “Grand Slam Champion”. Marlon has been a TEDxBoston speaker and a presenter at a Providence presentation of Pechakucha. Carey has been a regular collaborator with local Storytelling troupe, RIBS (Rhode Island Black Storytellers), including Valerie Tutson, Raffini, and Len Cabral. In theater, Carey has been in major plays such as The Sunset Limited, Topdog / Underdog, and Shakespeare’s Othello, in which he played the character Iago with great success. He remains active in the area of theatre and was a lead actor in the original run of When Mahalia Sings, at Mixed Magic Theatre. He was a member of the famed 2nd Story Theatre and has performed in Take Me Out, A Few Good Men, Lobby Hero, Enron, and The Boys Next Door.

Ryk McIntyre, Secretary

Ryk is a writer, performer, student, and activist living in Providence, He has been published widely over the years in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry publications, including two collections of his writing, "After Everything Burns" (2013 Sargent Press) and "The Man at the Door" (2018 Broken Head Press) RI. He is active in social justice causes through his church, First Unitarian Church of Providence, and independently as well.