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Board of Directors

One New Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Board of Directors:
Christa Sadler – Co-Chair
Alex Mowl – Co-Chair
Janeece Henes
Meghan Haslam
Birgit Buss
Leslie Grabel

Christa Sadler

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I am a geologist, educator and naturalist with a serious addiction to the outdoors, rivers, deserts, mountains and chocolate. I’ve done research in archaeology, geology and paleontology across the globe, including searching for dinosaurs in Montana, fighting off dust storms and overly curious camels in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, and steering clear of annoyed marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands.

I have been fortunate enough to have been a river guide in Grand Canyon since 1988. I lead a sort of split personality life where I teach geology for the Grand Canyon Field Institute and run the Colorado River in the spring and fall, and escape to Alaska to run rivers in the summers. Winters are usually spent recovering and writing about the rest of the year, in addition to working in Nicaragua on a home-building project called the 4 Walls Project, and guiding sea kayaking trips in Baja California.

I also run This Earth, a small educational business that brings Earth science programs to children around the country, and designs labs, programs and field trips for students age K-12. I love working with students on geology and paleontology!

I am extraordinarily grateful for my education and the doors it has opened for me throughout my life. That’s the drive behind the One New Education. I don’t expect or even hope that these young women will grow up to be president of their countries, or doctors, lawyers and engineers, although it would be wonderful if they did! But what is more important for me is that they are introduced to how diverse and amazing the world is, and are able to broaden their horizons just a little. Maybe one will open up a small business in her town or another will work to better her town through local politics. Maybe one will help run a program to build houses and send young women to school. Perhaps one day….

Alex Mowl

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I am currently a real estate agent in Flagstaff, Arizona. Before that I owned and ran a Mexican Food Restaurant with my wife Heather, and for about ten years before that I was a carpenter. I have had a lot of different jobs before I moved to Flagstaff from New York in 1997. I have two wonderful boys and a very supportive wife who has been gracious enough to be married to me since 1999.

Quite honestly nothing has had more of an impact on my life than when I traveled to El Sauce, Nicaragua with my 10 year old son Francis, Christa, and a few other wonderful people on a house building mission called the 4 Walls Project. It is here that we met Ana Regina and her family. It really did not take much for us to decide that we had to something for this lovely little girl. And of course one thing led to another and now I am one of the directors of this non-profit group, One New Education.

I am really looking forward to finding new girls that we can help with an education. It is really important to me and my family, especially my two boys, that we grow this organization, and raise as much money as we can for these little girls. I hope and expect to be involved with this group for a long long time.

Janeece Henes

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I came to Flagstaff in 1993 with my partner Steve Schaeffer from Philadelphia, PA. I received her Bachelor of Science in art education from Northern Arizona University in 1997.

I came to the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) in 1998, where I taught courses in photography, drawing, painting and printmaking, art studio and mixed media until 2002. With my passion for community and service learning I created several campus and community murals with students and artists such as Shonto Begay, David Grandon and Emma Gardner. I also organized trips to Washington, DC and southern Utah with Museum of Northern Arizona paleontologists to dig up a mammoth.

In 2002, I left FALA to obtain a Masters Degree in Education and Cultural Studies at Ohio University. During my three years in Athens I became a Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) Americorps volunteer at Ohio University’s Center for Community Service, then later a graduate associate coordinating service and service learning with college students and professors. My education research was in visual culture studies, museum art education and expeditionary learning.

I began working with student organizations on a variety of service projects and outreach to middle and high schools in rural Appalachian areas. I organized Love Luggage and Martin Luther King, Jr. service projects, Make a Difference Day and Youth Act doing philanthropy with secondary students, as well as an expedition called Uncovering Appalachia for students to be immersed in the Appalachian culture of southeastern Ohio. I also instructed art at the Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center.

It was a blessing to return to FALA in the summer of 2005. Since then I have continued my passion for service and became the service-learning coordinator, sponsor for the National Honor Society and currently for the National Art Honor Society. I serve on many committees, including the FALA Council and Leadership Advisory Team, and I am the department chair. I currently teache advanced/mixed media, advanced/draw-paint-print, photography and design. I organize school trips to the Mexican border and into Mexico, New York City, Chicago, the San Juan River, Grand Canyon, New Mexico, and San Francisco. I am a visual artist working in mixed media and wax showing locally in Flagstaff at Brandy’s, Café Daily Fare, Gallery 113 and the Coconino Center for the Arts.

In 2013 I saw the film Girl Rising and over time became truly moved by educational activist Malala Yousafzi. This led to the Chairs for Change project to raise awareness and funds for One New Education and the Malala Fund. Using the chair as a symbol that every girl has a right to an education, artists and students city-wide transformed chairs, desks and stools into art that was exhibited at the Coconino Center for the Arts and auctioned off to raise funds for girls’ education.

I strongly believe in democratic and social justice education. John Dewey said that students learn by doing. Our students are the future and we have to empower them with the tools to transform our world. Young people need to see their education as relevant and meaningful to their lives and the lives of others as their greatest responsibility.

“Art is not a MIRROR held up to reality, BUT a HAMMER with which to shape it.”
-Bertolt Brecht

Meghan Haslam

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When people ask where I’m from, I usually say “all over.” I was raised in New Hampshire, but my heart has found a querencia, a homeplace, in many areas – Colorado, Mexico, Arizona, Nicaragua, Honduras, Argentina, and now hopefully North Carolina where I am working for Outward Bound. I began finding these places while studying for a degree at Colorado College, followed by three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua. There, I taught environmental education, learned how to use adios as a greeting, ate staggering quantities of fresh corn tortillas and started the 4 Walls Project to provide impoverished families with safe housing in the dusty little town of El Sauce, León. Christa came down with the first 4 Walls volunteer crew in 2008 and has been amazing me with her dedication, creativity and love for all life ever since.

After completing my service, I moved to Honduras where I started out running an education center in a high-risk urban area for a couple of years and learning lots of new slang. Later, I co-produced a documentary about youth initiating change through art in their gang-controlled neighborhood, managed art and athletic activities for youth in socially fragmented communities, and ran a grant-funded outdoor leadership school focused on at-risk youth.

That probably sounds like a lot, but don’t be fooled. I spent the majority of my time partaking in Central America’s regional pastime: waiting. For the rains to come or stop, for belching buses to arrive or leave or be repaired, for my boss to show up with the climbing gear, for the ladies to finish arranging their hair, for the teachers to end their strikes, for the fútbol match to end so we can go back to work… It was all a great lesson in patience, creativity and how to distract myself while the bus driver figures out what’s wrong, this time. Lesson learned: bring a book and listen to your seatmate’s stories.

Recently, I found myself back in the US with a pair of suitcases, a plethora of unintelligible Central American gestures and a job at an outdoor education center in Colorado. After a couple of years, I’m still figuring out how to navigate grocery stores and why everyone is so polite on the roads. You don’t use your horn to let everyone know you exist?

I am grateful for incredible opportunities all over the world, whether picking apples at my favorite orchard in NH, teaching university students how to avoid sitting on poisonous centipedes in the Honduran cloud forest, drooling over the mind-boggling mountains of Patagonia or almost tipping my kayak into the croc-filled waters of a mangrove swamp in my excitement at seeing a rare bird (a potoo… it looks like a stick). But ultimately, I keep coming back to the fundamental desire to help those in need and my preferred method is education. Up a tree, in a classroom, at a workshop or along a trail, it is the most powerful tool we have.

I have found a deep sense of community and love for the people, cultures and landscapes of Nicaragua, Honduras and other parts of Latin America. The generosity and resilience of those people has brought great perspective and given me purpose. I want to help those who were not born into good fortune, education or many opportunities. And ONE is one of the best ways I can think of to support that dream.

Birgit Buss

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My amazing daughter, Naomi, inspired me to become engaged in One New Education. She has shown me how much joy and self-confidence learning can bring, and through her volunteer work she introduced me to this great organization. I feel extremely fortunate that I can be a part of the efforts to bring the opportunity of learning to girls who otherwise might face unsurmountable obstacles on their path to an education.

I spent five years teaching elementary, high school, and college students before working as a contract copy editor and technical writer. This eventually led to my current occupation with a medical device company, where I work on a team to ensure regulatory compliance of all our software. Although I do not work as a teacher anymore, I know that education is the most powerful tool we have to create the best life possible.

In my spare time I try to spend as much time as possible being active outdoors exploring the beauty of the American Southwest. I love our desert rivers, canyons, and wide open skies.

I have not yet visited any of the home countries of the girls we are supporting, but through their stories I am learning of a world that is so very different from the world my daughter grew up in. I am grateful that through One New Education, I can help girls who are passionate about learning to get that education that may change their lives and the lives of those around them to become the best life possible.

Leslie Grabel

I’ve been an educator for over 25 years. After my undergraduate degree in 1990, I moved to France where I taught English as a Second Language for three years, and then moved to Quebec, Canada, where I continued teaching ESL for two more years. In 1995, I moved to Flagstaff, Arizona and started teaching French and Spanish at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy. After having my daughter Elea, I took a job with the “Healthy Families Program” (a child abuse prevention program) with the Coconino County Health Department. There I provided parenting classes for at-risk immigrant mothers living in poverty. I helped connect them to resources in town including ESL and GED classes to further their education and language skills. I later received my Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from Northern Arizona University and went back to teaching ESL in France when my son, Teo, was born in 2005. We moved back to Flagstaff in 2007, and I have been working in the public schools as a Spanish and French teacher, and currently as an ESL Specialist.

This past summer I had the opportunity to do service work and language lessons with my children in Costa Rica. It was by far one of the best educational experiences the three of us have had, and it sparked a desire in us all to continue giving back and helping others. This experience led us into yet another amazing and life-changing trip to Nicaragua last fall. We had the opportunity to work with the amazing 4 Walls Project and we had the privilege to meet and work with many of the girls whose education is being funded and supported by One New Education. These girls and their dedication to their education were very inspiring, as is all the amazing work the foundation has been doing. We were fortunate enough to attend several of the girls’ graduations, including the very first girl in the foundation to graduate from high school, Karina Martinez. Ever since this wonderful opportunity, I have been motivated to help contribute to the growth and success of One New Education.

Teaching and working with students has shown me the power that education has to change lives. My education has opened many doors for me and I would like to make sure that other girls worldwide are able to have the same fundamental right to education in order to improve their lives and to empower them with new opportunities.