Pamela Conti and Valerie Harelson serve as Co-Chief Organizational Officers for Wings for Crossover-Both of them oversee a core group of volunteers in their respective areas of expertise.
Pamela received her degree in Environmental Anthropology and Global Sustainability from the University of California, Irvine. She is the Director of Environmental Sustainability at The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, California where she teaches students in Pre-K through 8th grade about environmental sustainability. She also serves as Education Chair for the Surfrider Foundation and Project Manager for the Algalita Marine Research Institute. Pamela inspires students through hands-on, place-based learning and scientific inquiry, encouraging them to first connect with nature, and then help protect it. Her extensive past experience in the corporate world and her educational degree in sustainable practices allows for organizational insight to help Wings fulfill its mission of sustainable development in Ghana, while ensuring sustainable business practices here in the U.S.
Valerie graduated from Concordia University, Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a teaching credential. She has worked at The Pegasus School since 2008. Valerie embeds in her teaching an awareness of the drastic differences in lifestyles and realities of children around the world. Her students are challenged to think of themselves as global citizens and to be part of the solution in a complex world. Becoming involved with and helping lead Wings for Crossover was thus a natural fit for her skills and values. Her focus within the organization is on developing student programs to bridge the Wings mission with the leaders of tomorrow, as well as to help organize and execute the charity’s fundraisers.