Meet Our Staff
Hello and welcome to the OEC Staff Page. Here you will get a chance to meet our Kitchen, Secretarial, Office, Custodial and Instructional Staff . We all look forward to meeting you in person!
Click below to meet our staff.
I started working at the OEC in 2002. I am a graduate of Walled Lake Central and have a BA in Communications from Michigan State University. I have two great kids. I attended camp at the WLOEC when I was in sixth grade. Who would have thought WAY BACK then that one day I would be instructing there and loving my job. It is a priviledge to work with such a great staff and meet amazing kids each time I work. When I'm not at work I love to ski and coach the Walled Lake Northern ski team. I also like golfing, running, cooking, eating (of course!) and hanging out with friends and family.
Joe Boulus-Kitchen Manager
Hi, my name is Joe Boulus (or "Chef Joe"). I was born in the STATE of Michigan (Go GREEN) and have lived here all my life. I am starting my 8th year at the Outdoor Ed Center, my 7th as the Kitchen Manager. I have been married to Janine for over 25 years and have two sons Michael (22)a MSU grad and Matthew (20) who attends MSU. I spend my free time as the football defensive coordinator at Walled Lake Northern and as an assistant basketball coach at Walled Lake Central. I enjoy golfing, fishing, cooking and playing games on the beach.
Hi, my name is Mike Clark. My favorite thing to do is procrastinate, so my staff profile should be done soon. Check back later to find out more about me!
My name is Jen David. Outdoor education, camp experience, and adventure fun has always been a huge part of my life. From kids to adults, I love to work with all different age groups challenging you in all different ways and encouraging you to try new things, and most of all have fun in a safe environment.
My Degree is from Eastern Michigan University in Recreation and Park Management. I am a coach and a yoga instructor too. I love to play, learn, and encourage people to step out of their comfort zone, because when you do that, that's when the magic starts to happen:) I live in Commerce with my husband, 3 kids, and our dog.
Hello! I’m Jen, I started working at the Outdoor Center in the Spring of 2012. Living in the Walled Lake area for most of my life I’ve visited the OEC many times. When I was in elementary school I attended 6th grade camp here! For the past 9 years I have chaperoned school programs here at the OEC with my oldest child, Olivia, then with my middle kiddo, Gavin and more recently with my youngest Griffin. Finally with all 3 kids in school I wanted to find something I would enjoy doing (and actually get paid to do so). The outdoor center was a perfect fit for me. I love working with all age groups, outdoors, with an amazing group of individuals. It is truly rewarding to work here.
When I’m away from work I enjoy spending time with my husband, kids, family and friends. I love going up north- boating, kayaking, and just relaxing to the sounds of the loons!
My name is Pat Jacob and am the Secretary here at the Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center. I have been employed with the Walled Lake School District for 17 years and have been privileged to call the Outdoor Center home since March 2002. I am married with three adult children (a son and twin daughters), as well as a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Olya. My children attended Walled Lake Schools, graduating from Walled Lake Western High School. They attended 5th grade camp here at the Outdoor Center, and still use information learned at camp. I am excited to be part of this wonderful program and dedicated team of educators. In my spare time, I like to sew, read, hike and bike. When you visit the Outdoor Center, please stop by my office. I look forward to meeting you.
I have been working at the OEC for 15 years now. My love for the Outdoor Center began as a a parent chaperone for my 2 children's field trips when they were younger. I knew that this was the place I wanted to work. I am very proud of my business degree from Miami of Ohio University, but I knew that being able to work in a place that satisfied my own natural curiosity and my need for a fllexible job, this was the perfect spot for me. I love working with children and being outside in nature. The addition of the Challenge Course has been exciting for me as well. I love the feeling I get when our programs/teaching has made an impact on a participant in our program. I am thankful that I can teach the next generation how important it is to work together and to take care of our earth.
My greatest joy is being with my children and grandbabies whenever I get the chance.
Hi, I’m Betty, and I have worked at the OEC for 30 years, starting when my youngest child entered preschool. Over the years, I have helped to create hands-on activities and materials for the center's K-5 science curriculum and enjoy working with students of all ages. I am passionate in my belief in Experiential Education and it’s lasting effects on those who get the chance to enjoy learning in this way. A favorite part of the job for me is tailoring nature and team building activities to the goals and needs of the visiting groups, and then experiencing these programs with our visitors.
I am married to Bob, a fabulous nature photographer and retired 5th grade teacher in the Huron Valley school district. We have three children and two grandchildren (all Walled Lake Schools grads or attendees).
I enjoy many outdoor hobbies- biking, hiking, kayaking and gardening. I also love to be creative and environmentally conscious, so upcycling resale shop finds into beautiful and useful things is a favorite hobby. I was also recently certified as a yoga teacher.
I hope to continue working at the OEC for many more happy years.
Above: Me in 2nd Grade at Glengary Elementary.
I went to Walled Lake Schools Kindergarten-12th Grade. I love the Outdoors. I like to hunt, fish and spend time walking with my boys, husband and dog in the woods. My claim to fame is that I can catch fish with my bare hands (Really!). I love facilitating at the WLOEC. Can't wait to meet you.
Here I am now holding a frame of honey comb from the hives at the WLOEC!
Hi, I’m Jen List. For many years this quote hung in my office, “Be You, Be True, Love What You Do.” Working at the WLOEC has helped this quote become a reality for me. I love coming to work and exploring many exciting things in nature, helping groups grow as better teams and watching kids and adults take steps outside of their comfort zones.
I am originally from mid-Michigan and moved to Metro Detroit almost four years ago. My husband and I have two little girls that keep us very busy. When not at work, I like to take my girls on adventures to places all around the area. We also like to harvest the many wonderful fruits and vegetables growing in our backyard, which we have affectionately called, “The List Family Orchard.”
I look forward to joining you on your journey to Be You, Be True and to Love What You Do!!
Michael began working at the WLOEC in the summer of 2011 as an adventure challenge facilitator. He loves the work because of its potential to instill skills of leadership and strengthen bonds, as well as thinking outside the box and championing fears.
Before joining the dynamic team at the WLOEC, Michael attended Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in English and Elementary Education. He taught elementary school for four years in Michigan and two years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. His passion for character development, creativity, and community service led him to form the Superhero Training Academy, a unique program designed to bring to life the intrepid heroes inside us. He partners with schools, camps, farms, libraries, community centers, etc. to flood our world with superhero do gooders (in costume of course).
In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor adventure, writing, community work, festival, and clowning. He does not enjoy shopping, smelly monsters, or newfangled technology. He hopes someday to see the family of flying squirrels that built their nest on the High Ropes Course at the WLOEC.
I have always loved to play and explore in nature. Now I love working in a place where we get to share outdoor fun and learning with great kids (and kids at heart!). Every day brings new adventures!
Before coming to the Outdoor Center, I was an elementary teacher in Clarkston where I taught for six years. Now I have two great kids and I love having time to share with my husband and our family. Hiking, kayaking, skiing, and painting are some of my favorite activities.
Hello I'm Matt and working at the WLOEC is one of the greatest jobs ever. From working alongside an amazing staff, getting to be part of students and adults pushing themselves and go a step beyond what they thought they could do, seeing the lightbulb go off when a participant "gets it" during one of the team challenges, and of course getting to taste our very own honey, working here is incredibly rewarding! When I am not working at WLOEC you will find me hiking, hunting, canoeing, riding my motorcycle, and hanging out with students from my church where I am a youth pastor!
As of the fall 2015, I have been working for the Walled Lake School District for 22 years. I began my teaching career at Walled Lake Elementary teaching 5th and 6th grade. As a teacher, I loved going to the 3 night/4 day camping program at the Outdoor Education Center. I knew that the OEC was where I eventually wanted to work. In the summer while I was teaching at Walled Lake Elementary, I went to school at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and received my Master's Degree in Environmental Education from the College of Natural Resources. Shortly after I received my degree, I applied for the open Director's position at the WLOEC, and here I am today.
I feel that the best part about the WLOEC is the staff that I get to work with. They are extremely bright, fun and motivated people. Everyone pitches in no matter what they are asked to do. I think you will find they are very passionate, kind, caring people who make your experience at the OEC positive and memorable.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my 2 boys. We love traveling, skiing, boating and biking as a family. We especially enjoy being out in any natural area walking with our dog Marley.
Whether you are a first time visitor or a long time friend/customer, I welcome all of you to the Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center. I hope you enjoy your stay. Please come back and visit us often.