Meet the Staff

Izzy Janzen

Izzy Janzen

Waypoint Coordinator

Izzy grew up in Philadelphia but spent her summers exploring Maine’s rocky coastline with her family. A 2014 graduate of Hamilton College, Izzy led hiking and backpacking trips for students on campus.  She also worked as a trip leader during the summer months with teenagers in both Maine and Washington state.

Izzy has spent the last four years as an Assistant Director with Apogee Adventures, an outdoor adventure program for young adults based in Maine. She is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Before joining the Chewonki team, Izzy worked as a substitute teacher and coach at the middle and high school levels in Portland. She also served as a Volunteer Mentor with Chewonki Waypoint for the past two school years.  Izzy loves playing board games, cooking, and hiking.

Tim Wylie

Waypoint Coordinator

Tim Wylie first began work in experiential education with Outward Bound in 2014 after graduating from the University of Connecticut with a dual degree in English and Human Development and Family Studies. Having been exposed to the outdoors through family trips to wilderness areas such as the Adirondacks and Colorado Rockies, Tim developed an appreciation for nature and quality time spent exploring and recreating within it.

Through years working with Outward Bound in the Boston Harbor Islands, Everglades National Park, Patagonia and Australia, Tim learned that nature was also a great place to facilitate the connection of youth and adults to each other. Tim especially enjoys introducing people to cross country skiing, flat water canoeing, climbing on the challenge course, and navigating with map and compass.

Tim is very excited to be joining Chewonki and the Waypoint Program to serve the youth of RSU1!

Emma Balazs

Emma Balazs

Director of Maine School Programs

Emma grew up in rural Western Massachusetts and spent much of her young life playing in the outdoors and being fascinated by plants and animals. Her love of the natural world led her to study at Colby College in Waterville, ME where she received a B.A. in Biology. 

She arrived at Chewonki in January 2010 and has been with the Traveling Natural History Programs ever since. She is passionate about natural history education and fostering an emotional connection to and responsibility for nature in our increasingly technology and screen-oriented world. One of the things she enjoys most about working for Chewonki’s traveling programs is visiting communities all over Maine from the Western mountains to the coastal islands and from Caribou to Kittery.

Keith Crowley

VP of Education Partnerships and Risk Management

Keith began working for Chewonki in 2007 as an Outdoor Classroom instructor. Today he works year-round as the VP of Education Partnerships and Risk Management at Chewonki. 

He received his B.S. from Unity College in Environmental Education and Parks, Recreation & Ecotourism. Keith is a Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard, and Registered Maine Guide. In addition to his duties as an educator, he has led our Boatbuilders Expedition and will continue to lead various extended wilderness trips throughout the year.