Out Teach is pleased to announce it has elected two new members to its board of directors.

James Ferri

Vice President of Product and Tech FP&A
Discovery, Inc

Merianne Roth

Associate Vice Chancellor of Communications
Texas Christian University

James is a strategic finance leader and currently the Vice President of FP&A for Product & Technology at Discovery, Inc., where his team supports a growing direct-to-consumer business. Previously at Discovery, he led a team providing finance support for global corporate functions and operations, and conducted financial analysis for several strategic projects. Prior to his work at Discovery, James worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (strategy / innovation), PwC (consulting), and JetBlue Airways (FP&A / Corporate Finance). James is also dedicated to nonprofit service, providing financial guidance while serving as Treasurer and Board Member for the Garrett Park Nursery School.

Merianne is a strategic communication and brand marketing leader with experience in higher education, consumer retail, hospitality, health care, and nonprofit sectors. Merianne currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Communications at Texas Christian University. Previously, Merianne served as the Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer at JPS Health Network; Vice President of Strategic Communications at RadioShack; Vice President of Marketing & Communications at Visit Fort Worth; and served in leadership positions at retailers JCPenney and Pier 1 Imports. She is a longtime Fort Worth resident, is involved in many community and professional organizations, and is a Leadership Fort Worth graduate.

“Out Teach is in a period of unprecedented growth, helping thousands of teachers use the outdoors to elevate science, so James’ financial acumen and Merianne’s marketing and communications expertise will give us invaluable insights and skills so we can continue to scale our impact. They’re both such a great combination of head and heart, and can use their expertise to provide the data-driven guidance we need to fuel smart growth decisions that help us serve more school districts nation-wide.”

Jeanne McCarty, Out Teach CEO

Out Teach Board Chair Shally Stanley added, “Building a board with talented and committed leaders is key for nonprofits to scale their impact, so I’m delighted James and Merianne have joined our board of directors and I look forward to working with them.”

About Out Teach

Out Teach is a nonprofit working to ensure that all students, no matter their resources, have access to an engaging, hands-on education that transforms their lives. We inspire and equip teachers to use outdoor spaces for cross-curricular experiences to make Science real, relevant, and relatable for every student every day. Partnering with school districts, we coach teachers to use outdoor phenomena to spark a passion for Science, accelerate learning in all subjects, and help students build the STEM, 21st Century, and SEL skills needed to forge pathways toward exciting and rewarding careers.

Contact:
Alison Risso
202.425.9794
arisso@out-teach.org

Out Teach, formerly REAL School Gardens, provides professional development for elementary school teachers. Out Teach prepares them to use school gardens, outdoor classrooms, and green schoolyards to improve instruction through three-dimensional project-based learning, and outdoor experiential inquiry-based education. Professional learning with Out Teach improves hands-on science and STEM education through instructional coaching and digital education resources and improves 21st Century skills.