Children of the Earth Foundation Board

Tom Brown, Jr.

Tom Brown, Jr.

Chairman

When Tom Brown, Jr. thinks of home, he thinks of the wilderness. He sees the moon glistening above, hears the sounds of wildlife intermingling with the crackling of leaves and notices the stirring of bushes as animals make their way through the world.

In 1978, Tom opened the Tracker School. He has taught thousands of people from all over the world about the wilderness and all it has to offer. Tom emphasizes a close connection to the Earth, and shows us how to ensure her survival. He is the author of 16 books devoted to education.

In 1999, Tom added the Coyote Tracks program which is designed for youth and teens. The Coyote Tracks Programs emphasize many of the same skills that are taught in Tom’s adult classes.

In 2001, Tom founded The Children of the Earth Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to house and expand these youth programs.

Nick Horvath

Nick Horvath

President

Nick Horvath is a retired meteorologist having worked for large corporations for 30 years. He joined the Children of the Earth Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2011.

He has been taking classes with Tom Brown, Jr.s Tracker School for over 25 years and brings that knowledge and experience to COTEF.

Seth Perelman

Seth Perelman

Secretary

Seth is a technology entrepreneur who joined the Board after spending numerous summers with his two boys at the COTEF’s Coyote Tracks programs. He has been exploring the wilderness since he was very young, and has been an avid student of Tom Brown for almost 10 years.

Lou Ponig

Lou Ponig

Treasurer

Young people are the future. Deepening their connection to the Earth will help celebrate today and create the promise of a better tomorrow.

Kelley Louise

Kelley Louise

A Houstonian Texas transplant from arctic Alaska. I love all my Tracker classes and work at REI so I can stay close to the wilderness while in the city.

Doug Norman

Doug Norman

Doug is a long-time Tracker student who served in the Marine Corps and is now retired. He enjoys his time outdoors and practices his Tracker skills as often as possible.

Sam Kennedy

Sam Kennedy

Sam began learning the survival and spiritual skills with the Tracker School in 1996.

Today, he and his wife have a small business called Earth Visions in Liberty, North Carolina for healing, exercise and bringing other people to connect with the earth.

Holly Strahan

Holly Strahan

Executive Director

Holly has studied with Tom Brown, Jr. for over 25 years. She worked as a psychotherapist for children and families, as well as in crisis intervention before becoming the executive director of Children of the Earth Foundation in 2013.

She has taught and directed several wilderness programs before joining Children of the Earth Foundation and has been a volunteer EMT for her town since 1998.


Contact Children of the Earth Foundation

  • Phone
    609-971-1799
  • Email
    info@cotef.org
  • Address

    529 Route 9
    Suite #10
    Waretown, NJ
    08758