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  • Ali Jeney

    Director

    (304) 293-7190

    Ali began her journey in experiential and outdoor education in 2008 while pursuing her BA degrees at WVU in Environmental Geoscience and International Studies. Since, Ali has worked as a geologist, guide, and educator while pursuing her MA in secondary science education completed in 2018. Ali enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits, but her favorites are backpacking and canoeing. Her passions include using the outdoors to empower and inspire inquiry in young people and teaching science through experiential learning. She firmly believes that there is a scientist in everyone, and she’s determined to help our WV children discover this within themselves.

  • Andrew Hoover

    Assistant Director, Strategic Youth Development

    Andrew Hoover is the Assistant Director of the Strategic Youth Development Initiative at WVU. Andrew, a native of Bridgeport WV, is a graduate of the WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor is Business Administration. He has been working in the field of STEM education and adventure programming since 2012 as the Program Director of the WVU Science Behind the Sport. In his free time, Andrew enjoys cycling (both mountain and road) and hiking with his partner Cheyenne and their dogs Kyra and Axel.

  • Alice Morgan

    Program Coordinator & Research Specialist

    Alice has been working as an outdoor educator since her freshman year of college at Berry College. After earning a Masters degree from the University of Edinburgh, she worked for Shenandoah University directing their outdoor and sustainability program. She earned a PhD in WVU's Recreation Parks & Tourism program, where she loves learning about new ways to get people excited about nature. When she's not working for the Science Adventure School, Alice enjoys spending time outdoors, knitting, baking, and gardening.

  • Alison Conroy

    Program Coordinator for the Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative (OEDC)

    Alison works in our parent department, the OEDC, and splits her time between assisting with our youth-serving programs like Science Adventure School and Science Behind the Sport, conducting research on our state’s outdoor recreation assets, and serving in an administrative capacity for the department. Alison moved to WV in 2005, fell in love with its pristine wilderness and now considers herself a “forever West Virginian”. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and in her time off, can be found exploring our beautiful mountain state with her husband and two sons while hiking, biking, or paddling whitewater. Her passion is connecting West Virginians, especially youth, with the diverse beauty in our “back yard”.

  • Sassy

    SASquatch

    Who are the Sassys? We don't know, but they really seem to love STEM and the outdoors! Our first Sassy came to say "hello" earlier this year and one more soon followed. It's these mysterious creatures' job to make every student smile. If you see one, make sure to offer them a hug!

  • Alexis Chaize

    STEM Coordinator

    Lexi graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and a minor in Recreation Management, and is currently taking classes at Western Carolina University to earn a Master’s in STEM Education. She was born and raised in North Carolina, and fell in love with the Appalachian Mountains after moving to Boone, NC for college. Over the past 5 years, Lexi has worked as a climbing and backpacking trip leader, Climbing Wall Coordinator, Geology Tutor, Wilderness Therapy Instructor, and Outdoor Education Teacher. In her free time, Lexi loves to spend time outdoors mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing and backpacking. She has a great passion for science, education, and outdoor recreation and is excited to blend all of her passions together at Science Adventure School.

  • Madeline Hallahan

    Environmental Educator Coordinator

    Madeline graduated from Illinois State University as a Noyce Scholar with a BS degree in Secondary Biology Education. As a native Chicagoan, her passion for the outdoors began with family camping trips and vacations to the shores of Lake Michigan every summer. Her first experience as an outdoor educator was as a nature camp counselor in 2016, followed by positions as a team builder and high ropes course facilitator. Before becoming part of the Science Adventure School team in 2019 as an Environmental Educator, Madeline taught high school biology and led extensive cycling and canoeing trips for Camp Miniwanca in Michigan. Some of her favorite ways to recreate outdoors include cycling, canoeing, running, and white water rafting (especially in the Grand Canyon!). She strives to share her excitement by engaging youth in exploring the natural wonders that surround us every day.

  • Kaitlyn Pompili

    Outdoor Education Coordinator

    Katy’s outdoor education journey began her freshman year of college at West Virginia University, where she graduated in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health and a minor in Biology. Since graduating, Katy has worked as an Outdoor Educator and Guide throughout the United States. Originally from a small town outside of Morgantown, WV, she’s excited to come back to her home state and share her passion for the outdoors and science with students in WV. When she isn’t working, you can find her hiking, canoeing, climbing, or reading a good book!

  • Max Chandler

    Education Coordinator

    Max has worked to connect people with the outdoors for the past nine years. He started by teaching leadership skills in the Boy Scouts; gaining experience that culminated in creating and presenting training resources to other guides and educators. Through Scouting, Max has worked as a regional Venturing vice president, National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience guide, and a zipline canopy tour guide during the World Scout Jamboree. Currently, Max is expanding his education as a Wilderness First Responder, certified ski instructor, and student at Western Governors University. When not guiding and teaching, he is an avid rock climber and skier. Max wants everyone to have the opportunity to find their passion through new experiences.

  • Logan Wotring

    Program Management Assistant

    Logan Wotring is currently our Program Management Assistant. As a West Virginia Native, Logan has always been passionate about the educational and recreational opportunities that the Mountain State has to offer. Logan graduated from WVU with degrees in Philosophy and English in the Spring of 2020 and has since worked as a Litigation Paralegal. During Logan’s time at WVU, he worked as a Student Trip Leader with Adventure West Virginia and took multiple adventure and experiential education courses which deepened his appreciation for the power and potential benefits of outdoor programs focused on experiential education. Logan is also passionate about supporting sustainable economic development initiatives in West Virginia and plans to attend WVU College of Law in Fall 2021. In his spare time, you can find Logan drinking coffee or kombucha with his cat Cleo. He also enjoys whitewater kayaking, hiking, playing chess, grilling a good burger, or reading a good book.

  • Megan Kruger

    Environmental Education Consultant

    (304) 293-7009

    Megan attended West Virginia University where she earned her B.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resource Management. During her time at WVU, she focused on environmental education, conservation, and wildlife biology. Megan is a West Virginia native and has over seven years of experience teaching science. Her passion is to promote and encourage science understanding, awareness of local ecosystems, and citizen science. She currently works at WVU Extension.

  • Donna Peduto

    Science Adventure School Project Advisor

    Donna Peduto currently serves as Executive Director of the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative. The WVPEC is a non-partisan collaborative of diverse state and national leaders championing awareness and support of public schools through outreach, innovation, and convening of stakeholders.Under Peduto’s leadership, the WVPEC has convened three Legislators’ Forums on Education and the Economy and the inaugural Focus Forward: Preparing Today for the West Virginia of Tomorrow summit. Peduto brings a vast background and extensive expertise in education to the Science Adventure School team. Please click on her name above to see her Full Bio.

  • Destiny Flemons

    Environmental Educator

    Destiny graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. She studied Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture with an emphasis in Conservation Biology. She was born in Washington and raisedraise in Virginia and Georgia. In her free time , Destiny loves to shop, plan events , enjoy the great outdoors.Her professional goal is to bridge the gap between educators and other stakeholders, like youth, and enhance current initiatives. Ultimately, I would like to pursue a veterinarian career and run my own wildlife rehabilitation center.

  • Amy Walker

    Environmental Educator

    Originally from the mountains of western North Carolina, Amy developed a love for and connection to her ‘backyard’ at a young age. As she learned about Appalachia specific challenges, her love for the region transformed into an unshakable moral responsibility, and now drives her passion to expand environmental stewardship in a world of ecological and socioeconomic inequalities and violences. She brought this passion to Appalachian State University, where in 2019, she graduated with her B.S. in Sustainable Development, minor in Mathematics, and certificates in GIS and Experiential, Interdisciplinary Education. Since graduating, she has worked at the Charles River Watershed Association as their Community Engagement Coordinator (AmeriCorps member). In her personal life, Amy enjoys reading, running for really long periods of time, traditional-American folk dance, asking hard questions, and answering those with even harder questions.​

  • Katelyn Catron

    Outdoor Education Guide

    Katie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Government from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Her interest in outdoor education began when she served as a summer camp counselor in Philadelphia, PA. After spending the last year in Tennessee, her home state, doing national service through AmeriCorps, she is excited to reconnect with her love of the outdoors in West Virginia. In her free time, she loves to play guitar, craft, get outside, and spend time with friends and family.

  • Alina Anchondo

    Outdoor Education Guide

    In 2017 I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a double minor in French and Translation. However, in 2018 I got my first seasonal job working for the BSA for a summer camp. Since then, I have had different temporary outdoor jobs, and over a year ago I started referring to myself as a “seasonal employee”. That means that not only do I move around to where my jobs take me, but more importantly: I go where my heart leads. I have been a scout since I was 8 years old, and I have always loved nature. To me, doing what I love means being outside. I love seeing other people enjoy the outdoors as much as me, and the look of a kid who is truly experiencing nature for the first time. In my free time I love to be outdoors: I like climbing, hiking, camping, skiing and more, but I also like to cuddle indoors with a good book and good music.

  • Annie Harmon

    STEM Instructor

    Annie studied biology and Spanish at Denison University in Ohio. Since then, she has crafted a varied career out of teaching, adventuring, and researching outdoors. Highlights have included caretaking at a tropical reserve, training birds of prey, and tracking animals through horrendous thorns—but outdoor education is her real passion. Annie loves giving kids the chance to discover their own curiosity and resilience, whether on the top of a zipline or knee-deep in a creek. A native of Elkins, she is excited to help deliver robust outdoor education in her home state. She enjoys birdwatching, folk music, board games, and vegetarian cooking.

  • Megan Gardner

    Environmental Educator

    I started my outdoor environmental education career path in 2018 with the Boy Scouts of America/Scouts BSA as the Ecology and Conservation Director at a camp in northwest Ohio. At the same time I was earning my BA in General Science-Biology and Environmental Studies from Grinnell College. I have worked for a Soil and Water Conservation District in rural Iowa and Florida High Adventure Sea Base on Summerland Key, FL as a STEM Mate. Through outdoor environmental education I hope to make the outdoors and environmental science accessible and engaging to everyone, especially school-aged children and those that have been historically separated from the outdoors. I will be serving as an Environmental Educator at SAS and I am very much looking forward to using the facilities at the Summit to further my goal of including everyone in their own environments.Enter a brief description of the person. This will be pulled into the profile index page(s). Only enter a sentence or two in this region.

  • Susie Griffin

    Outdoor Education Guide

    Susie’s love for the outdoors simply began with her neighborhood friends in their backyards playing sports or creating new worlds where they could explore. Her love for being outside has grown and cultivated a desire to share that sense of adventure and discovering yourself through the outdoors with youth who are our future leaders. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Appalachian State University in 2020, Susie embarked on her journey to intertwine the outdoors, education and youth development leading her to work as a Wilderness Therapy Guide during quarantine in the beautiful state of Utah. You could find Susie running in a forest, climbing rocks, playing board games, floating down a river and most importantly eating! All accompanied by the best company, her friends.

  • Sam Shrestha

    Outdoor Education Guide

    Sam grew up in Towson, MD, where he learned to love the outdoors with his journey in Boy Scouts. Afterwards, he attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in spring 2021 and minored in Sustainability Studies. Throughout his time at UMD, he worked as a Trip Leader and eventually a Trip Supervisor for the UMD Adventure Program. With the Adventure Program, he got the opportunity to lead trips for other university students in hiking, camping, backpacking, road and mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, and whitewater and coastal kayaking. His favorite activities in the outdoors are backpacking and coastal kayaking, and his favorite type of trip was freshman and transfer orientation trips where groups had the time and opportunity to really grow and bond. Sam also enjoys birding, dungeons & dragons, anime, fantasy and science fiction, as well as r&b and indie pop music.

  • Renae Steinberger

    Environmental Educator

    Bonjour! My name is Renae Steinberger and I have recently graduated Eastern Kentucky University with a B.S. in Wildlife Management and Biology. I love to teach, so being hired on as an Environmental Educator is such an honor. I look forward to spending time learning the flora and fauna of West Virginia as well as teaching students all that I know along the way. Snakes are my favorite animals and I hope that everyone can learn to see the beauty in them the way I do. Feel free to reach out with questions and we can learn together!

  • Michael Micucci

    Outdoor Education Guide

    Mike began his journey as an educator in 1999, designing therapeutic group activities for children in an acute psychiatric hospital for children aged 4-18. He likes to say he hasn’t had a hard day at work ever since, integrating his passions for education, nature, and music to forge a unique career path. Over time, that’s manifested as a writer of curriculum for two schools, a lead guide and/or classroom teacher with 20+ years’ experience in public, private, charter and Montessori schools, and a staff trainer at three separate outdoor education facilities-all the while balancing a career as a professional recording and performing artist. A core value Mike takes from that experience is to place self-stewardship and self-mastery at the center, working to build environments which are naturally conducive to the manifestation of the student's (and the educator’s) own true nature. Mike is unshakeable in his belief that every human deserves the feeling of having overcome a genuine obstacle, and is at his happiest when he can help bring that to fruition in others.

  • Bailey Sasser

    Outdoor Education Guide

    Bailey was born and raised in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management. After completing a month-long solo road trip to over 20 national parks, she is looking to pivot her career to better align with her true calling- nature! With her youthful spirit and love of the outdoors she is thrilled to join the Science Adventure School as an Outdoor Education Guide. In her free time you can find her exploring new trails, stand up paddle boarding, walking her grumpy old heeler pup, or whipping up something delicious in the kitchen.Enter a brief description of the person. This will be pulled into the profile index page(s). Only enter a sentence or two in this region.

  • Claire Black

    STEM Instructor

    Claire graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Neuroscience and minors in Biology and Psychology Research. Her hometown is Cleveland, Ohio, where she developed a love for the great lakes, ice cream, and building community through youth development. She has spent four years working with the American Youth Foundation helping youth to discover their best selves through leadership, adventure, and intention. Through this experience, she had extensive adventure experience, including leading a month long kayaking trip in the backcountry of Canada. For the past year, Claire was a middle school teacher with AmeriCorps in East St. Louis. This Fall, she is excited to be a STEM Educator with the Science Adventure School. In her free time, you can catch Claire cycling, kayaking, telling cheesy jokes, and swimming outdoors.

  • Anna Metter

    Outdoor Education Guide

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    My name is Anna Metter and I am a 2020 graduate of Michigan State University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Health Promotion. I have always been an active person and highly interested in the sciences. I grew up in Michigan, but surprisingly didn’t discover my love for the outdoors until college. Before this discovery, I could be found in the gym exercising. I combined my passion for exercise/healthy living with my new interest in the outdoors and began hiking, climbing, and backpacking regularly.

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