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Meet Our Team

  • 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.

  • Alice Morgan

    Associate Director, Programming and Research

    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.

  • Andrew Hoover

    Director, Science Behind the Sport & SAS Associate Director, STEM Programming

    Andrew Hoover is the Director of the Science Behind the Sport program. 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 wife Cheyenne and their dogs Kyra and Axel.

  • Nick Thompson

    Experiential Education Coordinator

    Nick Thompson is the Experiential Education Coordinator for Science Adventure School. He oversees the design, operation and staffing for programming, as well as the development of our seasonal guide team, program leads and training operations. Born in Wheeling, WV, Nick graduated from WVU with a BS in Recreation, Parks and Tourism while working for Adventure WV as a trip leader and in the Outdoor Recreation Center. Since graduating, he’s been working in outdoor education as an instructor, taking explorers on multi-day expeditions throughout the US. From paddling to backpacking, Nick specializes in outdoor adventure and loves the opportunity the outdoors provide for connection and new experiences. He can't wait to create meaning and transference between Science Adventure School and the students' day-to-day lives.

  • Jess Kaplan

    Environmental Education Coordinator

    Jessica serves Science Adventure School as the Environmental Education Coordinator where she works to connect youth to nature through hands-on, inquiry-based programming. Originally from Pennsylvania, Jess fell in love with the Mountain State while completing her master's in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources at WVU. Before joining Science Adventure School, Jess worked at various non-profits such as Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh and the West Virginia Botanic Garden. She loves connecting with nature because it keeps her grounded and loves to explore new places and learn the natural history of the area. Outside of work, you can find Jess hiking, trail running or rowing.

  • Annie Harmon

    STEM Coordinator

    A lifelong lover of the outdoors, Annie studied Biology and Spanish at Denison University before embarking on a varied career of teaching and researching. Highlights included managing a tropical reserve, training birds of prey, and running high ropes challenges, before she discovered that outdoor education was her real passion. Annie initially joined SAS as a STEM Instructor in 2021. She loves giving students from her home state the chance to explore the science and math hidden in outdoor adventures. Annie spends her free days bird watching, rock climbing, and playing music.

  • JoAn Jackson

    Outdoor Education Nurse

    As the Outdoor Education Nurse JoAn brings many years of varied nursing experience to the team. JoAn graduated from WVU with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She was a Girl Scout as a youth and has volunteered over the years in Cub and Boy Scout camping programs. With a love of nature and the outdoors, JoAn strongly believes that youth being present in nature and participating in an outdoor learning environment, provides multiple benefits for them academically, as well as improvement in physical and mental health. In her spare time, JoAn enjoys spending time with her three sons, in her perennial butterfly garden, bird watching, genealogy researching, and reading while sitting with her three dogs.

  • 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!

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