: Outdoor Education Center Staff Directory :
Outdoor Education Center Director:
Janene Giuseffi joined the OEC in 2013 by way of central Ohio, where she most recently administrated environmental education programming and summer camps for a municipal parks and recreation department. Janene's diverse experience comes from both formal and informal educational settings- from teaching undergraduate courses to leading extended backpacking trips. She recieved dual Masters of Science degrees in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Leadership from Ohio University in 2010, and has also studied primate behavior and ecology at the Ohio State University. Janene's greatest joy comes from creating high-quality educational experiences in nature, and seeing her students and staff grow and succeed. In her spare time, you can find Janene running the roads and trails of the Miami Valley.
Outdoor Education Center Assistant Director: Jaime Shepherd
Jaime joined the Outdoor Education Center in 2013, after having interned here as the Raptor Center Assistant in 2007. During her hiatus, Jaime earned her M.A.T. in Environmental Education from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She had previously received a B.S. in Biology from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. Jaime spent the last five years working as a trainer and educator at the National Aviary, where she was able to interact with visitors in order to inspire a respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. Jaime is excited to share her passion for wildlife and the outdoors with students of all ages. She is also pleased to be giving back to an organization that gave her such excellent experience as an intern.
Outdoor Education Center Business Manager: Shannon Schenck
Shannon, who was born right outside of Yellow Springs, spent a good portion of her youth in and around Glen Helen. She has fond memories of hiking to the Yellow Spring and playing on the swinging rope bridge, and spent many weekends at nearby John Bryan State Park playing Frisbee, picnicking, camping, and swimming at the Orton Pool. After spending 15 years in Dallas, TX she realized she missed her grandparents and the living greenness of Ohio and moved “home”. She has spent 20 years as a freelance bookkeeper and has been able to experience the interworking of many unique small businesses including video production, government technology, credit union, restaurants, soymilk manufacturing, high fashion, and a tavern just to name a few. She also enjoys the hospitality field and previously worked as an event facilitator for Glen Helen. She is excited to be a part of the wonderful experiences these children have in the woods!
Administrative Intern (Program Coordinator): Caley Mackenzie
Caley Mackenzie is the current Program Coordinator at the Outdoor Education Center, returning after a fulfilling year as a Glen Helen Naturalist Intern. Caley is from Walpole, MA and a graduate of Westfield State College. She earned a teaching degree in English and spent two years teaching 4th and 6th graders on a reservation in New Mexico before coming to The Glen. In the summer of 2012, she biked across the country and built houses along the way for Habitat for Humanity. Caley is excited to remain in Ohio and can't wait to share her love of the outdoors with everyone at Glen Helen.
Administrative Intern (Extension Naturalist): Jennifer Lang
Jennifer was born and raised in a suburb of Houston, Texas. Despite being surrounded by buildings and asphalt as a child, Jennifer still found a love of nature whether it was catching frogs that jumped into her parent's pool or searching for turtles in a nearby levee. Since then, she has tried to find ways to encourage kids to explore the world around them no matter where they live. Upon graduating in May with degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Jen came to work at Glen Helen as a 2012 Ecocamp Naturalist and has since served as a Glen Helen Outdoor School Naturalist and Ecocamp Co-coordinator.
Administrative Intern (Raptor Center Assistant): Kyle Wonser
Kyle was born in Toledo, but raised in the woods of the Midwest, a childhood filled with scouting trips, starry nights and firelight. He developed a love for the natural world from a very early age, and with it grew an academic curiosity that has propelled him into the study of many different fields. Kyle graduated from Miami University with degrees in English, Zoology, and Geology, but holds interests in a great many other fields, including psychology, anthropology, computer science and the arts. He enjoys reading, writing, and drawing in those rare idle hours, as well as hiking, biking, climbing and spelunking. He served as a Naturalist at Glen Helen last year and has returned for a chance to both expand his knowledge and share his passion for the natural world with his students and fellow interns.
Lead Naturalist: Molly May Finch
Molly grew up in and around Glen Helen, and feels extremely lucky to call it a home again this year. She was hired at the Glen for Ecocamp 2012, and could not imagine leaving after being a part of something so amazing for ony one summer! Her interest in ecology and outdoor education was sparked while attending an arts school near Traverse City, Michigan, where she was given lots of opportunities to explore field study in a beautiful setting. In college at Wright State University, Molly has focused in fine arts and art education. She can't think of anything better than to get to hang out with kids in nature while helping them expand in their understanding of ecological relationships and in their creativity, curiosity, self-confidence and sense of place. Molly's other favorite things in the world include playing tuba, painting, sailing, trying new foods, being with family, and wearing silly hats.
Naturalist Intern: Sammi Stoklosa
Sammi was born in Pickerington, Ohio. She has loved being outdoors since she was a child, and throughout the years her love of nature influenced her decision to get a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Ohio State University. Whether she was catching crayfish in the creek near her house, or chasing after grasshoppers and butterflies in her backyard, nature has always been a huge part of her life. Sammi is an avid bird watcher, mainly influenced by a teacher in high school. Through this experience, she developed a desire to teach kids about all the amazing experiences nature has to offer. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, hiking, painting, and birding. She is excited to be part of the Glen Helen Outdoor Education team and share her knowledge with children from all around Ohio. She is also excited to expand her own knowledge about the outdoors through this internship.
Naturalist Intern: Erin Plum
Erin grew up on a small farm in northwest Arkansas and has always been excited about exploring the natural world. She graduated from Principia College in May 2013 with a BS in biology. She has been drawn to working at summer camps for the past few years and discovered that outdoor education is a perfect way to combine some of her favorite things. Erin is looking forward to a year of adventures as a naturalist at Glen Helen and is loving learning to work with owls! She is especially excited about helping kids find a sense of place in nature and sharing the beauty of the Glen with them. In her free time, Erin enjoys watercolor painting, writing, and dancing.
Naturalist Intern: Allison Fowle
Allison was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, but nevertheless fell in love with the outdoors early in life, chasing fireflies down the sidewalk and checking trash cans for raccoons. Allison is a graduate of Colby College, where she primarily studied literature and creative writing. She has spent the past four summers as an educator for the National Zoo’s Nature Camp in northwest Virginia, and is extremely excited to continue working outdoors with children in the Glen! In her spare time, Allison enjoys swimming, kayaking, writing, reading, and painting.
Naturalist Intern: Brenna Taylor
Brenna Taylor is a 24-year old Northeast Ohioan, graduated from Hiram College in 2011 with a degree in environmental studies. She has since worked as a preschool art teacher and has also facilitated park surveys as well as work as an environmental science teacher and a trail blazer for the Student Conservation Association in Massachusetts. She enjoys using a chainsaw for a good cause, exploring all manner of places, learning new things and she is very much looking forward to hanging out in the Glen and working with new raptor friends for the next 10 months.
Naturalist Intern: Kelsey Mazur
Kelsey originally is from Hudson, Ohio, and graduated from Wittenberg University with a degree in History in 2013. She comes to the Glen with a passion for nature, birds, educating children, and the great outdoors. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing poetry, hiking, birdwatching, and knitting. She is looking forward to having a wonderful and enriching year as a naturalist in this beautiful place.
Naturalist Intern: Ian Harvey
Alough many people believe Ian was born in a one-room log cabin in northern New York, he was actually born and raised atop the Alleghany Plateu in the bustling metropolis of DuBois, Pennsylvania. He has always had a strong interest in the outdoors, and he increased this love after attending California University of Pennsylvania where he obtained a degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in conservation ecology and two minors in biology and leadership studies. He has participated in Glen Helen Ecocamp for the past two summers and he is now excited to embark upon his first Outdoor School term with us. Aside from exploring the outdoors, Ian is also a fan of fans, fins and fun...and bears. He one day hopes to rescue a puppy and love him forever.
Naturalist Intern: Arrianne Byrum
Arrianne graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Biology and a minor in Sustainability and Stewardship. She was born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in Cinncinnatti. Arrianne is very passionate about the outdoors, and she has been pursuing a career in animal handling, rehabilitation and outdoor education ever since she attended a primatology field course in Costa Rica during the summer of 2012.. She is very excited to be at The Glen to provide memorable and fun educational experiences for the students!
Naturalist Intern: Vicky Benko
Vicky is from Lakewood, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in May 2012 with a degree in Zoology and a minor in History. She loves being in the great outdoors and while doing so, she likes to canoe, go birding, and hike. She is excited to be at The Glen this year to teach children about the outdoors while actually being submerged in it. She loves manatees and would love to go swimming with them again.
Naturalist Intern: Alli King
Alli comes to us from nearby Xenia, Ohio. She believes that a naturalist is not only someone who studies and loves nature, but also someone who approaches life naturally, keeping in mind that people are animals too! As a musician, she needs the forest for inspiration. Alli believes that learning is a constant, endless process and works every day to acquire a closer perspective of her environment.
Naturalist Intern: Frances Hardy
Frances is from New Jersey and graduated from Columbia University in May 2012 with a degree in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species. In college she focused on primate behavior and conservation studying abroad in Kenya, France and Madagascar. Frances spent the last year living in a tropical rainforest in Kenya, studying the behavior and life history of blue monkeys. She has also worked with small mammals, investigating the effects of oak deforestation at Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY. Frances loves being outside, especially biking, travelling to new places, and hiking. She speaks French and basic Swahili. Before leaving Africa in August 2013, Frances backpacked in South Africa and Lesotho, as well as climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. While she treasured her time working in Africa, Frances is excited to live in a new forest with people interested in outdoor education.