ONSC Staff Members
"I loved being at ONSC. I might get a job at ONSC"
-Madison, Holt 5th grader
Executive Director Rose is an Ozark native and has also lived in NY, France, TN, and VA. In Virginia, she worked for several environmental nonprofits, including StreamWatch and The Nature Conservancy. Since returning to NWA in 2018, Rose has worked for Crystal Bridges Museum and co-founded a forest school. In her spare time, Rose spends time with her family, hikes, makes art, and gives presentations about sustainability.
Operations Director Brent Heatherly came to ONSC from Missouri with a passion for the outdoors and the knowledge to fix whatever may break on campus. He has worn many hats from farm work and photographer to construction and as an award-winning brewer for Mother's Brewery. In his down time you can find him fishing, backpacking, cycling or out taking pictures.
Office Manager Jill graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Elementary Education and from the University of Arkansas with a Master’s in Education. Jill is originally from a rural area in central Kansas but currently lives in Huntsville with her boyfriend, Fields, and 4 fur babies: Ruger, Loretta, Sammy, and Stryker. Jill loves Llamas, alpacas, coffee, music, and all things Oklahoma State.
Hospitality and Kitchen Assistant Born in New Jersey and raised in the United Kingdom, Andrew studied Recreation Management at the University of Vermont, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree. With a passion for travel and a keen eye for service, Andrew spent over 10 years as a hotel concierge, and was awarded the distinguished title of Les Clef d'Or (Gold Keys) in 2013. When he is not working, Andrew enjoys running and taking care of his three dogs.
Kitchen, Hospitality, and Maintenance Assistant
Program Manager Liz grew up in the Ozarks and has always loved nature, which grew into a career path after attending the AEGIS Wet’n’Wild camp at ONSC in high school. She has more than 15 years of informal environmental education experience (including 8+ years as a Teacher Naturalist at ONSC) and 3 years of formal teaching experience (as an AMS Montessori certified teacher). She enjoys local music, cultural events, gardening, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, camping, and traveling.
Senior Teacher Naturalist Dr. Joanie obtained a PhD (UofA, Fayetteville) to work toward solutions that protect wild areas. At ONSC, Joanie connects children with nature and inspires them to consider the effect of their choices on the environment. Previously, she was a Visiting Professor at UofA, Ft. Smith, and was part of the team searching for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. She is VP of the NWA Audubon Society. She enjoys birdwatching, playing guitar, and gardening.