ONSC Staff Members

"I loved being at ONSC. I might get a job at ONSC"

-Madison, Holt 5th grader 

Rose Brown
Rose Brown

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.

Renee Valentine
Renee Valentine

Program Manager Renee was born in the Piney Woods of East Texas and has been hooked on forests ever since. After receiving her BS and MS at Texas A&M, she moved to the Ozarks to continue sharing her love of nature by starting an organic farm and teaching in Fayetteville. When she is not managing our educational programs, she is usually indulging her eleven grandchildren, working in the garden and learning to play harmonica.

Office Manager Alexie comes to ONSC from the Los Angeles area, a California native with a degree in Business Administration. As the former business manager of a local news wire service, accounting and math are a passion for her, as well as the arts and the great outdoors. In her free time Alexie loves taking her dog on hikes, camping, traveling, reading, cooking, and football.

Christine Pieper
Christine Pieper

Kitchen & Hospitality Coordinator Christine is an award-winning chef with a diverse background in culinary arts, coffee house ownership, rental management, as well as analysis and software. We are excited about all of the culinary and hospitality ideas that Christine has already shared with us. She hit the ground running just in time for our summer camps, and she's spoiling us daily with her delicious and healthy food!

Brenda Jones
Brenda Jones

Prep Cook/Housekeeping Brenda is a Witchita Kansas transplant but has been calling NWA her home since 2004. She started at ONSC in 2012 and has been entertaining us with her singing skills since. Brenda is a mother of 3 and has 7 grand-children. She has been married to her husband since 1974. Brenda enjoys the outdoors, jigsaw puzzles, and hiking. Her favorite spots are the Kings River Overlook and anywhere on ONSC property.

Brent Heatherly
Brent Heatherly

Maintenance Technician Brent Heatherly comes to us 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 most recently as an award winning brewer for Mother's Brewery. In his down time you can find him fishing, backpacking, cycling or out taking pictures.

Joanie Patterson
Joanie Patterson

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.

Bailey Coffelt
Bailey Coffelt

Teacher Naturalist Bailey is a Northwest Arkansas native who has always had a passion and deep respect for wildlife conservation and education. It was this passion that lead her to obtain her bachelors in Fisheries and Wildlife Science at Arkansas Tech University in 2019. Her favorite pastimes include kayaking, nature photography, hunting, and hiking with her dog Luna.

Kelley Beth Paul
Kelley Beth Paul

Teacher Naturalist Kelley Beth is a Fayetteville native whose love for the outdoors began at science camp as a kid. With her Bachelors in Environmental, Soil, and Water Science from UofA and an Associates in Wildlife Mngmt, she helps serve AR and the world. She studied and worked at Mayflower Bocawina Ntnl Park in Belize, building gardens, educating, and planting mahogany trees to create park borders. Her passions include marine biology, botany, reptiles, and amphibians.