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.

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Alexie Pieper
Alexie Pieper

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.

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Brent Heatherly
Brent Heatherly

Facilities Manager 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.

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Andrew Bottomley
Andrew Bottomley

Hospitality and Events Coordinator 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.

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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.

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Arpan Paul
Arpan Paul

Teacher Naturalist Born in Kolkata, India, Arpan traveled to Indiana for his B.S degree in Environmental Studies. After graduating from college, he came to NWA to work with big cats & bears at TCWR. Being a nature-lover, he is excited to be a part of ONSC, to explore, learn and touch base with his roots of natural science. "There's a lot of darkness in this world, and it's not possible to get rid of it all; what we can do is be that constant source of light against it!"

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Dominique Rosario
Dominique Rosario

Teacher Naturalist Dominique was born and raised in Austin, Texas. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern University, she lived in Colorado and Washington state working as an environmental educator. She quickly fell in love with educating students about their local environment and is excited to bring that passion to ONSC. In her spare time, Dominique spends time hiking, reading, and playing with her cat.

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Raven Leggett
Raven Leggett

Teacher Naturalist Raven was raised in the Ozarks and spent her formative years exploring the area. She spent 6 months in S. Africa doing data research for Panthera and gaining her certification as a field guide and international qualifications in track and sign. She is currently a student working towards her degree in evolutionary and behavioral biology. In her free time she loves broadening her knowledge of the world around her, as well as many hobbies ranging from archery!

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