Staff Profiles

Director - Sarah Stelzl   

    This is my first year as Director of BREGS and I am excited to continue to be a part of this learning community. I was the Mediasphere teacher before becoming the director. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher in Warren County and this is my 23rd year teaching.
    I live in Stephens City with my husband and two children, Tommy, who is 15 and Emma who is 10. We live on a dairy and hog farm, where my husband farms full-time. Environmental issues are important to us and our livelihood.

Biosphere - Jillian Atherton-Mellish
    Hello! I taught at BREGS years ago and I am excited to return this year to teach Biosphere. I currently teach science courses at Wakefield School but over my twelve-year career I have gained experience working with students at the middle-school to collegiate levels. My master's degree focused on amphibian populations so I am most passionate about environmental issues that impact natural water sources and amphibians.
    I live in Front Royal with my husband and three young children. I love spending my free time running, reading and exploring the outdoors. I am looking forward to being a part of BREGS this summer!
Biosphere -  Lisa Packard
   Hello, my name is Lisa Packard.  I have been with BREGS since 2002.  I LOVE IT!!!!  Every year I have the pleasure and honor of interacting with the greatest bunch of kids and teachers on the planet.
I have the best job in Page County as the Virtual Virginia facilitator at Luray High School.  Go Bulldogs!  
I was born and raised in California.  My husband of 30 years and I found our way to Virginia via the Army.  I enjoy the outdoors.  I love camping, hiking, bird watching and gardening. 
My environmental concern is the dwindling Bee population.  Without Bees we cannot continue to Be.

Biosphere Intern - Ben Viner
    Hi, my name is Ben Viner. I am going into tenth grade at John Handley High School. This is my first year interning, but my fifth year doing BREGS, and I have loved every time. I have a very strong passion about preserving the environment, and I was elated to know that I can help others learn and share that same passion as me. I am honored to be back, and I am very excited to work as an intern this year.

Biosphere Intern - Aidan Ward
    Hello! I am from Warren County and have been a student at BREGS for 3 years.  This is my first year of being an intern and I am extremely happy to be here once again.  The program is friendly, welcoming, interesting, and, most importantly, fun.
    I enjoy being a leader and am always happy to help people in need, no matter the difficulty of the task.  I know this year will be interesting and fun, and I am looking forward to it!

Geosphere - Carrie Redcay
    Hi! I have been teaching Earth Science at Millbrook High School for the past 9 years, and this is my 6th year as the BREGS Geosphere instructor.  
    I am committed to learning and teaching positive environmental practices, in addition to providing students with opportunities to put their good practices into action.  My favorite part of BREGS is the hands-on learning and activities.  I am looking forward to another wonderful year!

Geosphere - Michele Barber
    Hello! This is my first year as an assistant at BREGS, I am a Biology II and Anatomy Teacher with Warren County Public Schools. I am married with a 2 year old daughter. I love to play outside with my daughter, paint, draw, and cook. I look forward to all the new adventures and experiences we will have at BREGS this summer!

Geosphere Intern - Hi, my name is Zach Hicks and this is my second year interning at BREGS. I attended BREGS for two years before interning, and I loved it so much that I knew I had to come back and help. I will be a senior at Millbrook High School next year and I also attend Mountain Vista Governor's School.  I hope this year we can not only learn about the environment and conservation, but also use the things we learn to help improve our environment.  I can't wait for a great two weeks!

Geosphere Intern - My name is Ramsey Young and I'm a fifteen year old girl. I attend Warren County High and i will going into my sophomore year. I play volleyball, basketball, and softball for my school. BREGS has been a big part of my summer every year since sixth grade and I didn't want to let go just yet. I'm super excited to work with everyone and I really hope you have a good experience at BREGS 2017!

Geosphere Intern - Hi, my name is Samantha (Sam) Viner. This is my fourth year interning at BREGS, and my ninth year attending. I love to sing and perform in plays on stage. I also am very passionate about taking care of our earth, and I am going to college next year for that exact purpose. BREGS has been a huge part of my life for so many years and I am so glad to be here working with you again this year!! 

Globalsphere - Bill Luders

    Mr. William Luders, a 4th grade math teacher in Page County, will be the instructional leader for the Globalsphere.  His philosophy of learning centers around positive, fun experiences that have students actively involved in and taking ownership of their own learning experiences.      
    He graduated from Iowa State University in 1977, so he has certainly lived a lot of life and seen and pondered many things. One thing centers his entire demeanor, though. His youthful attitude comes from always working with children and young men and ladies. He is a grandfather of 7 grandsons, aging from 7 to 19.  
    He believes that the protection and preservation of the planet is a duty and responsibility of every person who lives on it. Convenience and ease are no excuse for making our home unlivable for future generations.
    He is humble, realizing that every good thing about him comes from others outside of himself who cared and helped shape him.  He is very honored to be a working with the Blue Ridge Environmental Governor's School for a 6th year.

Globalsphere - Liz Osborne
    Hi, my name is Liz Osborne. I've been teaching US II History for 23 years. I live in Page County, I'm married and have 2 kids and 2 dogs. I love the outdoors, canoeing, hiking, gardening, reading, cooking. I used to be a park ranger for the NPS in Shenandoah. This is my 4th year at BREGS.

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Mediasphere - Chanda Greco
Hello! I am Chanda Greco and I am an Instructional Technology Resource Coach in Shenandoah County. I have never taught at BREGS before, but have been to BREGS in previous years to work with students on 3D design and printing. I am committed to bringing the latest in cutting edge technologies to the students I serve.

My husband of 12 years and I live in Strasburg, Virginia.  I have two children, Camille, 9, and Chase, 7.  We live down near the park and usually spend our weekends on the ball field or play with our chocolate lab, Lucy, or cavachon, Maddie.

Mediasphere - Angela Mohr
Hello! This is my first year as an assistant at BREGS, although I have certainly filled out my share of recommendations for gifted students' applications! I am a Gifted Resource Teacher with Frederick County Public Schools where I teach a research class and mentor chess teams and rock stacking clubs. I look forward to exploring with like-minded folks of all ages at BREGS this summer!

Mediasphere Intern - My name is Adrianne Kinsey. I am 15 years old and a rising sophomore at Skyline High School in Warren County. I play volleyball and softball. I’ve been at BREGS for the past four years as a student but this will be my first year as an intern. This will be my second time in Mediasphere, this time as an intern, so I’m very excited to see what differences and new experiences this year will bring.

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Hey guys, I’m Jessica Crandell. This is my fourth year at BREGS, and my second year interning. BREGS is amazing and it has helped completely change my view of the Earth, and how it should be treated.

My one goal in life is to travel the world as much as I can and incorporate traveling with my career. Later this summer I am spending 10 days in Alaska, and next year I will hopefully be visiting Italy and Greece.

Sociosphere - Julie Reissig
Hello! My name is Julie Reissig and I have been teaching seventh grade life science for the last seventeen years at James Wood Middle School in Frederick County. I taught BREGS about ten years ago and now am back teaching Sociosphere this year. I have two children, all grown up, and we breed Siberian Huskies. We also have chickens, rabbits and cats on our mini farm.

Sociosphere - Katie Kikel
Hi, my name is Katie Kikel and this is my first year at BREGS.  I have been teaching for thirteen years and have worked with several different grade levels.  I taught fifth grade for eleven years, but loved science so much I decided to move to the middle school level so I could teach it all day!  I currently teach sixth and eighth grade science.  

My husband & I love to travel and have been to many exciting places!  Taking a road trip out west to Grand Teton National Park remains our favorite.  It is one of the most beautiful places!  I enjoy learning how to be a better steward of the Earth so places like this can be preserved for a very long time!  We have two pets, a golden retriever and a cat.  I enjoy camping, photography, spending time with my family, and taking our dog for walks.  I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful program and look forward to working with everyone!  Let's go have some fun! :)