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.

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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!

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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!

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! :)