Aurora Lights Staff & Interns Bios
Jen is a co-founder and was the President of Aurora Lights from 1998 to 2012. She currently is the Director of the Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership School and remains on the Board of Directors.
Mary is a folklorist, ethnographer, and writer. Since the early 1990s her work focused on the cultural dimensions of ecological crisis in the southern West Virginia coalfields.
Paul is a photographer and educator, passionately committed to further the goals of human rights, social justice, and environmental responsibility. A native West Virginian (born, raised and still living in Fayette County), he discovered photography.
Hannah is a West Virginia native with a passion for the outdoors. Her love of the outdoors led her to receive a B.S. in West Virginia University's Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources program. Her love of the outdoors started at a young age.
2. Elizabeth Wiles
Liz (or Elizabeth, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing) Wiles is a native of Fairmont, West Virginia. Liz has led and taught many “outside the classroom”, hands-on, science education programs.
3. Ivan Stiefel and Maureen Farrell
Ivan Stiefel and Maureen Farrell are our outdoor education instructors at the Cheat Mountain campus. They live on Cheat Mountain outside of Beverly, WV, in a yurt with their three dogs.
Buddy Guthrie is obtaining his MovNat level 1 and 2 certifications, is a Crossfit Level 1 Certified Trainer, a Crossfit Strongman Certified Trainer, has studied Jiu-Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do, is an avid hunter and fisherman, a NAS level strongman competitor, a student of Parkour, and mainly a champion of natural movement in an unnatural world.
Charles received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Florida. Charles started out creating a new multi-media section of the website to focus on the area around the Edwight mine and Marsh Fork Elementary School.
Danielle is the CFO and historian for Aurora Lights. She has a BS in Biology as well as an Executive MBA in Project Management. Danielle is the financial manager for all of our projects. She also worked at Gamesa Wind for 5 years on wind turbines.
Nick received his B.S. from Salem International University in 2005 and participated in the summer trip to Ecuador. Nick was instrumental in coordinating our many water runs during the Elk River Chemical Spill of January 2014.
Sam has been working with Aurora Lights since 2007. Her first project with Aurora Lights was serving as the Project Manager for the "Still Moving Mountains: Journey Home" CD and corresponding award winning website. Sam received a B.A. in Geography from West Virginia University in 2009.
Stacy is a WV Master Gardener, has taught various gardening workshops to children and parents, and will soon begin to work toward WV Master Naturalist certification. Although Stacy is a proud West Virginian, she lived with her family in New Zealand for a year and claims her horizons will never be the same.
Allison is a senior at West Virginia University, double majoring in English and Women's & Gender Studies. She in concentrating her studies in creative writing. Allison's love for the outdoors led her to become a student leader in Adventure WV's orientation program. Leading trips throughout West Virginia created a passion in her for the state and its natural integrity.
Jordan is a senior at WVU triple majoring in English, Spanish, and Women's and Gender Studies. She is a McNair Scholar, working on a project where she's looking at the impact coal mining and mountaintop removal have had on humans and non-humans.