Kristin Alexander, Executive DirectorKristin Alexander, Executive Director

Kristin has served in her current position since January 2007. She first came to PVAS in 2001, and was Director of the Yankauer Nature Preserve Until 2007. Kristin graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Education in 1994. She subsequently worked as an instructor and curriculum developer at several nature-related educational institutions in various states, including the Echo Hill Outdoor School in Worton MD, National Wildlife Federation camps in Colorado and North Carolina, the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN; the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, in Aspen CO, and the Under Water World Aquarium in Bloomington MN. She completed a Master’s Degree in Experiential Learning from Minnesota State University in 2000 and moved to the Eastern Panhandle in August 2000. She lives in Berkeley County, WV, with her husband Jeff and their son.

  Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director                                         304-350-9735 •

 Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Kimberly studied   Biology and Marine Biology at Bloomsburg University and   worked at marine education centers on the east and west   coasts.  From there she moved to Mexico where she was a   professional guide for whale watching and birding excursions, and taught high school biology, history, and math. As part of her teaching responsibilities she organized science workshops for teachers and students emphasizing the natural sciences.  She later returned to the US where she received her Masters of Education at the College of New Jersey, but her travel bug soon took her abroad again to teach  at an elementary school in Pago Pago, American Samoa, then returned to Mexico to become a fourth grade teacher in a bilingual classroom. For the last 13 years, Kimberly has taught AP Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Chemistry and Algebra at Costa Rica International Academy. Teaching environmental science was a passion she has turned into a vocation here at PVAS.  She and her husband live in Shepherdstown enjoying river sports, biking, and community life.   

Ellen Murphy, Youth Education Director

Ellen Murphy, Program Specialist
304-676-8739 •

Ellen joined PVAS as Youth Education Director in 2007. She has lived in the Eastern Panhandle since 1994, serving as Program Director of the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Martinsburg from 1994 to 2004 and as Program and Property Manager and Product Sales Coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council in Martinsburg from 2004 to 2007. Previously, she was Program Director for the Girl Scouts of Chaparral Council in Albuquerque NM from 1989 to 1993 and Camp and Property Manager and Communications Director for the Audubon Girl Scouts Council in Baton Rouge LA from 1985 to 1989. She also served as an Interpretive Park Ranger at three different national parks in the south from 1979 to 1984. Ellen has a Bachelor's degree in History and Secondary Education (cum laude) from Appalachian State University in Boone NC, and did graduate work in history at that institution. She received a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Shenandoah University in 2005. She and her husband Kevin live in Harpers Ferry.

Krista Hawley, Adult Program CoordinatorKrista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator

Krista began her work as the Adult Program Coordinator in September 2013.  Krista moved to the Eastern Panhandle in August of 2011 after spending 12 years living overseas - 9 years on the island of Saipan, CNMI and 2 years in Suriname, South America.  Upon moving back to the States, she has kept busy substitute teaching, tutoring and volunteering with the schools. While living on Saipan, Krista managed her own educational counseling business.  She was contracted through the schools to provide a processing and educational program that enabled students to succeed academically.  Before moving to Saipan, Krista worked for a non-profit counseling agency in Wisconsin where she successfully developed and managed a Treatment Foster Care Program. Krista is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Suriname 1996-1998, where her main focus was Rural Community Development. Krista has a BA in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Masters Degree in Social Work from University Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She enjoys traveling, running, reading, hiking, playing on the Potomac and spending time with her husband Nate and their three children.

 Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Site Manager and    Naturalist •  240-818-4714

 Amy first worked for PVAS starting in 2012, first as a camp  counselor for three summers and then as camp director in 2015.  While studying at Towson University, Amy interned with the  National Aquarium and Irvine Nature Center and worked for the  University’s Office of Sustainability as a Compost Educator. Amy was  also very involved in her university’s Outdoor Adventure program  where she worked as an Outdoor Trip Leader, Kayak Clinic  Instructor, Challenge Course Facilitator and Climbing Gym Supervisor. After earning her BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Informal Environmental Education in 2015, she served as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member, working as a naturalist at Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville, Maryland.  Most recently, Amy worked as a field instructor at the Mountain Institute at Spruce Knob, West Virginia, where she led students on backpacking trips and taught Watershed Education programs. In her free time, Amy enjoys backpacking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking and cross-country skiing.

Erin Shaw, AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer   

 304-703-2510  • 

Erin graduated in 2014 from Shepherd University with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies with a Historic Preservation  concentration. While attending Shepherd, Erin interned with the  National Park Sevice in Glen Echo, Maryland, as well as in the  National Conservation Training Center's archives. Since graduating,  she has worked as a seasonal park ranger at Gambrill and Fort  Frederick State Parks and as a water sampler with an environmental laboratory. Originally from Grant County, West Virginia, Erin currently lives near Harpers Ferry. In her free time, she loves to read, be on the water, and walk in the woods. 

  Ariana Hagenau, AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer  •

 Ariana recently graduated from Shepherd University with a BFA in   Graphic Design, and is an incredibly talented graphic designer and     illustrator. She also has experience in coding and web design, so   we're lucky to have her talents here at PVAS over the next year. 

  Emily Noel, Lifebridge AmeriCorps Volunteer               

  Emily has been teaching in higher education since 2006. She  has     held adjunct positions at Franklin and Marshall College, Notre        Dame of Maryland University, and University of Maryland    Baltimore County; most recently she served as an Assistant  Professor at The Community College of Rhode Island. Prior to her  teaching career, she worked as an Interpretive Park Ranger at Wolf  Trap National Park, and gave tours at the Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore through Historic Hotels of America. Emily is an accomplished classical singer, and has sung leading roles at the Kennedy Center and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Emily currently lives in Winchester, VA with her husband. She enjoys road trips, dad jokes, campfires, and Chincoteague Island. 

     Garrett Wren, Lifebridge AmeriCorps Volunteer          

Raised in Chicago, Garrett graduated with a degree in Literature from Wheaton College and has previously served with Americorps through City Year, a program that focuses on assisting underperforming urban schools throughout the country. He has worked as an ESL tutor and teacher’s aide and has spent much of his time playing mandolin and touring with various bluegrass bands in the area. He has placed third in the National Mandolin Competition in Winfield and has a passion for the instrument. He spends most of his free time at various music festivals or relaxing at his home in Harpers Ferry with his dog and his wife Elizabeth.

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              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

Yankauer Nature Preserve (Berkeley County)
Eidolon Nature Preserve (Morgan County)
Stauffer's Marsh (Berkeley County)
Cool Spring Nature Preserve (Jefferson County)

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director //   304-676-3397

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //

Ellen Murphy,
 Program Specialist //    

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
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