About White Mountain Science, Inc.
Started in 2013, White Mountain Science, Inc. strives to excite kids and teachers with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) knowledge and skills and give them rich opportunities to grow as creative problem solvers. WMSI (pronounced whimsy) has offices and runs camp programs in Bethlehem, NH. Otherwise, WMSI delivers programs to students and teachers throughout northern New Hampshire.
Tim Wennrich, Owner Meadowstone Farm, Bethlehem, NH
Lori Langlois, Director, North Country Education Services
Paul Williams, SAU 35&84 Grant writer; Retired Science Teacher
Jim Ash, Senior technical analyst, Littleton Coin Company
Art Hammon, Program Coordinator, NASA/Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Telecommuter
Brent Buddensee, Wizard Hat Consulting, Bethlehem NH
About our staff
Executive Director: William Church
Bill Church received his BS in Physics from Binghamton University in 1992. He received his MAT in Curriculum and Instruction from Cornell in 1997. He received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University in 2014. A former high school Physics teacher, Bill has worked in and with public schools for over twenty years. His passion is for supporting learning through projects. Through his career, Bill has collaborated on many educational projects and programs with a wide range of local, regional, and national schools, organizations and businesses including NH SAU 35, NH SAU 84, North County Educational Services, New Hampshire Science Teachers Association, Plymouth State University, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Christa McAuliffe program; Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, Lemelson MIT's InvenTeams, iCreate to Educate, Sparkfun Electronics, LEGO Education, and National Instruments.
Jeannie Leone, Bookkeeper and more! Jeannie has a extremely diverse background and skill set derived from her career in business, human resources, and accounting. She has served many organizations in the north country including the Forest Service, Mount Washington Auto Road, Attitash, and Meadowstone Farm.
Jeremy Knowlton, WMSI's Youth Director and lead instructor, received his BS degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. After graduating college he worked two years for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s A Mountain Classroom and Teen Wilderness adventures, where he led school groups on educational trips focusing on topics such as Geology, Ecology, and Leadership. Jeremy has been running WMSI's Mobile STEM Lab since 2016, growing the program to include 12 schools with 110-120 school visits per year while also running a thriving Summer Camp program. Jeremy is passionate about education and empowering students to learn and explore using creative methods. During his off time he enjoys trail running, hiking, and rock climbing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Mike Carmon, WMSI’s Outreach Director, grew up in central New Jersey and developed a passion for all things weather, which led him to a BS degree in Meteorology from Rutgers University. Soon after graduating, he moved north to the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 2008 to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime internship with the Mount Washington Observatory at its summit weather station. The three month internship turned into a nine-and-a-half year career atop Mount Washington, giving him (amongst many other things) a passion for education as he took on the additional role of Education Specialist for five years. Mike is thrilled to be a part of the WMSI team in 2018, bringing STEM education into classrooms all around the north country through WMSI’s Mobile STEM Lab. In his spare time, you can most certainly find Mike out on a hiking trail, working on his fantasy novel, or forecasting the wild White Mountains weather!
Lisa Schott, WMSI’s Program Leadership Coordinator, has worked as an experiential educator for just over a decade - feeding her passion for connecting students of all ages with experiences that excite wonder and inspire curiosity. A former coordinator of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s A Mountain Classroom environmental education program, her background has focused on curriculum and lesson design and program planning and led to some meaningful connections with students and educators in New Hampshire’s Coos County. An unyielding interest in the study of leadership that was ignited as a teenager led her to a degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Outdoor Leadership at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT and later fed her work in helping to co-author and design both a curriculum track and handbook guide to leadership development. A New Hampshire Native and avid seeker of adventure, Lisa prefers to split her free time between hiking, paddling, camping, biking and skiing with her family, tackling new craft projects and curling up with a good book.
Marc Bucchieri, former coordinator for WMSI's Instructor-Developer Corps (IDC) and current web developer. Marc graduated from Tufts University in 2016, where he majored in Mechanical Engineering an minored in Music. Since then he has worked for Outward Bound in central Oregon and Naturalists at Large in California, teaching students natural science as well as character development and technical outdoor skills. He loves exploring the intersection of engineering and outdoor adventure, whether this means using problem-solving techniques in a dicey weather situation or bringing the serenity of the mountains to an engineering task. He enjoys rock climbing, whitewater rafting, backpacking, and playing music with friends around a campfire.
Melissa Peplinski - part-time WMSI instructor for Camps and Teacher Professional Development. Melissa is originally from Binghamton NY. She graduated from Plymouth State University with a Master's degree in Science Education. When Melissa is not at WMSI, she works for the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School as a science educator. For the past 8 years she has worked on a variety of science and education projects ranging from the design of science curriculum, student and teacher mentoring programs, environmental and genetics research and international environmental education. Melissa has also designed and implemented many educational programs for K-12 girls that focus on creativity, real world connections, and turning personal interests into fun science projects. She currently runs our Inventor’s camp for girls and supports curriculum design and implementation for teacher professional development in computer science. During her spare time you can find Melissa running, reading, traveling, gardening, or hiking with her dogs.
Youth Director and Content Developer Aaron Goldman graduated from Champlain College in 2014 with a degree in Game Design. Aaron launched our afterschool program and served as director and lead instructor for our summer camp program from January 2014-August 2016.
Content Developers and Camp Counsellors
Sam Crosby. Embry Riddle University, Sophomore, Electrical Engineering
Shea Young. Profile School, Senior
Tom Oliver. Profile School, Junior
Madeline Elms. Profile School, Sophomore
Nick Sullo. Northeastern, Junior, Electrical Engineering
Mckenna Cisler. Brown University, Sophomore
Kaelin Chancey. UNH, Junior, Mechanical Engineering
Jessica Scolnic. Tufts University, Masters, Mechanical Engineering.
Ethan Peters. Curriculum Developer and Lead Instructor for Maker State, NYC. Continuing his studies in Computational Math at Hunter College in 2017
Pat Hampson. UNH, Senior, Physics