Meet the Staff

Emily NealEmily Neal is the  Director of School Outreach.  She has over 18 years of experience teaching people of all ages about integrating concepts of wellness, sustainability and stewardship into their lives. Emily is responsible for supervising FoodCorps and AmeriCorps members that serve in over 18 districts throughout Northeast Iowa. Together, they help districts foster healthy environments for students, staff and the communities they serve. She has a Masters in Science Education and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, both from the University of Iowa.


Mariana FernandezMariana Fernandez is a sophomore from Montevideo, Uruguay majoring in International Studies and Anthropology. She worked for Discovery Camp this summer and totally loved it. She likes to work with children because there are so many things that can be learned from them.


Sammy BarronSammy Barron is a junior biology major. She is from Litchfield, Minnesota. Sammy enjoys working for Discovery Camp because she is able to spend time adventuring, teaching, and learning with kids.


Joe Ballandby is a senior from Willmar, Minnesota. He is majoring in environmental studies with a concentration in science. He likes working for the Discovery Camp program because he loved these types of camps as a kid and wants to share all the cool things he has learned about nature with kids so they can have a great experience as he did as a child.


Kenza SahirKenza Sahir is a senior studying biology. Her hobbies include ultimate frisbee, crosswords, and coffee. She loves working for Discovery Camp because she enjoys exposing kids to the world around them and exploring it with them.