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About OELO

Dear alumni, friends and colleagues:

OELO at ESF is teaching, research, experiential learning, and service that engages the college with external groups. OELO activities support environmental, educational, social and economic development in ways that advance the public good, ESF undergraduate education, and ESF's mission.

OELO Staff

Rick Beal Ph.D.
Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of Experiential Learning and Outreach
Director of ESF in the High School Center

Dr. Richard Beal has been working in SUNY ESF since 1999.  Rick was the Director at Large of Environmental Science for the Science Teachers Association of New York.   Rick received a B.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Buffalo in 1991 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the same institution in 1997.  He was a Peace Corps teacher in Eritrea (East Africa) from 1997 to 1998 and a Fulbright Scholar in Cambodia Fall 2016.  He specializes in University Teaching and Outreach, STEM Education, and University Partnerships.

Maura Harling Stefl
Administrative Assistant

Maura has over 30 years experience working in the non profit and education fields; providing program support and development, outreach, marketing and administrative services. She has a BS from The Pennsylvania State University and a MS from Indiana University. 

Jake O'Connell
Outreach Program Manager

A graduate of urban public schools in Syracuse, New York and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Jake O'Connell is a dedicated educator who works to promote STEM in inner city classrooms. Growing up in the city, he spent a lot of time in local parks and woodlots and promotes Science in classrooms through field-based and hands-on learning. Jake holds a degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Earth and Atmospheric Systems Science and significant coursework in statistics. Inspired from an early age by great educators, Jake is interested in leveraging his knowledge of systems science and data to help educators teach about the world around them. In his spare time, Jake enjoys cycling, tennis and spending time outdoors.

Ann Moore

Ann plants seeds of possibility in young people as a science teacher for Cayuga Onondaga BOCES in Auburn, New York. She earned an MS in Environmental Science from ESF, and a BA in geology from SUNY Cortland. Her interests include snorkeling, kayaking and exploring the wonders of the universe with her students. She is delighted to return to ESF as both student and mentor for the ESF SCIENCE program.