Kerry McKenzie has been working in education for over 20 years. She holds a M.S., in Physical Education, Early Childhood Development and Health Education from West Virginia University and B.A. in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University. Kerry was a clinical instructor in the Physical Education Department at West Virginia University for several years where she instructed future teachers in physical education and early childhood motor development. She was the lead teacher and assisted in the development of award-winning physical activity programs for infants, babies, toddlers, pre-school and elementary school age children in both land-based and water-based learning environments. In addition, Kerry was the Program Coordinator of the Motor Development Center and the co-creator of a character named Choosy who promotes healthy decision making by children and grownups.
As the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coordinator at Prisma Health System Children's Hospital, Kerry dedicated her time helping children, parents and teachers lead healthy lifestyles through a program called Farm to Belly. Farm to Belly is a multifaceted curriculum around growing, cooking and sharing food. She advocates that young children need ample opportunities to move and learn about healthy lifestyles so they will acquire healthy habits at an early age.
Nutrition and wellness counseling, gardening and yoga have been a part of Kerry’s life for many years. In addition to her Farm to Belly program, Kerry guides and supports individuals of all ages and abilities on a holistic health journey to establish healthy habits and to become the best possible versions of themselves through her personal business called Whole Again Wellness.
Kerry currently resides in Pickens with husband David on a large property which offers much opportunity to explore the wonders of the natural world.
Tricia Kyzer has done much of the Outdoor Education curriculum for Jocassee Wild. She has a BS in Elementary Education from North Greenville University and has worked in Environmental Education at Lake Conestee Nature Park, as well as teaching sciences to school-age children for ten years. She is a certified trainer in Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and LEP. She also is part of the Monarch Teacher network.
Tricia is a Statewide South Carolina Master Naturalist, has hiked the entire Foothills Trail (twice!), and is a woods-wanderer and salamander-finder extraordinaire. Currently she divides her time between Jocassee and the Trails Carolina Theraputic Wilderness program. Her passion is to bring kids of all ages outside to feel the dirt under their feet, hug trees and splash in rivers. She enjoys spending as much of her free time as she can exploring, writing about her journeys, and taking pictures.
Tricia has four extraordinary grown children who are joining her in the effort to make the world a better place.