Jessica has a background in relational and nature-based education, integrating an experiential and inner-directed approach to learning and development. She earned a B.A. in intercultural studies from Warren Wilson College and is trained in Waldorf Early Childhood Education and Integrative Gestalt Practice.
Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Jess worked as a teacher, administrator, and consultant to nonprofits and educational initiatives. She was Director of Esalen Institute’s Gazebo School Park, an emergent early learning experience emphasizing curiosity, connection, and trust in the natural unfolding of the child’s development. After leaving Esalen, she co-founded Big Sur Park School and served as the nonprofit’s Executive Director.
In her role as Training Coordinator, Jess contributes to the development of the MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training Program and supports program operations. She is passionate about the embodied exploration of human potential and non-ordinary states as a catalyst for growth. She is thrilled to support MAPS’s contributions to the mental health field and help expand access to this powerful work.
In her free time, Jess enjoys road trips, kundalini yoga, exploring the natural world, and creating nourishing sensory delights in her tiny-house kitchen. She lives in Asheville, NC.