All of our staff and volunteers share a mailing address. All mail can be sent to:
Big Laurel Learning Center
PO box 266
Kermit, WV, 25674
Ian Noyes, Executive Director
Sister Kathleen O'Hagan, AmeriCorp On-Site Director
Our AmeriCorps Volunteers can be contacted at (304)-393-4103.
Grace is excited to be back in West Virginia and to be joining the team at Big Laurel. An alumna of Wheeling Jesuit University, she first found herself at Big Laurel during a fall break wood chopping trip. Upon graduating, she moved to New Orleans as a Jesuit Volunteer and decided to stay for a while. For the past three years, she spent her time gardening, landscaping, cycling, cooking, and coordinating a non-profit mobile market to increase fresh food access. After dabbling in a variety of different jobs, Grace is trying her hand in the education field as a first, second, and third grade assistant teacher at Kermit K-8.
Jacob Zondag was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids where he studied Environmental Studies and Architecture. While at College he visited Big Laurel several times with a group of students during spring break. These trips focused on learning about Appalachian culture and coal mining. He fell in love with the mountains and the culture of Southern Appalachia. He is so excited to be living and serving at Big Laurel and the surrounding community this year. He enjoys reading, spending time in nature, watching HGTV and keeping up with the latest real estate trends. There is nowhere else he would rather be than in Kermit, West Virginia!