Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Jason Wilson is a biologist and science communicator with a passion for sharing his general curiosity about the world with others, which is why he started Natural Learning Enterprises. He is the author of Curious About Cannabis: A Scientific Introduction to a Controversial Plant and the educational children's book, A Toadstool's Treasures.
Jason holds a Philosophy BA with a Psychology minor from the University of Mississippi and an Environmental Education MS from Southern Oregon University. He is currently a professor at John Patrick University and has worked previously as a botanist and natural products researcher studying native plants and ethnobotanicals both in the field and in the lab. He is a certified Audubon Naturalist, studied permaculture design with Siskiyou Permaculture led by first generation students of Bill Mollison, and practiced natural building and ecologically conscious agricultural principles as an intern at the Southern Oregon Permaculture Institute.
In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, writing, playing music, hiking, and spending time in the garden.
Our advisory board donates their time to provide feedback and guidance regarding Natural Learning Enterprises projects to help us meet our mission and realize our grand vision of a better future through better science and philosophy education.
Peter Kleinhenz hosts and produces the online video series, Wild Wander, and works as the Aucilla River Watershed Coalition Coordinator for Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy. Peter also teaches part time at Thomas University while also serving as education chair on the board of the Apalachee Audubon Society.
He earned a BA in both Zoology and Mass Communications from Miami University and an MS in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University. He is fascinated by the ability of educational technology to shift attitudes and build knowledge about conservation issues. Peter's previous research work involves amphibian conservation, namely investigating the interactions between Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and chemical contaminants in Anurans.
When Peter has free time, he enjoys birding, herping and seeing live music.
Noelle Joy has a passion for medicinal plants, farming, chemistry, research, education, and SYSTEMS. She has a Certificate of Herbal Medicine from the Botanologos School of Herbal Studies and an MS in Horticulture from the University of Georgia. She studied holy basil for her master’s research, evaluating different varieties of holy basil for their essential oil content.
Currently she is at the University of Georgia managing a medicinal herb program at UGArden, a student and community teaching farm. Additionally, she is working on her PhD in Horticulture. Her research is focused on CBD-rich hemp, and studying how different drying methods affect the chemistry of the plant. She is excited about facilitating research on the relationship between horticulture practices and plant quality, with a goal of improving the potency, efficiency, and profitability of herb production in the Southeast.
Anthony Smith received his PhD in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Oregon State University at the Linus Pauling Institute where he specialized in biochemistry, metabolism and nutrition. Currently Dr. Smith teaches about phytochemistry, pharmacology, and analytical chemistry at John Patrick University.
Prior to focusing on teaching, Dr. Smith worked in natural products and biomedical research while serving as a leading international authority on aging, lipoic acid and vascular disease. He brings over 15 years of natural product research, quality assurance, product development, GMP manufacturing, FDA & regulatory experience and analytical chemistry expertise to our advisory board.