Alice Morrison is a Scottish Adventurer, based in Morocco. She was brought up in Africa in the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon and there got her first taste of adventure. She studied Arabic and Turkish at Edinburgh University which has led to a long love affair with the Middle East where she has travelled and lived extensively. A thirst for knowledge and understanding led to a career in journalism and the creative industries with jobs in publishing, TV and the internet including a long spell at BBC News. New things and a desire to live life to its very fullest drive her. She has undertaken a number of adventures including racing from Cairo to Cape Town on a bicycle, running the infamous Marathon Des Sables and, most recently, completing a World First crossing of the Atlas mountains in Morocco. “When you are doing something really physically and mentally tough,” she says, “nothing matters except working together to achieve your goal. You get to see human beings at their best". Alice has been working with Project Soar since 2014 and is our regular Sports instructor on-site.
Ellie McIntosh started her artistic career at an early age as a painter and sculpture. Upon graduating from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design emphasizing in Sustainable Design, she expanded her art and design business to include Interior Design products and services. Since that time, EllieMAC Designs has become an internationally recognized design firm. After several successful years in Denver, Colorado, EllieMAC Designs moved to its home base to Jacksonville, North Carolina, with clients spanning the United States. In recent years she has built a large online presence as designer for a national company and wells as expanded her portfolio to include graphic design and digital design content. She is also currently a part time art instructor at Coastal Carolina Community College. Having been a guest at Peacock Pavilions, a participant in an art workshop, and a guest Project Soar instructor, Ellie expressed admiration and respect for the many projects originating there. Since that initial visit, Project Soar has become a much loved project for EllieMAC Designs.
Jennifer Harrhas an extensive history of helping others. She has volunteered at women's shelters, social groups for abused young girls, and summer camps for children and adults with developmental disabilities. She has found innovative ways to use her visual art/photography skills to give to others. She taught art lessons in schools in which art is not offered. Jennifer has donated her professional photography and digital media expertise to individuals and families with special needs. Since childhood, Jennifer has had a specific interest in helping young girls and the communities in which they live. In recent years, she has served on two benefit-event committees in which she has contributed countless hours creating digital/print media for Gracefully Strong, a non-profit organization focused on growing strong girls in a school-based setting to provide them with the necessary tools and resources to enable them to become successful, self-confident young women. One of Jennifer's favorite non-profit organizations, Project Soar, has tugged at her heart and inspired her, as well as her family, to contribute monetary gifts for almost two years. She led an art activity for the young girls of Project Soar and provided supplies for Project Soar's future use. Jennifer is a national and state certified Occupational Therapist with 17 years of experience and is currently employed at a rehabilitation hospital for adults with physical disabilities. Jennifer has helped people of all ages, especially those with physical, developmental, and psychosocial issues. A humanitarian at heart, her desire to make a difference is global.
Sarah Quinn grew up in Atlanta, GA. After receiving her B.A. in Art History and her B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Georgia in 2011, Sarah joined the United States Peace Corps as a Youth Development volunteer. She worked outside of Marrakech, Morocco for 2.5 years. It is during this time that Sarah began volunteering with Project Soar. Sarah served as a board member from 2014-2015. Upon completion of her Peace Corps service, Sarah studied the intersection of the arts and language acquisition at Harvard University, where she received her M. Ed. in 2015. Sarah now directs a language center in Fes, Morocco. She is currently working with Project Soar to develop their English curriculum in a box.