Ness began working for CCHRC as an intern in 2010. She was born in New Mexico, grew up in Texas, and then moved to Colorado in high school. She received a BS in physics from Texas A&M in 2004 and then spent 2 years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania before moving to Fairbanks. In Alaska, she earned a MS in physics from UAF while working as a teaching assistant for a distance education physics course. Her professional interests include all types of science education, sustainable housing and green energy. In her spare time, Ness enjoys paddling during the summer, skiing during the winter, and cycling year-round.