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Catherine Timko

Catherine Timko
Executive Director

Catherine joined Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in January 2010. As the fourth Executive Director in the Center’s 60-year history, Catherine brings a passion for the natural world and nonprofit management expertise to her current executive leadership role. Catherine has served Cleveland and Akron area nonprofit institutions for the past 18 years, devoting her career to fundraising, board engagement, leadership development and strategic planning. She embarked on this nonprofit professional path following her graduation from Hiram College with a degree in Business Management.

Most recently, Catherine worked for The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national conservation organization, where she began as Ohio Development Director in 2002, was promoted to Regional Development Director, and assumed a Division Development Director role before taking the reins at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

Catherine is an active volunteer in her community and has served as a board member and president of local organizations. A Northeast Ohio native who grew up near Big Creek Reservation, Catherine and her husband Martin live in Peninsula and enjoy camping, hiking and birding in our local and regional parks.

Darci Sanders

Darci Sanders
Director of Education

Darci joined the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center staff as Education Coordinator in October of 1989. Darci has directed the growth of the Center’s Education Program from predominantly school field trips and small summer camps to a highly regarded and diverse operation that includes programs in five areas: Preschool, Group Programs, Public Programs, Scout Programs and the Schuele Planetarium.

Darci received a B.A. in biology, general science and education from Hiram College in 1987 and an M.S. in plant physiology in 1989. She has also worked as a seasonal naturalist with the Cleveland Metroparks, a research assistant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a science curriculum coordinator for the Lorain Access Program and as a science consultant for Oberlin College.


Amy LeMonds
Director of Wildlife

In her eight years with Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Amy LeMonds has established relationships with veterinarians and the Board of Directors of the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitation Association; increased the Center’s educational outreach by directing programs for animal control officers, park rangers and veterinary technicians, and trained many of the Center’s wildlife staff and volunteers. In 2011, she was the first wildlife rehabilitation professional in Ohio to achieve certification from the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.

LeMonds earned a biology degree from Baldwin-Wallace University and gained valuable experience at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Crossroads Animal Hospital before joining the Center in 2005.

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