Who We Are

Our Leadership

Catherine Timko

Executive Director

Catherine leads the Center’s nonprofit mission by directing strategies to deliver programs, raise funds, manage finances, support employees, engage community partners and develop long term strategies for sustainability.  Her vision is inspired by the many generations of children, families, and students who value and engage with the Center’s programs and classes. Her appreciation for the natural world drives a culture of continuous improvement so that first time and longtime visitors are energized by the mission.

Amy LeMonds

Director of Programs and Wildlife

Amy LeMonds oversees more than 200 program and class offerings, daily care for 100 resident animals and wildlife rehabilitation services that serve the public with more than 1,500 intakes annually. Amy’s vision for effective programs is inspired by the human-wildlife connectedness and the importance of engaging students of all ages. Amy’s leadership has grown and expanded program offerings from ages 0 to college level through cross-functional collaboration and organizational capacity building.

Teece Lester

Preschool Coordinator

Teece Lester leads the nature-based preschool program, the region’s first and largest, and encompassing three dedicated classrooms. Teece and our experienced teachers provide programs that build on children’s inherent curiosity about the world by using hands-on nature-based activities to foster social, physical and academic development. They help to encourage children to develop an attitude of inquiry and respect for the natural world by providing activities that integrate Ohio’s Early Learning Outcomes including science, math, literacy and the arts.

Morgan Paskert

Marketing Coordinator

Morgan Paskert directs marketing efforts, membership and visitor services to encourage people to visit the Center, participate in programs and support the nonprofit mission. Morgan’s leadership ensures that the Center’s message and program information are accessible online, on social media, in print, and in regional media. Morgan manages all Center-based visuals and messages so that from a virtual visit to enjoying a program, people of all ages are engaging with the mission.

Our Staff

Susan Ballard

Program Specialist

Christine Barnett

Wildlife Program Specialist

Angie Bendahan

Welcome Desk Specialist

Vicky Benko

Program Specialist

Carol Ormsby

Finance Coordinator

Annette Constantino

Program Specialist

Katy Downing

Planetarium Specialist

McCall Gorbach Foster

Development Specialist

Dawn Galang

Preschool Specialist

Elaine George

Welcome Desk Specialist

Alicia Goddard

Program Specialist

Tim Jasinski

Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist

Kyle Koprowski

Wildlife Specialist

Jordan Ladikos

Visual Communications Specialist

Ken Miller

Exhibit and Maintenance Specialist

Chris Pfeil

Program Specialist

Bill Reed

Planetarium Specialist

Molly Ruschau

Program Specialist

Mike Sandy

Facility and Maintenance Specialist

Jaylene Scarlato

Welcome Desk and Group Sales Specialist

Julie Schroyer

Wildlife Specialist

Annmarie Slyman

Preschool Specialist

Maggie Watson

Preschool Specialist

Justin Willard

Program Specialist

Kirsten Wykowski

Wildlife Specialist

Angela Yeager

Program Planning Specialist

Board of Directors

Trudy Pauken

Board President

Trudy Pauken is a retired Reading Intervention Specialist. She taught children in grades K – 4 at Hilliard Elementary School in Westlake, OH. Trudy’s grown daughters experienced the wonderful programs and nature experiences at the Center while students in the Westlake Schools and Trudy now shares the Center’s valuable resources with her grandchildren. Trudy’s love of watching children explore the wonders of nature and science through hands-on experiences, and the promotion of reading about animals and nature in the educational programs provided by the Center is why her involvement on the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center’s Board of Directors is a passion. Trudy is pleased to support and further the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center’s mission as Board President.

Trudy Pauken, President | Westlake City School District, Retired

John Cavalier, Vice President | Cohen & Company

Katie Colacarro, Treasurer | Nordson Corporation

Devin Barry, Secretary | Thompson Hine LLP

Bruce Cady | IBM, Retired

Phillip M. Callesen, Immediate Past President | Baker & Hostetler, LLP

Dan Coil | JACK Entertainment

Bryan Gacka | Ernst & Young

Gary Garling | The Lubrizol Corporation

Eric German | Bober Markey Fedorovich

Jessica Kerrigan | Hylant

William Nowak | Eaton Corporation, Retired

Kyle Nowlin | Cohesity

Lisa Roth | Ziegler Metzger, LLP

Char Shryock | Bay Village City Schools

Scott Simmons | Maroon Group

Zach Stephens | Deloitte & Touche LLP

R. Scott Thomas | The Sherwin-Williams Company

Allen Waddle | Maloney + Novotny

Bill Watkins | Harris Williams & Co subsidiary of PNC

Jeff M. Whitesell | Tucker Ellis

Neil Whitford | Calfee, Halter & Griswold

Karen Huhndorff, Ex-Officio | Women’s Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Women's Board

The Women’s Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center supports the organization and its mission through hands-on service, community awareness, and fundraising. It offers members an opportunity to learn about natural history, meet others with similar interests, and advance the Center’s educational mission. The Women’s Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month monthly at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center or other locations as announced. For more information, please call 440-871-2900 or email info@lensc.org.

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