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.

Nancy Boehm

Director of Finance and Operations

Nancy Boehm manages financial activities for the operating and capital budgets, oversees operations and technology for the 22,000 square foot facility and administers benefits for full and part-time staff. Nancy’s planning skills, analytic approach and attention to detail increase operational efficiencies, and improve reporting and processes.

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

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

Jean Kosmac

Bookkeeper

Jordan Ladikos

Visual Communications Specialist

Amy Leamon

Program and Development 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

Annmarie Slyman

Preschool Specialist

Maggie Watson

Preschool Specialist

Justin Willard

Program Specialist

Angela Yeager

Program Planning Specialist

Board of Directors

Phil Callesen

Board President | Baker Hostetler, LLP

Phil was elected to the Board of Directors in October 2014. Phil has been with the law firm Baker & Hostetler LLP since graduating Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1987 and has been a partner since 1995. His practice consists primarily of lending transactions with a focus on private equity and project finance. He has been the Leader of BakerHostetler’s national Debt Finance practice since 2000. BakerHostetler is a national full-service law firm with approximately 900 attorneys in 14 offices. BakerHostetler’s national headquarters is in Cleveland.

Phil was born in Manistee, Michigan, where he started his love of the outdoors. His family moved to Westlake in the early 1970s. Phil’s connection to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center dates back to his childhood when he and his friends would ride their bikes to the Center to spend time on lazy summer days.

Currently, Phil lives in Avon Lake with his wife Margy. All three of their children attended programs at the Center.

Trudy Pauken, Vice President | Westlake City School District, Retired

Katie Colacarro, Treasurer |Nordson Corporation

Gary Garling, Secretary | The Lubrizol Corporation

Devin Barry, Partner |Thompson Hine LLP

Bruce Cady | IBM, Retired

John Cavalier | Cohen & Company

Bryan Gacka | Ernst & Young

Eric German | Bober Markey Fedorovich

Jessica Kerrigan | Hylant

William Nowak | Eaton Corporation, Retired

Kyle Nowlin | Cohesity

Lisa Roth | Ziegler Metzger, LLP

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

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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