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.

Our Staff

Susan Ballard

Program Specialist

Angie Bendahan

Marketing and Welcome Desk Specialist

Vicky Benko

Program Specialist

Annette Constantino

Program Specialist

Laura Dorr

Wildlife Specialist

Katy Downing

Planetarium and Program Coordinator

Dawn Galang

Preschool Specialist

Alicia Goddard

Program Specialist

Tim Jasinski

Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator

Kyle Koprowski

Wildlife Specialist

Teece Lester

Preschool Coordinator

Diane Metzger

Welcome Desk Specialist

Ken Miller

Exhibit and Maintenance Specialist

Carol Ormsby

Finance Coordinator

Morgan Paskert

Marketing and Development Coordinator

Chris Pfeil

Program Specialist

Bill Reed

Planetarium Specialist

Molly Ruschau

Program Specialist

Mike Sandy

Facility and Maintenance Specialist

Jaylene Scarlato

Visitor Services Coordinator

Julie Schroyer

Wildlife Specialist

Annmarie Slyman

Preschool Specialist

Maggie Watson

Animal Program Specialist

Justin Willard

Program 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, Board President | Westlake City School District, Retired

John Cavalier, Board Vice President | Cohen & Company

Eric German, Board Treasurer | Bober Markey Fedorovich

Devin Barry, Board Secretary | Thompson Hine LLP

Bruce Cady | IBM, Retired

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

Dan Coil | JACK Entertainment

Lisa Fallon | Penumbra, Inc.

Bryan Gacka | Eaton

Monica Newell | KeyBank

Kyle Nowlin | Cohesity

Iken Sans | The Lubrizol Corporation

Char Shryock | Bay Village City Schools

Scott Simmons | Barentz

Zach Stephens | Deloitte & Touche LLP

R. Scott Thomas | The Sherwin-Williams Company

Allen Waddle | Maloney + Novotny LLC

Bill Watkins | Harris Williams & Co subsidiary of PNC

Jeff M. Whitesell | Tucker Ellis LLP

Neil Whitford | Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

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

In Memoriam: With deep sadness, we remember William J. Nowak who passed in December 2021. Bill served on the Board of Directors since 2014 and as President.

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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