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.
Welcome Desk Specialist
Marketing & Welcome Desk Specialist
Planetarium & Program Coordinator
Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist
Development & Welcome Desk Specialist
Exhibit & Maintenance Specialist
Finance & Operations Coordinator
Marketing & Development Coordinator
Facility & Maintenance Specialist
Visitor Services Coordinator
Welcome Desk Specialist
Animal Programs Coordinator
Board of Directors
John was elected to the board in August of 2017. He has over six years of management consulting experience, most recently joining Cohen & Company’s management consulting group after spending six years with Deloitte Consulting. During that time, John has helped both Fortune 100 companies as well as middle market companies define their strategy, and build the appropriate business and operating model to execute that strategy. John has worked across most industries guiding his clients through transformations and simplifying complex issues. Prior to his management consulting experience, John spent time in corporate financial reporting, and FP&A with Forest City Enterprises, as well working in public accounting.
John holds an MBA from the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, a Masters of Accounting from the College of William & Mary, and attended Elon University for undergraduate where he received a degree in Finance and accounting.
John grew up in Bay Village and has fond memories of spending countless days at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. He, his wife and two children are residents of Bay Village and are frequently creating new memories with their children at the Center.
Zach Stephens, Board Vice President | Deloitte & Touche LLP
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
Trudy Pauken | Immediate Past Board President | Westlake City School District, Retired
Iken Sans | The Lubrizol Corporation
Char Shryock | Bay Village City Schools, Retired
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.
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 email@example.com.