Elaine with Bernice, the Sulcata Tortoise
Elaine Farwell, Executive Director
Joined us January 2003
Education: M.A. (Biology)- College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, B.S. (Biology) -SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY.Background in research (cavity-nesting and colonial-nesting birds) and teaching General Biology, Field Ornithology and Anatomy & Physiology at the college level. Naturalist background at Virginia Living Museum (Newport News, VA) & Genesee Country Museum & Nature Center (Mumford, NY.)
Hobbies: Hiking, running/trail running, bird watching, reading, watching sports (especially when her kids are playing) and spending time with family.
Rich with Sophie, the Great-horned Owl
Richard Gridley, Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor
Joined us September 2002
Education: B.A. (Business Administration)- Northwood Institute, Midland Michigan.
Has his own lawn mowing/grounds maintenance business.
Favorite Sports Teams: Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Giants......when the Bills aren't doing well.
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Landscaping, Barbequeing
Deanna Soper, Office Manager
Joined us February 2011
Education: Elmira Business Institute
Hobbies: Reading, watching a good action movie, and baking.
Ian Martin with Evander, the Box Turtle
Ian Martin, Volunteer Coordinator/Educator
Joined us April 2012
Education: B.S. Biology(Evolution/Ecology); Cinema minor SUNY Binghamton
Hobbies: Snowboarding, playing guitar, film making/editing, scuba diving, ice hockey, rugby
Val with Molly, the Red-tailed Boa Constrictor
Valerie Heywood, Curator
Joined us April 2006
Education: B.S. (Environmental Science/Biology), Southampton College of Long Island University, Southampton, NY
M.S. (Education) Elmira College
Hobbies: HIking, camping, reading, spending time with family
Ian with Sugar the Bunny
Ian McLaughlin, Naturalist and Educator
Joined us January 2006
Education: Horseheads High School - 1994-1998
B.A. University of Vermont 2003 - (Environmental Studies)
Hobbies: guitar/music production/drums/DJing, hiking/camping, soccer
- Human Resources
- Linda Hillman, President
- David Smith, Vice President
- Kevin Orvek, Secretary
- Jonathan Hodge, Treasurer
Board Members, continued:
Dr. Donald Brooks