Staff, Board Members, and Committees 


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.)


buildings and grounds

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.



Deanna O'Brian, Office Manager

Joined us February 2011

Education:  Elmira Business Institute


Val with Molly, the Red-tailed Boa Constrictor

Valerie Heywood, Curator and Camp Director

Joined us April 2006

Education:  B.S. (Environmental Science), Southampton College of Long Island University, Southampton, NY

M.S. (Education) Elmira College

NY State teaching certification- Biology 7-12



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)

Board and Staff Committees:

  • Membership
  • Programs/Exhibits
  • Marketing
  • Facilities
  • Fundraising
  • Nominating
  • Human Resources

Tanglewood's Executive Board:

  • David Smith, President
  • Kintu Early, Vice President
  • Kevin Orvek, Secretary
  • Lauren Little, Treasurer

Board Members:

Michael Bono

Bob Butcher

Dean Butts
Janet Chilson

Kintu Early

Jim Emmick
Jake Hover

Deb Lauper

Lauren Little
Merrill Lynn

Louise McIntosh

Janet McLaughlin
Bev Morrell

Bill Morse

Kevin Orvek
Anthony Pagano
Linda Roessler

Duane Saxton
Bonnie Schweizer
Paul Schweizer

David Smith

Corey Stilts
Roger TenEyck

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