Staff, Board Members, and Committees 



Elaine with Bernice, the Sulcata Tortoise

Elaine Spacher, Executive Director

Joined us January 2003


Our Executive Director is Elaine Spacher. In addition to being a bluebird expert, she is a visionary 

leader and has guided Tanglewood through a period of extraordinary growth. When Elaine is not networking, initiating new programs in line with educational standards, and organizing new community events, you can contact her about scheduling school programs or to chat about our signature Meg Lowman Camp -- a weeklong program for girls that builds confidence, character, and STEM skills. 


buildings and grounds

Rich with Sophie, the Great-horned Owl

Richard Gridley, Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor

Joined us September 2002


Rich is our Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor, and manages our two trail systems and hundreds of acres of property. If you have questions or concerns about our facility, the construction of our new Lodge, or wish to get involved with trail maintenance -- Rich is the one in the know. 


Deanna O'Brian, Office Manager

Joined us February 2011

As Office Manager, Deanna oversees the daily operations and keeps us in line! Deanna coordinates 

educational programs, schedules birthday parties and private events, enrolls campers and collects health information, and is generally your best bet with any question you may have. Deanna also manages 

memberships and our weekly email newsletter.




Ian with Sugar the Bunny 

Ian McLaughlin, Naturalist and Educator

Joined us January 2006

Ian is resident naturalist and educator at Tanglewood. If you schedule an educational program, you're likely to benefit from Ian's years of experience with all animal groups and ecosystems! He is particularly great with school and Scouting groups. And if there's a mysterious animal track or sighting in your yard, Ian's your best bet for identification. 


Bridget and Hank, our Red-Tailed Hawk

Bridget Sharry, Community Relations Manager

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Joined us January 2014

As Community Relations Manager, Bridget coordinates volunteers, supervises interns, and handles the 

marketing and public relations strategies for Tanglewood. If you are interested in volunteering or applying for an internship, call or email anytime! In a marketing capacity, Bridget is eager to reach new audiences and share the wonderful work that we do with your community. She is the current coordinator for our team-building program.

                                                                         Laine and Gray Jay

Laine Sullivan, Curator, Educator & Camp Director

Joined us September 2014

In addition to her work as an educator here, Laine is also our Curator and our Camp Director. As Curator, Laine designs and updates our museum and exhibit halls, and manages our animals -- she oversees their health, enrichment, and the acquisition of new animals. As Camp Director, Laine hires and supervises our seasonal staff and ensures that all our campers have a safe, fun, educational and nature-based summer!

Board and Staff Committees:

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

Tanglewood's Executive Board:

  • Kintu Early, President
  • Linda Hillman, Vice President
  • Kevin Orvek, Secretary
  • Lauren Little, Treasurer

Board Members:

Michael Bono
Don Brooks

Bob Butcher

Dean Butts
Janet Chilson
Jim Emmick
Frank Gudas
Jake Hover

Deb Lauper

Lauren Little
Merrill Lynn

Louise McIntosh
Bev Morrell

Bill Morse

Kevin Orvek
Anthony Pagano
Linda Roessler

Duane Saxton
Bonnie Schweizer
Paul Schweizer

Linn Smith

Corey Stilts
Roger TenEyck
Ray Thweatt

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