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Elaine with Minerva ("Mini") the Cooper's Hawk
Elaine Smith, Executive Director
Joined us January 2003

Our Executive Director is Elaine Smith. In addition to being a bluebird expert, she is a visionary leader and has guided Tanglewood through a period of extraordinary growth. Elaine provides administrative leadership. Represents and is accountable to the Board of Directors and administers policies and procedures as set by the Board.  Leads the effort to secure financial support for programs.  Supervises Tanglewood employees and is responsible for timely completion of all reports, budgets, proposals, and other documents necessary for operation. Provides leadership in developing programs to address needs in outdoor and environmental education.  Elaine also provides leadership for Tanglewood Nature Center’s relations with government and community leaders, funding agencies, educational institutions, the media, civic and special interest groups, and the public.

Deanna with Lucy, the Barred Owl

Deanna O'Brian, Office Manager
Joined us February 2011

As Office Manager, Deanna oversees the daily operations and keeps us in line! She manages all financial transactions including payroll, invoicing, check and cash handling.  Maintains records of activities associated with Tanglewood, including membership, camp registrations and rentals.  She also maintains the office, gift shop and office supplies and handles routine correspondence, and is generally your best bet with any question you may have. 

Maggie with Zeus, the bearded dragon

Maggie Groce- Volunteer Coordinator, Educator and Camp Co-Director 

Joined us December 2019

Maggie came to work at Tanglewood after a position at Sea World Orlando - she traded sting rays for owls! Maggie coordinates volunteers, supervises interns, and handles the group/corporate volunteering opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering or applying for an internship, please email her! As educator, when she's not designing and curating STEAM and nature-based curriculum in the office, Maggie is out in the field, traveling across five counties with animal ambassadors in tow. Maggie writes curriculum in tandem with the other educators. As Camp Director, Maggie manages all aspects of our summer camps. She hires and supervises our seasonal staff and ensures that all our campers have a safe, fun, educational and nature-based summer!