Elaine with Minerva ("Mini") the Cooper's Hawk
Scott with Bernice, the Sulcata TortoiseScott Jackson, Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor
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! Deanna manages memberships, schedules birthday parties and private events, enrolls campers and collects health information, and is generally your best bet with any question you may have.
Ian and one of our Eastern Box Turtles
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, the Red-Tailed Hawk
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, please email her! 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 weddings at Tanglewood.
Laine Sempler, Curator, Educator & Camp Director
Laine and a wild Gray Jay
Kintu Early, President
Linda Hillman, Vice President
Jim Emmick, Secretary
Lauren Little, Treasurer
Board of Directors members:
We are welcoming applications from members of the community interested in serving on our Board of Directors. The application is linked here and may be emailed to Elaine Spacher, Executive Director, or mailed to the Nominating Committee at Tanglewood Nature Center, 443 Coleman Avenue Elmira NY 14903.
Members of our Board of Directors have the following responsibilities:
Committees generally meet once a month for an hour, and meeting times vary depending on the schedules of the committee members.
Fundraising- Responsible for planning and executing major fundraisers including Spring Fundraiser and Haunted Happenings. If you like planning and throwing parties, join our Fundraising Committee!
Investment- Responsible for monitoring the Endowment and other funds, policy making and best practice. If you have a knack for the stock market, we’d sure love you on this committee.
Facilities- Responsible for maintenance of both buildings, all outbuildings and 250+ acres of land. If you like Home Improvement and talking about tractors and paint, you’ll love this Committee…
Human Resources- Responsible for maintaining personnel policies, hiring/firing and personnel budget. Sometimes you even get to plan massages for the hardworking staff…
Marketing- Responsible for finding new and exciting ways to put Tanglewood into the public eye, reminding people of the crucial work we do, and why we need support.
Membership- Responsible for monitoring and growing Tanglewood’s membership base, from individuals and families to corporations. If you have new ideas to attract members that don’t involve phone-a-thons, please join this Committee!
Programs & Exhibits- Responsible for developing school and weekend programs as well as museum exhibits and animal decisions. We want you if you are passionate about education for ages 1-101, and have an eye for designing programs that will attract new people to Tanglewood!Nominating- This Committee is responsible for recruiting, interviewing and orienting new Board Members, and providing on-going education for the whole Board. If you are a good “woo-er”, join Nominating!