tanglewood nature center and museum

Staff and Board of Directors

Elaine with Minerva ("Mini") the Cooper's Hawk

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.  

Scott with Bernice, the Sulcata Tortoise

Scott Jackson, Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor
Joined us May 2016

Scott 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, or wish to get involved with trail maintenance -- Scott is the one in the know. 

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

Bridget Sharry, Community Relations Manager
emails: marketing.tanglewood@gmail.com  and  volunteer.tanglewood@gmail.com
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, 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 and a wild Gray Jay

Laine Sempler, 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!


Executive Board

Kintu Early, President

Linda Hillman, Vice President

Jim Emmick, Secretary

Lauren Little, Treasurer

Board of Directors members:

Michael Bono

Bob Butcher

Dean Butts

Janet Chilson

Frank Gudas

Merrill Lynn

Beverly Morrell

Anthony Pagano

Linda Roessler

Duane Saxton

Brandon Saylor

Bonnie Schweizer

Paul Schweizer

Linn Smith

Corey Stilts

Roger TenEyck

Ray Thweatt

Interested in serving on our Board of Directors? 

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:

  • attending Board Meetings, scheduled on the last Wednesday of the month at 8:00am
  • joining and serving on at least one Committee
  • remaining active, dues-paying members of Tanglewood, at the membership level of their choice
  • attending the annual fundraiser, and selling tickets to their personal and professional networks
  • advocating for the organization and being eager to talk to their friends, families, and communities about the work Tanglewood does

Committees generally meet once a month for an hour, and meeting times vary depending on the schedules of the committee members. 

Committees include:

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!                              

Nature Center and Museum location:
443 Coleman Avenue Elmira NY 14903

Phone: (607) 732-6060
Fax: (607) 732-6210

Nature Center and Museum hours: OPEN Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Saturday 10am-4pm. CLOSED Sundays and Mondays. Trails are open dawn-dusk year-round.

Admission to the Nature Center and Museum is FREE to all. Please consider becoming a member of Tanglewood!

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