Director of Education: Debora Davidson
For the past ten years, Debora has dedicated herself to building the education programs at TNC. She also serves on board of trustees for the Alliance. of NJ Environmental Educators and helps lead the Nature Program Cooperative in Bergen County. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Debora graduated with a degree in Environmental studies from the University of Oregon. Debora has also worked with the Queens College's Center for Environmental Teaching and Research, and the NJ Audubon Society. “I feel that the most important thing I can do to make a positive impact to the natural world is to help people make meaningful connections between people and their local environment.”
Director of Special Projects: Ellen Kuhn
As a lifelong Tenafly resident, Ellen has supported the Nature Center’s mission as a member, volunteer, and trustee. Welcome back Ellen!
Nathalie Cazeau is TNC’s newest staff member who is looking to grow with the organization. She recently graduated from American University with a Masters in Public Communication and holds a Bachelors degree from Fairleigh University. Nathalie has worked in both the private and public sectors. She previously worked with the Institute Museum and Library Services in Washington DC and at the Englewood City Hall.Over the years she has accumulated community service awards that demonstrate her passion for community involvement.In her spare time she likes to read, hike, run and spend quality time with her family.
Scout Coordinator and Land & Facilities Manager: Amanda Schuster
Having joined the Nature Center staff in 2004, Amanda has taught countless environmental education programs over the years. As Scout Coordinator, she also manages all of the Girl and Boy Scout programs. Amanda also oversees the management of the trails and facilities at TNC. She studied biology at James Madison University, and comes from a family of educators. In Amanda's spare time she likes to hike, camp, and geo-cache with her husband, AJ.Environmental Educator: Christina Holstrom
Communications Assistant and Environmental Educator: Timothy Palla
Tim's energy and infectious enthusiasm has brightened our Center and programs since he joined our team last spring! He earned his Bachelor's degree in Ecology and Natural Resources from Rutgers University, and his Associates Degree in Biology from County College of Morris. He has a certification in wetland delineation from the Swamp School and received Watershed Management training from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. He is a former Americorps Intern for the NJ School of Conservation, and he has also worked with the NJ Community Water Watch as stream monitor coordinator. In his free time, he enjoys playing drums.
Chris combines her extensive background in wildlife, science, and education with a sense of fun to provide vibrant programs for children of all ages. Chris earned a Master's degree in Wildlife Management from Rutgers University and a Bachelor's in Biology from Mary Baldwin College. She is a former consultant for the NJ Audubon Society and has worked with the NJ Bald Eagle Project, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Engaged in her community, she is a substitute teacher for Wyckoff Public Schools, active in her PTO, and has been a Cub Scout Leader and Girl Scout Volunteer. Chris enjoys hiking and traveling with her family in her spare time.
Environmental Educator: Kathleen Farley
Kathleen is thrilled to have joined TNC and to be working outdoors with kids! Previously, she spent six years working as a middle school science teacher in Newark where she emphasized environmental connections through the curriculum. Kathleen graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Science in Ecology and Natural Resource Management and is completing a Masters in Biology from Montclair State University. Her current research involves the breeding population decline of American Kestrels in NJ. Her previous research included mating behaviors of wild horses (Outer Banks) and nest depredation of the Band-tailed Pigeon (Arizona). In what spare time she has, Kathleen enjoys hiking, camping, dancing, and of course, birding.
Environmental Educator: Onnolee Jansen
A passion for science and the natural world has driven Onnolee to Bergen County from her roots in urban New York. As a certified science teacher in NJ, she loves sharing her knowledge with others. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from William Paterson University and earned her teaching certification from Kean University. Working for Student Conservation Association as a Crew Leader, she taught trail conservation and environmental stewardship. She is also a former Americorps Intern for Essex County Environmental Center. In her spare time, she volunteers for Alpha Phi Omega as a Community Service Coordinator.
Summer Camp Educator: Elijah Kruger
Elijah is very excited to return as a Summer Camp Educator--last year he and the campers had so much fun together! During the school year, he works with the New York State Parks, where, as an Outdoor Educator, he teaches environmental education to school children of all ages. Elijah has a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Management from Ithaca College and years of experience working with children in various camp environments. His passion for sharing his love of nature with others, coupled with his background in recreation, makes him a great addition to our summer camp staff.
With more than 20 years of experience, Marilyn has been meticulously keeping our records in working order as an external consultant for five years.