Meet the Greenburgh Nature Center Team

Senior Staff
Alix Dunn, Executive Director

Originally a Westchester County native, Alix spent over two decades in California working to protect and enhance our natural environment.  She spent many years as the President and CEO of Santa Monica based Heal the Bay, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the Santa Monica Bay and LA County coastal waters.  She also worked in a public/private partnership with California State Parks in Newport Beach at Crystal Cove Conservancy.

During her roles as an environmental activist, leader and educator, Alix’s focus has been inspiring the next generation to share her passion for protecting our natural world.  Alix and her husband re-located back to Westchester in 2019.  While exploring her community, her trips to the Nature Center sparked a desire to get involved professionally, and to bring her knowledge and background to a local organization that is a treasured resource in the community. 

Alix graduated with a BA in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Travis Brady, Director of Programs and Facilities

Having relocated to NY from the deep south over 20 years ago,  Travis’ southern twang still comes through when sharing his passion for science and wildlife. With a BS in Animal Science and Masters’ work in Animal Behavior & Conservation, Travis’s career and personal pastimes are well crafted for the purpose of reversing the dis-connect between people and nature. During his 14 years at Greenburgh Nature Center Travis has taught and mentored an untold thousands of people from young kids to college students to adults to colleagues to other industry professionals. He has been the Animal Curator, Director of Education and currently helps guide the direction and coordination of the Nature Center through his role of Director of Programs & Facilities.  When not at the Greenburgh Nature Center, Travis can be found with his wife and two kids often searching for wild animals and wild places. 

Marybeth Cagney, Director of Finance & Administration

Marybeth’s interest in volunteering in her local community brought her to the Nature Center in 2020. She joins our team after having spent the bulk of her career working in the Financial Services industry. When she’s not working, Marybeth enjoys skiing, hiking and cooking with her family. She has a BBA in Finance from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University. Her favorite Nature Center animals are Polly, the Painted Turtle and Nova.

Dana DeSousa, Sustainability Manager

Dana has been with the Nature Center since 2018, having held positions as Naturalist Educator and Volunteer Coordinator, she currently leads the Sustainability team as Sustainability Manager. Dana holds a BS in Wildlife Conservation and an MS in Environmental Science from Pace University. In her free time, Dana enjoys rock climbing, tending to her garden and caring for her chickens.

Greg Wechgelaer, Director of Education 

Growing up in White Plains, Greg was first introduced to the Greenburgh Nature Center when his Grandmother took him to Nature Storytime in the 1980s.  Fast forward a few decades, while in pursuit of an internship to complete his BS in Environmental Science from SUNY Oneonta, his Grandmother again pointed him in the direction of the Nature Center.  Since joining the staff as an intern in 2008, Greg has held many positions at the Greenburgh Nature Center and is currently our Director of Naturalist Programs and resident Apiarist. Greg spends most of his free time in the Lake George region of upstate New York, and is a lifelong camper, hiker, fisherman, canoer, skier, and all around outdoor enthusiast. As a special note, the Greenburgh Nature Center is also where Greg met his wife; who was the intern coordinator and the person who hired him in 2008. Years later they were married, surrounded not only by friends and family, but also some of the nature center animals, including Bigfoot, Elvis, and Shadow.

Staff  

Noah Brennan, Sustainability Educator

Noah has been part of the Nature Center staff since the summer of 2018. He holds an MA in Environmental Studies and Policy from Pace University. His favorite part of being an educator is working with and alongside our volunteers who he enjoys learning from every day. In his free time, Noah enjoys cooking, going to concerts, and reading books on philosophy.

Danielle Callahan, Naturalist Educator & Camp Supervisor

Danielle joined the Nature Center in 2019 as a Naturalist Educator after previously working as a tour guide and Teaching Fellow at the Bronx Zoo. Danielle holds a BS in Human Services with a minor in Disabilities Studies from University of Delaware and is completing a MAT in Biological Sciences from Miami University. Danielle loves creating new programs for the Nature Center and most recently, she spearheaded the initiative to make the Nature Center KultureCity certified for sensory needs visitors.

Nick Coon, Naturalist Educator

Nick is one of our newest Naturalist Educators and holds a BS in Conservation Biology from SUNY-ESF. Nick loves all things nature and is passionate about educating the public. When he’s not identifying plants or clearing invasives at the Nature Center, he enjoys hiking, being outdoors and scuba diving.

Elena Delasho, Development Associate

Elena joined the Nature Center in 2021 as our Development Associate. Elena graduated with a BS in Paralegal Studies from Mercy College and has worked in the legal field for many years. After being a stay-at-home mom for several years, her background in research led her to pursuing work in the non-profit sector where she has held several roles advocating for those with voice disorders, cancer, and the elderly. Her love of animals and nature led her to the Nature Center. Her favorite part of working for the Nature Center is collaborating with a great team that is equally passionate about their roles. In her free time, Elena enjoys spending time with family, traveling, going to concerts, and taking her two poodles to the dog beach. Her favorite Nature Center animals are Moloto and Willow.

Chloe DiGianni, Program Booking Coordinator

Chloe joined the Nature Center in 2021 as the Program Booking Coordinator. Chloe has been a long-time visitor of the Nature Center, having fond memories of coming to programs as a Girl Scout. She holds a BS in Media Studies from Mercy College and enjoys concert photography and videography in her spare time.

Annmarie Harriott Mitchell, Junior Accountant

Annmarie joined the Finance Department in 2021 as Junior Accountant. She assists with all day-to-day tasks of the department to ensure that all transactions are correct and accounted for. In her spare time, Annmarie enjoys watching movies, interior decorating and spending time with her family. Annmarie’s favorite Nature Center animals are the turtles!

Caryn Hummell, Sustainability Educator

Caryn joined the Nature Center’s Sustainability team in 2021. She began her path as an Environmental Educator in 2017 while managing a local organic garden and its afterschool programming. More recently, Caryn gained a deeper appreciation for plant science and out-of-school teaching as an Educator at the New York Botanical Garden. She holds a BFA in Photography from SUNY Purchase.

Andrew Michalski, Animal Care/Naturalist Educator

Andrew has been a part of the Nature Center staff since 2015 working in the Animal Museum and as a Naturalist Educator. He holds a BS in Environmental Science from Fordham University and an MA in Animal Behavior and Conservation from Hunter College. Andrew’s favorite part about his job is getting kids excited about the things he was excited about as a child–animals and nature! He enjoys hiking and traveling and his favorite place to visit is the Adirondacks.

Nora-Grayce Orosz, Communications & Social Media Coordinator

Nora comes to the Nature Center with a background in journalism and social media management. Her favorite part of working for the Nature Center is collaborating with staff and ideating for new events. Nora is passionate about sustainability and wellness and her interests include interior design, traveling, sci fi novels and trips to the beach. Her favorite Nature Center animal is Willow.