Meet the Greenburgh Nature Center Team!
Originally a Westchester County native, Alix spent over two decades in California working to protect and enhance the coastal and marine 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 advocate, 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 Greenburgh 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.
As Executive Director, Alix is responsible for overall management, operations, fundraising and organizational structure. She receives guidance and works closely with the organization’s Board of Directors to ensure the strategic vision and mission of the organization is achieved.
Alix graduated with a BA in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
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’ certificate 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 15 years at Greenburgh Nature Center, Travis has taught and mentored thousands of people including, young kids, college students, adults, colleagues, and 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 Operations & 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’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.
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.
Sailor joined the Greenburgh Nature Center in the fall of 2022 as a Naturalist Educator. She recently graduated from University of Vermont with a bachelors of science in environmental studies, and a focus on nutrition and food. She is very passionate about food and finding ways to create healthy ecosystems for food to grow.
Saylor is excited to be working at the Nature Center and loves to teach people of all ages about animals and the environment. When Sailor is not spending time outside or inside with the animals she loves to cook new recipes and watch her favorite movies.
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 role is to manage and grow the volunteer department to meet the needs of the organization and to provide a diverse range of opportunities for individuals of all ages. He is also one of our educators with interests in animal and human interactions, food systems, and sustainability.
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.
Nick holds a BS in Conservation Biology from SUNY-ESF. Nick loves all things nature and is passionate about educating the public. He is a certified ISA arborist with a specialization in native ecology and is committed to increasing the diversity of our green lawns. When he’s not identifying plants or clearing invasives at the Nature Center, he enjoys hiking, being outdoors and scuba diving.
Jim DauterMan, Volunteer Coordniator Assistant
Jim is Westchester native, who holds two BS degrees, one in Biology and one in Finance. Jim joined the Greenburgh Nature Center in 2022 as a Volunteer Coordinator Assistant, after spending many years at The Bronx Zoo, and then The Maritime Aquarium, where he spent time as a volunteer, a part-time educator and eventually a volunteer supervisor.
Jim enjoys working with both volunteers and animals, and he hopes to help build the Nature Center’s volunteer program while also providing fun and educational experiences for visitors. In his free time, Jim loves to read, take nature walks, and spend time with his rabbit.
Elena joined the Nature Center in 2021 as our Grant Writer/Development Associate. Elena graduated with a BS in Paralegal Studies from Mercy College and 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 and friends, traveling, going to concerts, and taking her two poodles to the dog beach. Her favorite Nature Center animals are Moloto and Willow.
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.
Serena joined the Nature Center team as the GroundsKeeper in Spring 2022, a few months after graduating from Binghamton University where she received a BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, as well as a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing.
She is passionate about creating a healthy and happy ecosystem for our native wildlife and plants to thrive in, which she gets to do daily for our forest and meadow through invasive species management and native plantings. She also has been introducing research projects with our Ecology and Conservation Interns to take full advantage of our wonderful, protected green space! When she’s not staring at trees or bugs, Serena loves to spend time with her rabbit, Rudy, read, and try new foods
Laura joined the Nature Center as a camp counselor in the summer of 2022, and we think she found the experience of working here too good to leave! Laura graduated FIT with a degree in fine arts. She has also been a lifelong lover of animals and educating future stewards of the environment so she felt immediately at home at the Nature Center.
Laura loves sharing her passion for art and animals of all sorts with anyone interested in learning. In her free time you can find her working on different art projects, reading, or playing her favorite video games.
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!
Isabella Iannone began working at the Nature Center in October 2022. She graduated from Fordham University majoring in Humanitarian Studies and minoring in Environmental Studies.
Isabella has a passion for the environment and loves that she can apply her passion to her work. As a Naturalist educator, Isabella works to educate others on the importance of the environment and the role that many of our animals play in it. In her free time, Isabella likes to read manga and go out on day trips with friends.
Maddy was introduced to the Nature Center in late 2017 by a cousin who worked in her current position. After a couple of visits she fell in love, and began volunteering, doing work mostly at the barnyard.
Since then, she has held a seasonal position as a summer camp counselor, and in the fall of ’21 began doing reception. It is certainly a change of pace from being outside all day, but she loves the impact the Nature Center makes in our community as well as the work environment! Maddy is currently studying at a local college, and in her free time she enjoys hiking, birdwatching, watching movies and cooking.
Winnie joined the Finance team in September 2022, after spending many years in the Financial Services industry. As Junior Accountant, she assists with all day-to-day tasks of the department to ensure that all transactions are correct and accounted for. She holds an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from CUNY Baruch.
In her free time, Winnie enjoys biking, baking, and spending time with her family. Her favorite Nature Center animals are the bunnies!
Nick joined the Nature Center in March 2022. He holds a BS in Journalism from Ithaca College and minored in environmental science. As the Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Nick is responsible with maintenance of our website, public outreach and creating promotional material for the Nature Center.
Nick is a longtime visitor of the Nature Center, having grown up only 10 minutes away. He is most excited inspiring young people through environmental education and helping them lead a more ecologically friendly life. Nick enjoys hiking, lounging in the sun, and spending time with his 3 siblings.
Andrew has been a part of the Nature Center staff since 2014 working in the Animal Museum and as a Naturalist Educator. He holds as a BS in Environmental Science from Fordham University and is working towards an MA in Animal Behavior and Conservation from Hunter College.
Andrew is responsible with day-to-day animal care to ensure the mental and physical health of our animals. His 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 traveling and his favorite place to visit is the Adirondacks.
Heather joined the Greenburgh Nature Center in the summer of 2022 as a Naturalist Educator and Camp Leader. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2019, and holds a BA in Digital Media Production with a double minor in Communications and Global Film Studies. Heather has a passion for the natural world, and all that it has to offer. For her, there is no greater reward than sparking the same excitement and wonder in the younger generations.
Outside of work, you will find Heather with her hiking boots on and camera in hand searching for wildlife to photograph. She also loves to travel across the world; from the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, to the glaciers and volcanoes of Iceland. When Heather’s not outdoors, or on an adventure, she enjoys baking, knitting, and crocheting.
Ian has been a part of the Nature Center community since he started volunteering in 2019. While working closely with the rest of the Naturalists during his time as a volunteer, he’s learned a lot about caring for and handling the animals, as well as how to educate the public. His favorite part of working at the Nature Center is spending time with our White-necked Raven, Zhou Zhou, and taking her for walks outside. He enjoys rock climbing and playing video games in his free time.