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.

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.

Lindsay Cohen, Director of Sustainability Programs

Lindsay started at the Nature Center in 2016 as an intern in the Marketing and Development Department and has since became Director of Sustainability. Lindsay received her BS from Union College and her MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. She currently oversees the implementation of various sustainability education programs throughout Westchester and NYC, including the Town of Greenburgh’s municipal food scrap recycling program, Zero Waste Schools and Garden Scholars Schools. When she’s not at the Nature Center you can find her hiking with her dog Neela, and her favorite animals at the Nature Center are Elvis and Nova.

Grace Bilotta, Administration and Finance 

Grace has been part of the Nature Center staff since 2016 and has worked in finance, administration, marketing, and reception. Her favorite thing about the Nature Center is working with our awesome staff and getting to know our campers. When she’s not at the Nature Center, Grace enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and doing escape rooms! Her favorite Nature Center animals are Molotto and Ponyboy. 

Noah Brennan, Naturalist Educator

Noah has been part of the Nature Center staff since the summer of 2018. He is currently in a 5-year combined BS/MA program at Pace University studying Environmental Studies and Policy. Noah came to the Nature Center as a sustainability intern and now works as a part-time Naturalist Educator. His favorite part of being a Naturalist 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.

Dana DeSousa, Naturalist Educator & Volunteer Supervisor

Dana has been with the Nature Center since 2019 and is currently a Naturalist Educator and Volunteer Coordinator. Dana holds a BS in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Delaware and is pursuing her MS in Environmental Science at Pace University. She loves teaching kindergarten programs and in her free time Dana enjoys baking, watercolor painting, and studying leatherback turtles in the Caribbean.

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.

Melanie Patapis, Sustainability Educator

Melanie has been part of the Nature Center staff since 2018 and is currently one of our Sustainability Educators. Melanie attended Tulane University where she earned her BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Public Health. Melanie’s favorite things at the Nature Center are our Garden Grown Scholars program and our organic garden. In her free time, Melanie enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, watching Bravo and swimming in the ocean.

Jeannie Song, program booking coordinator

Jeannie joined the Nature Center in 2021 as our Program Booking Coordinator. Jeannie has previously spent much of her professional career doing professional development programs for science teachers in Texas and New York, and more recently, she coordinated the New York City Science and Engineering Fair through CUNY. She holds a MS in Biology from the University of Texas. Her love of science and teaching brought her to the Nature Center and she has fond memories of taking her children here to visit all of our animals. Jeannie enjoys the peaceful atmosphere of our grounds and her favorite animal is Ponyboy the chinchilla!