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 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.

Travis Brady, Director of Operations 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’ 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 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.

Staff  

Noah Brennan, Volunteer Coordinator

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.

Danielle Callahan, Naturalist Educator & Camp Supervisor

Danielle joined the Nature Center in 2019 as a Naturalist Educator. She holds a BS in Human Services with a minor in Disabilities Studies from University of Delaware and a MAT in Biological Sciences from Miami University.

Danielle is our Camp Manager and naturalist educator. She develops unique camp programs for kindergarteners through 7th graders, and leads regular programming during the school year. She loves spending time with her dog, Jade and recently became a certified yoga teacher.

Nick Coon, Naturalist Educator

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

I am a Westchester native. I have two BS degrees, one in Biology and one in Finance. I joined the Greenburgh Nature Center in 2022 as Volunteer Coordinator Assistant, after spending many years at The Bronx Zoo, and then The Maritime Aquarium, where I spent time as a volunteer, a part-time educator and eventually a volunteer supervisor.

I enjoy working with both volunteers and animals, and I hope to help build the Nature Center’s volunteer program while also providing fun and educational experiences for our visitors. In my free time, I love to read, take nature walks, and spend time with my rabbit. I also enjoy watching sports, nature shows and Star Wars.Best,Jim

Elena Delasho, Grant writer/Development Associate

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.

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 connects our schools and community to gardening, composting, recycling and energy related programming while educating about sustainable living habits for our community.

She is also the adult leader for our Teen Science Cafe and loves to share her love of STEM with local students. Her passion lies in educating people from all cultures, all ages and all interests about the importance of our natural world. Dana holds a BS in Wildlife Conservation from The University of Delaware and an MS in Environmental Science from Pace University. In her free time, Dana enjoys rock climbing, tending to her garden, hiking with her dog and caring for her chickens.

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 coordinator

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.

Nick Macaluso, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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 Michalski, Manager of Living Collections & Naturalist Educator

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.

Ian Wozniak, Naturalist Educator

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.