Meet the Greenburgh Nature Center Team

Senior Staff
Lynne Molnar, Interim Executive Director

Lynne came to the Nature Center in October 2019 to share her expertise in nonprofit
management and executive transitions. In serving as the Interim Executive Director, she
oversees the executive duties, and using the Executive Transition Model (ETM) model
to affirm an organization’s strategic direction and determine the skills required of its next executive leader. These roles combine organizational assessment, supervision of senior program staff, oversight of the financial and business operations, and liaison with the Board of Directors. Lynne holds graduate degrees in both business from Boston University and education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She began her consulting career in 1993, after 20-years serving non-profit organizations in various roles as a supervisor, controller, and executive director. This is Lynne’s 11th interim executive director role.

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. 

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.

Staff
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.

Megan Bryant, Events and Program Booking Coordinator

Megan has been part of the Nature Center staff since 2013 and has worked in marketing, administration, finance, event planning and program coordinating. She holds an MBA in Business Administration from Dominican College. Megan loves collaborating with her coworkers on projects and helping out wherever she can. When she’s not working, she loves to shop, dance, hang with friends, and go to the movies.

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.

Brenna Matturro, Sustainability Educator

Brenna is our newest Sustainability Educator and comes to the Nature Center from the University of New Hampshire where she earned her BS in Community and Environmental Planning. Brenna’s favorite program at the Nature Center is our Garden Grown Scholars program. She loves teaching and gardening in our greenhouse, and when she’s not working she enjoys rock climbing and being outdoors. 

Andrew Michalski, Animal Care/Naturalist Educator

Andrew has been a part of the Nature Center staff since 2015working 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, Marketing and Communications

Nora is the newest member of the Marketing Department and 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.