Meet Our Staff

Danielle Begley-Miller, Ph.D.

Director of Science and Stewardship

Danielle is an ecologist with an extensive background in forest research, specifically focusing on ecological interactions. She comes to Teatown from Penn State University where she received her doctoral degree in wildlife in 2018. During her time at Penn State, Danielle managed a large research project aimed at understanding the effects of both white-tailed deer and soil nutrition on forest plant communities. She is responsible for the implementation of Teatown’s land stewardship and environmental research programs, as well as the supervision of select volunteers and interns as they participate in these programs. In addition to her Ph.D., Danielle earned her master’s degree in biology from Wright State University in 2013.

Kevin Carter

Executive Director

Kevin brings a broad range of experience, based on a sixteen-year career in leading science and children’s museums. These have included the California Science Center, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and, most recently, Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT, where he served as Chief Operating Officer. In each, Kevin developed innovative ways to deliver complex technical subjects in engaging ways, delighting visitors and taking the discovery experience beyond the walls of the museum. Kevin’s initial entry to the museum world came from his work in IMAX film production and exhibition. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema/Television and is keenly aware of the importance of technology and collaborative efforts in making the Teatown experience among the very best.

Jean Costello

Membership, Development, and Capital Campaign Coordinator

Kelly Creary

Animal Care Assistant

Millie Dellaquila

Administrative Assistant

Leigh Draper

Trails Technician

Emily Edmonds-Langham

Director of Education

Emily Edmonds-Langham joins the Teatown team as Director of Education after a thirteen-year stint at the American Museum of Natural History, where she most recently served as the Manager of Elementary Education. She also worked at the New York Botanical Garden as an instructor in the Edible Academy for many years, after getting into garden education via an internship with the Native Plant Trust in Framingham, MA. She is passionate about hands-on science learning, conservation education, and getting dirty.

In her current role, she steers the Education Department’s work in serving family, adult, and youth audiences. Whether in the classroom herself or supporting the growth of her colleagues, Emily strives for scientific rigor and playfulness in equal measure in all of the work of her division.

Emily is a graduate of the Environmental Conservation Education masters program at NYU Steinhardt and Smith College, where she studied English Language and Literature as well as Environmental Science and Policy.

Caroline Erb

Early Childhood & Environmental Art Educator

Susie Erdey

Director of Development

Susie has served in institutional advancement roles across the spectrum of nonprofit organizations in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island for more than two decades, including independent schools, graduate schools, research centers, foundations, philanthropic resource centers, and the Episcopal Church’s pension services group. She has raised funds, designed and managed communications and stewardship programs, educated clients on complicated financial matters, conducted qualitative and quantitative research, and trained staff to speak with the media. She holds a M.S. in nonprofit management from The New School–Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, and a B.A. in sociology from Wells College. Susie is committed to bringing best practices in fundraising, communications, stewardship, and management, and she’s passionate about creating sustainable and resilient communities.

Faythe Flynn

Visitor Services Ambassador

Lisa Kelly

Animal Care Supervisor

Jack Ludlum

Seasonal Grounds Technician

Mathew McDowell

Wildflower Island Curator and Volunteer Coordinator

Lora Nelson

Events Coordinator

Alma Padilla

Community Outreach Coordinator

Rebecca Policello

Stewardship and Grounds Supervisor

Marie Roche

Associate Director of Education Programs

Michael Reyes


Elissa Schilmeister

Environmental Educator

Maddy Schroeder

Environmental Educator and Animal Care Assistant

Alan Sorkin

Managing Director

Diane Uhle

Visitor Services and Seasonal Gardener

Trishon Watts

Bilingual Outreach Educator

Lauren Zallo

Communications & Marketing Manager

Diane DiVernieri, Director of Finance
Bob Elliott, Community Environmentalist
Dale Rexhouse, Facilities Maintainer

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