Meet Our Team

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.

Dianne Barron

Managing Director

Ms. Barron is responsible for the overall daily functioning of Teatown’s operations and staff. She joined Teatown in 2001 after 14 years of experience in the for profit business world having held such positions as Ferro Alloy Trader at Associated Metals & Minerals, Nickel Trader at Brandeis Intsel, a division of Pechiney, and Assistant to the VP of Raw Material Sourcing and Trader for Ferrous Metals at Metallurg.  She also worked at Perry Kennedy Realty for 9 years as a Licensed Realtor.

Amy Karpati, Ph.D.

Director of Science and Programs

Dr. Karpati’s role at Teatown is to oversee and integrate our science, stewardship, and education work.  Amy holds a doctorate in Ecology & Evolution from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in Adolescent Education from Pace University.  She worked for several years as a conservation biologist and environmental advocate in the New Jersey Pinelands, where she helped to protect the essential ecosystem services, species, and habitats of the region.  Amy has also been an adjunct faculty member of Columbia University’s Masters in Sustainability Management program since 2012, where she teaches a course in urban ecology.  Her research and education work has focused on biological conservation, ecological restoration of urban ecosystems, plant ecology, sustainability, and strengthening community connections to the natural landscape.

Phyllis Bock

Director of Education

Ms. Bock is responsible for overseeing all of Teatown’s educational programming for adults, families and children at Teatown and offsite, including school programs, summer camp, weekend programs and multi-week series.  She has worked at Teatown since October 1991, when she began as a volunteer Nature Guide. Ms. Bock possesses a BA Biology with a concentration in field studies from Queens College, CUNY.  She is a member of the Yorktown Conservation Board and  the Advisory Committee on Open Space.

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.

Diane DiVernieri

Director of Finance

Ms. DiVernieri is responsible for overseeing all the financial activity and records at Teatown including A/R, A/P, payroll, budgeting and reporting.  She has worked at Teatown since August 1997.  Ms. DiVernieri received a BA in Math from New York University in 1969.

Danielle Begley-Miller, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Environmental Stewardship

Dr. Begley-Miller 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.

Terry Broadway, Visitor Services
Alex Cochran, P-T Land Steward
Kate Daley, Preschool Environmental Educator
Millie Dellaquila, Administrative Assistant
Leigh Draper, Preserve Manager
Jo Ann Gackstetter, Visitor Services
Mary Haley, School Year Educator
Nadya Hall, Community Environmentalist
Michael Reyes, Seasonal Ranger
Lisa Kelly, Animal Care Supervisor
Leah Kennell, Wildflower Island Curator
Jean Maiorano, Membership & Development Coordinator
Marie Perry, Environmental Educator
Maggie Pichura, Senior Environmental Educator
Austin Schatz, Communications Manager
Warren Schatz, Maintainer
Elissa Schilmeister, Environmental Educator and Volunteer Coordinator
Kevin Schroeder, Facilities & Grounds Manager
Maddy Schroeder, Environmental Educator & Animal Caretaker
Pam Sorkin, Visitor Services
Karina Tarnawsky, Events Manager
Eva Thaddeus, Bilingual Science Education Coordinator
Diane Uhle, Visitor Services & Seasonal Gardener
Stephen Williams, Custodian
Erin Smithies-Baker, Cliffdale Farm Caretaker
Justin Baker, Cliffdale Farm Caretaker
Terry Kardos, Environmental Educator