Meet Our Team

Senior Staff

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.

Jane Simoni Cooke

Director of Development and Marketing

Jane earned her Master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Virginia after graduating from Smith and later continued landscape studies under Betsy Barlow Rogers. Jane was the first Executive Director of the American Society of Landscape Architects in New York and most recently she launched the $20 million capital campaign of the Regional Plan Association.

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.

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.

Junior Staff

Kim Barr, Weekend Receptionist
Terry Broadway, Weekend Receptionist
Alex Cochran, P-T Land Steward
Millie Dellaquila, Administrative Assistant
Leigh Draper, Preserve Manager
Jo Ann Gackstetter, AM Receptionist
Mary Haley, School Year Environmental Educator
John Jackson, Seasonal Ranger
Lisa Kelly, Animal Care Supervisor
Leah Kennell, Wildflower Island Curator
Jean Maiorano, Membership & Development Associate
Sean O’Reilly, Weekend Maintainer
Marie Perry, Bilingual Environmental Educator
Jan Phair, Weekend Receptionist
Maggie Pichura, Environmental Educator
Michael Reyes, Part-Time Maintainer
Sandy Rotella, PM Receptionist
Austin Schatz, Marketing Coordinator
Elissa Schilmeister, Environmental Educator and Volunteer Coordinator
Kevin Schroeder, Maintainer
Maddy Schroeder, Education and Animal Care
Hillary Siener, Manager of Science and Stewardship Programs
Karina Tarnawsky, Events Manager
Eva Thaddeus, Bilingual Science Education Coordinator
Diane Uhle, Seasonal Gardener
Chris Wilson, Special Project Steward
Stephen Williams, Custodian
Michael Yacovelli, Facility Operations Manager
CONTRACTUAL RESOURCES
Erin Smithies-Baker, Cliffdale Farm Caretaker
Justin Baker, Cliffdale Farm Caretaker
Terry Kardos, Environmental Educator