Meet Our Staff

Dianne Barron

Managing Director
Bio

Dianne 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.

Danielle Begley-Miller, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Environmental Stewardship
Bio

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.

Phyllis Bock

Director of Education
Bio

Phyllis 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.

Kevin Carter

Executive Director
Bio

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.

Kate Daley

Preschool Environmental Educator

Millie Dellaquila

Administrative Assistant

Leigh Draper

Preserve Manager

Susie Erdey

Director of Development
Bio

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.

Jo Ann Gackstetter

Visitor Services

Nadya Hall

Community Environmentalist

Lisa Kelly

Animal Care Supervisor

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

Karina Tarnawsky

Events Manager

Eva Thaddeus

Bilingual Science Education Coordinator

Diane Uhle

Visitor Services & Seasonal Gardener

NOT PICTURED
Diane DiVernieri, Director of Finance
Terry Broadway, Visitor Services
Alex Cochran, P-T Land Steward
Mary Haley, School Year Educator
Michael Reyes, Seasonal Ranger
Leah Kennell, Wildflower Island Curator
Pam Sorkin, Visitor Services

CONTRACTUAL RESOURCES
Erin Smithies-Baker, Cliffdale Farm Caretaker
Justin Baker, Cliffdale Farm Caretaker
Terry Kardos, Environmental Educator