Meet Our Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kate Daley, Preschool Environmental Educator
Mary Haley, School Year Educator
Michael Reyes, Seasonal Ranger
Warren Schatz, Maintainer
Pam Sorkin, Visitor Services
Karina Tarnawsky, Events Manager
Eva Thaddeus, Bilingual Science Education Coordinator
Diane Uhle, Visitor Services & Seasonal Gardener
Stephen Williams, Custodian
Justin Baker, Cliffdale Farm Caretaker
Terry Kardos, Environmental Educator