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Dennis Capodestria, Facilities Assistant

Dennis CapodestriaDennis attended the University of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University for Music and English. He began working in the facilities department in 1985 as an exhibit designer and builder and eventually served as the Exhibits and Maintenance Director until 1997 when he left to pursue a career in fine woodworking. He returned to the Science Center in November 2006 as a part-time member of the facilities staff. Dennis received the Horizon Award for exceptional service in 1997.
Dennis.Capodestria@nhnature.org, x42

Tim Curry, Facilities Director

Tim CurryTim received his B.A. in History from the University of Maine. Previously, Tim was Housing Production Manager for CATCH Neighborhood Housing - a non-profit organization in Concord. He has been a self-employed contractor sine 1995 specializing in green homes and post and beam construction. Tim is a licensed Home Inspector (including LEED-certified) and a career level firefighter and EMT. He owns a 20-acre registered tree farm. Tim is a 2007 graduate of the Leadership Concord program.
Tim.Curry@nhnature.org, x41

Eric D'Aleo, Naturalist

Eric D'AleoEric received his B.S. in Biology from State University of New York at Geneseo and completed some graduate courses there and at Plymouth State University. He has New Hampshire Secondary certification in the biological sciences (grade 7 – 12) and has taught science in elementary, junior high, and high school. Currently, Eric chairs the Science Center’s Green Team, which focuses on efficient and sustainable use of resources. He is an active member of the Plymouth Energy Commission and Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative.
What is the best part about working at the Science Center?
"The opportunity to interact with our animal collection is an important part, but I also find it exciting and rewarding to be on the lake touring or exploring the forests, wetlands, and other natural areas as part of my job. Finally, having the opportunity to share these experiences with visitors and members, watching as they become excited and develop a love of the natural world, is particularly memorable."
Eric.DAleo@nhnature.org, x28

Brian Eaton, Finance Director

Brian EatonBrian received his B.S. in Accounting from University of Vermont. His past experience includes Controller at Castle Springs/Castle in the Clouds. He has been Finance Director at the Science Center since 2004. Brian is active as a coach for various youth sports. He lives in Moultonboro with his wife Lydia and their two daughters.
What is the best part about working at the Science Center?
"The people (co-workers, school-kids, and summer guests). People are always the most important part of an organization!
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
" If not at a sporting event, I am hopefully found on or near the lake with the family eating barbecue!"
Brian.Eaton@nhnature.org, x44

Clare Eckert, Facilities Assistant

Clare EckertClare received a B.A. in Greek from Davidson College. She has been involved with Squam Lakes Natural Science Center since the early 1970's when she participated in the Future Naturalists program. She has been an exhibit assistant and an animal care assistant and returned as a part-time Facilities Assistant in 2003.
Clare.Eckert@nhnature.org, x42

Brenda Erler, Garden and Exhibit Assistant

Brenda ErlerBrenda received her B.A. in Biology with an Education minor at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Brenda knew she wanted to work at a nature center from the tender age of 10 after visiting the Aullwood Audubon Nature Center in Dayton, Ohio and attending programs and volunteering throughout high school as a part of the Audubon Teenage Action Council. Brenda's previous experience includes internships at Camp Campbell Gard Environmental Education Center (Hamilton, OH), Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center (Yellow Springs, OH) and working as a seasonal naturalist for the Ohio State Parks system at Lake Laramie State Park.
What's the best part about working at the Science Center?
"Great mission, great staff, dynamic exhibits, and programs."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"In my garden."
Brenda.Erler@nhnature.org, x43

Dave Erler, Senior Naturalist

Dave ErlerDave received his B.S. in Outdoor Education and B.A. in Physical Geography from St. Cloud State University. In 1977, he completed graduate work at Texas A&M University in Environmental Interpretation. Dave began working for the Science Center in July 1979, having previously worked seasonally for the National Park Service, University of Minnesota Extension Service, National Audubon Society and two years at the Campbell Gard Environmental Education Center (Ohio).
What’s the best part about working at the Science Center?
"The opportunity to work with a great staff, volunteers, interns, animals and teach a wide variety of ages from pre school to seniors. I really enjoy working on exhibit ideas and especially the blue jay exhibit and research. I have been here over 30 years and can honestly say I have never been bored! There is always something to do and you never know for sure what will happen each and every day."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"If I am not at the Science Center, I would probably be hiking, birding, fishing, or mowing my lawn."
Dave.Erler@nhnature.org, x13

Amanda Gillen, Marketing and Visitor Services Manager

Amanda GillenAmanda received her B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and M.B.A. in General Management, Strategic Marketing Management Certificate from Plymouth State University. Amanda started her career in marketing in home building, moving to solar energy, and finally making her way to the Science Center.
What's the best part about working at the Science Center?
"The best part about the Science Center are the animals! We have an amazing collection of native New Hampshire animals that you don't get to see every day."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"I would be picking cucumbers from the garden, trying to coax my rose plant to produce flowers, cleaning the hen house, playing frisbee with Penny the Wonder Dog, and finally napping on the hammock."
Amanda.Gillen@nhnature.org, x34

Margaret Gillespie, Naturalist

MNargaret (Tiggy) GillespieMargaret "Tiggy" received her B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire and M.S. in Environmental Education from Cornell University. She is Canadian and grew up in the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal. Tiggy was previously Outdoor Education Coordinator for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. In 1986, she came to the Science Center where she is a Naturalist, and coordinated New Hampshire Project Learning Tree (a teacher education program) for 11 years.
What's the best part about working at the Science Center?
"The opportunity to teach and learn about the natural world with excellent staff and volunteers."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"I would be teaching outdoors with Science Center wildlife on site or for an outreach around the state."
Margaret.Gillespie@nhnature.org, x29

Nancy Kitchen, Animal Care Manager

Nancy KitchenNancy received her B.S. from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and has been working in the animal field for over ten years. She started as a seasonal keeper and worked her way up to senior keeper before accepting the position of Animal Care Manager at the Science Center.
What's the best part about working at the Science Center?
"The ability to both educate and inform people by putting them hands-on with nature. The natural beauty is like no other facility I have visited."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"On a sunny Saturday in July, I would most likely be out in the yard or at the lake with my husband and children."
Nancy.Kitchen@nhnature.org, x38

Tom Klein, Operations Manager

Tom KleinTom received his B.A. in Business from New England College. He was born in the western suburbs of Philadelphia and spent all of his summers on Squam Lake since he was four. Tom previously held careers in banking and computers.
What’s the best part about working at the Science Center?
"What I like best is the team spirit among the staff; all for one and one for all!"
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"One of the reasons I moved here was to be able to spend more time on the lake so you would always find me any sunny Saturday in the summer on my boat in the middle of Squam Lake!"
Tom.Klein@nhnature.org, x10

Iain MacLeod, Executive Director

Iain MacLeod Iain started his career in his native Scotland where he worked for several years for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Iain joined the Science Center in 2006 after an 18-year career with New Hampshire Audubon where he oversaw all of New Hampshire Audubon's statewide education outreach efforts. Iain is a respected bird researcher and ornithologist, focusing primarily on raptors. He is on the editorial board and seasonal editor of New Hampshire Bird Records – a quarterly publication of New Hampshire bird sightings and trends. He is also a member of the New Hampshire Rare Birds Committee. He was the past chair of the Hawk Migration Association of North America.
What’s the best part about working at the Science Center?
"Hearing happy children and contented parents on the trail or that shared intake of breath as one of our program animals is presented in a program."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"On a sunny Saturday I am here at the Science Center, but on a Sunday in July I will be tucked into the shore of a beaver pond somewhere in the Lakes Region studying an osprey nest; observing their behavior, and counting the number of chicks as part of my 16+ year study of the area’s osprey population.
Iain.MacLeod@nhnature.org, x23

Laura Mammarelli, Blue Heron School Director

Laura MammarelliLaura received her B.A. in History from Middlebury College and also became certified to teach K-8 in public schools. She completed Montessori training in 1982 from the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center in Boston and has taught in Montessori programs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Laura is a founding officer of the New Hampshire Montessori Association.
What's the best part about working at the Science Center?
"It is impossible to choose the best part: the people here are wonderful, I enjoy the variety of environments-forest, pine grove, stream, and pond -and it is amazing to meet the variety of animals that live here."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"On a summer Saturday, I would be out on my bike or in my kayak on a local lake."
Laura.Mammarelli@nhnature.org, x40

Jordan McDaniel, Blue Heron School Associate Teacher, Guided Discovery Instructor

Jordan McDanielJordan received her B.A. in Education of Young Children from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She also received her Montessori 3 to 6 year old certification from the North American Montessori Center. She has worked in various early childhood learning centers for twelve years and is an advocate for outdoor education..
What's the best part about working at the Science Center?
"The best part is working with people who are passionate about educating others as well as learning about, and protecting our natural world."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"On a sunny Saturday in July you would find me at my favorite 'secret' river spot enjoying sun, and some peace and quiet."
Jordan.McDaniel@nhnature.org, x40

Lauren Moulis, Animal Care Associate

Lauren MoulisLauren received her B.S in Environmental Biology from Plymouth State University. She volunteered with the Science Center in Animal Care prior to full time employment.
What’s the best part about working at the Science Center?
The natural setting around us, as well as working one on one with all the animals."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"At work."
Lauren.Moulis@nhnature.org, x17

Mary Noyes, Administrative Assistant

Mary received her A.A.S degree in Secretarial Science from the State University of New York- Cobleskill. Prior to joining the Science Center, Mary was Marketing and Sales Assistant for a fiber optic test equipment company in Belmont, New Hampshire. Mary joined the Science Center in September 2002.
Mary.Noyes@nhnature.org, x11

Jeremy Phillips, Naturalist/ Registrar

Jeremy PhillipsJeremy received his B.S. in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Recreation from Central Michigan University. He has been a nature lover since his youth exploring and playing in neighborhood woods in his native Michigan. Jeremy began his career in environmental education in the Pocono Mountains area of Pennsylvania. The mountains and outdoors brought him to New Hampshire
What’s the best part about working at the Science Center?
"Seeing the smiling faces and taking inquiring questions from our guests as they see our natural world in a new way."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"Playing disc golf, or hopping on rocks in the streams, or rolling logs in the woods."
Jeremy.Phillips@nhnature.org, x18

Carol Raymond, Volunteer Coordinator

Carol RaymondCarol received her B.A. from Norwich University. She had a 30-year career in the book retail and wholesale business before joining the Science Center as the Volunteer Coordinator. The main focus of Carol's work is with people – volunteers!
What's the best part about working at the Science Center?
"For me, people are the best part, staff, visitors, and volunteers."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"On a sunny Saturday in July you may find me in the digging in the garden or on the beach with a good book."
Carol.Raymond@nhnature.org, x22

Janet Robertson, Development and Communications Director

Janet RobertsonJanet received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in English from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Plant Pathology at the Pennsylvania State University. Janet grew up near another national forest, the Allegheny National Forest, in northwestern Pennsylvania. When she and her family moved to New Hampshire in 1989, she landed at the Science Center, starting as receptionist. Janet has happily worked here ever since believing strongly in the importance of environmental education.
What is the best part about working at the Science Center?
"The best part is working with so many wonderful, inspirational people – staff, trustees, volunteers, members, and donors."
Where could we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"My favorite way to spend a sunny summer day off is outside. There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors in New Hampshire; sometimes it's hard to choose from the things I like to do such as hiking, bicycling, canoeing, gardening, or just reading a book."
Janet.Robertson@nhnature.org, x12

Liz Rowe, Operations Director

Liz RoweLiz received her B.A. in English from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She joined the Science Center in May 2005 as the seasonal Finance Assistant and then returned in July 2006 as Operations Director. Previously, Liz worked with her husband Dan managing a small autograph catalog business in Tamworth following 20 years working in Human Resources management at the Haagen-Dazs Company in New Jersey and Rich’s Department Stores in Atlanta.
What’s the best part about working at the Science Center?
"The dedicated people who work here (including our volunteers and interns)!"
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
"I would be out walking with friends and my two Labrador retrievers."
Liz.Rowe@nhnature.org, x15

Dean Smith, Facilities Assistant

Dean SmithDean grew up on a farm in South Africa and has always enjoyed the outdoors. He considered studying Game Ranging (Safari Ranger) but went to school for Multimedia, Post-Production and Drafting.
What’s the best part about working at the Science Center?:
"I enjoy working at the Science Center, there is always something new, I especially like opening the trail early in the morning, it’s peaceful and all the animals are active and playful."
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?:
"Hmmm… probably swimming in the lakes somewhere with my family."
Dean.Smith@nhnature.org, x21

Susan Stepp, Development Assistant

Susan received a B.S. in Nursing from Columbia University. Susan's involvement with the Science Center began in 1985 as a part time Animal Caretaker, and later she became Bookkeeper. She left year-round work in 2001 but worked seasonally with retail for two years. Susan returned in 2005 as a part-time Development Assistant. Susan also volunteers regularly at the Science Center, Speare Memorial Hospital, Appalachian Mountain Club, and as a Granite State Ambassador.
What is the best part about working at the Science Center?
The best part of working at the Science Center is learning about and seeing the animals.
Where would we find you on a sunny Saturday in July?
On a sunny summer day I would likely to be either on or in Squam Lake.
Susan.Stepp@nhnature.org, x31

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