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People: Staff and Board

Our Staff | Our Board | Employment

Our Staff

Our staff members are passionate about the natural world. They're caring and talented educators, hard working, dedicated professionals, and experts in how wild things live, grow, adapt, and survive.

Alex Burgen-Tower - Educator
Allie Gotelaere - Development Coordinator
Brea Haywood - Front Office Manager
Cathy Dyer
- Educator
David Clipner - Wildlife Program Director
Etta Heisler - Camp & Public Programs Director
Karen Rendell - Programs & Operations Director
Katie Zbrozek - Assistant Camp Director
Katie Beth Halloran - Educator
Lannis Smith - Educator
Lisa Usselman - Educator
MacKenzie Maxwell - Program Coordinator
Shannon Nelson - Educator
Susan Westhoff - Executive Director
Zach Wood - Educator

Board of Directors

Leslie Science & Nature Center's Board of Directors provides oversight and works in partnership with staff to achieve our mission.

Becca Nielsen, Nielsen Education Consulting - Chair
Kristopher Korvun, CORE Partners
- Vice-Chair
Ryan Noel, University of Michigan Health System - Treasurer
Laura Wonch, Zingerman's Delicatessen - Secretary
Susan Westhoff - President

At-Large Members:

Amy Spooner, University of Michigan Law School
Anthony Frasca, Dykema
Linda Borgsdorf, Community Volunteer
Lyle Dahlberg, Bank of Ann Arbor
Laura Florence, Community Volunteer
Anne Glendon, Glendon Associates
Kristina Glusac, SmithGroupJJR
Alan Jackson, Henry Ford Health System
Wendy Lawrence, Freelance Writer

Work with us!

Please find any open positions listed below; we also invite you to send your resume with a letter describing your career interests to jobs@lesliesnc.org or to:

Human Resources
Leslie Science & Nature Center
1831 Traver Road
Ann Arbor,  MI 48105

We have many wonderful opportunities for volunteers, and can accommodate individuals as well as groups.

Employment opportunities


Summer Camp Educator Intern

Position Options:

  • The Day Camp Educator Internship focuses on opportunities to observe and assist in planning environmental education programming. This internship generally runs M-F, 8:30am-3:30pm.
  • The Camp Cool Down Educator Internship focuses on program planning and execution for our extended-day program (Camp Cool Down), which includes playing games, reading, making art, or otherwise relaxing outside. This internship generally runs M-F, 1pm-6pm.

For full description and instructions on how to apply click here.

Wildlife Curator Intern
For full description and instructions on how to apply click here.


Leslie Science & Nature Center is committed to the principle of equal employment and advancement opportunity. Leslie Science & Nature Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. All facilities and programs Leslie Science & Nature Center maintains for the benefit of any of its employees are available to all employees without any unlawful discrimination.