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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.

David Clipner - Wildlife Curator & Chief Naturalist
Kathy Evans - Education Manager
Sarah Gilmore - Core Educator
Jody Harnish - Site Caretaker
Sarah Helmich - Finance Manager
Laura Jackson - Core Educator
Francie Krawcke - Raptor Program Director
Abigail Lemmon - Educator
Erin Mette - Educator
Allison Morris - Communications & Development Director
Karen Rendell - Programs & Operations Director
Jessica Ruthenberg - Educator
Alexa Unruh - Educator
Shannon Varner - Educator
Mary Wagner - Core Educator
Marie Watson - Educator
Susan Westhoff - Executive Director
Katie Zbrozek - Office Manager

Board of Directors

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

Jennifer Santi Hall, Community Volunteer - Chair
Becca Nielsen, Nielsen Education Consulting - Vice-Chair
Ryan Noel, University of Michigan Health System - Treasurer
Wendy Lawrence, Freelance Writer - Secretary
Susan Westhoff - President

At-Large Members:

Lisa Brush, The Stewardship Network
Lyle Dahlberg, Bank of Ann Arbor
Laura Florence, Community Volunteer
Anne Glendon, Glendon Associates
Rey Goicochea, UM Ford School of Public Policy
Orrin Hancock, Google
Alan Jackson, Henry Ford Health System
Doug Kelly, Rehmann
Kristopher Korvun, Honigman
Tom McKarns, ECO PHYSICS, INC
Kelly Orringer, Pediatrician, University of Michigan Health System
Beverly Seiford, Dannemiller Tyson Associates


Work with us!

Please find any open paid 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

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.