An image of the Nature House, from the outside

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.

Ariel Heldt - Educator
Batsheva Glatt - Educator
Brea HaywoodFront Office Manager
Cathy Dyer
- Program Coordinator
David Clipner - Director of Education and Wildlife
Delainey O'Donnell - Educator
Etta Heisler - Director of Programs
Karen Rendell - Operations Director
Kim MesserEducator
Lannis Smith - Wildlife Programs Manager
Lauren Pickard - Educator
Lisa Usselman - Program Coordinator
Melissa Selva - Educator
Susan Westhoff - Executive Director
Zach Wood - Camp Programs Manager

Trustees of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Leslie Science & Nature Center

Leslie Science & Nature Center is governed by our united Ann Arbor Hands-On Board of Directors, who provide oversight and work in partnership with staff to achieve our mission.

David Esau, Chair  Architect, Cornerstone Design, Inc.
Michael Cole, Vice Chair Technology Industry Group President, Bank of Ann Arbor
Becca Nielsen, 2nd Vice Chair Owner & Consultant, Nielsen Ed Consulting; Program Director, SEMIS
Cynthia L. Gardner, Treasurer Senior Vice President/Regional Manager, PNC Bank
Laura Wonch, Secretary Deli Manager, Zingerman’s Delicatessen
Mel Drumm, President Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Leslie Science & Nature Center
William Gosling, Member at Large University Librarian, Emeritus, University of Michigan
Chris Imwalle, Member at Large Manager, Amcor Rigid Plastics
Anne Marsan, Member at Large Senior Software Architect, CareEvolution Inc.
Ryan Noel, Member at Large Division Administrator – Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes, University of Michigan
Don Burke Principal, Rehmann
Brett Chouinard CEO, Altair Engineering
Lyle F. Dahlberg First Vice President, Bank of Ann Arbor
Donna Doleman Senior Vice President, Operations and Communications, Ann Arbor SPARK
Laura Florence Curriculum Coach, Great Lakes and STEM Education
Anthony J. Frasca Senior Attorney, Dykema Gossett PLLC
Anne Glendon Community Leader
Kristina Glusac Project Manager, Smith Group JJR
Alan Jackson Radiation Safety Officer, Henry Ford Health System
Kris Korvun Senior Vice President, CORE Partners
Rohan Kheterpal Student, Skyline High School
Wendy Lawrence Freelance Writer
Andrew Lund Chief Engineer, Toyota Motor Engineering & Mfg NA Inc.
Tom McKarns President, ECO PHYSICS, INC
Timothy McKay Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Michigan
Allison Pinto Student, Greenhills School
David Rock CEO/President, NovoDynamics, Inc.
Allen Samuels Professor and Dean of Art & Design, Emeritus, University of Michigan
James R. Scapa CEO, Chairman, Founder, Altair
Richard Sheridan CEO, Chief Storyteller, Menlo Innovations LLC
Ron Sniderman Director of Innovation & Programming, Community Telecommunications Network
Evan Ufer Partner, Plymouth Ventures
Mahya G. S. Wood Toxicologist, NSF International
Karl L. Zinn Research Scientist Emeritus, Information Technology, University of Michigan

Work with us!

We are currently hiring the following positions:

  • Part-Time Educator: Facilitate our field trip, birthday, preschool, and outreach programming in order to increase participants' enjoyment and understanding of the cultural and natural resources of southeast Michigan ecosystems, promote environmental awareness, and foster responsible stewardship. Applications are only accepted through this online webform. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and filled as openings are available. 
  • Bookkeeper: The Bookkeeper is responsible for providing financial administration in the areas of accounts payable, accounts receivable, reconciliations, bank deposits and grant support. The bookkeeper also provides backup support for payroll.
  • Science Labs Program Manager: Develop and supervise innovative educational lab programs and experiences for school age children at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and partnership programming sites through in person workshops and via video conferencing technology. The Science Labs Program Manager is responsible for the long-range planning, execution, and success of ScienceWorks Lab programs, Distance Learning programs and relevant partnership program offerings.

Our partner organization, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is currently seeking several positions. Please click to their site for more information and applications. 

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