Maureen has been a member of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park team since 2015. Prior to that she worked at nine different national park sites throughout the country, most with Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services, but has also worked in law enforcement and emergency services. She is originally from Northwest Indiana and got a degree in Wildlife Science from Purdue University many moons ago. She currently lives is Sagamore Hills with her husband, toddler, and three very furry dogs.
Heather has worked for the National Park Service at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center for most of her professional career. Her position as the Education Specialist focuses on curriculum development for overnight programs, day programs and summer academies. She also leads teacher professional development, serves as a master teacher training new staff, and manages the park’s Junior Ranger program.
Josh grew up in Columbus before attending Case Western Reserve University where he earned degrees in Anthropology and Geology. He has worked at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in various roles since 2012 and is now an Education Technician with the National Park Service. He leads programs, supervises our wonderful volunteers, and helps behind the scenes with all kinds of fun stuff.
Katie Wright started at the Conservancy in March 2016 and oversees administration, curriculum, program management, and the development of new programs. She has a B.A. in Education from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and previously worked for Education Center as a field instructor, an administrative intern, and then as Assistant Director of the Resident program (“All the Rivers Run”) from 1997-2001. After leaving the Education Center in 2001, Katie spent 16 years exploring several entrepreneurial adventures with great success but always missed her work in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Although born in Carolína, Puerto Rico Jesús Sánchez grew up in Lorain, Ohio. Jesús has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Wildlife Management from the University of Findlay (Findlay, OH) and M.S. Degree in Biology with a focus on Plant Ecology and Physiology (2008) from John Carroll University.
He is Education Director for the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education center in Cuyahoga Valley National Park where his position focuses on collaborating extensively with the National Park System (NPS) on curriculum enhancement, teacher professional development, diversity, inclusion, equity, and community outreach.
Amanda was born and bred in Cleveland OH, and learned to crawl, walk and run in both Bedford Reservation and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, with a Theater and Education double minor at Kent State University (Go Flashes), and a Master’s of Science in Education–Exercise Physiology and Adult Fitness at UA (Go Zips).
Amanda started her journey in Ohio’s National Park as a volunteer for Get Up, Get Out and Go and Polar Express. Over the following years, she worked in the national park as a seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger for Health and Wellness, a coordinator for Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, and Director of a private camp in Akron, before coming full circle back to Cuyahoga Valley National Park as the Education Center’s Program Manager in 2015. Helping connect our community to our National Park, and nature overall, has been one of the greatest honors Amanda’s life. She shares, “Every day is full of surprises, challenges and rewards and I’m proud to be part of the Conservancy team!”
Emily Hansford graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Spanish. She then attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. After completing her culinary degree, Emily moved to Atlanta, GA where she worked in an array of fine dining, seasonally focused restaurants. She ended her career in Atlanta at award winning Miller Union, where she developed relationships with local farmers to promote sustainable, seasonally focused menus. She moved back to Ohio to spend time with family. She spends most of her free time trail running, gardening, and playing with her ducks and dogs.
Though Daniel “Doc” Holliday’s journey began in California, where the emphasis on fresh ingredients and direct techniques provided a strong culinary foundation, it was in the fertile soil of Georgia’s deep seasonality that their passion for culinary education and outreach began to bloom. With a background that covers everything from burger and beer joints to national caliber fine dining, and a philosophy well steeped in the ideas of culinary justice, Doc is most excited about preserving and passing on the knowledge of indigenous foodways, culinary self-sufficiency, and helping minority communities reconnect to their history through the power of food. A recent transplant to NE Ohio, Doc spends his free time exploring the great natural beauty of their new home.
A Cleveland hometown girl, her love of nature and the arts led her to a degree in Communication Design from Cooper School of Art. Over the years she has raised a daughter, had a working farm with goats and chickens, started her own design business and became a professional pumpkin carver.
For the past 11 years Patricia has been introducing groups to the EEC and helping plan events. She has heard over and over again how it is a hidden treasure.
Angie graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Management. She completed an internship with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) at Dinosaur National Monument, worked as a seasonal Park Ranger for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and continues to share her passion of the outdoors by scheduling field trips to the Education Center.
Chris is the Director of Public Programs for the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. He oversees the Conservancy’s cultural arts offerings, including the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Concert Series, the Lyceum Lecture Series, and the Cuyahoga Valley Institute. In addition to his role with the Conservancy, Mr. Auerbach-Brown is a composer whose work has been commissioned and performed regionally and nationally. Cuyahoga Arts and Culture awarded him a Creative Workforce Fellowship for music composition in 2016. He lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife, two kids, two bunnies, and cat who acts like a guard dog.
Tara Orzechowski hails from Toledo, Ohio but the Cleveland area has always felt like a second home to her. She graduated from the University of Mount Union, where she studied Environmental Science, Geology, and Political Science. Tara began working at the CVEEC as a teaching instructor in June 2016. Since then, her passions have lead her to become the Youth Program Coordinator, focusing on summer and weekend programming for the education center. Tara loves the outdoors, traveling, backpacking, eating, and spending time with her dog. Fun fact: it is on her bucket list to visit all 59 national parks!