Dear Friends, 

I am honored and humbled to have been appointed as the next President and CEO of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, and to succeed Kay Carlson – a visionary leader whose countless successes from 15 years as President & CEO have primed the Nature Center to flourish for years to come. The dynamic team, dedicated board, and committed supporters have energized my drive to further the mission of the Nature Center. In the coming years, my knowledge of ecological restoration, background in environmental education, and successes in curating inter-organizational collaborative efforts will grow the Nature Center as a community and ecological resource. In everything we do, our team will continue to strive to be a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. This effort, nor any we undertake, can be done alone. Our team relies on our partnering organizations and regional advisors to ensure a meaningful experience for all visitors.  

For those members and supporters that have helped us get to where we are today, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! For those who are looking for a way to make an impact or reengage with our team, we will write this next chapter together. There is a great opportunity that lies in front of us to lead the region through the woods and demonstrate the importance of our dedicated work here in the Shaker Parklands. I look forward to serving the community as the next President & CEO of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. I’m inspired by this region that we call home and excited for all we will accomplish together. 

You can find me in the trees! 

Peter Bode, President and Chief Executive Officer
(216) 321-5935 ext. 227


Cara Anderson, Development Associate

Shelley Bender, Environmental Educator

Sara Borse, Volunteer Manager
(216) 321-5935, ext 237

Christi Carlson, Rentals and HR Coordinator
(216) 321-5935, ext. 234

Mary Jo Ciuni, Environmental Educator

Lisa Golba, Environmental Educator in Residence Program Manager
(216) 321-5935, ext.225

Eric Gregorchik, Director of Facilities Operations
(216) 321-5935, ext. 229

Christopher Hall, Director of Finance and Administration
(216) 321-5935, ext. 222

Michelle Hall, Accountant Bookkeeper
(216) 321-5935, ext. 222

Hunter Hammil, Outdoor Adventure Camp Manager
p 216.321.5935 ext. 226

Katrina Heinzen, Seasonal Environmental Educator + B'earthday Party Educator

Sarah Holden, Environmental Educator

Kalene Miller, Environmental Educator

Nick Mikash, Natural Resources Manager
(216) 321-5935, ext. 240 

Erica Prange, Director of Education
(216) 321-5935, ext. 243

Katie Ross, School Programs Manager
(216) 321-5935 ext. 233

Meri Ruble, Environmental Educator

Greg Sabin, Facilities Assistant

Lauren Schmidt, Environmental Educator 
(216) 321-5935, ext. 226

Robert Sikora, Chief Development Officer
(216) 321-5935, ext. 223

Nia Turner, Community Engagement Manager
(216) 321 - 5935 ext. 241

Tania Younkin, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement
(216) 321-5935, ext. 244

Alexandria Yurosko, Marketing Content Manager
(216) 321-5935, ext. 242

Andy Weiss, Visitor Services Associate
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Wendy Weiss, Visitor Services Associate

Rachel Weller, Visitor Services Coordinator