Staff Directory

Kay Fall 2017

Kay Carlson, President and Chief Executive Officer
(216) 321-5935 ext. 227

Kay Carlson was appointed as Executive Director of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes in January 2009, after serving as Interim Executive Director for six months. She was named President and CEO in May 2017. Kay comes to the Center with a vast background of experience and passion for the environment. She has a Master's degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor's degree in Human Ecology from Connecticut College. Prior to joining the Nature Center, she served as the Director of the Lake Erie Watershed Program for The Nature Conservancy's Ohio Chapter, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization, and as a Resource Planning Manager for the State of Florida. Kay was active on the Nature Center's Board of Trustees from 2004-2008, serving on the Executive Committee, Governance Committee, and as Chair of the Natural Resources Management Committee. She currently serves on the national Board of Directors for the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA), the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership Board of Directors, as well as several local Advisory Boards. She is currently active with Cleveland Social Venture Partners and is an alumna of the Cleveland Bridge Builders program, YWCA Momentum Women's Leadership program, and the Institute for Conservation Leadership Executive Director Leadership program. She enjoys sailing, skiing, swimming, walking, yoga and scuba diving. Kay is a native of Cleveland Heights and now resides in Chagrin Falls with her husband, Rick Albaugh.

Patty Albrecht, Membership & Annual Fund Manager
(216) 321-5935, ext. 232

Jill Anderson, Visitor & Administrative Services Manager
(216) 321-5935, ext. 234

Kristina Arthur, Volunteer Coordinator
(216) 321-5935, ext. 237

Kim Bihler, Events Manager
(216) 321-5935, ext. 241

Raja Byrnside King, Education Director
(216) 321-5935, ext. 243

Christi Carlson, Welcome Desk Supervisor
(216) 321-5935, ext. 235

Charles Collier, Building Maintenance Supervisor
(216) 321-5935, ext. 230

Caitlin Connick, Environmental Educator/Program Specialist
(216) 321-5935, ext. 224

Michelle Hall, Interim Director of Finance & Administration
(216) 321-5935, ext. 222

Marcia Fox, Welcome Desk Assistant
(216) 321-5935, ext. 235

Lisa Golba, Early Childhood Environmental Educator
(216) 321-5935, ext.225

Katrina Heinzen, Part-time Environmental Educator
(216) 321-5935, ext. 233

Thomas Hornberger, Facilities Director
(216) 321-5935, ext. 229

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

Julia Mitchell, Grants Manager
(216) 321-5935, ext. 228

Jane Richards, Content Marketing Specialist
(216) 321-5935, ext. 242

Lauren Schmidt, Camps and School Program Coordinator
(216) 321-5935, ext. 226

Robert Sikora, Director of Development
(216) 321-5935, ext. 223

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

Associate Staff

Penny Allen, Welcome Desk Associate

Shelly Bender, Environmental Educator

Bobby Boyle, Welcome Desk Associate

Mary Jo Ciuni, Environmental Educator

Felicia Close, B'Earthday Party/Environmental Educator

Carl Friess, Welcome Desk Associate

Nicole Hindman, Welcome Desk Associate

Charles McShane, Welcome Desk Associate

Lisa Meade, B'Earthday Party/Environmental Educator

Mon'trel Myrick, Welcome Desk Associate

Meri Ruble, Environmental Educator

Andy Weiss, B'Earthday Party/Environmental Educator