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Leadership Team

Dr Lenore Tedesco

Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Lenore is responsible for leadership of the Wetlands Institute. She is developing an expanded vision of the Institute and implementing its mission with the staff and board.  Lenore is responsible for the development of research, conservation and education programs, Institute public relations and fundraising.  She works with the board, staff, and community to sustain a group of year-round volunteers, and promoting special events.  Dr. Tedesco will continue to announce new initiatives and partnerships as the Wetlands Institute enters its next phase of growth and development.

Information on Dr. Tedesco. 

Dr. Tedesco’s vision statement 

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Dr Lisa Ferguson

Director of Research and Conservation

As the Director of Research and Conservation, Lisa oversees a diverse coastal and wetlands research program that supports the vision of the Wetlands Institute. Lisa collaborates with visiting scientists, university students, and numerous partners in the development of conservation-focused research, and works closely with the Institute’s Education Program. Her research explores the habitat use, health, and behavior of coastal birds to address management and conservation issues.

Bonnie Girard

Director of Finance and Administration

As Director of Finance, Bonnie manages the accounting / bookkeeping activities of the Institute and ensures that we are adhering to all Governmental Laws and Regulations and Accounting Standards.  Bonnie’s various other responsibilities include:  HR and payroll related issues, insurance coverage for both the employees and for the institute, technology updates/training support and other administrative requests from the Executive Director.

Brooke Knapick

Director of Educational Program Development

As Director of Educational Program Development, Brooke is responsible for expansion of environmental education programs for children, youth and the general public at the Wetlands Institute and throughout southern New Jersey. Her primary responsibilities include developing unique place-based environmental education curriculum and content across all ages, assessing program impact and seeking new opportunities to consistently strive for excellence as the Institute develops nationally competitive educational programs.

Christine Mattera

Director of Marketing and Communications

Christine oversees the Institute’s marketing, advertising, public relations and overall communications. She is responsible for the design and distribution of advertisements and promotional materials. She also maintains the Institute’s website and coordinates social networking including FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


Allison Anholt

Research Scientist

Allison was hired in April 2015 to work on coastal and avian research projects at The Wetlands Institute.  Allison has worked with avian species in coastal ecosystems throughout the nation for six years.

Brian Williamson

Research Scientist

Brian was hired in October 2013 to oversee Diamondback Terrapin research and conservation projects at The Wetlands Institute.  Brian graduated with a Master’s degree in Biology from Marshall University and has studied Diamondback Terrapins and Eastern Box Turtles.

Environmental Education

Haley Faith

Outreach Coordinator

As Outreach Coordinator, Haley brings live animals and interactive Traveling Environmental Education and Group Outreach Programs to schools, libraries, campgrounds and other organizations throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Haley is also responsible for the coordination and management of the Science Education at Sea (SEAS) Program in Wildwood Crest, NJ and assists with all educational programs at the Institute.

Sue Slotterback

Environmental Educator

As Environmental Educator at the Wetlands Institute, Sue is responsible for the development and facilitation of  environmental education programs to school and homeschool groups, as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. She also coordinates the summer Nature and Kayak Camps, which involve creating week-long themed activities, planning field trips, coordinating instructors, and supervising the Institute’s junior volunteers.

Shelby Schmeltzle

Aquarist / Environmental Educator

Shelby is responsible for taking care of the aquarium exhibits and marine animals. All animals are well fed, safe, happy, healthy and fun to watch thanks to her weekly maintenance and supervision. Shelby also assists with educational programs both at the Institute and on Traveling Environmental Education and Group Outreach Programs.


Terrie Campbell

Financial Administrative Assistant

Terrie works with the financial team doing daily reconciliations, reviewing invoices and accounts payable. She also oversees and helps the Front Desk & Admissions staff as they greet and admit visitors and members, inform them of daily programs, answer phones, and register visitors for special programs.

Christina Faulk

Administrative Assistant

Christina is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support and managing front desk staffing and operations. She also coordinates the Institute’s volunteer programs and assists with special event planning.

Kimberly Dmytro

Tidepool Shop Manager

Kimberly works part-time in the Institute’s Tidepool Shop. She joined us in 2017.  She and her staff keep shop’s shelves stocked with fantastic books, art, toys, apparel, games and guides that appeal to any age group.

Stephanie Stroble

Front Desk Receptionist / Admissions Coordinator

Stephanie works part-time at our front desk. In addition to greeting and admitting visitors, she answers phone calls and provides information about our programs.

Glenn Thompson

Maintenance Technician

Glenn works part time maintaining the property and facilities at the Institute. He joined us in 2015.