Meet the Staff


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 One Page Bio


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.


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.

Heather Gee: Director of Development

As Director of Development, Heather supports the Executive Director, Board, and Development Committee in achieving annual and long-term fundraising and philanthropic goals and is responsible for all aspects of an expanding development program. She is also responsible for our donor stewardship program.

Bonnie Girard

Bonnie Girard: Director of Finance and Administration

As Bookkeeper, Bonnie manages the accounting / bookkeeping activities of the Institute and ensures that we are adhering to all Governmental Laws and Regulations and Accounting Standards.  Various other responsibilities include:  HR and payroll related issues, insurance coverage for both the employees and for the institute, assist with technology updates/training and also assist with any other administrative requests by the Executive Director.


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 promotional materials. She also maintains the Institute’s website and coordinates social networking including FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Pinterest.



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.

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.


Kaitlin Gannon: Outreach Coordinator

Kaitlin is an environmental educator both at the Wetlands Institute as well as on a number of Outreach programs and trips.  She brings live animals and interactive Environmental Education programs to schools, libraries, campgrounds and other organizations throughout New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania and Delaware.  In addition Kaitlin also coordinates the Science Education at Sea (SEAS) program in Wildwood, Cape May and Sandy Hook Bay.


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.


Samantha Sorbello: Aquarist / Environmental Educator

As the Aquarist/Environmental Educator at the Institute, Samantha 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 Samantha’s weekly maintenance and supervision. Additionally, Samantha assists with educational programs both at the Institute and on Traveling Environmental Education and Group Outreach Programs.


Terrie Campbell, Receptionist

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

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.


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.

Joyce Ferguson

Joyce Ferguson: Tidepool Shop Manager

Joyce has been working part-time in the Institute’s Tidepool Shop since 2001.  Joyce and her staff keep shop’s shelves stocked with fantastic books, toys, games and guides that appeal to any age group.


Marge Corson  Marge Corson: Volunteer CoordinatorMarge helps to organize and schedule over 100 volunteers throughout the year.  A volunteer herself, Marge can be found every week at the Institute answering phones, guiding visitors throughout the building, selling tickets and much much more!
scute  Scute the Terrapin: Meeter, Greeter and All Around Morale RaiserScute’s intent is to put smiles on all faces and enlighten fans of all ages about the Wetlands Institute and all of our great research, education and conservation programs.  You can find Scute throughout the year at special events, parades, festivals and more!

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