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Originally from Denver, Colorado, Debora graduated with a degree in Environmental studies from the University of Oregon. Prior to TNC, she worked for the New Jersey Audubon Society and Queens College Center for Environmental Teaching and Research. Since 2003 Debora has been a dedicated team member and leader of the Tenafly Nature Center and originally took over the reins as TNC’s Education Director.

In addition to her work at the TNC, Debora has been a board member for the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education and founder and member of the Nature Program Cooperative. From her contribution to both organizations, Debora has been a recognizable leader in environmental conservation and education in New Jersey for over a decade.

Debora is committed to the continuing success of the TNC and its mission. Debora stated recently: “I feel that the most important thing I can do to make a positive impact on the natural world is to help others make meaningful connections and help them to nurture a respect for what TNC’s founders entrusted to future generations back in 1961. My goal is to work hard to ensure that the local community takes pride in what their fellow community members were able to secure for current and future generations and for which the past and current boards have worked so hard to preserve.”

If you have ideas as to how you would like to see the nature center move forward please don’t hesitate to reach out to Debora.


Dara & Frank joined the Tenafly Nature Center staff in 2019


Originally from New Jersey, Jennifer joined TNC in 2016 as a graduate from the University of Delaware with a degree in Wildlife Conservation. She has a passion for travelling after studying abroad to both Tanzania and Costa Rica and hopes to bring her travelling experiences into her teachings at TNC.

Prior to TNC she interned at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida as an Environmental Educator.

Jen loves nature photography and has snapped most of TNC's instagram feed.


Originally from New Jersey, Alex has been a Naturalist at Tenafly Narture Center since 2016, and feels quite lucky to be able to share his love of the natural world with others.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Drew University.

When away from the center Alex spends most of his time hiking with his dog through the forests of NY & NJ.


Originally from Minnesota, Anna joined the Tenafly Nature Center team in 2018. Prior to that she graduated from the University of Minnesota and helped develop, administer, and lead the Red Wing Park Naturalist program, which is continuing to grow and enrich the surrounding community.

At TNC, she is excited to share her passion and enthusiasm of nature with others. She is dedicated to providing high quality, enriching, hands-on educational programs to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world.


Joining the Nature Center staff in 2011 Chris combines her extensive background in wildlife, science, and education with a sense of fun to provide vibrant programs for children of all ages.

Chris earned a Master's degree in Wildlife Management from Rutgers University and a Bachelor's in Biology from Mary Baldwin College. She has worked for the NJ Audubon Society, the NJ Bald Eagle Project, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She has been a Cub Scout Leader and Girl Scout Volunteer.


Amanda Schuster spent much of her childhood exploring the outdoors of rural Pennsylvania, leading her to obtain a B.S. in Biology from James Madison University. She has been involved in the environmental education field for over 15 years, and started her career at the Tenafly Nature Center in 2004. Before returning to the nature center in 2020, she worked as an Animal Interpretation Associate at the Liberty Science Center and as an Environmental Educator in the Forest Preschool program at the Friends of Rye Nature Center. She has conducted fieldwork with Barking Tree Frogs and American Woodcock, as well as volunteered at the Raptor Trust.

Amanda is excited to bring a Forest Preschool program to the Tenafly Nature Center, allowing children to engage in meaningful experiences with their peers and the environment.


While creating, directing, and teaching nature programs at a scout summer camp for seven years, Nick’s love for nature and teaching led to the pursuit of a degree in Education and Biology at SUNY Plattsburgh. Nick joined the Tenafly Nature Center team in 2019 and brings a background in, scout programs, and environmental education.


Arsen is working on his bachelor's degree in Environmental Science at Muhlenberg College and brings a strong passion for the entire natural world to his work. He's very glad to be working at the Nature Center he has frequented for over a decade, and is excited to give back to the community that was a large part of his childhood, Tenafly. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in Environmental Conservation or Ecosystem Management/Preservation. His favorite animal is the grizzly bear, and envies their ability to hibernate through the winter.

During his spare time, Arsen enjoys spending time with his dog, hiking new trails, birding, reading fantasy novels, and working on his writing.


Patricia graduated from Delaware Valley University with a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Wildlife Management. She joined the nature center in 2018 as a summer camp educator and recently said "the nature center has taught me so much and given me a head start to my career in conservation.”


Kathleen joined the Nature Center staff in 2012. Prior to TNC, she spent six years working as a middle school science teacher in Newark. In addition to working at TNC, Kathleen is completing a PhD in Biology at Rutgers Newark.

In what spare time she has, Kathleen enjoys hiking, camping, dancing, and of course, birding.


Jillian has a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and Management from Fordham University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Environmental Conservation Education at New York University. Jill joined the nature center staff in 2017 and has worked in both informal and formal classroom settings. She has volunteered at several environmental centers in New York and New Jersey and her passion for educating people of all ablilities and ages shines through her work at the center.

In her free time, she can be found exploring new hiking trails, exercising, or gardening.


Elizabeth joined the TNC team in 2017 and brings an eclectic and diverse background to her role as Environmental Educator. Passionate about both nature and teaching, she brings her experience as a former nature center manager, yoga teacher, pet trainer, and occasional wildlife rescuer to her role. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies and a RYT certificate in yoga instruction, and completed an independent study of NJ Forestry. She has published one novel, and spends her spare time tracking in the woods, adventuring around the state, and writing.


Asai joined the center's education team in 2017. A graduate majoring in Environmental Studies from Stockton University, she is dedicated to creating a better world for current and future generations through education, conservation and preservation. Prior to TNC Asai hads spent time working as an environmental educator at a marine science camp in South Carolina and at an environmental center in rural Pennsylvania.

Asai was a member of The Girl Scouts of America until her senior year of highschool, is a beekeeper and a PADI certified recreational diver.

In what free time she has, you can catch her hiking, hammocking, gardening, traveling or spending time with her family.


Krishna joined TNC in 2018 and is a long time supporting member of the Tenafly Nature Center. Her daughter has been attending summer and holiday camps at TNC for years and Krishna attributes her daughter’s curiosity, confidence and sense of stewardship for nature to TNC’s staff and educational curriculum. She wishes that every child would have access educational programs at nature centers and is honored to be a part of the educational team at TNC.

Krishna has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and trained as a NIH- IRACDA/INSPIRE (New Jersey/New York for Science Partnerships in Research & Education) postdoctoral teaching fellow at Rutgers Robert Wood Medical School.

She is passionate about inquiry-based learning and teaching kids to explore and care for the natural world.


Caroline Tuero is an Environmental Scientist with more than 5 years experience consulting for private and governmental clients. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Environmental Science in 2013. Caroline has been educating the public about the wonders of our environment with Tenafly Nature Center since 2011 as an Environmental Educator.

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