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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 serves on the Citizens Advisory Council of the Palisades Interstate Park and 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 these organizations, Debora has been a recognizable leader in environmental conservation and education in New Jersey for over two decades.

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.


Brian, a native of New Jersey and is the newest addition to the TNC team. Brian is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey where he received his Bachelors in Contemporary Art and is an active member of the Alumni community. Brian has worked in Oregon, Florida, Iowa and his home state of New Jersey fundraising for organizations to improve the lives of others.

Brian is passionate about helping others magnify their impact on society and looks forward to working with our community of supporters to build on the past success of the organization to ensure sustainability. Please email to set up a time to connect or plan to see him on the trail!


Helene joined the Tenafly Nature Center staff in 2022. A former elementary school teacher, she is dedicated to working for organizations that support education, environmental stewardship and the arts, and has provided grant writing and marketing services for nonprofits including the Palisades Parks Conservancy, Piermont Historical Society and ArtsRock, Inc. She is delighted to join the team and looks forward to helping grow TNC's funding opportunities.

Originally from Philadelphia, Helene has lived with her husband and daughter in Rockland County, NY for 18 years, where she has explored the parks and trails of the region, logging many miles walking, running and hiking. She also is a passionate gardener and photographer who is especially fond of cats and owls.


Dara & Frank joined the Tenafly Nature Center staff in 2019


Originally from New Jersey, Alex has been a Naturalist at Tenafly Nature 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 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 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.

Anna is a Certified Interpretive Guide™ and 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.


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.


Cabell is a recent addition to the TNC team who hails from Virginia. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Cabell received his Bachelors in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science. He has worked as an educator for 6 years and is excited to share his love of science and passion for the environment with learners of all ages.

When he's not walking the trails or teaching classes, Cabell enjoys reading science fiction, knitting, and playing tabletop games with friends.


Alejandro Gillespie graduated from Susquehanna University in May 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish. Before beginning work at TNC Alejandro worked as an Environmental Educator at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in PA and has experience working as a substitute teacher at HudsonWay Immersion School in Stirling, NJ. Alejandro enjoys exercising, gaming, and taking his dogs to the park.


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.


Sasha joined Tenafly Nature Center in 2021. She has been an Environmental Educator for over 10 years, working in the Hudson Valley. She has particular experience in working with native animals and a degree in Veterinary Technology from Mercy College. She is an avid beekeeper and native plant gardener and loves teaching kids how amazing our natural world is. She spends her free time with her family and cats, surrounded by way too many orchids!


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.


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.”


Phoebe joined the TNC team in 2021. She is a Biology teacher at Newark Public Schools with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Stockton University. After moving away from her home in the Pine Barrens, she was excited to find Tenafly Nature Center as a way to keep nature in her life. She has a passion for teaching people of all ages about the world around them, especially trees and other plants, and loves to see other people get excited about the natural world.

She tries to include musical and theatrical elements in everything she does, especially in teaching. She enjoys gardening, playing video games, watching tv series, as well as hiking with friends with field guide in hand.


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.


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.


Kristin initially joined the center's education team in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Manhattanville College, where she combined environmental studies with studies in child development and education. Kristin recently worked as a STEM Educator specializing in early childhood programs and teacher professional development at Liberty Science Center.

Outside of recently rejoining the TNC staff, Kristin spends her time providing child and pet care, and frequenting the beach in the summertime. She is a lifetime resident of Bergen County, and is grateful to be surrounded by many family members and close friends. Kristin has a longtime passion for animal protection and rescue, and previously volunteered with CASA, advocating for children in the foster system.


Mia joined Tenafly Nature Center in 2021 and has been teaching kids for a year. She has her bachelors in Elementary Education/English with a Special Ed certification. In her free time she loves to hike at national parks, coaching softball and doing arts and crafts.


Abby has joined the center's education team in 2022, after over 30 years as an elementary school teacher with a specialization in science. Earlier in her career, she worked as a naturalist at several nature centers and children's summer ecology programs.

Abby grew up in Brooklyn, and has always been drawn to kids and spending time outdoors. She received a B.S. in biology at SUNY-Binghamton and an M.S. in environmental education at SUNY-Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse.

All year long, on almost every day of the week, Abby makes time for swimming. When she's not at TNC, she's often out exploring NY and NJ hiking trails.


Becky joined Tenafly Nature Center in 2021. She is a recent graduate of Drew University, with a focus in environmental studies and art. She has several years of experience working at camps and after school programs. She loves camping, her two orange cats, and exploring creeks!


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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