Debora Davidson - Director of Education / Membership & Donations
Since 2003, Debora has dedicated herself to building the education programs at Tenafly Nature Center. She also serves on board of trustees for the Alliance of NJ Environmental Educators and helps lead the Nature Program Cooperative in Bergen County.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Debora graduated with a degree in Environmental studies from the University of Oregon. Debora has also worked with the Queens College's Center for Environmental Teaching and Research, and the NJ Audubon Society. “I feel that the most important thing I can do to make a positive impact to the natural world is to help people make meaningful connections between people and their local environment.”
Jennifer Lo Dico - Education Program Manager (Camp Director / Birthday Party Coordinator)
Jen joined the Nature Center Staff in 2016 and is excited to share her passion of the outdoors with others! She has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware and studied abroad to Tanzania and Costa Rica focusing on the wildlife and bird biodiversity. Previously, she interned at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida as an Environmental Educator.
She loves nature photography, birding, snorkeling, and hopes to travel the world!
Alexander Braunstein - Public Engagement Coordinator / Environmental Educator
Alex is a 2016 addition to the Nature Center staff, and is excited to share his love of the woods with others. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Drew University and just recently adventured across country to hike the national parks.
Christina Holstrom - Scout Programs / After-school Enrichment / Environmental Educator
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 is a former consultant for the NJ Audubon Society and has worked with the NJ Bald Eagle Project, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Engaged in her community, she is a substitute teacher for Wyckoff Public Schools, active in her PTO, and has been a Cub Scout Leader and Girl Scout Volunteer. Chris enjoys hiking and traveling with her family in her spare time.
Nick Cooper - Environmental Educator
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.
Kathleen Farley - Environmental Educator
Kathleen joined the Nature Center staff in 2012 and is thrilled to be working outdoors with kids! Previously, she spent six years working as a middle school science teacher in Newark where she emphasized environmental connections through the curriculum. Kathleen graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Science in Ecology and Natural Resource Management and after completing a Masters in Biology from Montclair State University, she is currently obtaining her Ph.D. in Biology from Rutgers-Newark. Her previous research included the breeding population decline of American Kestrels (New Jersey), the mating behaviors of wild horses (Outer Banks), and nest depredation of the Band-tailed Pigeon (Arizona). In what spare time she has, Kathleen enjoys hiking, camping, dancing, and of course, birding.
Jillian Henthorn - Environmental Educator
Jillian has a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and Management from Fordham University. Jill has worked in a classroom setting before and volunteered at several environmental centers in New York and New Jersey. She has a passion for learning and educating.
In her free time, she can be found exploring new hiking trails, exercising, or gardening.
Asai MasChang - Environmental Educator
Asai MasChang joined the center's team in 2017. A recent graduate majoring in Environmental Studies from Stockton University, she is absolutely dedicated to creating a better world for current and future generations through education, conservation and preservation. Asai has spent her last two summers working as an environmental educator at a marine science camp in South Carolina and at an environmental center in rural Pennsylvania.
She 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.
Anna Sills - Environmental Educator
Minnesota native, Anna, is a new member of the Tenafly team. Her passion and enthusiasm of nature led her to study biological and environmental sciences at the University of Minnesota. During her time in University she also worked two years in a administrative role creating the Park Naturalist Program in Red Wing, Minnesota. She is thrilled to share her passion and knowledge with others.
Krishna Tobon - Environmental Educator
Krishna 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.