tanglewood nature center and museum


Board of Directors

Executive Board

Janet Chilson, President (Learn more about Janet here!)

Rich Gridley, Vice President

Kintu Early, Treasurer (Learn more about Kintu here!)

Lauren Little, Secretary  (Learn more about Lauren here!


Board of Directors members:

Ben Amsler

Dr. William Bishop

Michael Bono

Dean Butts

Jim Emmick

Dr. Charles Friend

Rich Gridley

Frank Gudas

Jeremy Hourihan

Lynsey Hourihan

Angela May

Emily McConnell

Linda Roessler

Duane Saxton

Brandon Saylor

Alan Winston 




Interested in serving on our Board of Directors? 


Serving on the Board of Directors offers opportunities for expanding your network, exploring new professional skills ranging from budget management to personnel policies to investments, and ongoing professional development. Plus - it's rewarding to take a leadership role in protecting over 300 acres of land, and reaching over 35,000 people in seven counties of NY and PA! 

Members of our Board of Directors have the following responsibilities:

  • attending Board Meetings, scheduled on the last Wednesday of the month at 8:00am
  • joining and serving on at least one committee (more info below)
  • remaining active, dues-paying members of Tanglewood, at the membership level of their choice
  • attending the annual fundraiser, and selling tickets to their personal and professional networks
  • advocating for the organization and being eager to talk to their friends, families, and communities about the work Tanglewood does

Committees generally meet once a month for an hour, and meeting times vary depending on the schedules of the committee members.  Board members should plan for an average monthly commitment of about 2-4 hours preparing for Board meetings, reviewing minutes, and participating in committees, plus a significant annual time commitment in outreach and networking on behalf of Tanglewood - including attending and enjoying the annual fundraiser with your friends! 

Committees include: Fund Development, Nominating and Board Development, Human Resources, and Facilities and Trails. 

Curious about what duties a Board member has? Check out this overview from the New York State Charities Bureau: it covers questions to ask before joining, explains the legal duties of care, loyalty, and obedience, and more!                 


Nature Center and Museum location:
443 Coleman Avenue Elmira NY 14903

Phone: (607) 732-6060




Nature Center and Museum hours: OPEN Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Saturday 10am-4pm. CLOSED Sundays and Mondays. Trails are open dawn-dusk year-round.

Admission to the Nature Center and Museum is FREE to all. Please consider becoming a member of Tanglewood!

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