tanglewood nature center and museum


Board of Directors

Executive Board

Kintu Early, President (Learn more about Kintu here!

Linda Hillman, Vice President (Learn more about Linda here!

Lauren Little, Treasurer (Learn more about Lauren here!

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


Board of Directors members:

Ben Amsler

Dr. William Bishop

Michael Bono

Bob Butcher

Dean Butts

Jim Emmick

Dr. Charles Friend

Rich Gridley

Frank Gudas

Jeremy Hourihan

Emily McConnell

Beverly Morrell

Linda Roessler

Duane Saxton

Brandon Saylor

Lynsey Wagner



Interested in serving on our Board of Directors? 


We are welcoming applications from members of the community interested in serving on our Board of Directors. The application is linked here and may be emailed to Elaine Spacher, Executive Director, or mailed to the Nominating Committee at Tanglewood Nature Center, 443 Coleman Avenue Elmira NY 14903. 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:

Fundraising- Responsible for planning and executing major fundraisers including the annual fundraiser (June 1st 2019 - Tanglewoodstock!) and the fall family festival Haunted Happenings. 

Investment- Responsible for monitoring the endowment and other funds, policy making and best practice.

Facilities- Responsible for maintenance of both buildings, all outbuildings and 250+ acres of land. 

Human Resources- Responsible for maintaining personnel policies, hiring/firing and personnel budget. 

Marketing- Responsible for finding new and exciting ways to put Tanglewood into the public eye, reminding people of the crucial work we do, and why we need support.

Membership- Responsible for monitoring and growing Tanglewood’s membership base, from individuals and families to corporations.                                                                    

Programs & Exhibits- Responsible for developing programs for all ages, as well as overseeing museum exhibits and animal collection decisions. 

Nominating- Responsible for recruiting, interviewing and orienting new Board Members, and providing on-going education for the whole Board.                            


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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