Staff


Lenore Eggleston Herbst
, Executive Director

Sarah Breznen, Director of Education

Jennifer BradshawEarly Childhood Education Coordinator, Educator, Birds of Prey

Tommy McCarthyEducator, After School, Scouts

Jeanne YoungOffice Manager

Allegra JacobsAnimal Care Coordinator

Rachel Rogers, Field Trip Educator

Jennifer Turiano Danielle BottingerBirthday Party Educators

Assistant Educators:
Teddy Corper, 
Elijah Crehan & Marilyn Johnson

Board of Directors
Jana Hogan, President
Roberta Barbieri, Vice President
Lindsay Sheehy, Secretary

Ira Noble, Treasurer
Jaimie Meyer
Matthew Murray
Paul Ogden
Richard Vail
Steve Wooters


Advisory Board
Michael J. Rubbo, Ph.D.,
Program and Science 
Advisor

Raina Schunk, DVM, Veterinary Advisor

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Lenore Eggleston-Herbst

Executive Director

With more than twenty-five years of experience managing non-for-profit organizations, Lenore is dedicated to utilizing Woodcock’s incredible team to connect the community more deeply to nature. Her passion for creatively inspiring community though wildlife and the environment stems from a childhood spent either in the woods or in the dance studio. These days, she spends her time doing everything from overseeing operations, strategic planning, programming and fundraising, to writing press releases, running major events, and advocating for the great work of the small but mighty Woodcock Nature Center.

 

Lenore’s previous leadership experience includes twelve years as director of marketing and development for the Westchester Philharmonic. She has also worked in fundraising and marketing for The Ballet Tech Foundation (New York City’s only tuition-free public school for dance) and the Kaufman Center, also in New York City which operates a community arts school, a K-12 public school for gifted music students, and the renowned Merkin Concert Hall. Lenore has been a guest speaker at Pace University, Manhattanville College and at NYU on the subject of marketing and public relations in the arts sector. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Psychology from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Performing Arts Administration from NYU.

 

A resident of Wilton, Lenore served on the board of directors at Woodcock before becoming its executive director in 2018. When she’s not sitting in the outfield or shivering at the ice hockey rink with her husband and two sports-loving sons, she can be found snuggling her two rescue cats or walking the neighborhood with her noisy coonhound, Darwin.

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Sarah Breznen

Director of Education

Sarah enjoys sharing her love of animals, art, and nature through exploration and play! She teaches field trips, afterschool classes, and family programs throughout the year. During the summer she is camp director for Woodcock’s wildly popular summer camp. She works closely with the educator team at the nature center, researching and developing new programs to inspire connection through nature.

 

Sarah holds a BA from SUNY Purchase where she majored in Environmental Studies with a minor in Fine Art. She has always been interested in the influence of art in environmental awareness and reconnecting to nature. Before she began her journey at Woodcock in 2009, Sarah volunteered in Croatia helping to reintroduce the endangered Eurasian Griffon vulture along the Adriatic Sea, and on the northern coast of Scotland researching bottlenose dolphins.

 

She serves locally as a board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and participates as a member of the Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership on behalf of Woodcock. She lives in Norwalk with her rescue cat Melvin. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and volunteering to remove invasive plants and restore native habitats. 

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Jennifer Bradshaw

Early Education Coordinator, Educator, Birds of Prey

Jennifer has been visiting the nature center since she was five years old. She would come to the center with her father to hike and look for snakes and frogs. Many years later she began helping at Woodcock as an animal care volunteer. In October of 2013 she was offered a position on the staff and could not have been happier. Jennifer wears many hats at Woodcock including teaching our wildly popular Little Forest Folk program which she created along with all the incredible preschool programming. In addition, she oversees all the resident animals and works closely with Woodcock’s birds of prey. During the summer months she serves as assistant camp director.

 

Jennifer is very involved with several advocacy groups including serving on the Wilton Youth Council's "Free Play Task Force", and acting as President of the CT Chapter of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools. In 2018, she became a certified Play-Maker whose job it is to spread the power of optimism to children who need it. Jennifer was awarded the 2019 Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Award given by the Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Education Association. This award is a testament to her hard-work and dedication to environmental education. Jennifer lives in Ridgefield with her husband and their children Jase and Nicky.

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Tommy McCarthy

Educator

Coming soon!

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Jeanne Young

Office Manager

Jeanne’s deep love and reverence for nature started in her own backyard and local nature center growing up. With over 20 years of administrative management experience, Jeanne works to keep operations running as smoothly as possible, including handling registration for all of Woodcock’s programs and events. During summer, she is the Camp Registrar and Director of First Aid. Jeanne serves on the advisory council of the local environmental sustainability organization Wilton Go Green. She grew up in Stamford and Ridgefield, CT and currently lives in Wilton with her husband and their cat Charlie. She can often be found on the trails of Woodcock and other local open spaces. 

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Allegra Jacobs

Animal Care Coordinator

Allegra has been one with animals her entire life and enjoys learning about and working with all corners of the animal kingdom. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a masters in anthrozoology and hopes for a future career in animal assisted therapy, animal communication, and spiritual mediumship. Since 2016, Allegra has worked hard to maintain the daily care and cleaning of Woodcock’s animal collection and loves each one of the animals as if they were her own. When not at Woodcock she fills her time exercising and training dogs, riding horses, or wrangling goats! She shares her home with Augustus, a winter white hamster, Jacoby, a Cuban brown anole, Ollivander, a rested gecko, and Inca, a leopard gecko (also a former Woodcock resident!)  Find her on the grounds one afternoon and tell her hello!

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Rachel Rogers

Field Trip Educator

With more than 15 years of experience as an educator and public program coordinator in Hartford museums including The Mark Twain House & Museum and the Connecticut Historical Society, educator Rachel Rogers is comfortable with everything from guiding tour groups and developing programs to planning lectures, fundraisers, and symposia featuring national figures. At Woodcock she plays a key role in running and planning field trip programs for the thousands of local school children who visit each year.  Rachel has lived in Ridgefield since 2009 and discovered Woodcock Nature Center shortly after while visiting with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and hiking with her family. With fond memories of digging for worms, searching for salamanders, and exploring for lady slippers, she is delighted to share that her teaching at Woodcock reminds her of many happy childhood days growing up in central Connecticut.

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Danielle Bottinger

Birthday Party Educator

Danielle has been a birthday party educator at Woodcock since March 2021.  Danielle started teaching middle school in 1999, and she currently works full time at Middlebrook School in Wilton as a 7th grade ELA teacher.  Danielle loves animals, and has a dog, cat, guinea pig, and gecko at home. She also has two children. She refuses to pick a favorite among them.

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Jennifer Turiano

Birthday Party Educator

Jennifer joined the Woodcock team in 2021 and is passionate about lifelong learning and immersion in the outdoors. She is a career changer, with a background in local and environmental journalism in Greenwich, Conn. and northern Maryland, who now teaches at The Windward School in White Plains. Jennifer received her BA from SUNY Purchase College in 2016 and is currently in an MS program for English Education at CUNY Lehman College.


In years past, Jennifer was a Junior Educator at the Bruce Museum and hosted fashion birthday parties at Sharkey's Cuts for Kids - both located in Greenwich - and she is excited to continue hosting fun and educational parties for children of all ages.