(All pictures compliments of Greg Pyle Photography)
Aubrey Blue is the Program Director and focuses on writing curriculum and leading community, family, school and summer programs. Aubrey has a General Studies degree with a concentration in Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Indiana University East and oversees all programming at CEC. Aubrey became a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) in 2005 and is also certified in other programs including, but not limited to: Project Learning Tree, Growing up WILD, Indiana Master Naturalist, Healthy Water, Healthy People, Hoosier Riverwatch, and Project Underground. She is on the Waynet.org Board of Directors, the steering committee for Wayne County Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Conference, and a past member of Cardinal Greenway’s Wayne County Steering Committee and the Family Earth Day Celebration planning committee (10 years). Aubrey has classroom teaching experience and truly excels in outdoor and environmental education. Her ability to connect with young students benefits CEC through all the program seasons.
Ruth Coffey is the Programming and Development Coordinator and works in both the planning and delivery of children’s programs and fund development. She obtained her degree from Ball State University majoring in Communications and Broadcast Journalism. With a diverse background working in both the commercial and non-profit sectors, she brings a skill-set for teaching, organization, and fundraising to CEC operations. She enjoys the challenge to nurture children’s innate passion for our outdoor home through creative activities. Living in Houston, Texas and native to Indiana, she chose Richmond as a vibrant community to come ‘home’ to. When not on land for her day job, she loves the water! Swimming and all things aquatic, theater, creative writing, hiking, cooking, herb gardening, travel or a good front-porch discussion are some of the activities she enjoys.
Kyle King is the Community Outreach Coordinator. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Taylor University and has worked with non-profits for the last 10 years. Kyle has business and marketing experience as one of the founders of Roscoe’s Coffee Bar & Taproom where he implemented sustainable practices such as composting, recycling, building restoration, and sourcing local ingredients. He also has experience organizing community gardens, leading environmental & wilderness programming with high-risk youth, and immersing children in nature as a counselor at CEC in the summers of 2004 & 2005 at CEC. Outside of CEC, Kyle enjoys hiking, writing, cooking, and gardening with his kids and wife, Sarah.
Board of Directors
Cope Environmental Center has an amazing volunteer Board of Directors! They work well with the staff and are passionate contributors to the community and the programs of CEC. All board members can be reached via email using the following address equation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cope Environmental Center’s Board of Directors meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm. If the meeting falls on or near a holiday, the meeting time and date might be rearranged to accommodate schedules.
David Jose, Emeritus
Marie Cope Nicholson