(All pictures compliments of Greg Pyle Photography)
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.
Kaitlyn Blansett is the Community Outreach Coordinator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and History from Indiana University in Bloomington. Kaitlyn has programming experience working with children in nature as a counselor at CEC in the summers of 2012-2014 and 2016. She spent the summer of 2015 vetting materials for the Living Building Challenge project that will open as the Sustainable Education Center in the fall 2016. She has a Certificate for the Project Learning Tree Program. Outside of CEC, Kaitlyn enjoys hiking, reading, knitting, and spending time with her cat, Harvey.
Cara Tegeler is our Visiting Naturalist whose position is funded by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. Cara is with us for 9 months to learn the environmental education world, complete a legacy project on the property (wetland restoration), help with programs, and spend time with other environmental organizations exploring the field. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology from Indiana University East and a Certificate for the Project Learning Tree Program, she will also be attending the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy in the Spring. Cara enjoys cooking, hiking, camping and fishing.
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