Staff and Board
(Zajdel, Mussoni, and Blue pictures compliments of Greg Pyle Photography)
|Alison Zajdel is the new Executive Director at Cope Environmental Center and oversees operations and fund development. She has been a staff member since 2001 mostly recently serving as Development Director. Before coming to CEC she attended DePauw University majoring in Studio Arts. She has her certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Fund Raising School (Center on Philanthropy) and has completed training in planned giving, grant-seeking/writing, major gifts, and annual fund development. Alison contributes to our community through the Women’s Fund of the Wayne County Foundation, the Wayne County Alternative Gift Fair, and the Treehouse Children’s Museum as well as volunteering for many other community not-for-profits. Alison received the prestigious Indiana Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders in 2004 and has been an avid jump roper for 20 years!|
|Jeremy Mussoni has been part of the CEC staff in various capacities since 1999. In 2006, Jeremy became CEC’s Facilities and Grounds Director, responsible for pursuing sustainability and alternative energy techniques while overseeing the maintenance of Cope Environmental Center’s 104 acre property. Jeremy is skilled at hands-on building and excels in his managerial role. He also manages the majority of CEC’s alternative energy and bio-diesel educational programs and ensures the implementation of new sustainability demonstrations and projects. Jeremy serves on the Wayne County Community Corrections Board of Directors, vice-chair of the Ivy Tech Construction Technology Advisory Board and is a long-term managerial volunteer at the Knights of St. John. Jeremy has a degree in Biology from Indiana University East. Jeremy’s entrepreneurial and multifaceted skills greatly benefit CEC every day.|
|Aubrey Blue is the Program Director at Cope Environmental Center. Aubrey has a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University East and helps CEC in both administrative and program capacities. Aubrey became a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) in 2005, and has attended numerous other workshops and programs adding to her experience. Five summers prior to becoming full-time, Aubrey was an integral part of the summer program staff working with pre-K through high school students. Most of Aubrey’s work at CEC is to lead community, family, school and summer programs. She also assists CEC’s Executive Director in developing curricula to provide the best possible educational experience for visiting students. Aubrey has classroom teaching experience and truly excels in outdoor and environmental education. Her ability to connect with young students, enhanced by her participation in the Richmond Community Schools Study Buddy Program, benefits CEC through all the program seasons.|
|Traci Lewis is the new CEC Volunteer Coordinator. We are thrilled to have her “back” as she worked at CEC roughly 10 years ago! Traci has spent the last 26 years in the film industry directing actors and extras in films, commercials, and TV series. She uses these skills to wrangle our volunteer corp- pairing each person with their skills and talents. Traci lives on a farm in Centerville and enjoys farming, gardening and taking care of her animals. “I’m excited to be back. CEC gives me to chance to do the same type of work (coordinating the masses!), but while helping the environment and my community. Wow- it’s great to be back at CEC!”|
|Mary Jones is CEC’s Program and Development Coordinator. A recent Environmental Studies graduate from Earlham College, Mary brings her experience in environmental education and passion for community sustainability as she assists with programming development and implementation and coordinating annual fundraising efforts. In her spare time, Mary can be found biking around the area, managing the Richmond Winter Farmers Market, and exploring new soup recipes to make with fresh, local veggies.|
|Brent Evans is the Facilities and Grounds Assistant. He received his Associate’s Degree in Conservation Law from Vincennes University and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Science from Indiana University East. He has taken classes in forestry through Purdue Extension and is well-versed in the care and development of natural areas. Before becoming a year-round employee, Brent served as a summer intern. His knowledge of natural resources and equipment maintenance makes him an invaluable addition to the team. Brent lives in Centerville with his wife Courtney.|
We are thrilled to have had the following summer interns working with us this year:
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: email@example.com.
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