CEC Announces New Executive Director
Centerville, IN (11/8/2018)- Long-time Cope employee Traci Lewis has been named executive director of Cope Environmental Center (CEC).
The CEC board conducted a national search but found the perfect candidate right at Cope. The board noted that Lewis’ dedication and passion for Cope and her ability to motivate others makes her the perfect choice for executive director. Lewis’ appointment was effective Nov. 5.
Since 2001, Lewis has served in various capacities at CEC, including resource coordinator, volunteer coordinator, events coordinator, and education and outreach coordinator. She has worn many hats at Cope and is highly respected by staff, visitors, volunteers and the community.
Lewis said she is excited to partner with educators, donors, and staff to promote what Helen Cope originally termed “the Living Classroom”. That is CEC.
“The vision to demonstrate innovation in sustainability and environmental education must be kept as vibrant and relevant as the land itself in order to thrive,” Lewis said.
“I’ve been a part of this inspiring mission for a long time. The Copes’ Legacy gives me so many ideas for the future. They called this beautiful property ‘the living classroom’ and I’m excited to move the staff and the community forward in that spirit,” Lewis said.
“Traci has a deep understanding of CEC — its mission, its land, and its importance to the community and beyond,” said Alan Spears, CEC Board Chair and Search Committee Chair.
“Her historical knowledge, involvement in all aspects of Cope, and her can-do spirit will allow her to hit the ground running and have an immediate impact,” Spears said.
Before coming to Cope, Lewis spent 26 years in the film industry, directing actors and extras in films, commercials and TV shows. Traci lives on a farm in Centerville, Ind. and enjoys farming, gardening, and taking care of her animals.