Traci Lewis is the Executive Director at Cope Environmental Center. 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. Traci spent 26 years in the film industry directing actors and extras in films, commercials, and TV series. She uses these skills to pair people to positions in which their skills and talent can flourish. Traci lives on a farm in Centerville and enjoys farming, gardening, and taking care of her animals.
Brent Evans is the Facilities and Grounds Coordinator. 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.
Stephanie McCurdy is the Program & Volunteer Coordinator. Stephanie holds a Bachelor Degree in Natural Resources from Purdue University and has 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector of Wayne County. She brings to CEC a wealth of knowledge in programming, outreach, fundraising, and event planning. She also has a lifelong love of the woods, is passionate about frogs and other herps, and enjoys sharing her
knowledge with people from many different backgrounds.
Stephanie is certified in Project Learning Tree, Project WET, Project Wild/Aquatic, Go FishIN, and is a Master Gardener. She is active with the Indiana Envirothon Competition and happily volunteers her time supporting the various activities of her sidekicks, James and Morgan.
Amanda Jetmore is CEC’s Accountant. Amanda holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the University of Evansville. Before joining CEC staff she worked as a contract bookkeeper for CEC for five years. We also share her with the Wayne County Historical Museum and First English Lutheran Church. Amanda first came to CEC because she was inspired by Marianne Cope, who was the kindergarten teacher for both of her daughters. Amanda admired the values that Marianne instilled in her children and has continued to share and encourage the love of nature and the outdoors with them at CEC ever since. Her daughters have attended CEC’s camps since they were five years old and now they both are Junior Rangers, special volunteers who help lead the Summer Adventure Camps.
Amanda’s favorite outdoor activity is running. She has completed 10 half marathons to date and plans to complete one every month for the next year! Amanda also enjoys sewing, knitting, and gardening.
Ashlee Brown is CEC’s new Development Director. Ashlee holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Indiana University East. Ashlee got her start in the nonprofit world through undergraduate volunteering and service-learning opportunities. She relocated to CEC from Indiana University East and brings with her academic and higher-ed experience with fundraising. Ashlee is passionate about youth science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, sustainable living, and brings a passion for data and research-based problem solving to her role. Ashlee’s favorite outdoor activities are river-walking and hiking, but she also enjoys print and web comics and her two cats.
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.
Ed Cope, Ex-Officio
David Jose, Emeritus
Marie Cope Nicholson