Scott E. Heth

Executive Director
Scott comes to ELCCT with 30 years of experience with the National Audubon Society in Sharon, CT where he supervised several facilities, staff and volunteers.  Scott holds a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Vermont and Connecticut Teacher Certification from Western Connecticut State University.  In addition to extensive experience in environmental education and conservation, Scott is also a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.


Phone: (860) 583-1234 ext. 100

Mary Alford

Part-time Bookkeeper
With over 40 years of experience in bookkeeping and finance, Mary handles payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable. She also provides scheduling support and fields phone calls and inquiries from the general public.


Phone: (860) 583-1234 ext. 101

Kirsten Tomlinson

Director of Education 
Kirsten comes to ELCCT from the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Project Oceanology.  She is a certified Connecticut teacher in biology, holds an MS in Biology and has extensive summer camp, environmental education and supervisory experience.  In addition, she is well-versed in NGSS and has experience in grant writing and reporting.


Phone: (860) 583-1234 ext. 102

Erin O’Connell

Coordinator of Volunteer Services & Animal Care

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Erin came to ELCCT with a background in wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education, wild, exotic and domestic animal care and volunteer management experience.  She holds a Bachelors in Biology from the State University of New York at Albany and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. Erin is responsible for the day-to-day operations in the animal care department and the point of contact for the Volunteer Program, responsible for the recruitment, training and supervision of ELCCT volunteers.


Phone: (860) 583-1234 ext. 103

Aaron Haber

Land & Facilities Manager
Aaron has a background in habitat management and grounds keeping and has worked as an Environmental Consultant. Currently, he is responsible for maintaining the facilities and grounds of all of ELCCT’s facilities, sanctuaries and preserves.


 Fern Vaughn

Program Coordinator at Barnes Nature Center 
A veteran educator, Fern coordinates ELCCT’s programs at the Barnes Nature Center and has worked for ELCCT for over eight years.  She holds a degree from Mattatuck Community College and is a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the Connecticut DEEP.


Lauren Prior

Lauren comes to ELCCT with a background in natural science education, wildlife rehabilitation, and wild, exotic, and domestic animal care.  In addition, Lauren is actively training to become a certified Master Naturalist. She holds a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Rider University, located in New Jersey.


Eileen Norkun

Part-Time Seasonal Instructor
Eileen has been an instructor here at ELCCT for over seven years. She is a retired art teacher with B.S., M.S. and 6th year Elementary Education and Art Education degrees from Central Connecticut State University.  She currently helps teach school groups and other programs at the Indian Rock Preserve.

Barbara Solla

Part-Time Seasonal Instructor
For over eight years, Barbara Solla has taught school programs and summer camp and has assisted with the general operations of ELCCT. In addition, she has worked with many education organizations and schools including the Catapult Learning Center, Supplemental Education Services of Connecticut, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury and Cheshire Public Schools.  Barbara holds a B.A. from Charter Oak College, has TESOL Teacher Training Certification and a certificate in Electronics from the Porter and Chester Institute.

Maria Karas (seasonal)

Sustainable Garden Summer Intern           

Please Welcome the Sustainable Garden Intern, Maria Karas. Maria currently attends the University of Connecticut, School of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Storrs, CT and is studying to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science with a Minor in Sustainable Food Crop Production. She is currently a member of both the Veg Husky Club and Nutritional Club at UConn and also a Volunteer for the SOS Food Recovery at UConn. Through this Internship, she will earn credit hours towards her Minor by completing a Field Internship with Uconn. Maria has experience working with children and adult volunteers and has worked at Camp Ahimsa, an overnight summer camp, for 2 summers where she oversaw and lead activities such as nature walks and outdoor activities. Maria will be working at the Indian Rock Nature Preserve at the Garden for Good leading volunteers with preparing the vegetable beds, planting, weeding, harvesting and delivering produce to recipient organizations. Maria will work a combination of days and weekends to accommodate all volunteer schedules.

If interested in Volunteering with the Garden for Good program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Erin at as we have many positions available!

John Correia (seasonal)

Biological Field Technician Intern   

John has been part of the ELCCT family since May of 2015 as a volunteer at the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, accruing over 500 hours. He has served as a docent, education visitors about the organization, assisting with animal care and leading public programs. He graduated Central Connecticut State University in 2016 with a B. S. in Biology; specialization in ecology, biodiversity, and evolutionary biology. John has previously worked at the Great Hollow Nature Preserve in Fairfield and completed bird research for the Connecticut Bird Atlas. Currently, John is completing the Biological Field Technician Internship for the summer where he is responsible for finding and marking the property boundaries using GPS, conducting bird and plant surveys on ELCCT properties, and preparing a document summarizing the property details and wildlife surveyed.