Our Team

Scott 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.

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.

Lauren Prior, Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Animal Care

Lauren joined ELCCT in 2019, as a teacher naturalist with a background in natural science education, wildlife rehabilitation, and animal care. Currently, Lauren serves as the Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Animal Care. She holds a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Rider University, located in New Jersey.

Fern Vaughn, Program Coordinator at Barnes Nature Center

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

Rose Lombardi, Teacher Naturalist and Rental Coordinator

Rose comes to ELCCT with a summer camp background from a variety of camps including Camp Carlson in Bristol. She holds a B.S in Biology with an environmental science focus from Central Connecticut State University.

Britni Pastyrnak , Office Assistant

Britni started off with ELCCT as a volunteer on our education farm in 2015. As her time as a volunteer grew, so did her passion for the organization. Britni joined our summer camp program as a Counselor in 2019. On the off-season of summer camp, Britni assists with office tasks, education programs, and special events.

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.