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.  She holds a degree from Mattatuck Community College and is a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the Connecticut DEEP.


Lauren Prior, Educator/Naturalist

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.


Saima Kousar, Sustainable Garden Intern

Saima is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a focus in Botany from Central Connecticut State University. Saima enjoys her home garden, volunteering at Mercy Shelter as a cook and server with her Mosques service group, is a freelance interpreter speaking Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi and serves as a Sunday School Teacher. Saima began her internship on Monday, May 18th and will complete 20 hours a week through August.

Eileen Norkun, Part-time Seasonal Instructor

Eileen has been an instructor here at ELCCT for many 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

Barb 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.  Barb holds a B.A. from Charter Oak College, has TESOL Teacher Training Certification and a certificate in Electronics from the Porter and Chester Institute.