Whitney Lash-Marshall, Executive Director

Whitney joins The Woods after several years of teaching and conducting research in the fields of conservation. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy from SUNY-ESF. Growing up in Western New York, Whitney was an early explorer of all things outdoors and over the years has continued to connect with the environment through her work as a science educator, camp counselor, and naturalist.  A firm believer in the “hands-on, minds-on” model of connecting people to nature, she is excited to work with the Baltimore Woods community to promote the true power of place right here at home in Central New York. Whitney is an avid volleyball player, hiker, and traveler and looks forward to meeting you at The Woods!

Tom Meier, Camp Director

tom meier camp directorTom graduated from SUNY-ESF in 2001 with a BS in Environmental Forest Biology and Forest Resources Management. He has been a counselor, naturalist, and director at various Boy Scout and Environmental Education camps for the past 20 years. Tom has many hobbies and skills, chief among them are playing banjo, guitar and mandolin, nature photography, and fly fishing. He spent his childhood playing in the woods, fishing in farm ponds, skipping rocks, building forts, camping, backpacking, and forming a deep connection to the natural world. As Camp Director at Baltimore Woods since 2007, he has been passionate about providing those same opportunities for hundreds of local children as they play and discover and build their own nature connections.

Becky Wilson, Education Manager

Becky Wilson Education ManagerBecky graduated in 2008 from SUNY ESF with a Bachelor of Science in Natural History and Interpretation. She has been working at Baltimore Woods Nature Center since 2010 and is passionate about connecting children to nature. Becky loves spending time hiking and camping with her husband and two sons, Sage and Reed. She enjoys sharing her love of nature with her boys and is inspired by their awe and wonder of the world around them.

Fran Lawlor, Land Manager

Fran Lawlor comes to Baltimore Woods as a former stewardship ecologist for The Nature Conservancy and a natural resources educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension. She has an M.S. in Plant Ecology from SUNY-ESF and extensive experience working with volunteers in tree care and invasive plant control. For Fran, the spirit of the woods and streams and the diversity of habitats, creatures and topography at the Woods are a perfect place for children and adults any time of year. Her children were campers almost 30 years ago and they look forward to their children’s time to be campers, as well.  Fran is an incurable vegetable gardener and loves to eat. She and her husband live on the land where Fran was born in the town of Onondaga where they snowshoe, pick wild berries with their grandchildren and grow hops for Griffin Hill Farm Brewery on the home farm

Alexandra Grove, Environmental Educator

Lexi graduated from SUNY-ESF in 2018 with a B.S. in Environmental Biology. She grew up on an apple farm, where she was able to explore, play, and forge lasting connections with the environment. Lexi hopes to create opportunities for all ages to enjoy nature, both at The Woods and through the Nature in the City program. She is always learning from those around her and loves sharing memories of experiences in nature. Lexi likes to cook with her family, put her nose in a good book, or go on a grand adventure in her spare time.

Emily Overstrom, Environmental Educator

Emily Overstrom

Emily graduated from SUNY-ESF in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Emily explored and created lasting memories of the unique natural wonders in this area. Spending time around lakes, rivers, and waterfalls ignited Emily’s passion for the natural world. Emily looks forward to connecting people of all ages to the nature around them, whether it be in a city or in the woods. In her spare time Emily enjoys finding new hiking trails, doing yoga, and reading. 

 

Rand Michaels, Environmental Educator

Rand Michaels, environmental educator

Rand‘s love for the natural world began in his youth, exploring the forests, fields, and lakes of Northern Michigan. This passion eventually led to a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education from SUNY ESF in 2017. Since then he has served as an interpretive ranger with Americorps in New Hampshire, before coming back to pursue a graduate degree in Outdoor Education from SUNY Cortland. Rand is proud to be giving back to the Syracuse community that he calls home through the Nature in the City program, and to join the larger Baltimore Woods team. In his free moments, you are likely to find him foraging wild edible foods, chasing waterfalls, or in a local coffee shop with a book in hand.  

 

Eliza Phillips, Environmental Educator

Eliza Phillips, environmental educator

Eliza graduated from SUNY-ESF in 2019 with a B.S. in Environmental Education and Interpretation. Growing up outside on a small beef farm gave her the chance to explore and learn about the environment around her. Eliza is looking forward to helping other kids have similar experiences learning and playing outside. In her spare time she loves to paddle, hike, and compete in lumberjack shows across the northeast.

Stacy Drake, Marketer

Stacy Drake MarketerA native of Central New York, Stacy returned to the area after many years of traveling with her Navy husband. She is the mom of three growing children. She holds an MBA from St. Joseph’s University and a BA in English/Communications from Le Moyne College.She is passionate about the arts, a steward of the planet, and a staunch believer in the Golden Rule.

Meg Schader, Membership & Development Coordinator

Meg has a BS in agriculture from Cornell University and has operated a small farm in Central New York with her family since 1999. She served as a board member of the New York Agricultural Land Trust for 10 years, and she is passionate about preserving green spaces and connecting people to the land. She is currently pursuing an MPS in environmental studies at SUNY-ESF, and she has been a Kripalu yoga teacher since 2013. Meg enjoys baking, walking with her dogs in the woods on her farm, and exploring the Finger Lakes with her husband and son. She looks forward to connecting with members of the Baltimore Woods community!

Sue Jones, Office Manager

Office Manager for Baltimore Woods since 2011, Sue Jones enjoys welcoming visitors to The Woods, both young and old, and working with our many wonderful volunteers. When she is not at The Woods, Sue enjoys walking her dog, kayaking,  working in her garden, and spending time with her grandchildren.  A  graduate  of Wells College, Sue serves on the Tree Committee for the Village of Skaneateles and is a big fan of farmers markets.

Gaetane Perreault, Bookkeeper

A native of Quebec, Gaetane moved to New York State in 1989 to follow her American husband. She studied accounting at Jefferson Community College and Empire State College.  She is an avid cross country skier, hiker, and cyclist. She is an animal lover and has rescued many dogs and cats over the years. An outdoor enthusiast, she loves hiking at The Woods in all seasons of the year!