Welcome to the LEINWC
Board of Directors
Chair: Kristin Stanford
Secretary: Peggy Leopold
Treasurer: Kit Knaser
Education Director- Jackie Taylor Jackie Taylor is from Monclova, Ohio she has lived on the islands since 2012 working for OSU’s Stone Laboratory and the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center. Her education is in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel with a focus in Environmental Education from Hocking College. She has worked with various nonprofit organizations as an Ecotourist Environmental Leader, teaching environmental education to youths and adults. She has experienced Oregon working for the Youth Conservation Corps where she had an initiative in creating an integrated trail system through eastern Oregon as well as educating the local youth population in environmental stewardship. She enjoys kayaking and has guided in the State of Washington on the Puget Sound, Big Pine Key Kayak Adventures in the Florida Keys, the Lake Erie Islands, She taught Ecology at Peconic Dunes County Park on Long Island, New York for Cornell University and partnered with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) monitoring the box turtle populations in the County Park. With these experiences, she made a decision to stay on South Bass Island and have since been working at the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center (LEINWC) as the Education Director. The larger projects Jackie has been organizing are the interpretive and out-reach programs at LEINWC, Directing Put-in-Bay Nature Camps, a variety of programs for visitors such as our popular Wild Tuesday’s, monarch butterfly tagging (8 have been recovered in Mexico!), and many events that have helped the Wildlife Center continue to grow.
Education Specialists- Amy Huston Amy Huston is excited to provide and support environmental education to motivate islander and visitor care for the Lake Erie ecosystem. She attended Stone Laboratory Summer Classes in the 1990s: Ornithology, Geology, Limnology, Oceanography, and Aquatic Plants. She educated elementary students at Put-in-Bay School from 1984 to 2017. She lead sixth graders to record spring data for the LEINWC Phenology Garden. Amy advised the Put-in-Bay School Environmental Club from 2011-2015 and administered the school recycling program. She led students to cooperate with Put-in-Bay conservation organizations on litter clean up, tree surveys, tree planting, and organic seed sales. In 1995 Amy wrote and self published The Caves of Put-in-Bay book. When the main building of the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society was completed, Amy authored the script for its Visitor Welcome Film, A Look Back. She served as Publicity Co-Chair of the Put-in-Bay Ohio Bicentennial Celebration from 2001-2003. Amy was the maker of Underground Railroad Exhibit Sandusky Maritime Museum in 2003. She wrote the Underground Railroad Film to go with the Sandusky Maritime Museum exhibit in 2014.
Center Manager- Renee Market Renee Market has an education in Natural Resources from Hocking College and has always had a passion for the outdoors. She started her growing career with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at East Harbor State Park, Middle Bass State Park and South Bass State Park. She then worked for OSU’s Stone Laboratory before accepting a position with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a Park Services Specialist. She has a passion for reptiles and is usually seen handling different species for nature programs. Originally from Toledo, Ohio Renee has spent most of her life on Lake Erie. She enjoys fishing, painting, birding, and kayaking. She volunteers for several different organizations including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Cherry Street Mission and S.A.F.E Animal Shelters. Since 2015 she has been working in St. Augustine Florida, enhancing and creating nature programs for Anastasia State Park. She has worked with the National Aquarium of Baltimore, The Pittsburg Zoo and The St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park to rehabilitate and release sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, and alligators. She loved Florida and the experiences she had but is excited to call Ohio and Lake Erie home once again. She will be working at the Lake Erie Island Nature and Wildlife Center (LEINWC) as a manager and is excited to be a part of a team that shares her passion for education and conservation.