Welcome to the LEINWC
Board of Directors
Chair: Kristin Stanford
Vice Chair: Marsha Collett
Secretary: Peggy Leopold
Treasurer: Kit Knaser
Director: Renee Fultz
Renée grew up in Grand Rapids and Maumee, Ohio. Her parents bought a cottage on Middle Bass Island when she was 4 years old and she has spent many summers there, including working at several of the businesses as an adult. She studied Psychology at NYU and received a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis before changing her career focus to the field of conservation. She earned a Master’s in Biology with a focus in conservation and education from Miami University where she travelled with the program to Baja Mexico, Namibia, and Mongolia to learn about conservation work in those countries. She has also often travelled internationally doing conservation work and research. She assisted in the startup of a zoo in southern Ohio where she cared for various animals and helped with educational programming. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and being involved in citizen science projects. She is excited to bring all of these experiences to her role as Director at the Nature and Wildlife Center and work towards growing the educational programming, increasing involvement in conservation efforts, and expanding the Center’s contributions to and support of the communities of the Lake Erie Islands.
Road Scholar Director & Manager: Martyn Drabik-Hamshare
Martyn is from the town of Eastleigh in Hampshire, England. Martyn's background is in ecology and conservation, with a Bachelor's in Zoology from the University of Southampton, UK, a Master's in Ecology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and several years experience working for an ecological consultancy in the UK. Martyn moved to Sandusky, Ohio in fall of 2018, and has been working with the LEINWC since the summer of 2019. He recently took over the role of Road Scholar Director, coordinating multiple educational programs through the Lake Erie Islands (chiefly South Bass Island and Kelleys Island), helping to promote the nature, history and culture of the islands.
Nature Camp Director: Katie Stitak
Nature Camp Coordinator: Madeline Walker
Madeline is a third year student at West Virginia University studying Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources with a minor in Public Relations. She grew up spending summers camping on nearby Kelleys Island, and is excited to be giving back to the Lake Erie communities. In her free time, she loves hiking with friends, catching salamanders and kayaking out on the water.