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Baltimore Woods Nature Center names Lash-Marshall new executive director

MARCELLUS, N.Y. — Baltimore Woods Nature Center, a nonprofit environmental educational organization located in Marcellus, has appointed Whitney Lash-Marshall as its new executive director.

Lash-Marshall will formally begin her new position on Jan. 3.

She replaces Mary Kate Intaglietta, who had served as Baltimore Woods’ executive director from May 2013 until September of this year, when she departed to become the first-ever executive director of Paige’s Butterfly Run, Inc.

Lash-Marshall brings professional experience in collaborative leadership, strategic planning, networking and outreach, project and event management, and educational program development, according to a Baltimore Woods news release. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from SUNY Oswego, a master’s degree in conservation biology, and a Ph.D. in environmental and natural resource policy from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), where she has most recently served as a visiting instructor teaching courses in conservation, ecology, and community planning. She has also previously worked as a camp counselor, naturalist, and executive director of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. 

“We received an excellent response to the job opening, with a strong pool of applicants, some of whom lived as far as Arizona, Washington State, and Arkansas. In the end, however, we found our new leader right here in Central New York. We are confident that Whitney’s experience, knowledge, and dedication to mission are an excellent match for all that we do at The Woods and she, together with the staff, board, volunteers, and friends will be able to continue to advance our mission of providing hands-on, minds-on, placed-based education,” Camille Tisdel, Baltimore Woods’ board of directors’ president, said in the release.,

 “I am truly excited to join Baltimore Woods as the organization begins its second half century,” said Lash-Marshall. “Working with our highly-skilled staff I hope to grow the organization and continue to make Baltimore Woods Nature Center a valued resource for the entire Central New York community.”

Lash-Marshall is a Buffalo–area native, but has lived and worked in Central New York for the past 10 years. She is a product of childhood outdoor education and summer camp herself.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center, founded in 1966, is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road in Marcellus. It says its mission is to promote environmental awareness and natural-resource stewardship among all people, especially children. The nature center operates and maintains more than 180 acres of habitat and over six miles of trails.

The nonprofit generates annual revenue of about $500,000.

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