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Jane K. Stanley is an attorney with over thirty years of  legal and financial experience involving tax exempt organizations. She is an honors graduate of Columbia Law School and Harvard and a Fulbright Scholar.

Rachel Hogan Carr is a social scientist with a master’s degree in environmental policy design from Lehigh University, who has been a community leader in the Lehigh Valley for many years and has recently gained national recognition for her work at NNC. A summary of her background is included below.

Nicholas Zumas is a lawyer who lives in Bethlehem and has practiced law there since 1975. He attended Lehigh University and has a masters of law degree from New York University, and a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law. Zumas has dedicated significant legal and financial expertise over the years to help a number of local nonprofits


Executive Director
Rachel Hogan Carr, is the leader of the Nurture Nature Center. She holds a master’s degree in environmental policy design from Lehigh University, where she focused her research on improving flood risk communication through social science. Rachel helped to found NNC, and prior to that, worked as a community organizer and in urban real estate development. She has served as principal investigator on several flood-related research and education projects in partnership with National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 2011, Rachel was named Distinguished Informal Science Educator of the Year by the American Meterorological Society. She is a member of the National Weather Service Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center’s Customer Advisory Board, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc., and a former member of the Easton Environmental Advisory Council. She has been active in Easton civic initiatives, including as a co-founder of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, and as Vice President of the City’s Home Rule Charter Study Commission.

Science Director
Kathryn Semmens, is the Science Director of the Nurture Nature Center.  She holds a Ph.D. in environmental and earth sciences from Lehigh University, along with a master’s degree in marine policy from the University of Delaware and a bachelor of science in environmental studies from Ursinus College. Kathryn was employed previously as a postdoctoral associate at the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture and has also worked for the Pew Environment Group in Washington, D.C.  Her awards include a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for doctoral research, a Udall Environmental Scholarship and a EPA Greater Research Opportunity Fellowship for her undergraduate studies. Kathryn’s interests focus on the nexus of science, policy, and community. Her responsibilities at NNC are to help advance the organization’s outreach efforts on scientific and environmental issues generally, with a special emphasis on floods, climate change, and social science research.

Art Director
Keri Maxfield
, Art Director,  has been working in the visual arts for over 25 years. She received her BFA with a double concentration in Studio Art from Kutztown University. Ms. Maxfield served as Art Director for a national non-profit association for 8 years before beginning her own graphic design business with a focus on environmental issues. For the past 10 years, she has been working locally to protect the area’s natural and historic resources. Ms. Maxfield is the President of the Saucon Creek Watershed Association and serves on several regional committees that promote sustainable practices.

Buy Fresh Buy Local Program Director
Lynn Prior, MS, LLB is the Founder and Director of the Buy Fresh Buy Local program for the Greater Lehigh Valley (BFBL-GLV). Under Lynn’s direction, BFBL-GLV publishes Local Foods Guides, creates Farm Share programs in low-income neighborhoods, provides Farm-to-School programming, and is working with wholesale food buyers to develop a new local foods distribution system. Lynn was the lead author on a recently published (November 2013) Assessment Report: Lehigh Valley Local Food Economy. Lynn serves on the Board of Directors of The Seed Farm, the Advisory Board of the Easton Farmers’ Market, and the Northampton County Open Space Plan Steering Committee. Lynn has a master’s degree in human genetics and a law degree from McGill University.

Urban Recycle Gardening Program Director
Pam Ruch is in charge of NNC’s Urban Recycle Garden, a stunning display case of the potential for such gardens in urban areas. She has a masters of environmental science and a degree in horticulture as well as years of experience working with volunteers and interns and organizing garden-related events for the Morven Museum & Garden. Ruch has also managed test gardens for Organic Gardening magazine and worked with the farm-to-table restaurant at the historic Glasbern Inn in Fogelsville. She writes for several online and print organizations, including the Home Garden Seed Association. Ruch has been a presenter at NNC’s series on the Art of Journaling and now maintains a blog and website on that topic at Artofnaturejournaling.com.

Kelly Neetz has been working in the Accounting Field for more than 15 years. Her extensive experience ranges from handling the day to day accounting operations of a $30 million company to providing payroll and other financial accounting services for a group of twenty companies simultaneously.  She has a degree in accounting from DeSales University. Kelly volunteers her free time for an organization dedicated to helping families impacted by the critical illness of a child, for which she creates custom cakes and other special treats.


Program Coordinator
Liesel Dreisbach, NNC’s part time program coordinator, has been a Penn State Extension educator for nearly 25 years, first in youth development (4-H) and later in community and economic development with a focus on helping non-profits improve their sustainability.  She has also been a high school classroom history teacher in New York City as well as Palestine.  Liesel holds a masters degree in teaching.  She is a member of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.  Gardening is her avocation.

Outreach Coordinator (Buy Fresh Buy Local)
Allison Czapp is the Outreach Coordinator for BFBL-GLV where she provides Farm2School programming, is developing a wholesale local food directory, and promotes BFBL-GLV’s local farm partners. Allison is also the new manager of the Bath Farmers’ Market. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in Anthropology with a minor focus in Food Studies at New Mexico State University; her thesis research involved examining the motivations and challenges facing beginning farmers. Allison also volunteers at The Seed Farm. Allison participated in conducting a community food assessment in the New Mexican colonias of Vado and Del Cerro.

Science on a Sphere Coordinator
Jeff Mucklin
, Program Assistant, graduated from Northampton Community College with a degree in journalism and a focus on science communication. Before working at NNC, he organized public science demonstrations on topics of popular interest, such as the chemistry of fireworks. At NNC, Jeff is a Science on a Sphere docent and helps develop programs for the Sphere, along with other educational programs. He also works at the National Canal Museum in Easton as a science educator.