Our Staff and Board of Directors

Dave Irvine

Executive Director

Dave Irvine became the Executive Director of the Highlands Center for Natural History in January of 2008. Mr. Irvine brings in over 25 years of experience working with non–profit, science education organizations as a naturalist, program director and executive director. Most recently he was the Director at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in Northeast Ohio, which was operated in partnership with the National Park Service. He was also a past President of Environmental Education Council of Ohio and has worked for other organizations in Colorado, North Dakota and Ohio. Originally from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Mr. Irvine holds a BS degree from Penn State University in Parks & Recreation with an emphasis in Environmental Interpretation and has done graduate work at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Sarah Vincent

Associate Director

As a member of the Education team at Highlands Center for Natural History, Sarah brings passion for science, love for education, and rootedness in the communities she serves. As a young scientist, Sarah obtained a B.S. in Earth Science from George Mason University, with research opportunities in freshwater ecology and geomorphology. After working as an outdoor educator and field guide from the Chesapeake Bay, to the Grand Staircase Escalante, her desire to become an educator evolved leading her to receive a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Prescott College. Sarah brings experience in environmental and educational leadership – constantly learning from and celebrating the communities that make up the Central Highlands, human and non-human. She works hard to facilitate meaningful experiences for people in nature, about nature, and most importantly, with nature.

Maria Icenogle

Education Director

Maria grew up exploring the woods of southern Indiana, and lived in Colorado and on the Appalachian Trail before making her way to the Central Highlands of Arizona over a decade ago. It’s safe to say her love of the outdoors runs deep. Maria graduated in 2019 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott with a wildlife science degree. She brings to her role as Education Director her passion for lifelong learning through environmental education, and considers it her calling to help others connect with nature in meaningful ways. Maria also enjoys hiking, backpacking, and birdwatching. She volunteers on the board of Prescott Audubon Society and with Grand Canyon National Park’s Preventive Search and Rescue (PSAR) Program.

Steve Reynolds

Facilities Director

Living in Arizona for most of his life, Steve gained a strong love of the outdoors through exploring the trails on his mountain bike or wandering the dusty backroads in his truck. He enjoys sharing these unique finds with others through photography and video editing. Be it AZ, CO or UT, there are few places Steve has not been or are not on his list to find.
 
With a background in both commercial and residential construction, Steve’s knowledge in regards to what the Highlands Center systems will require to remain operational are well founded. In addition, his years of mechanical experience with both bicycle and vehicle maintenance make him a strong addition to our staff.
 
Living in Prescott and part of the community for well over a decade gives him a great appreciation for the property and the surrounding Prescott National Forest. He still gets a thrill coming across the wildlife that call the Highlands Center home.
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Cathy Sutton

Operations Director

Cathy Sutton worked in healthcare for 22 years, primarily as a nurse. She obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2001 and a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Informatics (IT) in 2014 from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Since that time, she moved to Arizona to start a family and begin a new chapter in her life.

In 2021, Cathy underwent a major life transformation, which sparked a newfound interest in hiking and being in nature. In conjunction with this transformation, she needed a career field shift so she became the Operations Director in 2022. With her new found respect for nature, she has become passionate in assisting “children and adults discover the wonders of nature and become wise caretakers of the land.”

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Jules Galan

Schoolyard Habitat Coordinator

Jules was born and raised on Long Island, New York until given the opportunity to play lacrosse at the University of Tampa where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree. Prior to graduating Jules relocated to Arizona in 2017 after visiting her brother multiple times and appreciating the incredible biodiversity the Prescott area has to offer.

Jules’ previous experience in Prescott consists of working as a Childrens’ Advocate for a local domestic violence shelter where her passion for teaching and connecting with our youth grew. She then moved on to working with an Outdoor Education program that focused on teaching and facilitating students in science-based classes as well as helping them succeed in leadership, team building and challenge course activities. Jules had the opportunity to fulfill her student teaching requirements at Skyview School before graduating with her Master’s degree in Elementary Education in December of 2020. She then moved on to teaching 2nd & 3rd grade full-time at Skyview School for 3 years.

Being an avid for the outdoors she spends most of her free time climbing, backpacking, running or finding new places to explore with her dog, Roo. She is excited for the opportunity to be involved with such an extraordinary place and could not be more grateful to be a part of the Highland’s Center community!

Kat Hoffman

Accountant

An Arizonan at heart, this midwesterner fell in love with Prescott whilst pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle in 2016. After graduation, Kat moved to Oregon to be closer to family for a couple of years but was unable to stay away from the high desert for long and found herself back in Prescott at the height of the pandemic in 2020. Kat and her family love to hike, swim, kayak and enjoy all the activities and adventures the area has to offer. She joined the Highlands Center team in November of 2021 and has enjoyed every moment since!

Lauren Lovan

Marketing Coordinator

Lauren is an avid hiker with her pup Dodger and loves fishing and going off-roading. She loves discovering untouched nature and immersing herself in its healing and renewing abilities, photographing what she sees. And she is excited to be a part of an organization whose mission is to teach everyone about nature. 

Lauren has almost 7 years experience in graphic design and is well versed in both traditional and social media marketing. She is dedicated to invoking emotion within the viewer while making an impact through her work. 

Jessica Manley Ewald

Youth Education Coordinator

Jessica is a native of California, but has lived in Arizona since 1994 when she came here to attend college and received her Bachelor of Science in Soils from Northern Arizona University. Jessie spent some years working for Sharlot Hall Museum, and then at the local government level, but never lost her passion for the natural sciences. She started as a volunteer for the Highland Center helping with the Knee High Naturalist program, working in the store, and special events. Jessie later transitioned to the Americorps program assisting the Education Department, and now she is a permanent member of our staff.

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Jena Sherrick

Events and Volunteer Coordinator

Jena relocated from the scenic mountains of Central Idaho to Prescott in 2022 and is thrilled to bring her profound love of the natural world and passion for community enrichment to the Highlands Center for Natural History team. Jena graduated from the College of Idaho in 2011 with a degree in Historical Studies and spent the ensuing five years exploring the mountains and rugged terrain of the Sawtooth Wilderness. It was during this time that she honed a skillset unique to non-profit development through her numerous roles ranging from community outreach and event coordination to interpretive specialization and education. Beyond her professional pursuits, Jena enjoys backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. As she continues her exploration of the Central Arizona Highlands, Jena embodies a strong belief that the greatest gift is sharing the wonders of the natural world with others.

Hannah Singleton

Community Education Coordinator

Hannah’s connection and love for the natural world began as a child, while exploring backyard creeks and the depths of the miraculous wonders of the ocean. Nature’s influence continues to fuel her passion for connecting herself and others to the magic of a wilderness experience. She moved to Prescott in 2009 and studied Environmental Science and Outdoor Education at Prescott College. After graduation she spent six years falling in love with the Grand Canyon. Five of those years were spent at the bottom of the canyon working at Phantom Ranch–a truly unparalleled, blessed and magical experience. She spent a few years travelling and working in various places before returning to Prescott the Fall of 2022. Hannah is excited to be involved with promoting the mission of the HCNH to cultivate beautiful relationships between ourselves and the natural world. She looks forward to sharing her love of nature and education with the Prescott community.
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Nancy Malmquist

Education Specialist

Nancy was born and raised in Maryland where she developed an early passion for nature and animals. She started working with animals at 17 and continued working there in her free time while she attended Washington College, where she would earn her BS in Biology in 2016.

After college, Nancy participated in the Disney College Program which ended up turning into a seven year career. Her passion for animals and nature led her to work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for four of those years. She Educated thousands of guests about the animals seen at the park, her favorite being the gorillas. Animal Kingdom sparked a new found love for environmental education and inspiring young minds.

Seeking to further her career Nancy found the AmeriCorp opportunity with the Highlands Center where she could expand her environmental education experience and be close to family. Nancy is excited to be a part of the Highlands Center family.

Mandy Mandolini

Site Host

Our Board of Directors

Front Row from left to right

Pam Catlin
Director

Ann Baugh
Director

Mary Ann Mira
Director

Lesley Alward
Secretary

Back row from left to right

Anne Temte
Vice Chair

Sandy Stutey
Finance Chair

Paul Basar
Director

Norm Meier
Director

Jim Holt
Director

Tim Jordheim
Board Chair

 

 

 

Not Pictured

Mike Coomer 
Director

Jane Kowalewski 
Director

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