MARCELLUS — Whitney Lash-Marshall has been appointed the new executive director of Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus and will begin her new role Tuesday, Jan. 3.
"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, place-based education," Baltimore Woods Board of Directors President Camille Tisdel said in a news release.
According to the release, Lash-Marshall brings professional experience in collaborative leadership, strategic planning, networking and outreach, project and event management, and educational program development.
She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from SUNY Oswego, a master's degree in conservation biology and a doctorate in environmental and natural resource policy from SUNY College of Environmental Science, where she most recently served as a visiting instructor teaching courses in conservation, ecology and community planning.
She also previously worked as a camp counselor, naturalist and executive director for a national non-profit organization.
“I am truly excited to join Baltimore Woods as the organization begins its second half-century,” Lash-Marshall said in the release. “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.”
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Lash-Marshall is a Lockport native but has lived and worked in central New York for the past 10 years. A product of childhood outdoor education and summer camp herself, she is a firm believer in the hands-on, minds-on model of Baltimore Woods and looks forward to joining the organization to continue fulfilling the mission of transforming individuals and communities.