ENC Team

Bo Glover Executive Director 

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Trail building, habitat restoration and leading educational tours as a volunteer marked the early days of Bo’s career at the ENC after moving to California in 1991.  Bo is currently the Executive Director of the ENC and has held that position since 1995. When he is not straightening slanted picture frames, Bo affiliates himself with a number of worthwhile community organizations. Bo is Past-President of the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) and California Society for Ecological Restoration (SERCAL). He was also the Chairman of the City of Newport Beach Castaways Park Advisory Committee from 1999 – 2003 and served on the Environmental Board of the City of Huntington Beach from 2009 to 2012. Bo, a LEED Accredited Professional, serves on the Board of Directors of Orange Coast River Park, the Orange County CREEC Network Advisory Committee and the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation Grants Allocations Committee. Always remember… Unless.

Lori Whalen Education & Community Relations Director

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Lori has worked in the environmental education field for over a decade. She joined the ENC staff in 2003. Lori is responsible for the ENC’s marketing and communications, as well as the administrative functions of the ENC’s educational and volunteer programs.  She supervises an amazing flock of Naturalists and Volunteers! Previously she has worked for The Nature Conservancy, the City of Huntington Beach, and the Orange County Department of Education. Lori has a BS in Animal Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and an MA in Communications from California State University, Fullerton.In her free time she likes to restore habitat!


Mike Swingholm Grounds Manager

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Mike started working for the ENC November 2006. He graduated from California Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2005, with a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and an emphasis in landscape management. He coordinates grounds-related community service and maintains the entire nature center grounds. In his free time Mike enjoys eating, exercising, and spending time with his family.


Alex Lane Education Coordinator

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Alex has been an outdoor educator for the past six years and an outdoor-lover for far longer. During that time, he has honed his craft— obtaining a Kindergarten through Eighth Grade teaching credential, two high school English credentials, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. He is currently working on a high school biology degree, as well. Alex loves teaching students of all ages outdoors, though he does also teach adult workshops from time to time about the Common Core and NGSS and how to bring the outdoor philosophy in. As of the writing of this bio, Alex is also expecting his first child— a girl!

Sama Wareh Community Outreach Coordinator

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When Sama is not out and about teaching workshops and programs at schools and the ENC, she spends her time creating new programs, hiking, drinking coffee, teaching art lessons, working on new art pieces, illustrating children’s books, creating documentaries, or is off on some crazy new adventure. Sama has a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Education from Cal-State Fullerton and has been in the environmental education field for 6 years.


Sarah Fitzgerald Facility Manager & Naturalist

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Sarah Fitzgerald has three distinct passions: Children, Nature and the Environment. Educated in a wide variety of areas including child, interpersonal and abnormal psychology, Sarah exemplifies her dynamic and thoughtful teaching style every single day. With over a dozen years of varied experience as naturalist, summer camp director, camp counselor and support specialist, she brings an energetic learning experience to those she teaches and to everyone around her.


Leslie Helliwell Museum Collection Manager & Naturalist

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Leslie handles the permits, takes care of the displays, organizes the library, and is our resident butterfly wrangler. She has a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies/Forestry from Northern Arizona University, and has been in the eco-education business since 2003. She delights in telling stories about the night sky, knows a lot of trivia, and has an extraordinarily acute sense of smell. In her free time she is an artist.


Chhay Liv Lead Naturalist

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Chhay has always been passionate about learning and discovered that learning led to teaching.  To help foster his teaching and leadership roles, he volunteered for Camp Titan at the California State University of Fullerton for a period of three years.  Chhay became a Naturalist and soon after, a Supervisor of Nature Programs at Oak Canyon Nature Center in 2008 and further refined his skills.  In 2011, Chhay became the science educator at New Village Leadership Academy private school, creating and delivering original scientific curriculum to children with specialized lifestyles in Hollywood.  His passion for teaching and knack for being able to connect with children, led him to be hired as a full time Individual Study Program (ISP) Mentor Teacher of elementary education.  In late 2013, Chhay joined the Environmental Nature Center, “I have found my happy place!”

Karen Letz Naturalist

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Karen works at the ENC on Saturdays. You might see her leading children in a scout program or a birthday party. When not at the center she is either working with young children or traveling.

Kathy Wiedel Naturalist

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Kathy has been a Naturalist at the ENC for over a decade! She discovered that she wanted to be a Naturalist while chaperoning her daughter’s 5th grade field trip. Another mom leaned over and said, “They get paid for this!” Kathy has been hooked ever since. Kathy says: “I never suspected that I would love this job so much and enjoy creating wonder for nature in children.”


Jenifer Evans Naturalist

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Born on a tropical island with the ocean and boondocks to play in, love of nature comes easily for Jenifer. But, it was her high school biology teacher, Robert House, who first inspired her with the wonder of science and nature. A senior at Newport Harbor High School when the Environmental Nature Center was created, she was able to participate in planting the first trees and telephone pole fence. After extensive travel she again lives in this area and is married with three children. Her two sons are Eagle Scouts with Troop 90 and her daughter was a Jr. Naturalist at the ENC. Jenifer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2009 from California State University Fullerton with a Liberal Science Major and a Natural Science Minor. She is grateful to be at the ENC and continues to marvel at the interconnectedness of all things.


Hilary Mills Naturalist

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Hilary has an Environmental Science degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She also attended the School for International Training Sustainability & Environmental Action in Australia. Hilary was a kayaking Tour Guide in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, educating guests on native marine wildlife, geography, and promoting marine conservation efforts. She also worked as an Instructor with the Ocean Discovery Institute, where she taught elementary students hands-on lab activities in marine biology and ecology.


Valerie Bain Naturalist

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Valerie Bain is an Early Childhood Educator with an extensive background in Child Development.  She joined the Environmental Nature Center staff as a Nature Camp Teacher in the Summer of 2009.  Valerie has degrees in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Psychology and a Master’s in School Social Work, specializing in students with Special Needs.  She attended Long Beach City College & California State University Long Beach. Valerie taught preschool at the Long Beach City College Child Development Center for four years & has been immersed in the field of Environmental Education for the past five years.  Valerie works as a Field Naturalist & Traveling Scientist with the Orange County Department of Education Monday through Friday, and she works at the ENC on some weekends, connecting children & families with nature through hands-on science activities.   Her favorite season is summer, when she spends her time amongst the Redwoods in Big Sur (where she fell in love with nature and camping – Thanks Dad!) and at the ENC where she works as a Camp Teacher!

Helen delaMaza Nature Camp Teacher

Helen de la Maza has been working and playing in the field of education for almost 15 years. As a science and environmental educator she has written and taught curricula for K – 12 students, trained adults on instructional strategies for teaching outdoors, and created small  explosions in middle school science classrooms. Helen worked for the Orange County Department of Education’s environmental education program for nine years as a naturalist, staff trainer, and curriculum developer. She was also a curriculum writer for a statewide project brought about by California’s Education and the Environment Initiative legislation, and has recently been working with Orange County nonformal and formal organizations to assist in curriculum development and professional development in pedagogy. Helen’s 27 years of education have resulted in a double BA in Biological Sciences and Comparative Literature, MS in Wildlife Science, MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and single and multiple subject California teaching credentials.  Helen has been a Camp Teacher each Summer at the ENC for several years.

Bob Tres Nature Camp Teacher

Bob graduated from Concordia University in 1995, a Liberal Studies Major with a minor in Child Development.  For 16 years Bob has worked full time as an Outdoor Educator with the Orange County Department of Education during the school year, but he joins us every summer as a Nature Camp Teacher!  He is also a first aid and CPR instructor with the Red Cross.  In his free time Bob loves to be outdoors hiking, running, listening to music and laughing.

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David Rector Nature Camp Teacher

David has worked in the field of outdoor education since 1980. He has worked with ENC for more than 5 years, as well as with federal and state agencies in applied sciences and education.  He is a proud graduate of the College of the Siskiyous, where he studied volcanology. He also attended Cal State Los Angeles and Cal Poly Pomona majoring in geology and education. If he’s not building something weird to share with folks, he’s out exploring something weird to share with folks; just ask his friends at the ENC.

Katie Levensailor Nature Camp Teacher

Katie earned her BS in Conservation Biology and MS in Environmental Studies.  She works full time as science teacher at University High School, teaching biology, marine science and AP environmental science.  During the summer she spends her time teaching summer camp at the ENC, a job she has loved doing since 2009.  In her free time Katie loves to be outdoors hiking, snowboarding, and hanging out at the beach.


Board of Directors

John Parenti, President
Christopher Blank, V.P. Finance / Treasurer
Rick Wandrocke, V.P. Fund Development
Bob Kelly, co-V.P. Education and Site
Robert House, co-V.P. Education and Site
Homer Bludau, V.P. Board Governance/Secretary
Chris Bosley
Julie Carr
Andrew Dolak
Jack Hamilton
Dan Heinfeld
Lisa Wren Jeppe
Rick John
Jodi Quas