MEET OUR FRIENDS’ STAFF
Paulette was appointed as the Friends of Five Rivers Executive Director in July 2023. Prior to that, she joined Friends of Five Rivers in December 2021 as the Development Director. In her first year and a half with the organization, she helped to implement new giving opportunities, elevated the Fall Festival, improved upon communications and social media outreach, and raised the overall awareness of the organization. With this success and her previous experience and expertise in the non-profit arena, Paulette is excited to continue growing the organization. Her focus remains on supporting the environmental education programs coordinated by the Friends group and Five Rivers as a whole through fundraising and development efforts, membership engagement, and community outreach.
Director of Educational Programs
Nancy Conway is the Director of Educational Programs for Friends of Five Rivers. Nancy is a life-long learner, having had careers in engineering and public education prior to joining Friends in 2008. Nancy combines her innate curiosity and analytical skills with her educational know-how to create timely, accessible ecological programming for all ages. Nancy is motivated to connect people with nature and spark their curiosity through hands-on, collaborative activities. In doing so, Nancy hopes to help build the next generation of environmental stewards.
Beautiful Day Coordinator
“The sooner you plant the seed, the better chance you have of reaping a long and lasting rewards.”
Nancy M Payne, Environmental Educator for Friends of Five Rivers has made a career of leading children to learning. With her three degrees in Elementary Education, including a Masters’ Degree from Russell Sage, Nancy has taught in a Special Education classroom, 2nd though 5th grade classrooms and here at Five Rivers. Besides teaching all the Center’s lessons, (she has contributed to the creation of all of them), Nancy now specializes in creating and running programing for our youngest visitors and their parents. In the 1980’s Nancy began summer programs for this group. Those programs now also run November through February.
“Parents are their Children’s 1st and most important teachers. By offering programs that honor and promote that roll, we are fostering the development of future adults who will enjoy, value and protect the environment.”
Guided School Program Assistant