WESTPORT, CT. January 24, 2014 –-- The Board of Directors at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center is honored to pay tribute to board members who have shown exemplary commitment and service to the organization. At a recent board meeting, John Hartwell and Trumbull resident John Rolleri were awarded the Trustee of the Year award. John Hartwell served as Secretary of the Board which he joined in 2009. He helped to provide key leadership and direction during a time of transition, from recruiting and hiring an interim Executive Director to finding our new, permanent Director. John Rolleri, CPA joined the Board as Treasurer in 2012. His professional experience in non-profit financial management and accounting systems provided significant help to Earthplace. He also identified and recruited our current Director of Administration and Finance.
In addition, Earthplace honored the service and dedication of the following former trustees: Albert Beasley, Rob Chasin, Hal Kendig, Tom Pajolek and Carolyn Trabuco. Dr. Beasley and Mr. Kendig’s combined service to the board totals more than 31 years. Their loyalty and commitment through the years has been unflagging. Mr. Chasin, Mr. Pajolek and Ms. Trabuco were honored for their service as Presidents of the Board of Trustees. These former trustees now hold the permanent distinction of Earthplace Honorary Trustee.
About Earthplace:The mission of Earthplace is to build a passion in our community for nature and the environment through education, experience and action. Founded in 1958 and accredited by The American Alliance of Museums, the nonprofit organization maintains a 62-acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, contains an interactive natural history museum, houses live wildlife for public viewing and hosts many public nature programs and events for children and adults. Other activities include a state-licensed and accredited nursery school, summer day camp, a live animal hall and the Harbor Watch water quality testing program. Earthplace also stewards four satellite parcels of open space in Westport, including the 22-acre Partrick Wetlands.