Rebecca Minnick (She/Her)

Executive Director


About 20 years ago, Rebecca Minnick was home visiting Louisville and hiking in the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve with her mom. She peered into the window of the LNC building and said, “Mom, I should work here some day!” Rebecca moved home in 2013 after spending almost 20 years in Maine, where she first fell in love with environmental education. In 2018 Rebecca joined LNC as Executive Director. In 2022, she earned the Outstanding New Leader Award from the Association of Nature Center Administrators. She has over 20 years of experience as an educator, both at nature centers and in schools. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies with focus on Environmental Education from Antioch University and a B.A. in Geology from Hanover College. Rebecca spends free time playing bluegrass guitar and hiking with her dog Hazel.


Olivia kaiser (She/Her)

Education Programs Manager


Olivia graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She started her teaching career with a focus on ESL (English as a second language), taking her to Belize and South Korea. She began working in the field of EE in 2014 at the Parklands of Floyds Fork, and was awarded the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education’s Rising Star award in 2017. After working as an educator for the Louisville Nature Center in 2018, Olivia took a short break from teaching to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. She has laid roots in Kentucky and is excited to be back working at the Louisville Nature Center. When she isn’t tromping through the woods, she spends her free time gardening and cooking.

Mary Ford McGlaun (She/Her)

Engagement & Operations Coordinator


Mary Ford is a graduate from Centre College, where she studied International Studies. While acquiring her B.A., Mary Ford developed a passion for environmental education and environmental justice, leading her to study abroad in England, Thailand and Singapore. She has experience in early child care, coordinating educational programs, and non-profit work. Mary Ford loves running, playing soccer, and hanging out with her furry best friend, Opal.

Savanna Latto (She/Her)

Swallowtail Forest School Teacher


Savanna has been passionate about the outdoors and connecting with the environment since she went to camp as a child and her excitement has only grown over the years. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and a focus in Ethics and Justice. She hopes to devote her career to making the outdoors accessible and safe for all to enjoy. When she isn't at the Louisville Nature Center you may find her at Red River Gorge exploring with her camera or gardening at home.

Mac Lachmann (He/Him)

Swallowtail Forest School Teacher


Mac graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelors in Recreation and Parks Administration. After working in Adventure Programs at the EKU student rec center, Mac discovered his passion for outdoor education and conservation. This passion led him to intern at Land Between the Lakes and take many other recreation positions across Eastern Kentucky. When he isn't at the Louisville Nature Center, you may find him creating art and taking part in pretty much anything outdoors — camping, hiking, and educating people on Leave No Trace principles!

Ingrid walters (She/Her)

Swallowtail Forest School Teacher


Ingrid graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education, but didn't realize how much she enjoyed early childhood education until she had a child of her own. The pandemic gave her the opportunity to homeschool her daughter, and she planned all her lessons, prioritizing environmental education and learning through creativity and play in nature. Ingrid is excited to bring that same joy and energy to other children as well! She believes we can change the world by providing our youngest generations a chance to build a sense of wonder and love for the earth. Ingrid also enjoys volunteering at the farmer's market, gardening, reading fantasy books, and exploring cultures through cooking!

Charlie Combs

EELCorps Member

Charlie went to Bellarmine University and received a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in History. Charlie's passion for the environment stems from a lot of time spent camping, fishing, and travelling with family all over the country. They are excited by the prospect of doing more work to expand educational opportunities and contribute to more accessible natural spaces in the community so that others are able to have these same experiences! As part of the EELCorps program they are here at LNC to increase capacity for environmental education programs, community outreach, and overall impact to Kentuckians environmental knowledge and behaviors. When not at the Louisville Nature Center you can find Charlie planting trees, hiking local trails, and reading a good book on a quiet bench.

Lauren Hofstetter (She/Her)

Development Associate

Lauren is a lifelong Louisville resident and loves all it has to offer, especially the Louisville Nature Center. She took her kids hiking here when they were little and 15 years later started volunteering. She already had several years in the nonprofit world of fundraising and is thrilled to now be working at LNC part-time. Lauren also works for Cedar Lake Foundation as a Development Associate. She has a BA in Business administration from Hanover College. She loves gardening, kayaking, reading, time with her family and snuggling with her 2 dogs Henry and Katie.

Anella Noble (She/Her)

Administrative Assistant

Anella is a current student at the University of Louisville pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. After graduating with her Bachelors, Anella plans to further her education by earning her B.S. in Nursing. On campus, she is an active member of Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which is an organization committed to public service. Outside of the Louisville Nature Center, you can find her spending time with her 2 year old son Alik, studying, or playing Scrabble with her family.

Board of Directors

tony marconi, President

Louisville MSD

Aaron Daley, Treasurer

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Wesley sydnoR, Vice President

Louisville MSD

Allison Smith, Secretary

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Claire Anton

Mattingly Edge

Russel Cotton

Raymond James

Pete Glauber

Retired from Boehl, Stopher, and Graves, LLP

Brenda hyatt

Louisville Metro Government METCO


Independence Bank

maria koetter

CoolSeal By GuardTop

Joe chiles

Emeritus, Retired

lacey mcnary

McNary Group

lee payne

Cave Hill Cemetery

Megan resch

Megan Resch Photography

Chris Staples


Sarah Flarsheim

Ex Officio, Louisville Parks & Recreation

phyllis fitzgerald

Emeritus, Retired from LG&E

Banner photo by Jeff Mattingly