Staff Directory

WAVE Foundation Staff Members

Tricia Watts

Tricia Watts
Executive Director
Direct Line: 859-815-1404

Tricia Watts is thrilled to serve as Executive Director for WAVE Foundation. Tricia brings a wealth of nonprofit knowledge as well years of experience in the for-profit sector. She is passionate about WAVE’s mission and excited to help others get involved.

Tricia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. Tricia is a member of Leadership Northern Kentucky’s 2013 Best Class Ever. She is a former Board member and still volunteers with the Emergency Shelter of NKY. She is the former Executive Director and remains a passionate supporter of Gorman Heritage Farm.

Tricia, her husband Jim, and their furry best friends reside in Park Hills, KY. In their free time, they like to hike, bike, paddle, travel (especially to the ocean!), and see live music.

Erin Shultz
Conservation Education Manager
Direct Line: 859-815-1442

Erin Shultz is the Conservation Education Manager for the WAVE Foundation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Central Michigan University. After graduation she participated in the internship programs then worked as the Overnight Adventure Program supervisor and educator with WAVE. Since that time she has ventured to the East Coast living in Connecticut as an AmeriCorps member focused on providing access to marine science and ocean adventure sports to students in underserved schools. Living in Maine next brought her to the ocean’s edge (a place she has loved since childhood) with an opportunity to provide ecology based, outdoor education to school groups from around New England. Marine science education and a love of nature are passions Erin works to share with the community.


Julie Uffman
Development Coordinator
Direct Line: 859-815-1418

Julie Uffman is the Development Coordinator for the WAVE Foundation. She began working at Newport Aquarium in the Guest Services department just prior to opening day in 1999.  In fact, Julie sold the very first ticket to Newport Aquarium to the mayor! During her time in Guest Services, Julie served as the Guest Services Manager and was responsible for hiring and training staff working in Admissions and Exhibits. In 2005, Julie cut back to part-time so she could be at home with her children and began working for the WAVE Foundation. When she first started in WAVE, Julie was the Education Curator and was vital in the start-up of the Finstitute Classroom Programs as well as summer camp.  Julie currently serves as the Development Coordinator and has a variety of jobs, including event planning, donor relations, website updates and maintaining WAVE’s finances. In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and two daughters, Kailtyn and Lauren and is highly involved in activities at church and school. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Science from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Xavier University.

Anna Lang
KY Environmental Education & Leadership AmeriCorps Member

Anna Lang is an AmeriCorps EELCorps member serving at WAVE Foundation. She grew up in the Northern Kentucky area and graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree with Biology focusing in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal work. She has participated in two study abroad research programs in Belize and Sweden and loves to study animals from different parts of the world. In her free time, Anna enjoys taking her dogs Elsa and Sven for walks, and napping with her cat Olaf (Yes, she likes Frozen!). She also has 6 nephews and 1 niece who she loves to bring to the aquarium. Her favorite thing about the WAVE Foundation is being able to see the wonder on people’s faces when they see or touch a cool animal for the first time!