WAVE Foundation Staff Members
Direct Line: 859-815-1404
Scott Wingate joined the WAVE Foundation team as the Executive Director in May 2015 and is excited about the opportunity to create social change through education, conservation and volunteerism. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Ohio State University and earned his M.A. in Biology from Miami University. Scott has spent much of his professional career working with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; managing their Education and Visitor Experience departments. While at the Cincinnati Zoo, Scott led strategic planning efforts, organizational development initiatives, and global conservation projects. He taught a variety of conservation-focused graduate courses for Miami University and led graduate students on trips to Namibia and Kenya’s South Rift Valley. As the Executive Director, Scott recognizes that wildlife conservation is not a wildlife problem-it is a people problem. During his free time Scott enjoys spending time on his boat with his lovely wife, Jenna and their two dogs, Apache and Tex.
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.
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.
KY Environmental Education & Leadership AmeriCorps Member
Nick Callahan is an AmeriCorps EELCorps member serving at WAVE Foundation. He is currently working towards a Masters of Arts in Biology through Project Dragonfly at Miami University and obtained a B.A. in Biology – focusing on Marine Biology and concentrating in Ecology – and an Associate in Psychology from Thomas More University. He has research experience helping track the small-scale migration of cave salamanders in Louisville, KY and in behavioral studies of the Bahamian Cave Isopod. In 2015, he started working at Newport Aquarium in the gift shop until beginning an internship with the education department in 2016 and then starting as a Conservation Educator in 2017. He enjoys hiking, scuba diving, and taking care of his bearded dragon, Camelot.