WAVE Foundation Staff
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 Board member and volunteer with the Emergency Shelter of NKY. She is the former Executive Director and remains a passionate supporter of Gorman Heritage Farm.
Tricia, husband Jim, and fur baby Charlie reside in Northern KY. In their free time, they like to hike, bike, paddle, travel (especially to the ocean!), and see live music.
Conservation Education Manager
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 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
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!
Community Engagement Manager
Kristen Woods has spent the past ten years working for local nonprofit institutions, starting her career at the Cincinnati Museum Center and most recently, the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. She is a University of Cincinnati graduate with a background in Art Education, and has spent most of her career in museum education, program management, and volunteer administration. Recently, Kristen joined the Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators board as one of their Continuing Education Chairs and is also a proud lifetime member (and volunteer) of the Girl Scouts. Kristen is eager to work the volunteers to engage the community through the Newport Aquarium’s wildlife and educate about the importance of conservation!
KY Environmental Education & Leadership AmeriCorps Member
Harley is an AmeriCorps EELCorps member serving at WAVE Foundation. She grew up in the Cincinnati area, and graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a concentration in Oceanography. Harley spent August 2020-August 2021 in sunny Naples, Florida working in wildlife rehab and marine science education. She has spent lots of time working in conservation education. Her first experience in conservation education was actually with WAVE as an intern in 2019!
In her free time, Harley loves spending time with her husband, Martin, and their dog, Levi, and their families and friends. Her favorite things to do are play games on the Nintendo Switch with her husband, play with her dog, and travel. Harley loves working with WAVE Foundation because of the excitement of the kids when they see and learn about the cool animals, and spreading awareness for some of the best animals on the planet!
Lori Myers is the Administrative Coordinator for the WAVE Foundation. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Thomas More College. Supporting and giving back to the community, church and various schools has always been a priority for her. Over the years, she has volunteered countless hours as a committee member for her church festival and supported her children’s schools through fundraising, event planning and volunteering. She has worked in administrative roles in various fields including human resources, education and healthcare.
Lori, her husband Carl, and their three sons reside in Union, KY. She often encourages them to volunteer alongside her. They enjoy traveling, especially to nearby lakes for boating and family time.