Tricia (she/her) 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. Tricia, her husband Jim, and furbaby 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
Katie (she/her) is the Conservation Education Manager, creating all our different programs for education outreach at WAVE. She attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, where she earned her Masters Degree in Education. From there, Katie worked at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden for a number of years as their Zoo on the Move Program Manager. In that role, she was able to help create curriculum and teach in hundreds of classrooms around Cincinnati, including as an adjunct professor for Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry Program. She also taught in a formal education setting at St. Veronica Elementary for two years. Katie’s favorite part about working with WAVE is how the organization connects our community with animals and gets the excited about conservation. In her free time, Katie loves to read Agatha Christie novels and go hiking.
Community Engagement Manager
Kristen (she/her) 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!
Julie is the Operations Manager for 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 at 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, Kaitlyn 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.
Resource Development & Communications Manager
Autumn (she/her) is the new Resource Development & Communications Manager at the WAVE Foundation. She graduated with a bachelor’s in communication studies from Northern Kentucky University in 2020. Prior to joining Team WAVE, Autumn worked at her alma mater raising money for scholarships and higher education programs! Autumn joined the team in November of 2023. She’s our go-to gal for all things FUNdraising, multi-channel communications, and relationship building. WAVE is truly a dream job for her, and she’s excited to start meeting all the volunteers, donors, and staff that make WAVE’s mission possible. You can find Autumn tending to her houseplants, crafting, playing Dungeons & Dragons, or making memories with friends & family in her free time!
Conservation Education Coordinator
Harley (she/her) is WAVE’s Conservation Education Coordinator, running the outreach programs and Gills Club. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Oceanography from Miami University. Harley has worked as a Wildlife Rehabilitation Intern in Naples, Florida, and a Marine Science Camp Counselor in Sanibel, Florida. Her first experience with WAVE was as a camper, and she decided to come back as a Conservation Education intern in 2019. She then came on to WAVE part-time before transitioning to full-time in November 2022. Harley loves seeing the faces of children light up during outreach programs after meeting an ambassador animal. She hopes to inspire the next generation of conservationists with both the outreach programs and Gills Club. When she’s not at work, Harley loves traveling with her husband, spending time with her dog Moses, creeking and discovering underwater worlds with her new scuba certification.
Conservation Education Coordinator
Kristen (She/Her) is a Conservation Education Coordinator for WAVE Foundation. She attended Anderson University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and is currently attending Unity Environmental University working on a Master’s of Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Kristen worked as a music teacher for 10 years, 2 years in Alaska and 8 years in Southern Indiana, before working as a camp counselor for Camp WAVE during the summer of 2023. She joined WAVE full time as an Education Coordinator in December 2023. Kristen grew up camping and hiking and has always had a love for conservation. She loves being able to combine her love of teaching and conservation through WAVE. In her free time, Kristen enjoys hiking, camping, baking, fiber arts, and running. She also loves spending time with her two dogs, Pepper and Ginny, and her cat, Kravitz.
Lori is the Administrative Coordinator for WAVE Foundation. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Thomas More University. 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.
Part-Time Conservation Educator
Erin (she/her) is a part-time Conservation Educator for WAVE Foundation. She currently attends the University of Cincinnati with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Management. Besides the WAVE Foundation, Erin also works for Groundwork Ohio River Valley as a Youth Leader Coordinator, where she found her passion for conservation and education. She loves that with WAVE she gets to teach the younger generations about the importance of animals and the environment, and how they play a critical role in our ecosystem. In her free time, Erin enjoys playing soccer, painting and traveling.
Dakota (he/him) is serving as an AmeriCorps/EELCorps at WAVE Foundation. Dakota has a background in environmental science and human science. Prior to joining our team, he interned at the Rising Sun Red Wolf Sanctuary where he learned just how much wildlife conservation means to him. He loves that, through WAVE, he gets to teach and inspire future generations about the importance of protecting our natural areas and wildlife. In his free time, Dakota enjoys hiking, playing video games, and spending time with his 2 cats, Hanson and Hemingway.