The staff consists of three full-time naturalists, part-time employees
through county employment programs, interns and volunteers.
Susan Gallagher, Chief
Sue is the "blood and guts" enthusiast on our staff. Her interest in
life science is shared by many of the Center's young visitors, so she's
proud to make CCEEC a place where kids can not only connect with
nature, but also learn what makes living things 'tick'. She believes
firmly that every child should look inside a dead bird, catch a
crayfish, and lose a sneaker in the mud.
Sue served as CCEEC's first intern in 1988, and was hired full-time in
1989, after receiving her BS in Environmental Studies from East
Stroudsburg University. She is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, a
volunteer Carbon County Groundwater Guardian, and a member of WNEP-TV's
“Pennsylvania Outdoor Life” field staff. Susan also holds a seat on the
PA Game Commission’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.
Along with husband Jack, and dogs Rocco and Keiser, Sue lives in
Weatherly. She enjoys reading, running, and writing. Her nature blog,
The Lonely Raven, can be found here.
Jeannie Carl, Naturalist
After living in cities and suburbs, Jeannie made the move to beautiful
Carbon County in 1989, with her husband David, and son Andy.
Jeannie began volunteering at CCEEC in 1993, while pursuing a degree in
elementary education at East Stroudsburg University. While dividing her
time between college and home, she also taught visiting school groups,
and cared for injured wildlife that both came through the door at CCEEC
on a daily basis. After graduating from ESU, and four LONG years of
substitute teaching, Jeannie was hired as a fulltime Naturalist at
CCEEC in 1998.
The reptiles at the center (and all others for that matter) quickly
became one of Jeannie’s great interests. “Taking up their cause and
educating people about reptiles whenever I could became something of
importance to me. I like to think that, perhaps, a few snakes escaped
the shovel due to my efforts.” Because of her passion and respect for
all things scaled, Jeannie was dubbed “Jeannie, Jeannie, the Reptile
Queenie”, by Chief Naturalist Susan Gallagher!
If you are interested in snakes or have a nuisance snake question, an
Envirothon question, need to know when the next teacher workshop is, OR
you want to send your child to conservation camp, Jeannie is YOUR CCEEC
Franklin B. Klock II, Naturalist
Franklin began his career at CCEEC in the fall of 1993. He started as a
volunteer helping with fundraisers, construction projects, educational
programs and wildlife care.
In 1994, in order to comply with new Pennsylvania Game Commission
rehabilitation laws, Franklin became the first Wildlife Capture and
Transport Permit holder in the state. He later assisted in the revision
of the test given to future permit holders.
Willingness to help others, love of the outdoors, woodworking skills,
and experience as a veterinary technician, made Franklin a natural
addition to our full-time staff in March of 2002. Franklin is also the
center's primary eagle handler.