Board & Staff

Massena Nature Center Executive Director Tracy Thomas

Executive Director:

Tracy L. Thomas

Tracy Thomas is the Executive Director of The Nicandri Nature Center in Massena, NY. Prior to that, she was the Manager of Visitor Experience at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, where she spent ten years managing their 150 member volunteer program and visitor services. Tracy is a Certified Volunteer Administrator and has spoken at conferences on demographics in volunteering and on the up and coming field of virtual volunteering. When not teaching outdoor education, managing all the things, or working with volunteers, Tracy enjoys hiking, kayaking, adventure activities, and time with her dog, the incredibly goofy Cader.

Our Staff

Naturalist Linda Besio has been with us the longest, and has seen all the changes that have occurred with The Nature Center since June of 1998. Linda was born and raised in the North Country. She has a passion for science and learning, and enjoys sharing her love of nature with everyone.

Facility and Trails Manager Joel Danko  is a Massena native who grew up attending the nature center’s day camps and programs. His love of nature led him to attain his BS degree in Biology and return to the area to work at the nature center and as a consultant on the St. Lawrence river. Joel loves anything to do with sports, fish, and being outdoors.  

Naturalist Thomas Boudreaux

Naturalist Thomas Boudreau is the newest full time member of our staff team. Thomas joined us originally as a summer staffer in our inaugural summer, and just couldn’t bear to leave. His love of science, nature, and the living environment led him to pursue a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Potsdam which he completed in 2017. Thomas loves ice fishing, hiking, and canoeing. In his role at the nature center he loves to welcome visitors and share fun facts about nature. 

Naturalist Tanya Spicer began working at the center in 2013. She originally came to the Nature Center through the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam. Tanya loves anything to do with art and nature!  She is a star when it comes to promoting our programs and manages the social media accounts for The Nature Center. Tanya loves working with our youngest students and runs our pre-school age programming. When not at work, Tanya stays healthy with outdoor activities like snowshoeing, skiing and kayaking.

Friends Board of Directors

Randy Freiman

Randy Freiman

Vice President
Jocelyn  Seavey-Perry

Mac Shoen

Mac Shoen

Joanne Gustafson

Joanne Gustafson

Miriam Morrow

Lee Harper

Audrey Marshall