Diane Bauhof, Executive Director
Diane has been in the nonprofit sector since graduating from college, with a specific interest in zoos, animal welfare and education. Those areas of expertise bring her to lead the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation. Diane worked at the Saint Louis Zoo for 13 years before joining the Aquarium Foundation in March 2018. She is excited and honored to have the opportunity to start a new nonprofit and to be associated with the new St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, and said, “It's a career dream come true!" When asked what she was most looking forward to, she said, "For the Aquarium doors to be open and seeing people laughing, smiling and learning while here. I also can't wait to be able to bring in thousands of school children for free so we can make sure everyone has a chance to explore and learn about the amazing aquatic species we will now have in St. Louis."
Amelia Rodgers, Education Curator
Amelia is a St. Louis native, and grew up camping, hiking, and exploring all the natural beauty of Missouri. She completed her Bachelor's in Meteorology at Saint Louis University, then earned her Masters of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Eastern Michigan University. From creating environmental and animal welfare education programs to managing a dog rescue in Thailand, her love of animals and passion for educating has led her to various organizations throughout the world. Amelia is excited to be back in her hometown, dedicating her efforts toward a community she loves. When asked what she is most looking forward to, Amelia said, "I am excited to help bring conservation education to a community I love. Having an aquarium in our city gives us the opportunity to explore how our dependence upon water connects us with other humans, other animals, and the planet as a whole."
Natalie Heath, Development Coordinator
Natalie has worked and volunteered with a variety of nonprofits for the past 10 years. She previously was with an organization providing free Medicare counseling working as the Volunteer Coordinator & AmeriCorps Program Manager, as well as working as the Adoption Center Coordinator for an animal rescue. Originally from St. Louis, Natalie spent the past 15 years in Columbia, Missouri, and is excited to return to her hometown. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Missouri, with an emphasis in Multicultural Studies and a minor in Business. Natalie has a lifelong love of helping both animals and people and is looking forward to the opportunity to spread that love to the environment and the St. Louis community. As the world around us is changing, she believes “it’s important to educate the community about their impact, what they can do to help the environment and also the other animals we share this planet with.”
Nick Lambing, Conservation & Education Center Associate
Nick, born and raised in St. Louis, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. He spent a summer in college doing field research at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS. He also spent a summer as a naturalist intern with the Missouri Department of Conservation. During his time there, he helped staff and volunteers execute conservation and wildlife related programs for groups of children and camps. This is where his interest in conservation was sparked. He is very excited for his opportunity working for the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation where he can help communicate the importance of conservation to the public.
Emma Chereskin, Conservation & Education Center Associate
Emma was raised in St. Louis, MO and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology at the University of Vermont. During college, she spent a summer in Panama researching humpback whales, which sparked her interest in marine biology and conservation. After graduating, she worked as an intern and research assistant with the New England Aquarium, working with the Right Whale Research Team. She then moved to the Canary Islands where she worked on a variety of marine conservation projects, researching pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins as well as educating and leading teams of volunteers in conservation initiatives. Emma is very excited to be working in her hometown with the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation where she can continue sharing the importance of marine stewardship with the public.