Dennis Pilaske, current Director of Interpretation at Chippewa Nature Center (CNC), will begin his tenure as Executive Director January 1, 2017. Current Executive Director Dick Touvell will retire December 31 after 26 years with the organization.
Adam Bruski, Board President, states, “After an extensive search, we found in Dennis the qualities and experience we are looking for to take this 50-year old organization into the future. We look forward to the direction Dennis will provide in leading the staff, and his history with CNC will serve us well.”
Pilaske started his career at CNC in 1997 as Curator of Collections & Exhibits, and became Director of Interpretation in 2004. During that time, he supervised the organization and implementation of the adult and family programs, workshops, field trips and festivals, as well as the self-guided interpretive resources of the Nature Center. He also co-chaired the LEED Gold-certified Nature Preschool construction and the Visitor Center renovation in 2008-10.
A Michigan native, Pilaske graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. degree in History with an emphasis on Native American History, and an M.A. degree in History with an emphasis on Museum Studies. He currently serves on the Midland Area Community Foundation’s Riverdays Committee and the (Great Lakes) Loons Environmental Advisory Panel (LEAP), as well as on committees with the National Association for Interpretation Region IV and the Association of Nature Center Administrators.
“I am thrilled to have been selected as Executive Director for Chippewa Nature Center. The Nature Center’s rich 50-year legacy serves as an incredible foundation to continue to build upon. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and am excited to continue to work with such an amazing team to help make our collective vision a reality,” Pilaske said.
The staff and board are excited about the leadership Pilaske will bring to this role, rooted in his passion for the organization’s mission ‘to connect all people with nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences.’
Dick Touvell’s Retirement Party
Please join the staff and board of Chippewa Nature Center on Thurs, Dec 15 from 4-6 pm to help us thank Dick Touvell and celebrate his 26 years of service to CNC and his contributions and commitment to the nature center profession. Dick will be retiring as CNC’s Executive Director on Dec 31. Stop by the Visitor Center anytime to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Comments and a champagne toast will be given at 5 pm.