Staff & Board of Directors

Pringle Nature Center is currently run by a full-time Naturalist, part-time Environmental Educator, and a group of dedicated volunteers, including our Board of Directors. Interested in joining our team? Contact us or click below to read about volunteer opportunities. See the Employment page for job opportunities.

Elizabeth Alvey, Naturalist

Elizabeth joined Pringle Nature Center in March of 2019. Elizabeth manages the day-to-day nature center operations, as well as developing and teaching programs. She has a B.S. in Ethnobotany from Ripon College and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Drexel University. Before coming to Pringle, Elizabeth enjoyed teaching and doing field work in a variety of roles and in locations such as the Midwest, the East Coast, Washington, Canada, and China. Elizabeth is passionate about connecting people with their local environment. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and gardening.

Tracy Warwick, Environmental Educator

Tracy joined Pringle Nature Center in October of 2017. Tracy develops and teaches programs at Pringle. She has a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an M.S. in Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Prior to working at Pringle Nature Center, she worked at the Lake County Forest Preserve as an Environmental Educator and the Chicago Botanic Garden as the Manager of School and Youth Programs. In Tracy’s spare time she enjoys gardening, going for walks and spending time with her family. 

Barry Thomas, Chair

Barry joined Pringle Nature Center as a member of the original steering committee which formed shortly after PNC opened in 1998. He has a B.S. in Zoology from Iowa State University, an M.S. in Science Education from the University of Iowa, and a Industrial and Environmental Hygiene from UW-Parkside. Before retiring in 2003, he taught Environmental Biology and Advanced Placement Biology in the Kenosha Unified School District and also served as an Elementary Science Resource Teacher. Currently, he is President of the Kenosha Education Association of Retired Teachers, President of Kenosha Green Congregations, and Kenosha County Chair of the Southeast Gateway Group of the Sierra Club’s Conservation Committee. In 1994 Barry was chosen as the KUSD High School Teacher of the Year and in 2006 he was inducted into the Southeastern Wisconsin Educators’ Hall of Fame. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, gardening, and bird watching.

Warren Leisemann, Vice-Chair

Allan Sommer, Secretary

Al joined Pringle Nature Center’s board of directors 8 years ago and leads volunteers in reducing invasive species around the nature center. Al was married to Elizabeth for 47 years until death parted them, and has raised two grown, productive children and one grandson. He is a retired Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs Manager from Baxter Healthcare, and currently manages a small vineyard and large garden using sustainable methods, as well as volunteering at the Union Grove Veteran Center. He has been a member of the Sierra Club for 40+ years, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for 10+ years, The Nature Conservancy for 30+ years, the Millburn Congregational Church for 40+ years, Adventures in Lifelong Learning for 6 years, the Invasive Plant Association of Wisconsin for 4 years, and the Town of Salem Planning and Zoning Commission for 4 years. In his spare time, Al rides bicycles, both road and mountain, canoes/kayaks, and cross-country skis, so he doesn’t mind the winters too much.

Barb Meyocks, Director/Volunteer Coordinator

Nick Spittlemeister, Director

Nick grew up in Pleasant Prairie and attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Physical Geography and minor in Biology from NMU in 2005. He has been serving on the Pringle Nature Center Board of Directors since 2006 and directs the nature center's annual fall trail run with the help from his family. He currently works for the Lake County Forest Preserves in Libertyville, Illinois where he is a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Analyst. 

Richard Heinlein, Director

Monica Yuhas, County Liaison

Monica Yuhas joined Pringle Nature Center's board of directors when she was elected to the County Board in April 2018, representing the 18th District. She serves on the Kenosha Joint Services Board, the Public Works and Facilities Committee, and the Judiciary and Law Committee. Monica believes in making a positive impact in her community by using her knowledge and talents serving and volunteering on the Pringle Nature Center Board, Southern Lakes Credit Union Board of Directors, the Pleasant Prairie Woman's Club, the Bristol Historical Society, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue Association as Treasurer, and the Pleasant Prairie Historical Society.