Dunwoody Nature Center Staff

Michael Cowan
Executive Director


Michael joined the Dunwoody Nature Center in January as Executive Director after more than 25 years in the corporate world–most recently leading the Accessories Team at AT&T. A native Georgian, he has lived in Dunwoody over 20 years with his wife and two kids and has been active in many community organizations. He graduated with a BS from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Emory. He has served as Chairman of the city’s Sustainability Committee since 2016. He loves hiking and being in the outdoors, traveling to National Parks, jigsaw puzzles, audiobooks and beagles. He is addicted to composting, trees, pulling invasive plants & recycling.

Susan has worked at the Dunwoody Nature Center for 8 years and oversees our finances for us. She has held leadership positions in corporate, government and non-profit organizations. In her free time, she travels, swims, reads, does yoga and cooks for family and friends.

Susan Mitchell
Director of Operations


Holly Loveland
Program Manager


Holly Loveland has been a program manager and camp director since 2015 and loves teaching environmental education to children.  Holly really enjoys teaching one of the Mommy and Me classes and introducing little ones to nature.  Holly has a BS in Conservation Biology from Brigham Young University and has taught non-formal science education since 1994.  Holly’s hobbies include long distance running, hiking, plant identification, playing the guitar and spending time with her five children ranging in age from 24-9.  

Caroline joined the Dunwoody Nature Center team in May 2018. She wears a few hats in the education department, as the weekend program manager, assistant camp director and head planner of the Butterfly Festival. Since graduating from UGA, she has acquired years of environmental education experience teaching students of all ages to be inspired and have a love for nature. Outside of work, Caroline enjoys running, hiking and cooking.

Caroline Fullerton
Program Manager


Diana Phillips
Director of Development


Diana has worked at the Nature Center since September 2016. Currently she manages fundraising and membership. Before working at the Nature Center, she was an elementary school teacher for 15 years. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, reading and traveling.

Jennifer has been with the Nature Center since November of 2018.  She manages marketing efforts, coordinates volunteer groups and assists with special projects and operational needs.  Prior to joining the Nature Center, Jennifer worked in corporate marketing for 20 years.  Jennifer and her husband, Patrick, have 2 daughters.  She enjoys tennis, reading, UGA football, Atlanta United matches and traveling.

Jennifer Dodson
Director of Marketing


Meet our Summer Interns

Courtney has been involved with the nature center for six years and is one of the interns this summer after working as a co-educator last year during the summer camp. She loves the environment and is passionate about sustainability, spearheading green initiatives throughout high school as the leader of the environmental club. Currently, Courtney attends Middlebury College where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology. In her free time Courtney enjoys swimming, reading, and traveling.  

Courtney Gantt

Madhav Dave

Madhav is an intern for the summer of 2019, where he will be assisting with various tasks such as fundraising, event coordination, and general infrastructural organization. He graduated from Georgia State University, with a B.S. in Public Health, and plans on pursuing graduate school in hopes of earning his Masters in Public Health, with a concentration in Policy & Management. In his free time, he enjoys staying active and exercising.

First Day of Camp 2019