Stewards of People
OGLEBAY GAVE SOME A START AND OTHERS A CAREER
I did my senior project for WVU School of Landscape Architecture on the Good Zoo that was under construction at the time. I met with Brooks Wigginton, the landscape architect for the Wheeling Park Commission. He was so generous, sharing his plans, designs. We hit it off and he asked me if I would work with him on a couple of things, doing the legwork, taking measurements, suggesting plants–just some general assistance. That was in the late 1970s. I spent my entire career at the Wheeling Park Commission. In addition to Wigginton, I had the opportunity to work with Randy Worls (Oglebay Foundation Chairman Emeritus), Doug Dalby (former Wheeling Park Commission President and CEO), Chris Schenkel (Director of Horticulture) to name some.
I have worked at Oglebay for more than 32 years. I was hired as a part-time cashier in 1981 and was quickly made a full-time employee. I worked in accounts receivable and then as the front desk manager. I was promoted to the assistant director and then director of the call center. The first time I retired was in 2013. I came back as a part-time accounting clerk in 2016. I used to refer to Randy Worls as “Elvis“ and would alert the staff when “Elvis had entered or left the building.” When Betty Worls found out, she asked if I would refer to her as “Priscilla.”
CARRIE KAPPEL, PHD
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California Santa Barbara
I have always been fascinated by the natural world. As soon as I was old enough, I became a docent at Oglebay’s Good Zoo, soaking up trainings on animal behavior, taxonomy, and care. It was there I met Penny Miller, the zoo’s first curator, who was always deeply engaged with the docent program. The year I was entering 8th grade, Penny offered a special field trip for docents to the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island in the Gulf of Maine. It was an ambitious, (maybe crazy?), trip to make with a bunch of junior high and high schoolers, but Penny was intrepid and we were game. On that trip, I got my first exposure to scientific research vessels, night time plankton tows, snorkeling (cold in Maine!), the rocky intertidal, whales in the wild, and courses taught by college professors. I was hooked on all of it, and I set my sights on a career in marine science. These days I am a researcher and senior fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara, where I study the ways that people depend upon and interact with our coasts and oceans and work collaboratively to develop solutions that can help both people and nature thrive.