Our Team

Jennifer Clayton

Park Manager

Kelly Scott

Nature Program Manager

Denise Lang

Administrator Assistant /Naturalist


Elaine Phipps


Elaine is currently an educator in the Central Bucks School District in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Her love of nature and water brought her to Island Beach State Park as a volunteer during the summers in the early 1990’s. During this time, she helped with the early kayak tours, the herbarium mounts, banding osprey, displays, and seining before becoming part of the seasonal staff. Elaine graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and minored in American history and received my Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision from Rider University. Elaine says, “There’s never enough time to do everything I want to fit in to life, but I truly love to learn and enjoy inspiring others to learn too!  Give me a free moment and you may find me birding, gardening, hiking, reading, writing, or volunteering.”

Susan Sansone


Sue received her B.A. in Geography from Hunter College in NY. She has worked as a volunteer on many environmental projects including monitoring piping plovers, trail maintenance and monitoring rivers in Monmouth County. She has also worked as a Seasonal Naturalist at IBSP for the past four years. In her free time, Sue enjoys hiking and kayaking with her husband and son.  ​


Charles Homoki


Charles,  also known as “Karcsi”, is a former student at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES). He will be going to Stevens Institute of Technology in the Fall as a chemical engineering major. Throughout Charles’ high school career, he completed three independent research projects involving Microbial Fuel Cell technology and Plastic Pyrolysis. Charles is an avid birder and a volleyball player. He loves classic rock and R&B Soul. If you want to find out more, check out his website at http://charleshomoki.weebly.com/.

Hailey Conrad


Hailey loved visiting Island Beach State Park with herfamily as a kid, and she is so happy to be coming back for her third summer working here! She also interned at Sedge Island her freshman year of high school. Hailey is a huge nature-lover who is going to be attending Rutgers University in the fall to study marine biology.  In her spare time, Hailey loves crafting, baking, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends.


Sophia Piper


Sophia began volunteering at Island Beach State Park during her junior year of high school and now, a year later, has joined the Nature Program as a seasonal employee. Always having had a passion for the environment and wildlife, she participates in Project Terrapin, a program facilitated by the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science,  through which she aids in research and education about diamondback terrapins and raises hatchlings for eight months to be released. Having graduated in the Class of 2017, Sophia will be pursuing an education in Environmental Science at Stockton University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends and family.

Brendan Tumpey


Brendan is a first-year naturalist at Island Beach State Park. He graduated from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) in June 2017, and he will be attending North Carolina State University in the Fall of 2017, where he will be double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Paper Science and Engineering. As an outdoors enthusiast, Brendan spends much of his time hiking, birding, kayaking, and camping. Additionally, he is a volunteer firefighter at Ocean Fire Company No. 1 in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Brendan also enjoys hanging with friends, listening to classic rock, and going out for a bite to eat.

Emma Homoki


This is Emma’s first year working as a naturalist at Island Beach State Park. She attended the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science her freshman year, before transferring to Central Regional High School, where she actively participates as a cheerleader and a member of the National Honor Society. She also serves on the fundraising committee for the Class of 2019 and is the secretary for Student Congress. During her free time, Emma enjoys going to the beach, birding, and hanging with friends.

Joey & Saige – Coming soon!