Executive Director / Founder
Steve Enders is the Executive Director and Founder of theTurtleRoom. As Executive Director, he has overall strategic and operational responsibility for theTurtleRoom’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution/achievement of its mission and goals. Steve also oversees all communications, technology, data management, and education. He is also deeply involved in authoring many of the educational resources on the website; works with other organizations and theTurtleRoom’s staff to develop quality, detailed captive breeding programs of carefully selected turtle and tortoise specimens in an effort to meet theTurtleRoom’s conservation goals; and is getting involved in chelonian research projects. He serves as Project Manager for all of theTurtleRoom’s projects in the Graptemys and Sacalia genera.
Steve lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with his wife, his turtles, and 3 cats. He teaches math at a local high school, is a certified teacher in both math and music, holds two B.A. in Music degrees (Jazz Studies and Saxophone) from Lebanon Valley College, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Mathematics Education from Millersville University, and is currently working towards his Masters of Mathematics Education at Millersville University. His hobbies include numerous sports (especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball) and spending time with his wife. Steve first got into the turtle hobby in 2005 by chance and quickly fell in love with turtles, thanks to Digger the female Eastern Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta picta, he rescued from a window well just after graduating college. In 2009, Steve became extremely hooked on the hobby after purchasing his first two hatchling turtles. Since that time, his interest blossomed quickly into the passion for education and conservation which launched theTurtleRoom in 2011.
Steve not only enjoys keeping and caring for Chelonians, but regularly can be found studying and reading about them as well. As with our other staff, he continuously works to be part of the global conservation effort to help these species continue to exist in our world and is constantly striving to give his animals fantastic habitats where they can live as happy, healthy turtles. Steve and Anthony co-own a group of Geoemyda spengleri which are listed in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan. Steve’s trio of Graptemys oculifera and Sacalia quadriocellata specimens are also listed in the respective AZA SSPs for each species. He has also published a studbook for the Western Hermann’s Tortoise, which he co-wrote with our own Chris Leone. Steve also frequently vends at the Hamburg, PA reptile shows with Chris who also owns Garden State Tortoise (find him at the Garden State Tortoise banner).
Steve is a member of the Turtle Survival Alliance and Turtle & Tortoise Preservation Group as well as TurtleForum.com (Steve E), TortoiseBoard.com (theTurtleRoom), and TortoiseForum.org (theTurtleRoom). You can contact him at [email protected], on Twitter as @steveenders8, or through theTurtleRoom’s Facebook page.