Stay tuned for information about special events celebrating our 40th anniversary!
APEC Original Logo
Registration Certificate from our original logo (Click to enlarge)

In APEC’s 40 year history there have been 9 Executive Directors.  Our current Executive Director has been in that office for 24 years.



  1976 John Kominski
  1978 Aline Euler
  1979 John Kominski/Kim Estes
  1980 Rex Miller
  1981 Jean Wamboldt
  1982 George O. Pratt, Jr.
  1989 William Nieter
  1989 Alvin Finkelstein
  1991 Irene V. Scheid

APEC incorporated as a non-profit in NYS on July 30, 1976.


APEC held the Grand Opening of Alley Pond Environmental Center on November 14, 1976. Officials attending included State Senator Frank Padavan, Assemblymen Vincent Nicolosi and Saul Weprin, Queens Borough President Manes, & NYC Parks Commissioner Lang.


In 1977 APEC held our first bird seed sale as a fundraiser.


In 1979 APEC designated a National Environmental Study Area (NESA) by the National Park Service, Department of The Interior


Does anyone remember these 1980’s APEC pets: Butterscotch the Belgian Hare or Opie the Opossum? What other APEC ambassador animals do you remember! Tell us at!