Environmental Education 
Association of Indiana
Board Members
Board members are elected officials who guide the Environmental Education Association of Indiana.
Board meetings are open to all membership. If you would like to attend, please contact the board president for details.  If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact us at eeai@eeai.org.  


Jabin Burnworth
Board member since 2013

Manchester Junior Senior High School,  Biology and AP Environmental Science teacher

Why you are involved with EEAI:
At Manchester Junior Senior High School I have traveled with students to the Dunes National Lakeshore, and many state parks throughout Indiana. I believe students are better stewards of the environment when provided a chance to experience it. EEAI provides me with a network of individuals that can help me access outdoor experiences. The network of educators involved with EEAI is incredible, and I believe more public school educators could utilize EEAI as a resource.

Interesting hobby or fun fact:
My wife Hannah and I enjoy backpacking and camping. One of my favorite places in Indiana is Devil’s Backbone at Pine Hills Nature Preserve.

Ann Niednagel
Board member since 2012

Retired teacher, current IPS volunteer

Why you are involved with EEAI:
After early retirement I chose to spend my free time blending my two passions, children and the outdoors as ‘Outdoor Ann’. I have volunteered/worked in a number of schools and classrooms from Kindergarten through high school promoting EE. EEAI fosters this passion and provides a source for educators both formal and informal. I can’t think of a reason why I would not be involved.

Interesting hobby or fun fact:
I am an avid gardener living in suburbia, promoting organic gardening that can look mainstream. 

Jack Shoaf
Vice President
Board member since 2016
I grew up on a farm outside of the small town of Hope, Indiana. We had a woods and creek running through the farm. I often played in the woods swinging on vines and climbing trees. We would wade in the creek and try to catch crayfish by hand. We had quail, pheasant, pigeons, doves, rabbits, and other traditional farm animals. We also had raccoons, red and grey foxes that DNR would use in their education programs. After grow up and moving to the Indianapolis, I began working in urban schools, I soon came understand how many children are limited in their experiences and their understanding of the nature world.

I have worked as an educator for over twenty years, primarily in the middle school grades. I have worked mostly in urban schools as well as rural and suburban schools. I have also worked as Resource Conservationist for the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District and on environmental projects with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. I am current working for Hoosier Academies Charter School and I do some part time work for Marian University’s EcoLab. I have a BS degree from IUPUI and a Master in Educational Leadership from University of Indianapolis. I am married with four children. As a lifelong Hoosier I have always had an interest in making Indiana better for my family and all Hoosiers. I believe one way is to increase students understanding of our state’s natural environment.

Sarah Wolf

Board member since 2017
Park Naturalist - Hendricks County Parks and Recreation
With the last name of Wolf, it’s no surprise that Sarah has been inspired by nature from an early age. Sarah Wolf’s most memorable childhood activity was camping with her family to explore the outdoors and she turned her passion into a career. Sarah is Park Naturalist with Hendricks County Parks and Recreation, located just west of Indianapolis.
Sarah earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from Purdue University. Through college, she worked at Turkey Run and Shades State Parks as an Interpretive Naturalist.  To complete her Master’s, Sarah managed 1,000 acres of certified wildlife habitat at Eli Lilly Tippecanoe Labs in Lafayette. She studied for two semesters in Europe. Sarah worked for a bit in the soil conservation field.  She brings National Parks experience as she was an Interpretive Park Ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Big Thicket National Preserve, and Padre Island National Seashore (where she got to work with sea turtles!).
Her passion is sharing the natural world with park visitors, especially children. She loves helping them discover new natural aspects about our parks with each visit.  In her free time, Sarah enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, and learning.

Paul McAfee
Board member on and off since 1996

Software Engineer at Logikos, Inc.

Why you are involved with EEAI:
Foster Brown asked me to be on the board several years ago and I've enjoyed it ever since.
Interesting hobby or fun fact:


Jennifer Smith
Board member since 2016
Hello, my name is Jen Smith!  I currently work at Bradford Woods as an Assistant Director of Environmental Education, in Martinsville, Indiana, where I have the opportunity to work with school groups that attend our 3 day/2 night residential program.
I have my Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and minor in Environmental Studies from Goshen College, IN and Master of Science degree in Recreation Administration from Sacramento State, CA.
I started my EE career working as a naturalist instructor in a variety of residential outdoor centers in New York, South Carolina, and Indiana.  During that time, I had the opportunity of connecting kids to the outdoors and investigating their local environment.  My favorite classes to teach were outdoor living skills, aquatic life, and doing a general natural/cultural history type of hike, to see what we can find.
During a 3 year stint in Oregon, I was able to move up to more administrative roles of coordinating residential EE programs with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, OR, and moved on to other administrative roles as the Assistant Director of Outdoor Education at Pali Institute in California, and as a seasonal Summer Camp Director with the Girl Scouts of Northern California.
In my current position at BW, I get to talk with teachers about their programs and their expectations and help guide them in generating a positive environmental education experience for their students.
I am excited to connect with the EEAI board in order to help facilitate connections between environmental educators and teachers across the state, and provide EE resources for educators, to enable them to be more comfortable teaching students in the outdoor classroom. 

Natalie Haley
Director- at- large
Board member since 2014
Environmental Educator for Allen County Parks
Natalie Haley is an Environmental Educator for Allen County Parks in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she has worked for the past seven years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in Wildlife Science, a wildlife research option in Purdue’s Forestry and Natural Resources Department. She has worked as a seasonal naturalist for Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources at both McCormick’s Creek State Park and Raccoon State Recreation Area. She also worked for Purdue University as a laboratory and field technician assistant. Following graduation, she explored the fields of zoological science, veterinary science as well as biology teaching by volunteering for Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo, working at local Columbian Park Zoo, working a year for a veterinarian clinic in Albany, Indiana and then returning to Purdue University to explore a degree in biology teaching. Following her husband’s transfer to Spooner, Wisconsin, Natalie founded a family “nature niche” program in Spooner’s Family Resource Center. She has also taught environmental education at an old Audubon camp, Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary in Sarona, Wisconsin. When her husband was transferred back home to Indiana (Fort Wayne) in 2005, Natalie and her family settled down in Auburn, Indiana with ideas of working again for Indiana’s State Parks. Natalie still lives in Auburn and commutes to Fort Wayne to share her love and passion for Environmental Education.
Alison Zajdel 
Director- at- large
Board member since 2017
Executive Director - Cope Environmental Center
Alison Zajdel resigned as the Executive Director at Cope Environmental Center in April of 2017. She is currently an independent contractor. Before coming to CEC she attended DePauw University majoring in Studio Arts. She has her certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Fund Raising School (Center on Philanthropy) and has completed training in planned giving, grant-seeking/writing, major gifts, and annual fund development. Alison contributes to our community by volunteering for a wide variety of organizations and sits on the Richmond Environmental Sustainability Commission. Alison received the prestigious Indiana Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders in 2004 and has been an avid jump roper for 30 years!
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