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 Warren Gartner.  
mailto:wgartner@dnr.in.gov

Jabin Burnworth
Jabin Burnworth
President
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
President-elect
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. 

Bernadette de Leon
Bernadette DeLeon
Vice President
Board member since 2011

Indiana University, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER); Director or HPER Technology Services as well as PhD candidate (in “spare” time)

Why you are involved with EEAI:
I first learned about the environment as an adult, and I have regretted that I did not enjoy the natural world as much as I could have as a child. Don’t get me wrong; I was a very curious child and had a “zoo” of spiders, mice and beetles that I used to collect and keep for short periods. However, I always feared the woods when I stepped into the forest across the road. When I took my first terrestrial ecology course at about age 30, I realized that each tree and plant had a name, and the forest became a friendly place for me. I wanted to know all the names of all the inhabitants, and I wanted to make certain that others, regardless of age, “leave no INNER-child inside.” Thus, I want to promote environmental education every chance that I am given. The world is a wonder-filled place!

Interesting hobby or fun fact:
I am the eighth of twelve children, and I have seven sisters.


Paul McAfee
Paul McAfee
Treasurer
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:



Ericka Popovich Coy
Ericka Popovich Coy
Director-At-Large
Board member since 2013

City of Elkhart Environmental Center, Environmental Education Coordinator/Volunteer Coordinator

Why you are involved with EEAI:
I support and seek to advance the field and profession of environmental education. As a professional organization, EEAI helps me connect with other EE professionals in Indiana and provides me with opportunities to grow as an educator. I am proud of the work that EEAI is doing in Indiana and of initiatives, like the ELP, that it has taken to ensure environmental education for all citizens.

I see a great need to support informed, reasonable, responsible behaviors among Hoosiers at all stages of life. This can be very challenging, especially considering how complicated and messy the environmental issues are: invasive species, habitat loss, water quality, issues of access and equity, etc. However, by sharing our success stories, new ideas, innovative models, and research from a variety of fields we can strengthen environmental education in our state and support one another as Indiana’s EE community.

Last, but not least, I strive both personally and professionally to realize the 5 EE objectives endorsed in the Tbilisi Declaration (1977) and I consider participation to be one of the most important ways I can effect positive changes in our environment. http://www.gdrc.org/uem/ee/tbilisi.html

Interesting hobby or fun fact:
There are 3 Green Drinks networks in my area (Goshen, Elkhart, and South Bend) and I make it a priority to attend at least one (or more!) each month. I think it’s important to continually work to build connections in my community. It’s invigorating to see how many individuals identify as ‘green’. I find it incredibly inspiring and empowering! I walk away ready to take on challenges with renewed vigor! 


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.
   

 

Maddie Grimm
Director-At-Large
Board member since 2015
 
Director of Education at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Why you are involved with EEAI:
I enjoy teaching people about nature, and love sharing my passion for trees and the outdoors. My career in environmental education has been very rewarding and inspires me to give back to my community. This position is a great way to connect with like-minded people to make a bigger impact!

Interesting hobby or fun fact:

My husband and I have many hobbies. We garden, hike, ski, camp, rock climb, and love visiting Lake Huron.  Right now we are growing a 300+ pound pumpkin, managing a vegetable garden, and caring for three chickens, a dog, a cat, and a snake.

 

 

 

Terri Hebert
Director-At-Large

Board member since 2015


School of Education at Indiana University South Bend, Assistant Professor of Science Education

Since relocating to Indiana from Arkansas four years ago, she has had numerous grants funded including a three-year $481,000 Indiana Department of Education Math/Science Partnership grant titled ED2: Earth Day Every Day. Terri was also awarded in May the 2015 IUSB Trustees Teaching Award. Her passionate approach at teaching blends nature-based and place-based education to offer her students a different way of integrated instruction. 
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