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.  
Stephanie Schuck

Board member since 2017
Stephanie is the Outdoor Education and Restoration Coordinator for the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University. She is the land manager and restoration ecologist for the over 75-acre EcoLab property on Marian’s campus, and leads many of the K-12 environmental education programs there. She creates and implements much of the program curriculum for all visitors to the EcoLab, focusing on the native flora and fauna of Indiana. She received her Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University, where her enthusiasm for native plants and restoring natural areas began. Before that, she served in the Peace Corps as an Environmental Action Volunteer, and worked as an animal keeper and environmental educator at the Indianapolis Zoo. Stephanie is passionate about educating others on conserving and restoring Indiana habitats, and makes it her job to get kids exploring outside to maintain that connection with nature. She enjoys spending her free time making her own yard more wildlife friendly and pretends to be a photographer when she can.
Jaime Golba
Board member since 2017
I grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago where I spent the summers camping with my family and exploring the wetlands. In one of those wetlands, I caught a three legged frog which further sparked my interest about wetlands and the life within them. This three legged frog and spending summers exploring inspired me to study the natural world more. I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in zoology. Soon after graduating, I went to Costa Rica and interned with a sea turtle patrolling project. This is time when I learned  how important it was to educate others about the significance of the environment around them. This led me to a position at Dunes Learning Center where I spent two years as an educator, before accepting my current manager position as Residential Education Coordinator. One of the best parts of working in Northwest Indiana is being able to expose children to the natural world around them as well as beautiful Lake Michigan and seeing their amazement.

Darci Zolman
Board member since 2017
Darci has spent the last 30 years working as an educator for the Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), working with both adults and youth.  Her job has taken her to classrooms, rivers, lakes, streams, ag fields, woods, and wetlands.  She has been organizing raft trips for high schools students in northern Indiana for over 20 years.  She currently serves as President of Indiana Envirothon, an international natural resource competition for high school students.  She is a firm believer of progress through partnerships, and has worked with a variety of schools, STEM academies, other soil and water conservation districts, municipalities, watershed groups, lake associations, colleges and universities.  Her job with SWCD has allowed her to bring agricultural and environmental communities together, preferring collaboration to confrontation!  She is also a self-proclaimed soil geek. 

She is a past secretary and president of EEAI, and has been the recipient of both the Joe Wright and Howard Michaud awards.  EEAI is her favorite organization and she has been a life member for several years. 

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:

Alison Zajdel 
Director- at- large
Board member since 2017
Non-profit consultant
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!


Mindy Murdock


Board member since 2019

Mindy is Park Naturalist for Zionsville Parks and Recreation and Manager of the Zion Nature Center. The only full-time educator for her department, she creates and implements majority of the programs for Zionsville Parks. A transplant from Northeast Ohio, Mindy worked as a Naturalist with Cleveland Metroparks for 13 years as well as several other park districts in the state. She became a Certified Environmental Educator through the Environmental Education Council of Ohio. She received her Master of Science in Biology at University of Akron, and has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Kent State University.  In addition to the EEAI board, she is also on the steering committee for Indiana Children and Nature (ICAN). Mindy is passionate about helping and encouraging others to get outside and discover the wonders of nature in their own backyard. In her free time you can usually find her in the garden exploring nature with their three year old daughter.

Bernadette deLeon 
Director- at- large
Board member since 2018

Bernadette has loved the outdoors since she was a child growing up in southern Indiana. However, she was not comfortable in the woods until she learned in an ecology course that each tree and flower had a name. The woods became a place of retreat and renewal, and she went on to get degrees in environmental science, biology and leisure behavior (yes, you can get a degree in that).

EEAI provides a wonderful platform to help children of all ages learn to love the natural world. Bernadette wants to promote and support this organization so that others get to know their trees on a first name basis.

Why you are involved with EEAI

About a decade ago, I was asked by a former EEAI board member who was a student at Indiana University to serve out her term as Vice President after she moved to Kentucky, and I gladly accepted the offer.

Interesting hobby or fun fact

The ten-acre plot of land that I call home has gained some names over the years, including Camp Wannabee – where you can be whatever  you want to be. Most recently, I have named it “Shared Pear Farms” because a friend shared numerous pear saplings that she grew from seed. Though the trees have not yet produced any pears, I expand my fruit and nut tree collection each year... and most produce goes to the abundant wildlife.

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