Trees Indiana is governed by an all volunteer, working Board of Directors.
Mark Coleman – President CynergisTek, Inc.
Carol Frane – Treasurer Retired Central Soya
Nanette Ambrose McDonald’s Corporation
Lindsey Dutrieux Purdue Fort Wayne
Sarah Gordon Manchester University Pharmacy Program
Steve McDaniel Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
Derek Veit Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
“As President of the Trees Indiana Board of Directors, I am proud of the work we do in the community connecting youth to nature. By empowering them with the knowledge and experience of urban forestry through our Nature Explore Classroom and curricula, we are ensuring that our children’s future is also the future of our planet.”
Jeff Baxter Allen County Parks
Nancy Bradtmiller Oak Farm Montessori
Mary Ibe Science Educator
Carol Cavell, Executive Director
When I grew up playing inside wasn’t an option. I dutifully followed my parent’s rule to “be home when the street lights come on.” That was many, many years ago and today most kids “need” to be by an electrical outlet to enjoy playtime.
I now know that those early experiences were the foundation for the environmental spirit I have today. That is why being Executive Director and co-founder of Trees Indiana is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I get to see first-hand the impact we have had, and continue to strive for, in connecting today’s youth with nature.
Before this adventure, I was a business owner for 17 years and community volunteer for 25 years. Needless to say, I’m very proud of Trees Indiana and look forward to the journey of growing this organization. It’s amazing how roots multiply from a single seed.
Diana Clausen, Environmental Educator
I have worked as a Naturalist, or nature educator, for 4 different Indiana Department of Natural Resources reservoirs. My heroes are Johnny Appleseed and J. Sterling Morton (Arbor Day Founder) with Euell Gibbons and John Muir not far behind.
A Purdue Natural Resources graduate, I have operated an educational/natural products company, “Flint Ridge Farms Nursery & Herbs,” since 1997. Its theme is “Mother Nature’s Designs with People in Mind.”
I enjoy hands-on activities with my students, especially expeditions into the urban and surrounding “wild” areas of Huntington and Allen County. I delight to see the wonder of children (and adults) at nature’s beauty, whether it is trees, birds, wild plants, tiny insects and spiders, mammals, or snakes!