Meet the People Behind IFA's Work
No one knows Indiana’s forests better than Jeff. As IFA’s executive director since 2013, his passion to protect and preserve Indiana’s priceless wilderness treasures is second to none.
DEIDRE PETTINGA, PH.D.
Director of Operations & Communications
Deidre has spent her career in marketing and communications, as a professor as well as a practitioner. She has an extensive management background in both for profit and nonprofit organizations.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Morgan has a strong fundraising background, having led campaign finance efforts for André Carson, Baron Hill, Evan Bayh and more. He also has a law degree with a concentration in environmental and natural resources law.
Rae Schnapp, Ph.D.
Director of Conservation
Rae, whose thesis work was on plant cellular responses to environmental stresses, has applied her Purdue University credentials to her conservation and research work, from IFA’s Ecoblitz surveys to the Economic Study.
Emma is a community organizer with a background in geology and communications. She started as a communications intern with IFA in 2019 and now helps mobilize IFA members to protect Indiana’s forests.
Myrna has spent her career as a nonprofit accountant and administrator in Indiana and Colorado. She is passionate about the arts, animal welfare and environmental conservation.
Leslie Bishop, Ph.D.
Urban Forest Preservation Project Director