IFA Staff

Meet the People Behind IFA's Work

Jeff Stant.

Jeff Stant

Executive Director

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.


Jennifer Christie

Director of Development

Jennifer has degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Purdue University. She has worked as an Environmental Chemist and Outdoor Educator. For over a decade, Jennifer was a leader in a global clinical trial company. A Master Black Belt (MBB) in Lean Six Sigma, she has used her leadership skills to serve many organizations, especially those focused on climate change and biodiversity.


Evan Robbins

Evan Robbins

Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs

Evan is an avid hiker with an extensive professional background in public sector and political communications.


Steven Stewart

Steven Stewart

Program Director
Hoosier National Forest

Steven Stewart is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington.  He has worked for many years in the non-profit sector and the field of Preservation. He is a strong public forest advocate and has spent his whole life in the forest learning its ways.


Neil Goswami

Membership & Outreach Manager 

A native of Bloomington, Neil has degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. Whether it’s hiking through pristine trails, kayaking in tranquil waters or simply enjoying the beauty of a sunset, Neil finds solace and inspiration in the natural world. His personal experiences in nature fuel his passion for environmental conservation and sustainability.


Melody Dunn

Office Manager

Melody holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Management & Leadership from Western Governors University. She has a love of nature in all her forms. Collecting fossils and stones from creek beds is one of her favorite types of afternoon activity.


Dex Conaway

State Forest Director

Dex is a native Hoosier who possesses a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University – Purdue
University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Anthropology with a focus on US culture and its relationship to our
natural environment. He has dedicated much of his adult life to many different social and ecological
justice causes. Before joining IFA, he had a long tenure in the organic farming and certification industry
and is deeply committed to preserving and increasing Indiana’s wild places.


Mike Oles

Forests For Indy Campaign Director

Mike Oles is the Director of the Forests for Indy campaign. He is a leading community organizer, environmental campaigner, and political strategist.

Mike’s impactful work has been recognized in the IndyStar, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The American Prospect, and Politico. His relentless efforts to halt factory closings, notably the successful fight to save Indianapolis’s Carrier Factory, are chronicled in the book America Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears. He is a proud graduate of Earlham College.


Consulting Staff

Jerome Delbridge
Arborist and Urban Forest Preservation Advisor

IFA's Board of Directors


Dave Seastrom, President, Nashville

Angelo Dattilo, Treasurer, Westfield

David Haberman, Ph.D., Bloomington

Larry Kane, Carmel

Lora Kemp, Spencer

Elizabeth Mahoney, Indianapolis

Nina Mutone, Indianapolis

W. Russell (Russ) Sipes, Indianapolis

Mark Stoops, Bloomington