There are two new faces and in the IFA office and two transitions, as well.
In January, we welcomed Nick Joseph (upper left) as a community organizer and phone canvasser. Don’t be surprised to get a call from Nick, inviting you to call your legislator or to renew your IFA membership. Nick came to Indiana from Pittsburgh last November bringing his experience as a water rights activist to assist with Yellowwood advocacy. Nick says: “After staffing the Yellowwood resistance camp, I wanted to do more to help save Indiana’s beautiful wilderness.”
Lora Bowman (upper right) joined the IFA staff in April as Bookkeeper/Office Manager. “As an avid hiker, protecting Indiana’s native forests for future generations means a great deal to me,” says Lora. Her diverse experience includes accounting, client care, and team support, having worked for Meals on Wheels and Dillman Law Group.
In a staff reorganization, Sandra Messner (lower left) is now serving as Development Director. Sandy–familiar to IFA members as director of outreach for the last 2 and a half years–says: “I’m so excited to connect with current and new IFA donors to encourage their enthusiasm for Indiana’s forests and help leave a legacy for forest preservation in Indiana.” Reach out to Sandy to discuss a contribution to or sponsorship of Indiana Forest Alliance.
Paul Bryan left IFA in June after nearly three years raising funds for the forest cause and activating IFA members. IFA Executive Director Jeff Stant had worked with Paul in various capacities since the 1980’s and had this to say about Paul’s career: “From saving wilderness in the Hoosier National Forest, to preserving the wild bends and wetlands of the North Branch of the Elkhart River, to establishing the non-game wildlife checkoff program in our state tax returns, Paul has been a powerful warrior for our cause for nearly two generations. He also raised substantive levels of support as IFA’s development director, was an anchor in the Crown Hill fight, reaching out effectively to neighbors of this woods, and organized opposition to the logging in Jackson-Washington State Forest. His shoes will be hard to fill.”