Ohio Office Staff
Lindsey Christ, Executive Director
I am no stranger to Forfar! I first visited Forfar as a high school student and then again in college to do the Christmas Bird count. My time on Andros was transformative and I am thrilled to work for IFS and continue to push forward our field study programs and reach new students and new audiences.
I have been working for non-profit organizations in the field of environmental education for the past 20 years. I have an undergraduate degree from UNC-Asheville in Environmental Studies and a Master's degree from the University of Florida in Interdisciplinary Ecology. I was the former Executive Director of Keep Franklin County Beautiful, Inc. and Camp Wyandot, Inc.
Becky Schmitthenner, Program Coordinator
I just recently completed a year of service in Washington, DC through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. I worked as the Communications Assistant for a public charter school with a two-generation model of learning focused on educating immigrant families. Prior to my time in DC, I earned my bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Communications.
My passion for the outdoors stems from spending my childhood hiking and kayaking at my family’s cabin in Pennsylvania. I’m thrilled to be working at IFS and love supporting such an important mission.
Forfar Field Station Staff
Vivienne Main, Station Director
Hi I’m Vivienne the Director of Forfar Field Station. After graduating with an MSci in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Glasgow Scotland, I completed an internship with the Clyde River Foundation. Then I left Scotland behind and moved to Dahab, Egypt where I managed the Open Ocean Science Centre, worked as a SCUBA diving instructor, developed EECAA (an environmental NGO) and promoted environmental community initiatives. I’m excited to share my passion for science, the ocean and environmental awareness with everyone here at Forfar.
Mike England, Intern
I am a Colorado native and spent most of my time growing up exploring the Rocky Mountains. While in college I assisted in sea turtle conservation in Panama. After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2013 with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, I obtained a job on the coast of Georgia conducting sea turtle conservation and leading environmental tours. I returned to my home state and began to work at the Denver Zoo as a zoo educator participating in outreach and informal education programs. Conservation and educating local communities has become my passion and I am extremely excited about the opportunity to share this as an Environmental Education Intern on Andros.
Matthew Speegle, Intern
My devotion for the sea grew out of the days I spent exploring the California Oceans and Beaches. I am from the Bay Area in California and was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that loved the beach. Like most kids, I was constantly changing my mind about what I wanted to be when I grew up but I always came back to the Ocean.
I graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy. During my time there, I spent a semester abroad on the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands where I was immersed in marine science and fell in love with the kaleidoscope of colors that made up the ocean floor. Since then, I have tried to find every opportunity to work as a Naturalist in every type of environment so that I can help others find their love for the natural world. When I am not spending my time on the beach, I am probably playing sports, fixing something or reading a good book.
Aaron John, Intern
Hello I am from Nassau, Bahamas and graduated from the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute in 2018 where I obtained an Associate Degree in Agriculture Science. During my time at the Institute I was also a member of the BNT club under the name Eco-Warrriors. My love for the environment has increased by several folds and it just continues to fascinate me. In my free time I love to go crabbing, snorkeling, fishing and of course diving in blueholes. I plan to further my studies in the area of Agriculture and Marine Science.