Ontario Nature Staff

Caroline Schultz – Executive Director

Caroline SchultzCaroline has directed Ontario Nature’s programs and operations since 2005. Caroline previously served as conservation director for the Canadian Nature Federation for 10 years, leading the organization’s national advocacy, science and stewardship programs. She was also chair of BirdLife International’s Americas regional council, helping to develop and lead a partnership of national member NGOs from more than 17 countries to advance biodiversity conservation throughout the region. Caroline holds an M.Sc. in ecology and a Masters of Management degree in voluntary sector leadership.

Kamilla Molnar – Director of Finance and Administration

Kamilla MolnarKamilla joined Ontario Nature in December 2013. She grew up in Budapest, Hungary, lived in Rome, Italy and started her career in the hospitality industry before moving to Ontario. She immediately fell in love with the natural beauty of the vast Canadian landscapes. Kamilla is a seasoned accountant with extensive senior management experience. She obtained her designation at the Certified General Accountants of Ontario in 2006 and is an active member of the Canadian Payroll Association. Kamilla is a voluntary board member and treasurer of the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada. She likes the great outdoors, exploring ancient civilizations and travelling.

Jaklynn Nimec – Executive Assistant

Jaklynn joined Ontario Nature in the spring of 2016 on a communications internship. She holds a B.A. in political science and communications from McMaster University, and a graduate certificate in corporate communications and public relations from Centennial College. In her new role, Jaklynn is responsible for internal communications and coordinates special events such as the Annual Gathering. She works closely with the senior management team and the Board of Directors. An ex-varsity athlete, Jaklynn is a committed Raptor’s fan and in her spare time can be found shooting hoops or exploring the outdoors.

Mishelle MacDonald – Administrative Assistant

Mishelle joined Ontario Nature in August of 2017. She started volunteering at the age of 11 at the Wild Bird Care Centre in Ottawa and has continued to rescue wildlife ever since. Mishelle studied business management at Algonquin College and continued with a business accounting diploma in 2017. In between school and work, she has camped across nature areas in Canada with her dog – Tasha. An avid traveler, Mishelle has been to over 20 countries. In her spare time, Mishelle cycles around Toronto and brews kombucha.

Conservation & Education

Anne Bell – Director of Conservation and Education

Anne has been directing Ontario Nature’s conservation and education programs since 2007. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental studies and has almost 20 years experience working as an environmental educator, researcher and advocate for government and non-profit organizations. Anne loves to go birding, camping, swimming, and skiing and to play hockey with her husband and two young daughters, Kestrel and Castilleja.

Julee Boan – Boreal Program Manager, Thunder Bay office

Julee BoanJulee lives in Thunder Bay and leads Ontario Nature’s Boreal Program. She works collaboratively with First Nations, industry and local conservation groups to seek environmentally responsible approaches to economic development in northern Ontario. She completed a Ph.D. in forest sciences with research focused on mitigating timber harvesting impacts on woodland caribou. For the past nine years, Julee has also served as a board member of Environment North. She sat on Thunder Bay's Climate Change Adaptation Working Group, and co-chaired the Forest and Freshwater Food committee for the Thunder Bay Food Strategy. When she isn't pounding the pavement advocating for environmental sustainability, she putters at her hobby farm and shares her love of the outdoors in northern Ontario with her son Simon Sweetwater.

Sarah Hedges – Conservation Partnerships and Education Manager

Sarah HedgesSarah joined Ontario Nature in August 2010. In her current role, she oversees the organization’s partnerships with farmers, Indigenous communities and youth. Sarah holds a B.Sc. in environmental science from Queen’s University and has had significant experience working with youth at a summer camp and an outdoor education centre. Sarah spends her free time at family cottages in Gananoque and Bancroft. She also enjoys international travel and dragon boating.

Tanya Pulfer – Conservation Science Manager

Tanya PulferTanya Pulfer grew up in a farming family in rural Ontario where she developed a love for the rural landscape and the biodiversity it hosts.  She has a joint B.Sc. in environment science and biology, M.Sc. in ecology and B.Ed. focusing on outdoor education. Before joining Ontario Nature in 2013, Tanya worked for several conservation organizations including Florida Marine Research Institute, Ministry of Natural Resources, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Lanark Stewardship Council and the Natural Heritage Information Centre – where she worked on the first Ontario Herpetofauna Summary.

Christine Ambre – Conservation and Education Coordinator

Christine started volunteering for Ontario Nature in spring 2015, then joined the administration team that fall. In her current role, she oversees the Nature Guardians Youth Program and various conservation projects. Christine grew up with a love of the outdoors and nature, which eventually led her to take a B.Sc. in earth sciences from University of Waterloo. She has extensive experience working with youth at summer camp and volunteering with other environmental non-profits. In her free time, Christine is a part-time video game brand ambassador and promoter who also enjoys exploring the outdoors and learning new technology.

Emma Horrigan - Conservation Science Coordinator

Emma HorriganEmma joined the Ontario Nature team in winter 2015. Having completed a B.A. in forest conservation and M.Sc. in biology – both from the University of Toronto – she has since been involved in a several citizen science initiatives across the province, including projects focused on turtle road mortality and agricultural pests. Prior to joining Ontario Nature, Emma worked for the University of Toronto coordinating research at Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve, and at U-Links, a community-based research centre in Haliburton County. Besides her passion for ecology, Emma enjoys cross-country skiing, birding and hiking with her dog Mia.

Smera Sukumar – Conservation Science Technician

Smera joined Ontario Nature in spring 2016 to assist the nature reserves and citizen science programs. She recently graduated with a M.Sc. in biodiversity and conservation from the University of Leeds, U.K. and previously completed a B.Sc. in zoology from the University of Guelph. In addition, she has studied cetaceans in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and the effects of urbanization on bats in England. Smera was born in Saudi Arabia and lived in Dubai before immigrating to Canada as a young child, where she developed her passion for wildlife and the outdoors. In her spare time, Smera enjoys baking, playing with her cat, Jax, and travelling.

Stephanie Muckle – Nature Reserves Technician

Stephanie joined Ontario Nature in the spring of 2016 after graduating from the University of Toronto with a Master of Forest Conservation. Stephanie became passionate about wildlife conservation during her undergraduate studies and holds a B.Sc. specializing in zoology. She has studied the impacts of agricultural runoff on larval amphibians and the effects of forest management on small mammals. Stephanie has extensive experience using geographic information systems and remotely sensed data. She loves the eastern chipmunk because of its curiosity and fiendish obsession with food.

Bradley McGinn – Conservation Data Technician

Bradley joined Ontario Nature in September of 2016. Previously he has worked as an online game developer and independent contractor creating web applications such as Ontario Nature’s dynamic atlas maps. A graduate from Humber College, Bradley has adapted his 10 years of web programming knowledge to conservation and citizen science. He has a passion skateboarding and is a recognized resident of Toronto’s Vanderhoof Skatepark.

Ross Bushnell – Citizen Science Intern

Ross joined Ontario Nature in January 2017 as a volunteer to assist with the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. Since then he has become the Citizen Science Intern.  He graduated from Concordia University with a B.Sc. in Ecology and Environmental Science. Ross became passionate about conservation after exploring the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and since then has dedicated himself to science. He has studied alarm cue response in Atlantic salmon of hatchery-reared and wild fish, as well as wildlife corridors in Quebec. Ross’s love of nature, hiking and rock climbing has taken him to Southeast Asia, the Galapagos Islands, Korea and the Sierra Nevada’s.

Amy Whitear – Conservation Science Specialist

caliAmy joined Ontario Nature in May of 2017 as the crew lead for an eastern foxsnake and gray ratsnake project in Norfolk-Haldimand County. She developed a passion for nature as a child through exploring the temperate rainforest of her hometown on Bowen Island, British Colombia. Since completing a B.Sc. zoology at the University of Toronto, she has worked on several endangered species reintroduction and monitoring projects. Amy happily spends her free time hiking, rock climbing and travelling.

Jessica Ferguson – Citizen Science Intern

Jessica is a volunteer area coordinator for the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. In September 2017, she joined the Norfolk-Halidmand County Snake Project to research gray ratsnakes and eastern foxsnakes. Jessica, a fish and wildlife technician from Fleming College, has a passion for conservation and outreach. She worked as a wildlife educator for five years and is a long-term volunteer of the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. Most recently, she worked with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority's Reptile Recovery Project. Jessica enjoys wildlife photography, kayaking and hiking with her dogs.

Amanda Layng – Boreal Conservation Intern

Amanda joined Ontario Nature in November 2017 at the Thunder Bay office. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. She has studied landscape effects on bat species’ distributions across Northern Ontario. Amanda also has experience volunteering with wildlife rehabilitation. She enjoys hiking, camping, photography and exploring new places.


Membership and Development

Kirsten Dahl – Manager of Major and Planned Giving

Kirsten developed a love of nature and the outdoors spending summers at her cottage in Muskoka. She studied sociology at the University of Western Ontario and spent the better part of a decade living in different countries including Peru, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Since returning home, Kirsten has worked in the environmental sector with Greenpeace and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. She also volunteers with Cycle Toronto, helps to run a basketball camp on Lake of Bays with her family and is an expert at finding nature in the city.

Nicole Chamula – Annual Giving Manager

Nicole joined Ontario Nature in 2010 after completing an internship at Environmental Defence. She has a post-graduate certificate in fundraising and volunteer management from Humber College and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She also holds a B.ES. in environment and resources studies from the University of Waterloo. Nicole enjoys any chance to travel and loves to be outdoors.

Portia Mohlmann – Member Relations Coordinator  

Portia MohlmannPortia joined Ontario Nature in fall 2014. She has a M.ES. from York University, with a concentration in sustainable food systems, and is currently completing a certificate in fundraising and volunteer management at George Brown College. Portia’s previous experience includes researching the effects of environmental contaminants on First Nation’s traditional food systems for Health Canada and fundraising for The Stop Community Food Centre and Daily Bread Food Bank. In her free time, Portia enjoys biking, cooking and exploring the outdoors.

Irene Milani – Database Coordinator

Irene MilaniIrene oversees Ontario Nature's growing member and donor database. Previously, Irene held various positions at the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, including natural heritage coordinator, project manager and special assistant to the Hon. David Crombie. Irene has a B.A. in urban studies and sociology.



Vanessa Lupton – Major Gifts Coordinator

Vanessa joined the Ontario Nature team in summer 2017.  Having a B.Sc. in biology with a concentration in conservation from Trent University, as well as having a diploma in both journalism and public relations, she has a unique set of skills that pair well with the work that Ontario Nature does. A week-long portage trip in high school sparked Vanessa’s love of being outdoors and enjoying the natural world. In her spare time, Vanessa can be found hiking in the local conservation areas with her dog or volunteering with a local dog rescue.

Seann Kim –Member Relations Coordinator

Seann Kim joined Ontario Nature in June 2017 to cover a maternity leave for the Member Relations Coordinator. She has a BBA from the University of Guelph, and is currently studying at Humber College to obtain her certificate in Events Management. Seann grew up loving the outdoors, participating in activities such as snowboarding, surfing and mountain hiking. She gained experience in the non-profit sector by volunteering and working with nature and wildlife conservation organizations, and an animal rights agency. She gained a deeper appreciation for exploring the Canadian landscape while living in Vancouver for a couple of years. In her spare time, Seann he enjoys traveling, hiking, engaging in outdoor activities, exercising, and cooking/baking.

Communications & Engagement

John Hassell – Director of Communications and Engagement

John HassellJohn joined Ontario Nature in 2009. Along with his role in communications, he is the editor of ON Nature – Ontario Nature’s award-winning magazine. John has an M.A. in international development studies with research focusing on sustainable, community-based forestry and a B.A. in political science. He has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 15 years. John is a founding director of ReachUp, an ultimate Frisbee charity that promotes healthy lifestyles in under-resourced communities. He enjoys fringe sports, travel and canoe trips.

Lisa Richardson – Nature Network and Communications Coordinator

Lisa RichardsonLisa heads up Ontario Nature’s Education Program and Nature Network of more than 150 local community conservation groups. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she earned a B.Sc. in zoology and psychology. Prior to joining Ontario Nature in 2006 as the Volunteer for Nature Coordinator, Lisa worked with the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre running their volunteer-based national shoreline cleanup program in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

Barbara MacKenzie-Wynia – Regional Nature Network Coordinator

Barbara MacKenzie-Wynia Barbara joined Ontario Nature in 2006 with a focus on Northern, Huronia and Lake Ontario North regions. She is a partner with Krystawyn Environmental Consulting, and owns BMW and Associates. Barbara was the director of communications with Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority for more than 20 years. As a proud farmer’s daughter, she continues to enjoy working with the rural and farming community in building bridges, trust and capacity. Barbara lives in Clearview Township where she enjoys gardening, traveling, and camping with her husband and two sons.

Noah Cole – Communications Technician

Noah ColeNoah has worked for Ontario Nature since 2011. He supports Ontario Nature's communication team with web design and programming, online outreach, photo research, special projects and the organization’s day-to-day operations. Noah has earned certification in non-profit and voluntary sector management from Ryerson University. Noah obtained his B.A. from the University of Guelph and refined his craft at The Western Academy of Photography, as well as focusing on further expressive and technical studies. He is a Quetico Foundation trustee and their director of communications. Noah is an accomplished naturalist and loves the great outdoors.

Leyla Top – Digital Communications Specialist

Leyla assists in all things digital, including creating and curating content for Ontario Nature’s social media channels. She holds a B.A. in communication studies from Wilfred Laurier University and a certificate in publishing from Centennial College. Leyla has a passion for philosophy and Russian literature, and in her spare time can be found curled up with a good book and a strong cup of tea.


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