Ontario Nature Staff
Caroline Schultz – Executive Director
Caroline 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 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.
Christine Ambre – Administrative Assistant
Christine started volunteering with Ontario Nature in spring 2015 and joined the staff that fall. She grew up with a love of the outdoors and the natural environment, which inspired her to take a bachelor of science in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo. Experienced in non-profit organizations and education, Christine is dedicated to teaching others about the importance of the natural environment. During her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, learning about new technology and practicing martial arts.
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 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.
Joshua Wise – Greenway Program Manager
Josh joined the Ontario Nature team in the spring of 2011. His interest in the natural environment led him to study geography at the University of Guelph and later to do a Masters degree in Environment and Sustainability at the University of Western Ontario. Previous work in the environmental field has included positions at Parks Canada, the Ministry of Natural Resources as well as other environmental NGOs in Canada and Bolivia. Josh spends his free time playing sports, and enjoys any opportunity to go hiking and canoeing.
Tanya Pulfer – Conservation Science Manager
Tanya 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.
Sarah Hedges – Conservation and Education Coordinator
Sarah joined Ontario Nature in August 2010. She oversees the Nature Guardians Youth Program and coordinates Ontario Nature’s biodiversity offsetting initiative. Sarah holds a B.Sc. in environmental science from Queen’s University and has had significant experience working with children and youth from previous positions at a summer camp and outdoor education centre. Sarah spends her free time at family cottages in Gananoque and Bancroft and enjoys international travel and dragon boating.
Emma Horrigan - Conservation Science Coordinator
Emma 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.
Mallory Vanier – Boreal Program Intern
Mallory joined Ontario Nature in the spring of 2015. She is a recent graduate of Lakehead University, with a B.EM. specializing in wildlife conservation and management. Working out of the Thunder Bay office, she assists with research and advocacy projects as well as helping with community workshops. Mallory has worked previously with conservation reserves and other community groups to connect the public with the outdoors. Her interests include hiking, birding, fishing and reading a good book.
Smera Sukumar – Conservation Science Assistant
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 Assistant
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.
Jenna Siu – Conservation Assistant
Jenna joined Ontario Nature in the fall of 2016. She developed a passion for nature during her B.Sc. in environmental studies and biology at Queen’s University. She then completed her M.Sc. in biology with environment and sustainability at Western University. She has worked with a range of species including butterflies, American badgers and reptiles. Jenna has worked for various land conservation organizations in Ontario doing stewardship and public outreach. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys cooking, chasing butterflies and looking for snakes.
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 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 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.
Communications & Engagement
John Hassell – Director of Communications and Engagement
John 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 a decade. John is a founding director of ReachUP, an ultimate frisbee organization that promotes healthy lifestyles in under-resourced communities, and on the advisory board of the Toronto Rush. He enjoys fringe sports, travel and canoe trips.
Lisa Richardson – Nature Network and Communications Coordinator
Lisa 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 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 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 nonprofit and voluntary sector management from Ryerson University. He also obtained his B.A. from the University of Guelph and studied at The Western Academy of Photography. Noah is also a Quetico Foundation trustee, a 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.