Nellie Anderson-Wright

Nellie Anderson-Wright

Department Manager
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Jen Howell

Jen Howell

Preserve Manager
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James Skillen

James Skillen

Associate Professor, Preserve Director
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Benji Steenwyk

Benji Steenwyk

Greenhouse Manager
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Governing Board

The Ecosystem Preserve Governing Board meets periodically to coordinate and implement strategic initiatives. In addition to Calvin faculty and staff, members of the local community serve on the board. If you are interested in serving, please connect with us at preserve@calvin.edu.

Crystal Bruxvoort, Science Education Professor
Jason Googins, At-Large Member
Melinda Higley, Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies Assistant Professor
Marge Hoogeboom, Board of Trustees at Calvin University
Andrea Le Roy, Special Assistant to the President at Calvin University
William Miller, Biology Assistant Professor and Advisory Council Chair
Bob Speelman, Supervisor Landscape Operations
Jennifer Steensma Hoag, Art and Art History Professor
David Wunder, Dean for Faculty Development and Research Initiatives
Rotating Student Representative

Calvin Student Staff

Immersive learning is central to our mission. Calvin students develop professional skills in the fields of environmental education and land management in a real-world setting when they are employed at the preserve. Our student staff members major in a variety of subjects and bring a depth of educational experience and interests to the preserve. They have a passion for learning and sharing their ideas and knowledge with whom they work. Learn more about employment opportunities for Calvin students at the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens.