District Foresters from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Division of Forestry are professionally trained to manage forestland. A District Forester can help you start the management of your forested land by visiting your woods and recommending a best course of action to meet your goals. The foresters administer both state and federal programs that provide technical assistance, property tax incentives, and cost-sharing incentives for sustainable management.
Janet joined the Division of Forestry in 1978 and has been a district forester since 1993. Previously, she worked on four state forest properties in southwestern Indiana as a resource forester. In addition to her duties as District Forester, she is also the state’s Big Tree program coordinator, a founding member of the White River RC&D Forestry committee, and a board member for the Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation. A member of the Society of American Foresters since 1978, she was elected a Fellow in 2006. She’s a life member of the American Forestry Association and a member of the Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association and the National Arbor Day Foundation. She earned her B.S. degree in forestry from Purdue University in 1978. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, crocheting, and camping.
Gretchen has been with the Division of Forestry since 1998 spending the first 10 years on State Forest Properties as a Resource Specialist, inventorying, marking and administering timber sales. She then transitioned to CFM in 2008 as an assistant District Forester before assuming her current role as District Forester in 2011 serving, Gibson, Warrick, Pike, Posey and Vanderburgh Counties. Gretchen has a BSF in Forestry from Purdue University with an emphasis in Wildlife Management.
Abby interned as a Timber Technician at Harrison-Crawford State forest in the summer of 2008. In 2010, she worked as an intermittent employee in districts 2 and 12, and also worked on Continuous Forest Inventory plots on private forestland. She graduated with a degree in forestry from Purdue in 2009. Her interests include hiking, backpacking, camping, and bird watching.
Jeremiah began his work with the Division of Forestry as a timber technician during the summers of 1999 and 2000, then full-time in 2001 as Assistant Property Manager at Jackson-Washington State Forest. In 2003 he moved to southwestern Indiana to assume his current role as District Forester. He is also a trained meeting facilitator and assists the Division of Reclamation. Jeremiah graduated from Purdue University with a degree in forestry and a major in wildlife management in 1999. He has completed the Natural Resources Leadership Institute, and enjoys hunting, camping, fishing, baseball, and grafting fruit and nut trees in his free time.
Rob worked briefly as a Classified Forest re-inspector after college graduation before going to work for the Kentucky Division of Forestry for a couple of years. He returned to Indiana in 1993 to join the Division of Forestry as District Forester. Along with his usual duties, Rob also has wildfire fighting experience and is active in the Historic Hoosier Hills Woodland Committee. He also serves as Property Manager at Selmier State Forest. Rob graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s in forest management. His hobbies and interests include gardening, hunting and traveling.
Ben’s career began as a summer intern doing Classified Forest re-inspections in 2001. He then became Assistant Property Manager at Jasper-Pulaski State Nursery later that year. In 2005, he moved to Jackson-Washington State Forest as Resource Specialist, and in 2006 assumed his current position as District Forester. Aside from his principle duties he has trained for wildfire red card certification and has assisted on wildfire suppression assignments in the western U.S., as well as assisting on many prescribed burns on state and federal properties. Ben graduated from Purdue University in 2001. He enjoys spending free time with his family, playing softball and deer hunting.
James joined the Division of Forestry in 2006 and has been the District 19 Forester since 2007. Prior to that, he was an Assistant District Forester in District 13. In addition to providing forest management assistance to landowners in District 19, James has also worked with the Arrowhead RC&D Forestry Committee and helps coordinate the forestry portion of the National FFA Convention. He earned his B.S. degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University. His interests include boating, traveling and canoeing.
Brad began his career with the Division of Forestry in 1991as a part-time Clerk and Timber Technician. He then worked as a Wildlife Specialist at Salamonie Reservoir for the Division of Reservoirs from 1993 to 1999 before returning to the Division of Forestry as a District Forester. In addition to his usual duties, he has served on numerous committees for the Division, organized wildlife management training, and is active with the Indiana Envirothon Steering Committee. Brad holds a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife science and a Bachelor’s in forestry, both from Purdue University. He is a Certified Forester through the Society of American Foresters and a Certified Wildlife Biologist through The Wildlife Society. His interests and hobbies include involvement in the Environmental Education Association of Indiana, Lions Club, Scouting, 4-H and many outdoor activities.
Amanda graduated in 2011 with a double major in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Purdue University. She began her career as a summer intern, completing Classified Forest re-inspections in Harrison and Crawford counties during summer 2011. Her next move was an intermittent resource specialist at Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe State Forests from May 2012 to September 2013. She then began working as the Resource Specialist / Assistant Property Manager for Ferdinand and Pike State Forests from September 2013 to October 2015. She then moved to become District Forester for Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, and Steuben counties on Nov. 1, 2015. On Jan. 1, 2016, she also assumed the responsibilities of property manager for Salamonie River and Frances-Slocum State Forests located in Wabash and Miami counties. Amanda enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and traveling.
Quentin began his career with the Division of Forestry in 2015 as a property forester for Jackson-Washington State Forest. In July of 2018, he transferred to the district forester position for District 3. He graduated from Purdue University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Forestry. His interests include fishing, hunting, camping and hiking.
Zach began his career with the Division of Forestry in August of 2000 as a Forest Entomologist and assumed his duties as Forest Programs Coordinator in August of 2006. In addition to his current job duties and continuing some duties as a Forest Entomologist, he also coordinates the division’s State Fair exhibit. Zach graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1999. His hobbies include camping and fishing.
Jayson began his career with the Division of Forestry in 1995 as Assistant Property Manager at Martin State Forest. He became District Forester in early 1996. In addition to assisting landowners in his district, he also serves on the Classified Forest & Wildlands committee. Jayson earned his Bachelor's of Science in Forestry from Purdue University in 1992 with emphasis on both forest management and wildlife management, and completed a Masters of Science in Forestry from Purdue in 1994. He enjoys spending free time with his wife and five children.
Steve’s career with the Division of Forestry began in 1972 as a Forest Technician before becoming a District Forester in 1974. Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in forest management from Purdue University and enjoys hiking, traveling and pursuing his long-time interest of railroad steam engines.
Ralph began working for the Division of Forestry in 1983 as Resource Specialist at Yellowwood State Forest, and assumed his current role as District Forester for Monroe and Owen counties in 1991. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in forestry from Purdue University in 1983.
Maddie began working for the Division of Forestry as an inventory forester in 2015. She then transferred to a district forester position in 2017. She now works with landowners in Clark, Floyd, Jefferson, and Scott counties. She graduated Purdue University in 2013 with a forestry degree. Her interests include camping, fishing and swimming.
Assistant District Forester Bios
Jack began his career with the Indiana Division of Forestry in February 2017 after earning a B.S. in forestry from Southern Illinois University. He splits his year between being a resource specialist at Greene-Sullivan State Forest and as an assistant district forester for Districts 10, 11, 16. Before coming to Indiana, he worked as a wilderness ranger in northern Michigan and with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency as a historical interpreter. His hobbies include fly fishing, camping, canoeing, archery, history, gardening and traveling.
Jennifer began her career with the Division of Forestry in August 2004 as an intermittent project coordinator for the Watershed Conservation Through Forestry project. While serving in this capacity, Jennifer also assisted the Best Management Practices program. In 2013, Jennifer began performing Classified Forest re-inspections in Districts 1 and 3, and since 2015 has been assisting in District 1. As of July 2017 Jennifer is serving as assistant district forester/BMP forester. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s in wildlife biology from Murray State University in 1999 and a master’s in aquatic science from Purdue University in 2003. Jennifer enjoys gardening, canning, hiking, camping, reading, quilting and time with her husband, son and daughter.
Amy graduated in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a B.S. in Forest Management and a minor in Soil Science. She started her career with the Division of Forestry in 2007 as an intermittent forester at Ferdinand and Pike State Forests. From there she moved over in 2008 to work as a Resource Specialist at Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe State Forests. Her primary duties were inventorying, marking and administering timber sales. In 2013, she transitioned to an assistant District Forester where she works in Districts 4, 7, 14, & 18. Her interests and hobbies include gardening, camping, and making maple syrup.