Meet the Staff

Brian Ritter is the Executive Director of Nahant Marsh and the Program Director for Conservation Technology through the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) and the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC). He teaches EICC courses on site and uses Nahant preserve as an outdoor classroom. He also teaches a course at Saint Ambrose University. Brian has overseen operations at Nahant Marsh since 2007 and has begun and sustained many environmental education programs, biological research projects, and natural resource management practices. His hobbies include hiking, paddling, organic gardening, cooking, camping, and fishing.

Jevonnah Foster is the Natural Resource Manager at Nahant Marsh. She has an Associates degree in Natural Resources Conservation and a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science. She’s spent 3 summers interning with the Natural Resources Conservation Service where she was mainly involved with the Wetland Reserve Program. She enjoys many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, hiking, and kayaking.


Kory Darnall
has worked on the Nahant Marsh natural resources crew for 5 seasons. He is a University of Iowa graduate and is a full-time Social Worker when not at the Marsh. Kory volunteers for a number of projects and causes including the Schuetzen Park Historic Site,  Davenport City Cemetery, the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management and The Ocean Conservancy.


Amy Loving is the Education Coordinator at Nahant Marsh. She received her Bachelors of Science from Western Illinois University in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration. She has worked in youth programming and as a naturalist for 10 years.  Amy enjoys trying new recipes, exploring nature, gettin’ crafty, watching crime shows, and spending time with her family. 


Lindsey Kennedy
is the Marketing and Special Events Coordinator at Nahant Marsh. A Clinton, IA native, she received a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art at the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in Arts Management from the University of Oregon. She has spent the past 10 years working at arts, history, and science non-profit organizations in Oregon, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Davenport. She enjoys traveling nature, music, cooking, and a good laugh.


Liz Schramm is the Program Specialist/Naturalist at Nahant Marsh. She received her Bachelors in Biology from Truman State University and a Masters in Biology with a certificate in Zoo and Aquarium Studies from Western Illinois University. She has worked as a naturalist since 2011 and currently serves as the 4-H IA AmeriCorps Site-Supervisor and IINSPIRE LSAMP Coordinator during the summer. In her spare time, Liz enjoys hiking, boating, baking, and reading. 


Jenna Skopek is an AmeriCorps member serving as a full-time naturalist educator at Nahant Marsh. She received her Bachelor’s of Environmental Science degree from the University of Dubuque in 2015. While attending the University, she spent a month in Paraguay assisting on a wide range of research projects. She also conducted research for three years on mussels of the Mississippi River. Jenna enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, cooking, and traveling.



Kinsey Nielsen is an AmeriCorps member serving as a full-time naturalist at Nahant Marsh. She has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University and has spent the past three summers performing water quality and habitat surveys in Midwest wetlands. Kinsey enjoys whitewater kayaking, camping, hiking, catching butterflies, playing pickleball, and traveling the world.



Eric Shershen is a part-time AmeriCorps member serving since the beginning of October 2017. He is currently a senior biology and environmental studies double major at Augustana College and conduct research on mosses under one of his professors. Eric enjoys hiking, playing Ultimate Frisbee, biking, botany, and eating ice cream.



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Nahant Marsh

LogoThe mission of Nahant Marsh Education Center is to protect, enhance, and restore the Marsh through education, research, and conservation. Our vision is to foster wonder, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural world.


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Nahant Marsh

4220 Wapello Ave.
Davenport, IA 52802