Nathan D. Simons, Executive Director
Nathan D. Simons is a registered landscape architect and executive director of Blue Heron Ministries, Inc. Mr. Simons graduated with Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science degrees from Ball State University with a minor in Natural Resources (1985). Nathan is an accomplished botanist and is credited with the rediscovery of Lathyrus ochroleucus in Indiana. Nathan’s specialization is in historic modeling of wetland, prairie, and savanna communities. Nathan is a skilled ecological restoration specialist focusing on restoring natural areas through the control of exotic/invasive species, the reintroduction of native plant species communities, and prescribed burn management. Combining landscape architectural design and ecological restoration principles within the context of economic development is of special interest to Mr. Simons.
In addition to directing Blue Heron Ministries, Inc., Mr. Simons is employed on a part time basis by the Division of Nature Preserves as an Ecologist Aide. Nathan’s responsibilities include resource management planning and stewardship of State nature preserves in northeast Indiana.
Phillip joined the BHM staff in 2008 as serves as the stewardship crew leader. He holds a B.S. in wildlife science from Purdue University and is passionate about growing plants and wakeboarding. Phillip lives near the Pigeon River in Mongo, Indiana where he experiments in greenhouse and native seed production and restoration agriculture.
John Brittenham is a native of LaGrange County, being born and raised near South Milford, IN. After graduating from Prairie Heights High School in 1998, John went on to obtain a B.A. in Biology and Biblical and Religious Studies from Huntington University in 2002. John worked as an environmental educator near Santa Cruz, California for two years and then worked for the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies on the Pudget Sound in Washington State and in the North Woods of Michigan for 3 years. In 2009, John graduated from Taylor University with a Master of Environmental Science. Before joining the Blue Heron Ministries team in 2012, John worked for one year at The Nature Conservancy in south west Michigan as a seasonal management assistant and two years at Native Connections in Three Rivers, Michigan as a restoration biologist. The driving principle in John’s working life has been to share God’s creation with others and to do the work of stewarding this magnificent creation. Along with his enjoyment of restoring the natural communities on his own property, John spends most of his time loving on his family of four kids and wife.