Meet the IJNR Staff
Dave Spratt is IJNR’s Chief Executive Officer.
For more than 20 years, Dave was a fixture at daily newspapers in Colorado and Michigan, writing and editing sports, features and news, nurturing young writers and staring longingly out the window where the real action was. Dave left inky fingers behind in 2009, when he took a buyout from the Detroit News to freelance and carry coolers for IJNR until being named CEO in January 2013. In addition to being a three-time IJNR Fellow, Dave is a lifelong lover of the outdoors and frequent end user of clean air, clear water and healthy habitat — human and otherwise. And most of all, he wants the world to understand why those things are so important.
Dave lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife Sarah and a slightly kooky terrier. They have two daughters in college: A Bronco (WMU) and a Spartan (MSU).
Melissa Mylchreest is IJNR’s Director of Communications and Development.
Melissa lives in Missoula, Montana. In addition to working for IJNR, she is a freelance writer, covering art, architecture, science, and society. She received a B.A. in creative writing from Connecticut College, an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Montana (UM), and an M.F.A. in creative writing, also at UM.
But writing all the time sometimes gets boring, so she’s done some other things too, including working as a professor, cook, government lackey, and barn-dismantler, among many others. When she’s not working, she gardens, hikes, makes art, cooks, volunteers with animal rescue groups, and spends as much time as possible outside with her two-legged and four-legged buddies.
Adam Hinterthuer is IJNR’s Director of Programs.
Adam also serves as a part-time outreach/communications specialist for the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Center for Limnology (the study of lakes, basically). Adam lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, Carrie, and their two daughters. If he had free time to spend, it would be spent hiking, camping, canoeing and brewing his own beer. Adam received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism and has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He hasn’t completely given up his freelance writing career and sometimes succumbs to lapses in judgement, taking freelance gigs for science and environmental publications like BioScience magazine, Scientific American, and Audubon online.
Carrie Hinterthuer is IJNR’s Business Manager.
In addition to keeping the books for the organization, Carrie is tasked with helping with the myriad things that keep the ship sailing smoothly. Carrie has her master’s degree in public health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned her undergraduate degree from Carleton College (where she met a certain IJNR director of programs). Carrie lives with Adam and their two daughters in Madison.
Mike Scott is IJNR’s Digital Media Trainer
Mike is kind of like Superman. Normally, he's the media and marketing strategist for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. But then an IJNR Institute comes along, Mike hops in a phone booth (do phone booths even exist anymore?), and out pops Digital Media Guru Extraordinaire! Mike’s combination of environmental expertise (he was a long-time environment reporter and assistant metro editor at the largest newspaper in Ohio, namely The Plain Dealer in Cleveland) and new-media savvy makes him the ideal person to help Fellows figure out how to bend digital technology to their will. Mike holds a BA from Kent State University, and is well-acquainted with IJNR, having been a Fellow on three of our Great Lakes-based Institutes, and a digital trainer with us since early 2013.