The Nature Foundation St Maarten has three permanent staff members. Our board members jointly oversee the activities of our organization. The local team is strengthened by (often remote) skilled researchers, enthusiastic interns and a large community of volunteers.

Nature Foundation Staff

Our staff members all live on St. Maarten and share a passion for nature conservation. Combined, the Nature Foundation staff has a wide range of qualifications, ranging from boat handling and maintenance to dive qualifications as well as backgrounds in ecology, park law and police powers.

  • Manager: Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern
    Marine biologist and ecologist, commercial diving
  • Ranger: Etienne Lake
    Technician, law enforcement expert
  • Educational Outreach Officer: Leslie Hickerson
    Commercial diving and sustainable tourism
  • Temporary Projects Coordinator Monkey Management Project: Alice Manley
  • Ranger Intern: Ray-Angel Boasman
Nature Foundation St Maarten Staff picture
Staff picture 2016

Nature Foundation Board

The Nature Foundation St Maarten has a permanent Board of seven Directors, who oversee the organization’s activities and direct overall policy and strategy.

Elected Board members have additional responsibilities in accordance with respective positions. Board meetings are called monthly, with minutes being circulated to the Board. Meetings between the manager and Board representatives take place as necessary.

  • Board Chairman
    Jan Beaujon, Financial sector and council of advice
  • Regular Member
    Frank Boekhout, Education and biologist
  • Board Secretary
    Rikke Bachmann- Speetjens, Marine biologist
  • Board Treasurer
    Paul Ellinger, Marine industry
  • Regular Member
    Marie-Louise Carty-Vialenc, Media sector
  • Regular Member
    Jesse Peterson, Yachting industry
  • Regular Member
    Beverly Mae Nisbeth, Education Biology and Environmental Sciences


Many local volunteers contribute to the Nature Foundation by assisting with clean ups, outreach and educational events, sea turtle nesting monitoring, coral transplanting, website maintenance, fundraising, and various research projects. Whether in our office, in the field or in front of your computer, there’s a way for you to volunteer!


Interns working with the Nature Foundation have a variety of important responsibilities, and depending on the season, you may do any or all of the following:

If you are interested to become a Nature Foundation intern you can contact us now.