The Nature Foundation St Maarten has four 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.

  • Director Tadzio Bervoets
    Marine ecologist, environmental economist, commercial diving
  • Office Manager Marisa Dyer-Brandy
    Human resource management, financial administration
  • Chief Ranger Etienne Lake
    Technician, law enforcement expert
  • Project and Research Officer Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern
    Marine biologist and ecologist, commercial diving
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Nature Foundation St Maarten permanent staff

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
  • Board Secretary
    Frank Boekhout, Education and biologist
  • Board Treasurer
    Marie-Louise Carty-Vialenc, Media sector
  • Regular Member
    Cornelis ‘Binkie’ Van Es, Private sector
  • Regular Member
    Rikke Bachman- Speetjens, Marine biologist
  • Regular Member
    Jesse Peterson, Yachting industry
  • Regular Member & Legal Council
    Lucas Berman, Lawyer and dive industry


Many local volunteers contribute to the Nature Foundation by assisting with coral reef checks, lionfish control, patrolling, water quality testing, coral transplanting, website maintenance and sea turtle research. 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.