Todd Sampsell
Todd joined the Friends in 2019 with more than two decades of conservation and non-profit management experience. He is excited to build on Friends’ 30 years of success, and will continue to nurture our partnership with the park, businesses and other community leaders to benefit St. John. Todd believes Friends of VINP and our supporters are uniquely suited to help advance a message about the importance of the park - its natural, cultural, and marine resources - and how we can enjoy and ensure the park remains a positive influence on the economy of St. John. Further, he intends to grow Friends’ abilities to be an advocate for kids in nature, marine resources, public space and climate change impacts on communities like St. John and globally.
Tonia Lovejoy
Tonia LovejoyDevelopment
Tonia Lovejoy happily joined the Friends in 2016 and comes with a wealth of experience in nonprofit business development. Tonia came to know St. John and the park from the vantage of the sea in 2015 aboard a sailing vessel with her family. Prior to sailing in the Caribbean, she launched the Beautiful Nation Project, a social network for educators to bring marine literacy into the classroom. She is dedicated to growing Friends’ endeavors on St. John, and in particular fostering the next generation of conservationists!
Karen Jarvis
Karen JarvisProgram
Karen Jarvis joined us as Program Director in February 2013. A 25-year resident of St. John, Karen is committed to the enhancement of all Friends' programs, from scholarships and interns to seminars, Eco-Camps, EarthDay Environmental Fair, Beach to Beach Power Swim and beyond.
Nancy Deschler
Nancy DeschlerDevelopment
Nancy Deschler comes with a rich background in hospitality and guest services, last at the Westin on St. John. She is happy to share her skills and expertise with the Friends.
Chela Thomas
Chela ThomasAdministrative
Chela Thomas has been an unofficial member of the Friends team for almost a decade, serving as an archeology intern at Cinnamon Bay. She is thrilled to be with the Friends in this capacity and looks forward to helping you with your membership, event registration and sharing general info.
Lydia Boynes
Lydia BoynesStore
A member of the Friends staff since October of 2012, Lydia can help you with matters related to both the Mongoose Junction and Visitors Center stores, Friends license plates, and information about the Reef Bay and L’Esperance ranger-led hikes. Contact Lydia. For information about Reef Bay and L'Esperance hikes click here.

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