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Let us get to know you!

Our 2024 Board of Directors
Jim Horton

HHS President

As a member of the HHS since 1989, I've been heavily involved in the society. I'm currently the President, past-President, and editor of the HHS newsletter. My interests include nature, outdoors, gardening, kayaking, and photography. My wife, Pam, and I own Indiana Jim’s Reptile Experience, a herpetological education business. As President, I invite you to become an member!

Brenten Reust

HHS Treasurer

I am an ecologist with expertise in environmental consulting, water quality, wetland science, natural resource management, and scientific writing. My passion for reptiles and amphibians has driven my career in the field of herpetology. I hold a Master of Science (M.S.) degree focused on Environmental Science (Ecology and Water Resources) from Indiana University Bloomington.

Katie Kolcum

Vice President

As an environmental professional with a deep passion for reptiles and amphibians, I have gained extensive experience in various aspects of the industry. My expertise includes soil science, habitat restoration, wildlife management, plant surveys and identification, and environmental outreach. With a strong commitment to conservation, I am always eager to learn and apply new techniques to protect and preserve these incredible creatures and their habitats.

Louis Studer

Sargeant at Arms

I'm Louis Studer, the Sergeant at Arms for the Hoosier Herp Society, and I've been an enthusiastic member for several years. I thoroughly enjoy participating in our annual Hoosier Herpout and the Herpetology Weekend in Kentucky. I'm also an avid explorer of Indiana state parks and the famous Snake Road in southern Illinois, where I immerse myself in observing and studying the diverse reptile and amphibian species in their natural environments. My commitment to the society and my passion for field herping are central to my role and activities within the Hoosier Herp community.

Holly Carter


After working as a veterinary technician, my passion for reptiles led me to join the Chicago Herpetological Society in 1974. I served on their board in various positions before moving to Indiana in 1989 and becoming a member of the Hoosier Herpetological Society. As for pets, I mostly enjoy colubrid snakes. Field herping and educational shows are also some of my favorite activities.

Ethan Estabrook


As a research entomologist, I specialize in the research and development of pheromone technology and trapping systems for stored product insects. My professional experience spans across several fields, including entomology, environmental biology, ecology, and herpetology. In my free time, I love to explore the outdoors through activities such as kayaking, herping, backpacking, and botanizing. I also enjoy visiting museums and volunteering in my community.

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