Featuring Guest Speaker, Ron Engel
Over the course of his life, Ron Engel has been a high school biology teacher, park ranger, community organizer, Unitarian Universalist minister, university professor, and leader in local, national and international conservation movements. His award winning 1983 book Sacred Sands: the Struggle for Community in the Indiana Dunes, tells the story of how a progressive understanding of the democratic faith influenced the emergence of the new science of ecology, the Chicago Renaissance in the arts and social reform, and the century-long movement to preserve the Indiana Dunes in northwestern Indiana.
Board Member Election Information
New Board Member Nominee, Maddie Grimm
Maddie Grimm moved to Northwest Indiana over nine years ago to pursue her career in environmental education. Her love of the outdoors began with her undergraduate degree in Natural Resources from the University of the South and continued with her Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Goshen College. While studying in graduate school, the Indiana Dunes quickly formed a special place in her heart.
Maddie has worked for the Dunes Learning Center, Gabis Arboretum (formerly Taltree), as well as Schererville Parks and Recreation. Currently, Maddie is the AmeriCorps Program Director at United Way of Porter County.
Maddie is a lifelong learner and is now pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Philanthropy from Indiana University with a goal of eventually completing her PhD. In her free time, Maddie is an avid runner, enjoys hiking with her husband, and cares for her two rescue cats and dogs.
Board Member for Re-election, Vern Beck
Vern Beck is a native of Northwest Indiana. After graduating from Boone Grove High School in 1978, he started working for Nipsco, passing the 40 year seniority mark with Nipsco in July of 2018. He is currently in his third term as union president of the 1,500 Nipsco field workers of USW Local 12775. Vern is a vice president on the Indiana State AFL-CIO Board. He is also the vice chairman of the Board of Directors for the Northern Indiana Federal Credit Union.
Vern has been married to Lisa Beck, a local attorney, for the past 37 years and has two daughters, Natalie and Katie.
When his daughters were younger, they would camp at the Dunes, fighting off the raccoons, and when his daughters were older, they would use the Dunes to condition for cross-country while attending Andrean High School.
After watching the documentary, Shifting Sands, Vern saw the importance of protecting the Indiana Dunes delicate eco-systems.
Board Member for Re-election, Scott Bozik
Scott Bozik was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, in 1974 to James and Dorothy Bozik. He graduated from Chesterton High School in 1993; the University of Notre Dame in 1997; and the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law in 2001. Prior to attending law school, Scott was a member of AmeriCorps VISTA stationed at the Arizona Children’s Home in Tucson, Arizona. While in law school, Scott was a member of its Environmental Law Society and the Vice-President thereof for one year. Scott also worked for the Law School’s Child Advocacy and Tribal Law clinics as a student. Following law school, Scott entered private practice in Arizona, and then later practiced in Chicago, Illinois, before returning to join the law firm of Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman, LLC in Valparaiso in 2010. He continues to be active in various pro bono legal service projects involving both environmental law and probate law matters. In his free time, Scott enjoys, hiking, playing guitar, and spending time with his Springer Spaniel, Luna. Having grown up a beneficiary of the incredible Indiana Dunes ecosystem, he eagerly looks forward to becoming more involved with Save the Dunes and helping with its important mission.
Board Member for Re-election, Lynn Duttlinger
With nearly 30 years of experience in public accounting with public accounting firms in the region, Lynn Duttlinger has extensive knowledge in the areas of taxation and planning. She joined CLH in 2003 and has worked with clients whose work spans a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, construction, retail, wholesale and personal service. Lynn has CPA certification in both the State of Indiana and the State of Illinois. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, including the tax and personal financial planning sections, as well as the Certified Public Accountant Societies in both Indiana and Illinois.
Lynn is actively involved with the local Alzheimer’s Association, principally with fundraising. When she’s not engrossed in accounting and tax analysis, Lynn enjoys being outdoors, especially when she’s sailing, gardening, or walking her dog, Frankie. Lynn has two sons with whom she enjoys traveling to explore new places.
Board Member for Re-election, Paul Labus
Paul Labus is the Northwest Indiana Region Director, The Nature Conservancy, Indiana Chapter. Responsibilities include developing and implementing strategic plans and conservation programs for northwest Indiana. Paul Labus has worked for The Nature Conservancy in the Calumet Region for over 24 years, and has extensive experience managing local natural areas. During that time he has also served on IDEM’s Grand Calumet River Area of Concern Remedial Action Plan Advisory Board and co-chaired its Habitat Sub-committee, working with government agencies, industry as well as other NGOs to develop a conservation vision and restoration plan for the Grand Calumet River and surrounding landscape. During that time he has helped identify the best opportunities to protect, restore and manage fragments of the native dune and swale ecosystem; set conservation goals for the restoration of highly degraded habitats; develop a regional invasive species management plan; and planned for long term ecological management of restored habitats.