December 9, 2021   6:00 P.M. Central

Each year, Save the Dunes looks forward to welcoming our members and closest partners to our headquarters at Barker House for our annual membership meeting. While this year will look different, we invite you to join us virtually on Thursday, December 9, at 6:00 P.M. We have shortened our traditional program and encourage interested members to join us at our November events for more information on our current project work. This year's membership meeting will focus on voting on board leadership, fielding submitted membership questions, announcing the winner of the Paul H. Douglas Award, and hearing from Guest Speaker, Dr. Kenneth Schoon!

Featuring Guest Speaker, Dr. Kenneth J. Schoon

Source: Post Tribune
Source: Post Tribune

Kenneth J. Schoon, a Northwest Indiana native and professor emeritus of science
education at IU Northwest, has a bachelor’s degree in geology, a master’s in secondary
education, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. In 1990, after 22 years as a middle and high school teacher, he joined the faculty at Indiana University Northwest, retiring 23 years later.

Dr. Schoon's research interests center on science misconceptions and local studies—often the Indiana Dunes. He is the author of Calumet Beginnings, Dreams of Duneland, Shifting Sands, City Trees, and a history of Sand Mining in and around the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A second edition of Dreams of Duneland was published this year.

Ken is a founding board member, past president, and advisory council member of the Dunes Learning Center which last year gave him the green apple award for environmental education excellence, an advisor to the Shirley Heinze Land Trust, and a founding and continuing member of the IU Northwest Science Olympiad steering committee.

Board Member Election Information

New Board Member Nominee, Jordan Bailey

Bailey originally grew up in Northwest Indiana and recently returned with his wife, Emily, where they live in Ogden Dunes. Bailey currently serves as the Senior Director of Development for USA Triathlon. In that capacity, he leads the organization's major gift fundraising efforts to help support the sport's Olympic and Paralympic athletes as well as youth and junior programming. Prior to the USA Triathlon Foundation, Bailey oversaw fundraising and engagement for the Chicago and Midwest regions as a Director of Development with Emory University’s Regional Advancement Team. Bailey is a proud graduate of Indiana University. Bailey loves the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan, and is an avid advocate of their protection and preservation.

New Board Member Nominee, Angie Nelson Deuitch

Angie is a Certified Diversity Professional. Angie launched her own consulting firm in 2017 focused on improving diversity and inclusion in the region. Her goal is to work with local non-profits and businesses on improving relationships and services to diverse customers, attracting, and retaining top talent, and building an inclusive leadership culture. She is a certified facilitator with the Cultural Intelligence Center. She recently left NiSource after ten years to work full-time on her business and newly formed non-profit, The Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Academy (IDEA). She is also very active in the community and with several non-for-profit organizations. She is on the board of directors of the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, LaPorte County Career and Tech Center Advisory Board and United Way of LaPorte County. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Indiana United Way. She is an At-Large member of the Michigan City Common Council.

Angie has received several accolades and was selected as the Humanitarian of the Year in 2018 from the Michigan City Human Rights Commission. She was named the United Way Volunteer of the year for 2017. In 2014 she was named Influential Women of Northwest Indiana’s “Up and Coming” Business Women of the year. In the same year, she won South Shore Leadership’s “Leaders as Heroes” award. Angie also received the Lester Radtke Community Service Award in 2013. She also received the Community Service award from Leadership LaPorte County in 2016.

New Board Member Nominee, Rudy Gallegos

Rudy Gallegos is currently the director of Health, Safety, Environment, and Carbon, at the BP Whiting Refinery. This role involves accountability for the safety of all 2000+ employees on site as well as the environmental performance of the refinery. Environmental performance is all about ultimately doing the right thing for the community in which the refinery operates. Rudy believes that strong safety and environmental performance can go hand-in-hand with business results and would like to partner with industry in Northwest Indiana to be a force for good and an example for other industrialized sectors.

Rudy grew up in Hammond Indiana, frequently visiting the lakeshore to spend afternoons fishing or visiting the beach. After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering from Notre Dame, he started with BP in 2002. Later Rudy obtained an MBA from Notre Dame and gained experience in other BP sites both in the US and abroad before returning home to the Region in 2014.  Rudy is married to another Hammond native and they currently reside in Munster with their two children.

New Board Member Nominee, Denise Kavanagh

My name is Denise Kavanagh and I live in Valparaiso. I moved to Indiana in 2017 from Portland Oregon. While in Oregon, I spent many days and nights out on the trails and on the water. The quietness of the trees and the sounds and smells of nature have an amazing calming effect on the soul. In 2017, there was a devastating fire on one of my favorite trails that destroyed much of the surrounding area. Even more heartbreaking was that it was started from human source. Our National, State, and local Parks are precious and need protecting not just from natural elements but from human devastation. One of the things I miss about Oregon is the trees and the trails. Save the Dunes is and organization that shares my love of these things and I hope to discover and support the wonders in my backyard.

I am currently a Staff Accountant at CLH CPAs & Consultants. I have a MS in Accounting, and AAS in Paralegal, and a BS in Occupational Therapy. I have worked in the accounting field for over 20 years. I have 3 children. I spend my free time with family, and I enjoy playing adult soccer and spending time on the trails, traveling and camping. I am a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer in Porter County.
Through this program, I am an advocate for children in CHINS cases. Throughout my life I have found my path is always drawn to being a voice for people and things that cannot speak for themselves.

New Board Member Nominee, Nancy Moldenhauer

Nancy Moldenhauer for six years served on the Save the Dunes Board of Directors as its Fundraising Committee Chair for a couple of years and lastly as Vice President. She continues to serve as Co-Chair of the Advocacy and Engagement Committee. She has experience as President and Vice President on national and local organizational boards. Nancy was appointed by the Michigan City Council to the newly established Michigan City Sustainability Commission in April 2019 where she currently serves as Chair. She pushed for a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for government and community which was completed by a graduate extern from Indiana University Resilience Cohort summer of 2019 with the aim of reducing carbon emissions.

As co-founder and team-coordinator of Northwest Indiana Green Drinks for nine years, Nancy provides a platform via Zoom and Facebook Live for people to learn, connect, and advocate on issues concerning our environment. Northwest Indiana Green Drinks received the “Green Light Award” and was inducted into the “Green Hall of Fame” by Sustainable Indiana in 2016. Green Drinks received the “Rose Award” from Indiana Dunes of Porter County and LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2018. Nancy received the “Frontline Advocate of the Year Award” from the Hoosier Environmental Council in 2016 at their Annual Greening the Statehouse Conference. She received the “Paul H. Douglas Award” from Save the Dunes in recognition of her outstanding contributions to protecting and preserving the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan Watershed in 2018.

Board Member for Re-election, Susan Kirt Alterio

Susan Kirt Alterio is a northwest Indiana based photographer born and raised in Chicagoland with strong ties to Traverse City, MI. Nature and ecology have been lifelong interests, leading to professional work in the natural resources field.  Susan's work has ranged from being in a belowground ecosystem lab at Argonne National Laboratory to being a biology instructor and in educational outreach at Shirley Heinze Land Trust in Indiana. Currently, she is a biology instructor and prairie manager at Chicago State University.

Board Member for Re-election, Ryan Metz

Ryan is a real estate investment professional with appraisal, acquisitions, due diligence and asset management experience. He is the managing partner of Atrium Property Management which owns and manages multifamily communities in Indiana and Kentucky. He previously worked for a Colorado based investment firm called Monarch Investment and Management and was part of the acquisitions and asset management team responsible for acquiring and managing multifamily communities in Ohio. He graduated from DePaul University where he took courses in public policy and attended the UN Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009. He received his B.A. with a concentration in Real Estate and Entrepreneurship. In his free time Ryan enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family and friends.

Board Member for Re-election, Carol Sue Angarola

A native Chicagoan, Carol Sue fell in love with nonprofits when she was only a teenager. With an innate desire to help others, Carol Sue quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. This resolve stuck with her through college, leading her to get her BA in Psychology from the University of Texas. Carol Sue is educating hearts and minds as a Special Education Teacher in East Chicago, Indiana. She is involved in many organizations, such as Ronald McDonald House Charities and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In her spare time Carol Sue enjoys gardening, hiking, yoga and photography.