Our Team

The Save the Dunes Staff is a group of committed, hard-working, talented, and passionate individuals who make the impossible possible.

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Executive Director

Betsy Maher

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Betsy is a leader in non-profit management with a passion for and commitment to environmental conservation. With over a decade of experience, Betsy has built a well-rounded career in non-profit management having worked in areas including volunteer management, human resources, fundraising, and special events. She holds her Master’s in Public Administration and a Senior Certification in Human Resources. Previously, Betsy served as the Director of Volunteer Services at Lincoln Park Zoo where she built a community of volunteers, created a paid internship program, and oversaw staff training. Betsy has a contagious enthusiasm for nature and bringing individuals together to protect and preserve the environment. She is a wife and the mother of two boys. Their family enjoys spending their free time on the shores of Lake Michigan and visiting national parks, two areas she now works to protect as the Executive Director at Save the Dunes.

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KATIE HOBGOOD

Program Director

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Katie is a Northwest Indiana native, bringing ten years of nonprofit program management experience to the Save the Dunes team. She is a creative, inquisitive individual with a proficiency in process creation and implementation, and a strong background in community collaboration and engagement. She holds a B.A in Sociology with a concentration in Anthropology from Indiana University. In her free time, Katie serves as the Board President for the East Chicago Education Foundation. She also spends time volunteering with Humane Indiana Wildlife, where she works with the education ambassador owl species, and fosters baby squirrels. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping in her RV with her husband and two dogs.

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VICKY PLATH

Bookkeeper

vicky@savedunes.org  •  219.879.3564 x 121

Vicky started with Save the Dunes in 2010.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree in 1997 from Governors State University and earned her MBA from Purdue University in 2006. During her career, Vicky has worked with several non-profit organizations and for profit companies in the banking and logistics industry. Vicky fell in love with the dunes when she moved to Northwest Indiana from Illinois almost 20 years ago. She is involved with many organizations, such as the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, Shirley Heinze Land Trust and St. Patrick School and Church. In her spare time Vicky enjoys spending time outdoors with her wonderful husband, Dan and their three beautiful children.

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AMBER SEILER

Office Manager

amber@savedunes.org  •  219.879.3564 x 121

As a native of Michigan City, Amber grew up playing in the area’s woodlands and on the shores of Lake Michigan.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Ball State University.  Amber has a background in the finance and manufacturing industries and most recently in the education industry where she coordinated a youth mentoring program at local schools. She is involved in several community groups and local volunteer efforts. In her free time, Amber enjoys spending time with her family on the shores of Lake Michigan beaching, boating, hiking and fishing.