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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Natalie has been working on water quality efforts and environmental community outreach for over thirteen years. She has a great enthusiasm for developing and implementing important projects that protect and promote our area lands and waters, all while engaging our Northwest Indiana residents. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, emphasis Biology, from the University of Missouri—St. Louis. She also holds a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Natalie is an active board member of the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, an advisor to the Citizens Advisory for the Remediation of the Environment, a governing member of the Healing our Waters Coalition, and many more. When Natalie is not outside hiking or kayaking, you might find her volunteering for animal rescue groups or assisting 4-H youth with poultry projects.
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Cathy is involved with land acquisition within and surrounding the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, mapping regional restoration and acquisition priorities, and outreach and advocacy efforts throughout the region. She collaborates with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and partner organizations on strategies to protect and restore the Indiana Dunes. Before joining Save the Dunes, Cathy worked with the Alliance for the Great Lakes in Chicago, focusing on aquatic invasive species prevention and water use policy in the Great Lakes region. She graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Public Policy. Cathy grew up enjoying Michigan’s dunes as her playground, and she is thrilled to be part of an organization that has continued her exploration and education of the Indiana dunes.
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Victoria is an environmental professional with great depth of experience from a variety of sectors including academia, government, science-policy and non-profit organizations. Of note, she served as a Junior Program Officer for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in the Maldives where she worked on climate change adaptation projects with the United Nations Country Team - work informed by her experiences growing up in the Indiana Dunes! She received her B.Sc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois followed by a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, also from the U. of Illinois. Victoria comes to Save the Dunes with enthusiasm for biodiversity preservation and is excited to apply her skills to support the incredible diversity of life in the Indiana Dunes. During “butterfly season,” she is often found raising and releasing butterflies in native wildflower gardens.
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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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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 coordinates a youth mentoring program at some local schools. She is involved in community groups and local volunteer efforts. In her free time, Amber still enjoys spending time with her family on the shores of Lake Michigan beaching, boating, hiking and fishing.