Meet the Staff

Natalie Johnson, Executive Director


Natalie Johnson

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Natalie has been working on water quality efforts and environmental community outreach for over twelve years.  She comes to Save the Dunes with 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, a member of the Griffith Chapter of Izaak Walton League, an advisor to the Citizens  Advisory for the Remediation of the Environment, the chair of the Miller Spotlight Environment and Ecotourism Action Group, 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.

Cathy Martin, Program Manager

Cathy Martin

Cathy Martin

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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.

Nathanael J. Pilla, Project Coordinator


Nathanael J. Pilla

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Nathanael Pilla graduated with a B.S. in Biology through Purdue University North Central; he is currently working on his M.S. in Biology at Purdue University Northwest. He worked extensively in natural resource management for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and is proficient in wetland flora. He is a well-respected botanist both in his profession and pastime. He also currently serves as field trip coordinator for the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) North chapter. Nathanael carries his passion wherever he goes and always enjoys a good conversation over a cup of coffee.

Heather Pritchard, Office Manager/Bookkeeper

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Heather Pritchard

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Heather started with Save the Dunes in 2011.  She earned her Associates Degree in Accounting from Ivy Tech and has been applying her degree in the business world for the past 5 years. Heather grew up in Chesterton enjoying the Indiana dunes and brings that passion for nature to work every day.