On December 7, Save the Dunes will host its Annual Membership Meeting at its office on 444 Barker Road in Michigan City. This meeting is a great opportunity to learn more about Save the Dunes’ current projects and what’s in store for 2018. It also features the presentation of the Paul H. Douglas Memorial Award for outstanding service to the cause of preserving and protecting the Indiana dunes. Furthermore, the Annual Membership Meeting concludes with a holiday celebration – a time for members and friends to enjoy good company and celebrate of h’orderves, wine, and beer. Members are free to attend; nonmembers may attend with a $10 donation. The meeting begins at 6:00PM with the holiday celebration concluding at 8:30PM.

Most importantly, the Annual Membership Meeting is a time for members to cast their vote for and elect Save the Dunes’ Board of Directors. In order to be eligible to vote, please consider renewing your membership before the December meeting. All membership, whether individual, family, or organizational, shall be limited to (1) representative and one (1) vote.

This year, we are excited to introduce you to a new Board of Directors Nominee, DORREEN CAREY:

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Dorreen has worked for the IN Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Lake Michigan Coastal Program since February of 2013. She currently assists withCoastal Program Outreach and Education. Until 2016, she coordinated implementation of the Indiana Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program and provided technical assistance to state and local agencies and organizations to address nonpoint source water quality. Prior to her employment at IDNR, she served as Environmental Director and Storm Water (MS4) Coordinator for the City of Gary for 12 years. In that role she wrote and managed grants funded by the EPA to identify and clean up brownfields, served as the City of Gary representative for the first phase of the Marquette Plan, wrote and managed the grant for the City of Gary Green Link Plan, and was responsible for all environmental regulatory programs.

Before her employment with the City of Gary, Dorreen served for 10 years as Executive Director for the Grand Calumet Task Force, a community-based urban environmental organization in Northwest Indiana. The organization worked with residents, business, and government to promote the cleanup and restoration of the Grand Calumet River and surrounding neighborhoods.

She presently serves on several environmental advisory committees in NW Indiana including the IDEM CARE Committee for the Grand Calumet River Remedial Action Plan, the U.S. Steel CITE Committee, and the Porter County Soil and Water Conservation District. In the past she served as a board member of the Quality of Life Council, the Dunes Environmental Learning Center, and was the federally appointed representative for local steel communities on the EPA Common Sense Initiative, under Administrator Carol Browner.

Dorreen is a thirty–five year resident of Gary, Indiana.  She is married with one adult child.

We are thrilled that Dorreen is interested in joining the Save the Dunes’ team as a Board Member and ask you to consider voting for her on December 7 for a two year term beginning 1/1/18.

Several current Board of Director members are also up for reelection. Please join us in voting on the following for a two year term beginning 1/1/18:

  • SCOTT KOSIK (President & Finance Chair) – Scott received his B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance from the University of New Hampshire in 2002. He spent 10 years as a bank consultant in Columbus, OH and Boston, MA before returning to Northwest Indiana in 2012. A local product of South Bend, Indiana, Scott now works for Horizon Bank in Michigan City where he is Vice President of Corporate Financial Planning. Scott’s enthusiasm for the outdoors and passion to protect the Lake Michigan Watershed is what drew him to become a board member of Save the Dunes.

  • CHRIS DISHER – Mr. Disher is a senior executive advisor and business builder with thirty years of management consulting, entrepreneurial experience, and as a volunteer to non-profits in education, leadership development, and scholarship programming. As a retired Managing Partner for Booz Allen Hamilton, he led some of the largest and most complex global commercial and federal government business transformations from vision to implementation. Mr. Disher co-founded Flex Fuel US, manufacturer of the only biofuel retrofit system for automobiles certified by the EPA. The retrofit system has been proven on government-funded pilots, EPA, DOE’s Oak Ridge national Laboratories, and other independent labs resulting in superior emissions and greenhouse gas reductions while increasing vehicle power and performance. Mr. Disher completed a Double Masters in Accounting and Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in 1981. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois in1979. Mr. Disher is a Certified Outsourcing Professional (C.O. P.) and a Certified Management Accountant (C.M.A.). He now resides in Valparaiso, Indiana with his wife, Dawn. They have three children; Brian, Kelly, and Michael.

  • SOPHIA ARSHAD – Attorney Sophia J. Arshad is the managing partner at Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP.  Sophia grew up in Dune Acres, where her parents still reside.  Sophia attended high school at Chesterton High School, where she was a member of the national and state champion Speech and Debate team.  Sophia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Chicago before attending Valparaiso University School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate and graduated cum laude in 2003.  At Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP, Sophia primarily practices immigration law, estate planning, probate and elder law, real estate law, and family law. She is also licensed in Illinois and frequently handles Illinois estate planning and real estate law.  Being multilingual and of Pakistani descent, Sophia frequently assists foreign language-speaking clients with complex legal documents without the additional cost of a translator.  Sophia donates to local organizations like Save the Dunes and St. Jude House. She enjoys donating her resources and time to the Chesterton Speech and Debate program which was so influential in her life, as well as to Valparaiso University School of Law.  She also donates her legal expertise in pro bono cases, frequently in the field of immigration law.Sophia has resided in Ogden Dunes, Indiana since 2006.  She is married to Justin Conway and they have two daughters.

  • EVE LANDSMAN WIERZBICKI (Fundraising Chair) – Eve Landsman Wierzbicki grew up in Long Beach, Indiana. She attended college at Indiana University in Bloomington and then moved to Chicago for over 10 years to start her career in advertising. Eve worked for several agencies there where she honed her skills in design and all the computer programs that go along with it. After starting a family, Eve and her husband decided to move back to Indiana with their daughter and bought a house in Ogden Dunes where they have now lived for 12 years. During her time raising her daughter, Eve worked at home, freelancing for several clients. She currently handles marketing & events for Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill as well as design work for Lucrezia, Jet Wine Bar and Matrix Marketing Group (to name a few). She manages several social media accounts for her clients. Eve is also the founder of “Dig the Dunes”. Dig the Dunes is a website and social media platform that highlights all things local in the area. From trails & beaches, to restaurants & shops and even people and events. Eve is dedicated to bringing awareness of the dunes to people, motivating them to get outside and explore the wonderful area where we live.

We hope to see you on December 7. Get your tickets here.


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