by Natalie Johnson, Executive Director, Save the Dunes

On December 12, Save the Dunes will host its Annual Membership Meeting and Holiday Potluck at its office on 444 Barker Road in Michigan City. This meeting is a great opportunity for our members to learn more about our current projects and what’s in store for 2020. 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 meeting concludes with a holiday celebration – a time for members and friends to enjoy good company and celebrate over h’orderves, wine, and beer. The meeting begins at 6:00PM with the holiday celebration concluding at 9:00PM. We encourage you to bring one of your favorite dishes.

Most importantly, the Annual Membership Meeting is a time for members to cast their vote for Save the Dunes’ Board of Directors. In order to be eligible to vote, please renew your membership no later than December 1, 2019. All membership, whether individual, family, or organizational, shall be limited to (1) representative and one (1) vote. Need to renew your membership or need to check your membership status? Please contact or 219-879-3564 x 121.

This year, we are excited to introduce you to our Board of Directors Nominees:


Ryan Metz

Ryan is a real estate professional with appraisal, acquisitions, due diligence and asset management experience. He currently manages a partnership that acquires and operates multifamily communities. He previously worked for a Colorado based investment firm and was part of an asset management team responsible for acquiring and managing multifamily communities in Ohio. He received his B.A. with a concentration in Real Estate and Entrepreneurship from DePaul University. Ryan enjoys spending time with his family.


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.



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. 

We are thrilled to have received nominations for the above individuals. We ask that you consider voting for them on December 12 for a two-year term beginning 1/1/20.

We hope to see you on December 12.

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Interested in joining the board? Nominations must be received 90 days prior to the Annual Membership Meeting. If you're interested in joining or nominating someone for 2020, please submit your nomination to no later than September 6, 2020.

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