The people

behind our mission

Our staff

Amber Seiler

Office Manager | 219-879-3564 x 121

       Favorite place in the Dunes: Washington Park Beach

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.

Betsy Maher

Executive Director | 219-879-3564 x 122

       Favorite place in the Dunes: Trail 9, IN Dunes State Park

 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.

Em Racine

Community Engagement Coordinator | 219-879-3564 x 102

       Favorite place in the Dunes: Porter Beach

Em is a Chicago transplant with intergenerational ties to the Indiana Dunes. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with honors from The University of Illinois at Chicago, and brings an array of experience in Community Events Coordination & Social Media Implementation to Save The Dunes. She believes in bringing folks together in nature through sustainability, education, and recreation. She enjoys road tripping, growing herbs & veggies in her garden, and making art in her free time.

Harshini Ratnayaka

Advocacy Coordinator | 219-879-3564 x 101

       Favorite place in the Dunes: Barker Woods Nature Preserve

Harshini grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and a J.D. in Comparative Law from Louisiana State University Law Center. She also was a legal intern for Louisiana Sea Grant, where she was able to work on several environmental policy projects. With degrees from both the natural science and legal sectors, Harshini combined her love for protecting the environment with helping others in her community. Harshini was previously the New Orleans Group leader for a non-profit group called Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan grassroots advocacy climate change organization focused on national policies to address the climate movement. In her free time, Harshini explores the Michigan City area and the Indiana Dunes National Park trails. She enjoys reading, playing video games, and visiting the local Indiana beaches.

Katie Hobgood

Program Director | 219-879-3564 x 128

       Favorite place in the Dunes: IN Dunes State Park Campground

Katie is a Northwest Indiana native, bringing thirteen years of nonprofit program management experience to the Save the Dunes team. She is a creative and curious 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. Katie enjoys traveling and RV camping with her husband and two dogs, and working in her native/perennial garden. She spends time volunteering with Humane Indiana Wildlife working with their education ambassador owl species, and banding saw-whet owls with IN Audubon each fall. She enjoys being outside, decorating, and expanding her knowledge base whenever she can.

Lisa Scheller

Development Manager | 219-879-3564 x 100

        Favorite place in the Dunes: IN Dunes State Park


Lisa has lived in Chesterton Indiana for the past 25 years.  She has a Bachelors in Social Work and over 35 years of development experience. She has dedicated herself to the mission of many amazing organizations. Lisa has a passion of developing relationships as well as partnering with other businesses and individuals to make a difference. Lisa is a wife, a  mother to two adult daughters and they have 3 awesome dogs.  Lisa and her family enjoy all the seasons of NWI. They love being outdoors, especially hiking and exploring the dunes. 

Board of Directors


Nancy Moldenhauer
President | Michigan City, IN
Favorite place in the Dunes: Cowles Bog Trail
Vern Beck
Vice President | Hebron, IN
Favorite place in the Dunes: IN Dunes State Park
Bob Lange
Treasurer | Valparaiso, IN
Madeleine Grimm
Secretary | Porter, IN
Favorite place in the Dunes: Cowles Bog 


Angie Nelson Deuitch | Michigan City

Favorite place in the Dunes: Mt. Baldy

Carol Sue Angarola | Ogden Dunes, IN

Favorite place in the Dunes: Ogden Dunes

Jordan Bailey | Ogden Dunes, IN

Favorite place in the Dunes: Dune Ridge Trail

Paul Labus | Whiting, IN

Favorite place in the Dunes: Miller Woods

Rudy Gallegos | Munster, IN

Favorite place in the Dunes: Mt. Baldy

Sabrina Haake | Gary, IN

Favorite place in the Dunes: Miller Woods

Susan Kirt | Valparaiso, IN

Favorite place in the Dunes: J. Timothy Ritchie Nature Preserve

Honorary Members

Charlotte Read
Dale Engquist
Ellen Firme
Geof Benson
Herbert Read
Susan MiHalo
Sylvia Troy
Tom Serynek

Interested in a Board position or joining a committee? Let us know.

Cyber Monday Sale!

Today Only – to celebrate Cyber Monday, we are giving you a free Hydro Flask bottle with any purchase over $50 from our online shop!

This is the perfect opportunity to sport our merch, support our mission, and cross some names off your shopping list! 

Every order placed today, 11/27/23, over $50 will automatically include a free 21 oz Standard Mouth Hydro Flask bottle with the Save the Dunes logo engraved on one side – a $35 value gifted to you for supporting Save the Dunes! The color will be either Snapper (dark fuchsia) or Starfish (yellow/orange), chosen at random. 

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Happy #GivingTuesday!

Today is all about Getting Involved and Giving to the organizations you hold near and dear to your heart. We hope you will consider making Save the Dunes one of the organizations you support this year!

Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $7,500 thanks to our matching donors, Mark J. Mihalo D.D.S. Family Dentistry; CLH, CPA’s & Consultants; and Nancy Moldenhauer & Sharlene Livesay. We are eternally grateful for their generosity! Will you join them in supporting Save the Dunes this Giving Tuesday?

Help us reach our goal of $10,000 by donating today!