Board Members:

Bill Etzler, President
Director of Business Development at Engineering Resources, Inc. Bill chairs the Executive Committee and chairs the Finance and Development Committees, and serves on the Strategic Planning Task Force. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2020

Patrick Hess, Vice President
Attorney at Beckman Lawson, Fort Wayne. Pat is a specialist in real estate transactions and a former land use planner for the Allen County Department of Planning Services. He assists LRWP with legal matters and serves on the Land Conservation Committee and Strategic Planning Task Force.Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2020

Ronnie Greenberg, Secretary
Retired CEO of the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau and an Indiana Master Naturalist. Ronnie serves on the Land Committee. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2020

Brian Troutt, Treasurer
Commercial Relationship Manager III and V.P. for Old National Bank, Fort Wayne. Brian serves on the Finance Committee. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2019

Thom Maher
Vice President of Human Resources at BRC Rubber & Plastics, Fort Wayne. Thom serves on the Land Committee. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2020

Tom Russell
Managing Partner of Acuitas Financial Group, Fort Wayne. Tom serves on the Development and Finance Committees. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2020

Kathie Sessions
Canterbury High School chemistry teacher who has long been involved with area philanthropies, including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Kathie serves on the Development and Education Committees. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2020

Karen Surguine
Realtor with Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber, Fort Wayne, and an Indiana Master Naturalist. Karen serves on the Development Committee. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2020

Dennis White
Retired Property Manager, Salamonie Reservoir Andrews, Indiana. Dennis chairs the Land Committee and serves on the Strategic Planning Task Force. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2020

Renee Wright
Semi-retired corporate communications writer/editor. Renee assists with marketing and communications, and serves on the Development Committee. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2020

Jon Goss
Asian Carp Project Coordinator with Indiana Wildlife Federation, retired from Indiana Department of Natural Resources and chairs the Strategic Planning Task Force. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2019

Mark Jordan
Associate Professor of Biology at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. Mark has expertise in wildlife conservation and serves on the Land Committee. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2019

Deb Guebard
Retired Pediatric Physical Therapist, employed for over 30 years at Turnstone.  Deb chairs the LRWP Education Committee and serves on the Strategic Planning Task Force.  She is an Indiana Master Naturalist, and volunteers as a trail guide at Eagle Marsh. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2019 

Susie Meyer
Retired retired English teacher who loves bird-watching, gardening, and being outside. Susie serves on the Development and Education Committees. Term: 06/21/2017 to 12/31/2019

 

Staff:

Amy Silva, Executive Director
B.S. in Park and Recreation Administration; former Superintendent, Allen County Parks and Recreation Department; a founding board member of the NIPSCO Environmental Challenge Fund; passion for wetlands, nature preserves and restoration projects.

Betsy Yankowiak, Director of Preserves and Programs
IPFW graduate in Environmental Geology, experienced naturalist, former co-property manager of the Fort Wayne Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, and committed to local environmental issues.

Dana Claussen, Wetland Education Coordinator
Dana is a graduate from the University of Saint Francis with a degree in Biology. She has previously served as a wetland education intern at LRWP.

Freya Berntson, Preserves and Programs Assistant
Freya is a Naturalist who completed the 2017 Indiana Master Naturalist Program. She helps with preserve and program support, including volunteer coordination.

Cassandra Ferris, Administrative Support Specialist 
Cassandra has previously been an active volunteer for LRWP.

Sara Manning, Special Events Manager 
Sara comes from a background in local non-profit event planning.

Don Cunningham, Eagle Marsh Property Steward
IPFW graduate in Biology, Indiana Master Naturalist, previously on maintenance staff at Fox Island County Park. Don enjoys hiking, backpacking, and running.

 

Science Advisory Board:

LRWP’s Science Advisory Board is a panel of distinguished regional scientists willing to help with advice in their areas of expertise.

John Bacone
Director of Division of Nature Preserves, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Tim Bomba
Allen County District Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service

Ken Brunswick
East Central Regional Ecologist, Division of Nature Preserves, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Eric P. Ellingson
CPG, PWS, President, Earth Source Inc./Heartland Restoration Services

Tony Fleming
Professional Hydrologist

Dr. James Haw
Professor Emeritus of History, IPFW (retired); Board member, Stockbridge Audubon Society

Dr. Solomon Isiorho
Professor and Chair, Department of Geosciences, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

Ellen Jacquart
Director of Stewardship, Indiana Chapter, The Nature Conservancy

Doug Keller
Aquatic Habitat Coordinator, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Dr. Bruce Kingsbury
Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

David P. Nance
Engineering Geologist and Professional Geologist, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Dr. Paul E. Rothrock
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Taylor University

Nate Simons
Executive Director, Blue Heron Ministries, Inc.

Tim Skiver
Wetlands Specialist, Earth Source, Fort Wayne, and Fort Wayne firefighter.

Kevin Tungesvick
Restoration Ecologist, Spence Restoration Nursery

Cassandra Vondran
Huntington County District Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service