ABOUT US

Board and Staff members

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

John 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

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; Amy has a 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.

Aly Munger, Wetland Educator

Aly graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a B.A. in Pre-Art Therapy, and Master of Arts in Environmental Education from Goshen College, Indiana. Most recently, Aly spent her time in Galveston, TX teaching others about the importance of coastal wetland and prairie ecosystems.

Maraiah Russell, Preserves and Programs Steward

Maraiah graduated from Purdue University West Lafayette with a B.S. in Veterinary Technology. She has worked as an advocate for wildlife conservation both personally and professionally for many years.

Sara Manning, Special Projects Coordinator
Sara comes from a background in local, non-profit event planning and marketing. She enjoys traveling and discovering what nature has to offer at the different places she visits. 

Louise Hadley, Administrative Support Specialist

Louise has a love of nature that makes her an eager and dedicated part of our team. She has a particular interest and love of birds. She enjoys bird watching, and sharing her nature knowledge with others.

Don Cunningham, Lead Preserve Steward
Don is an IPFW graduate in Biology and an Indiana Master Naturalist. He was previously on the maintenance staff at Fox Island County Park. Don enjoys hiking, backpacking, and running.