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Board and Staff members



Board Members:​

Contact for LRWP Board:

Community Letter from the Board 10/13/2023

Bill Etzler, President
Director of Business Development at Abonmarche. Bill chairs the Executive Committee and chairs the Finance and Development Committees, and serves on the Strategic Planning Task Force. Term: 01/01/2022 to 12/31/2024

Brian Troutt, Treasurer

V.P. Business Banking for Centier Bank, Fort Wayne. Brian serves on the Finance Committee. Term: 01/01/2023 to 12/31/2025

Thom Maher
Retired Vice President of Human Resources at BRC Rubber & Plastics, Fort Wayne. Thom serves on the Land Committee. Term: 01/01/2023 to 12/31/2025

Karen Surguine
Realtor with Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber, Fort Wayne, and an Indiana Master Naturalist. Karen serves on the Development Committee. Term: 01/02/2022 to 12/31/2024

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: 0
1/01/2021 to 12/31/2023

Mark Jordan
Associate Professor of Biology at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Mark has expertise in wildlife conservation and serves on the Land Committee. Term: 01/01/2021 to 12/31/2023

Susie Meyer
Retired English teacher who loves bird-watching, gardening, and being outside. Susie serves on the Development Committees. Term: 01/01/2021 to 12/31/2023

Julia Rhoades

Retired Nurse, Lutheran Hospital.  Julia is a long-time volunteer at the Chief Richardville House with the Myaamia People.  Julia serves on the Development Committee.  Term: 01/01/23 to 12.31.2025

Dennis White

Retired Property Manager at Salamonie Reservoir in Andrews, IN. Dennis serves on the land committee.

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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.


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.

Chelsea Hile Director of Development and Engagement

Chelsea has 5 years of marketing, management, communication and community engagement experience. She enjoys meeting new people and fostering relationships. She has a passion for plants, people, and education.


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.

Rebecca Gazarik, Preserves and Volunteer Steward.
Rebecca graduated with a degree in Illustration, and is an Indiana Master Naturalist. She has a passion for the preservation of native ecosystems. In her free time she enjoys painting nature, and her works can be found in juried shows across the state.

Eva Curtis, 5 Star Intern and Preserves Steward

Eva graduated from Purdue University this past May with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Quality and Restoration. She love anything and everything outdoors, including hiking, camping, and being a land steward!

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