TWF Board of Directors

Taking Action Together

Andrew Grossnickle

President - Little Tippy Lake

Career: Law Partner at Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin Law Firm

What I value about TWF:  Keeping our local waters clean benefits everyone!

What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF?   Helping to keep our local waters clean is a personal priority of mine because clean water benefits everyone.

How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live?  By monitoring and analyzing issues and coming up with solutions to keep our area lakes & streams clean and safe for all.

What would inspire someone to give to TWF? This organization gets results!

John O'Neill

Vice President - Chapman Lake

What I value about TWF: I value TWF because it is a grassroots, community organization, taking action to improve our lakes and streams.

What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? My favorite part of being involved in TWF is seeing the results of improving our water quality and working with an outstanding group of people.

How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? TWF makes my community a better place because it is committed to solving water quality issues in our extraordinarily abundant lakes and streams.

People who enjoy our lakes, rivers, and creeks, should all be motivated to preserve this extraordinary environment for our children.

Ryan Drake

Secretary - Lake Tippecanoe

Career: Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

What I value about TWF: The approach and dedication towards reducing and eliminating the sources of pollution in our watershed.

What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF?  Being involved in TWF allows me the opportunity to have a positive impact in our watershed that will improve the quality of life for our community.

How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live?  TWF provides education and awareness to our community so that all members can take the necessary steps to support and sustain our watershed.

What would inspire someone to give to TWF? It is a very real possibility that the lakes we all love and enjoy, in one form or another, could become unusable. Without community support and involvement, TWF would not be around to continue to fix issues that impact our watershed. Donating to TWF monetarily or by volunteering time, is one direct way for each and every one of us to be able to contribute to preserving a key natural resource in our community.

Josh Thompson

Joshua Thompson

Treasurer - Barbee Lakes

Career: Inventory Control Supervisor at Zimmer Biomet Inc.

What I value about TWF: The effort to make the community and waterways a better place to live and spend time.

What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF?  I love being able to help the areas in which I live and spend time. To be able to assist in making sure our waterways are safe and clean for all to use.

How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live?  By doing projects that ensure the safety of those that use the waterways and to ensure the natural beauty of the area.

What would inspire someone to give to TWF?  I believe the inspiration behind people giving to TWF is from shared experiences with family and friends on the waterways in this area. People love spending time on the lakes with friends and family and know by helping and contributing to TWF can help ensure future generations are able to have the same types of experiences and memories.

 

Natalie Fierek

Lake Tippecanoe

Career: Attorney with the Law Office of Natalie M. Fierek, LLC, with a practice focused on worker’s compensation and social security law.

I love the lakes.  I love to swim, boat, just look at the water.  My grandparents loved the lakes.  My parents love the lakes.  My kids love the lakes.  TWF is determined to protect and improve the water quality in our lakes and streams.  Supporting TWF helps to ensure that my community, my family, my friends, and future generations will be able to continue to benefit from and enjoy this wonderful resource.

Alex Hall

Winona Lake

Career:  Assistant Director at the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College.

What I value about TWF:   As an undergraduate student, TWF provided me with my first professional opportunity to combine and refine my interests in nonprofits and freshwater biology.  I was able to learn about the structure and management of nonprofits in the context of a dynamic, scientific setting that involves local residents and governmental agencies.  To this day, TWF continues to give me and other volunteers many outlets to make meaningful connections with those in our community that our work affects.

What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF?   TWF works tirelessly to make environmental best practices accessible to anyone.  From presentations for young children at summer camps to informational sessions with local leaders, the information TWF conveys is understandable and relevant to those that take the time to consider it, resulting in a significant positive impact in our area.

How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live?   As TWF’s work progresses over the years, more and more everyday people are becoming inspired to make better decisions that impact our waterways.  By doing so, TWF is creating a community that collectively values and places importance on our natural resources.

What would inspire someone to give to TWF?  I would hope that each and every person understands that progress is being made but recognizes there is still a long way to go.  Our lakes and streams face constant, sometimes unseen pressures that require the special and undivided attention that TWF is well equipped to give.  TWF has positioned itself well to connect people and resources that can create change; however, it requires the support of both time and money to continue this important work in our community.

Greg Hall

Chapman Lake

Career: Director of International Sales at Paragon Medical, Inc.

I’ve been around lakes my entire life with connections to Winona, Lake Tippy, and currently Chapman Lake. My wife and I have two kids who have grown up at the lake and love being out on the water either swimming, boating, or skiing.

What I value about TWF: Our lakes bring value in a couple of different ways. From a business perspective, we know that the lakes impact our local economy by providing a great lifestyle and attracting a quality workforce. Successful businesses rely on their employees, and having this natural resource available attracts highly qualified people.

On a more personal level, lake life provides a wonderful backdrop for great memories and time spent with family and friends. All of this could go away if we don’t take care of our watershed, which directly impacts our lakes.

I’ve been involved with lake enhancement projects for more than 20 years, mostly around Chapman Lake. There is so much more to do in the entire watershed and my experience and passion for the lakes can help support this work. It is important that we are proactive in keeping our lakes clean and healthy.

Mike McGuire

Mike McGuire

Center Lake

Career: Associate Director of Customer Solutions at Zimmer Biomet, Inc.

What I value about TWF: The long-standing commitment and dedication to reducing and eliminating pollution in our watershed: protecting and improving the water quality of our lakes and streams for future generations.

What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? Being part of an organization that allows me to have a positive lasting impact on water quality.

How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? TWF’s education opportunities and improvement projects make our community a better place to live, work, and play by working to preserve and protect our lakes and streams.

What would inspire someone to give to TWF? Giving, monetary or through volunteering, not only protects our watershed now but helps preserve and enhance it for future generations. Your gift is invested into our watershed allowing families to enjoy a multitude of recreational activities while protecting natural assets that impact our local economy by attracting businesses and their workforce to our community.

Michael O'Connor

Mike O'Connor

Lake Tippecanoe

Career: Retired Founder and President of Innovative Components, a manufacturer of industrial hardware in Schaumburg, IL

What I value about TWF: TWF is making a positive impact on water quality and environmental health for every resident in our watershed and those downstream.

What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF?  I enjoy working with a team of intelligent, dedicated people while learning new things about watershed management practices.

How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? TWF helps to enhance the vitality of our lake communities by ensuring and improving the habitat of our lakes for businesses, residents, visitors, and wildlife.

What would inspire someone to give to TWF? TWF is working hard to preserve the beauty of our lakes and streams for future generations. A gift is a great way to leave a legacy to be enjoyed by your children and grandchildren.

Chris Plack

Chris Plack

Warsaw

Information coming soon!

Diane Quance

Pike Lake

Career: retired Director of Counseling and Guidance at Warsaw Community High School; currently Warsaw Common Council District 5 representative.

What I value about TWF: TWF takes the data and proposed action steps and makes them happen. It’s not just another analyze, discuss and brainstorm organization but a “let’s find a way to start fixing this and the money to do it” action organization.

What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? Action. We are waders in the water carrying out solutions to the problems that are identified.

How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? I represent Pike and Center Lake residents and we have long known that we see the effects of what happens upstream in our waters right before they enter the biodiverse waters of the Tippecanoe River. A Watershed doesn’t have political boundaries. It’s exciting to work with everyone involved, no matter the zip code, tax base, or other designation. It will take all of us to preserve our clean water.

Tom Snyder

Lake Tippecanoe

Career: Retired former president of Ivy Tech Community College.

Tom first became invested in the health of our local water quality when he purchased a summer home on Lake Tippecanoe in 1989. His family quickly learned to love lake life, and Tom has been involved in efforts to protect our lakes for future generations.

Tom enjoys time spent with his family on the lake, including his wife, four children, and their growing families!

Dave Smith

Big Lake

Career: Retired Mechanical Design Engineer.

I have lived in the watershed for the past 19 years. I am also on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Lakes Management Society. I was president of the Big Lake Association when we worked to get sewers on our lake. We have seen great success since the sewers have come online.

What I value about TWF:  Their teamwork and commitment to improving water quality in our watershed.

What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? Working with quality people on a common goal.

How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? The improved water quality

What would inspire someone to give to TWF? When people see the improvements TWF has made to improve the water quality in our watershed. they will be inspired to continue this proactive work.

Aggie Sweeney

Pike Lake

Career: Retired fundraising consultant and nonprofit executive

What I value about TWF: Strong leadership taking action to address local water quality

What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? We partner with other conservation organizations and the government to amplify local impact improving healthy soils and water quality.

How does TWF make your lake/area/community a better place to live? TWF leads the way for positive impacts benefitting the entire community. Our farmland, lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and wooded habitats all contribute to our quality of life. Through TWF  we can work together to take action and preserve what we value most.

What would inspire someone to give to TWF?  Preserving and improving healthy lakes and streams is up to each and every one of us. Each of us can say, “If it is meant to be, it’s up to me.” Without local support, there is no TWF. Our actions and dollars make all the difference!

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