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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.
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!
What I value about TWF: I value TWF because it is a grass roots, 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.
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.
Career: Attorney with the Law Office of Natalie M. Fierek, LLC, with 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.
Former Career: Retired from 30 years of HR and recruitment at Johnson & Johnson and Depuy.
What I value about TWF: We are actively working to promote and implement solutions to maintaining our water quality for future generations.
What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? TWF is a combined effort of a diverse group of individuals from the Board of Directors, to scientists to farmers who actively join together. I’ve been coming to the lake since I was young and I want to provide that same lake for my grandkids and the future. We have foresight in the issues that could face our lakes and proactively work to prevent issues like blue-green algae that ruin water, property values, and livelihood. They have some issues now, but it is not too late!
What would inspire someone to give to TWF? Giving to TWF doesn’t have to be only monetary, it can be volunteering- that is not to say we don’t need the financial support too though. Healthy water is for everyone, vacationers, and the community and lake residents. Lakes are the quality of life in the whole area and we have them to thank for the economy. Think of supporting TWF as protecting your assets by providing significant funds. We have unfinished projects that are at the starting gate and just waiting to be funded. This is an ongoing effort – we can’t just contribute once, because we will always have more long-term projects to complete.
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 of 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.
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.
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!
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? If people could see the improvements TWF have made to improve the water quality in our watershed.
Career: Nick was an Orthopaedic surgical sales representative for 15 years before moving back with his family to build a house on Winona Lake and start a new career as a Landlord.
What I value about TWF:
I value the TWF because the effort needs to be exerted to preserve these lakes. Ohio and many other lakes in the US have already collapsed because of our callous disregard for water quality. I want to help continue TWF’s efforts to avert this possible future.
What is your favorite part about being involved with TWF? A sense of assistance. Anything worth doing is not easy, therefore TWF is at the forefront of a difficult task. I especially appreciate the fact that TWF takes action on projects that actually have an effect and impact positively on the environment.
What would inspire someone to give to TWF? TWF is keeping Winona a viable lake along with the entire county watershed.
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.