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Save the Dunes Welcomes New Executive Director

Save the Dunes Board of Directors and staff are excited and proud to welcome their new Executive Director, Betsy Maher. Betsy is a leader in non-profit management with a passion for and commitment to environmental conservation. With over a decade of non-profit experience, Betsy has built a well rounded career in nonprofit management, having worked in areas including volunteer management, human resources, fundraising, and special events. She holds her Master’s in Public Administration and a Senior Certification in Human Resources.

“Outgoing Executive Director Natalie Johnson’s upbeat and inspiring leadership, which helped grow and ground Save the Dunes, will be sorely missed. We are confident Betsy is bringing the perfect combination of experience and skills to solidify Save the Dunes as a mature organization,” shared Board President Nancy Moldenhauer.

Most recently, Betsy served as the Director of Volunteer Services at Lincoln Park Zoo where she built a community of volunteers, interns, and oversaw staff training. Under her leadership the volunteer program received a national award for excellence in volunteer engagement. Betsy also led the zoo’s intern program with the goal to make all internships paid and helped to advance the zoo’s diversity efforts. Betsy has a contagious enthusiasm for nature and bringing individuals together to protect and preserve the environment.

“Save the Dunes is so fortunate to be gaining such tremendous talent. I look forward to seeing the many great things she will bring to the organization now and in the future. It is a great honor to welcome her to the Save the Dunes team,” said Natalie Johnson, former Executive Director. Save the Dunes’ mission is to protect and advocate for the Indiana dunes, Lake Michigan, and the surrounding natural areas for the betterment of the environment and the people who live, work, and recreate in Northwest Indiana.

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