IAS BOARD OVERVIEW
The purpose and objective of this Society is to engage in educational, scientific, investigative, literary, historical, philanthropic and charitable pursuits which protect and conserve our natural resources including water, air, soil, plants and wildlife, especially birds, and to stimulate in Indiana public appreciation of the values of such natural resources and the need for their conservation.
Indiana Audubon advances it’s mission through its Strategic Plan, which is updated periodically.
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Meet our Flock
Brad Bumgardner – Executive Director
Brad Bumgardner is the executive director for the Indiana Audubon Society and first created the annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival in 2015. He is the former head naturalist for the Department of Natural Resources at Indiana Dunes State Park and has a Bachelors in Science from Purdue University with emphasis on Ornithology and Environmental Education. Brad has been presented the Northwest Indiana’s top 20 under 40 business leaders award.
Sam Warren- Communications & Outreach Manager
Sam Warren is the Communications and Outreach Manager at Indiana Audubon. She helps connect people to Indiana’s birds and conservation, through programs and online resources. She was previously a 4-H coordinator in Iowa and loved leading nature related programming. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State in Wildlife Management and a Masters from UW-Madison in Agroecology.
Libby Keyes- MGBS Operations Manager
Libby Keyes is the Operations Manager for Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, and lives on-site. Libby oversees day to day operations, public outreach, conservation and stewardship activities on the preserve, as well as research initiatives. Libby has a Masters of Science in Environmental Biology from Governors State University, and has overseen both owl and whip-poor-will research projects with Indiana Audubon.
Alex Warchol- Sanctuary Land Steward
Alex is the Sanctuary Land Steward (formerly caretaker position) at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. Since his first landscaping job at 17 he’s dreamt of being able to apply his skills and love of preserving natural beauty somewhere it will be appreciated. When he first visited the Sanctuary a little over a year ago he immediately fell in love with this hidden jewel and knew this could be the place he’d dreamt of.
“I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day , you ought to seriously re-examine your life”. -Calvin and Hobbes
Bethany Dennis- Secretive Marshbird Coordinator
Bethany is the volunteer coordinator for the 2023 Dunes-Calumet Region secretive marsh bird surveys and assists with the ARU program for king rail monitoring with Audubon Great Lakes. She is also the biological science technician crew lead for the pollinator program at the Indiana Dunes National Park. Bethany has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Science from the Pennsylvania State University. Outside of work, she spends time as a volunteer owl bander for Project Owlnet Northern Saw-whet Owl banding, a volunteer for the Indiana Dunes State Park, and is a member of the Feminist Bird Club Chicago.
Rachel Brent- Youth & Community Outreach Coordinator
Rachel is the Youth Outreach Coordinator with Indiana Audubon. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife from Purdue University, where she was involved in the bird banding lab and the FNR collections. Rachel is passionate about birding and inspiring young people to connect with nature.
2023 Officers of the Indiana Audubon Society
The Indiana Audubon Society is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors and meet a minimum of 3 times per year. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, begin with our Nominating Committee’s Board Interest Application Here.
President – Kim Ehn, Porter
Vice President – Shari McCollough, Crawfordsville
Secretary – Mary Fox, Indianapolis
Treasurer – Amanda Sitterding, Milroy
5th Executive Committee Member –Richard Garrett
Kristen Sweinhart, Osceola
SANCTUARY COMMITTEE CHAIR
Richard Garrett, Greenfield
Ends December 2023 (3)
Joanne Guttman, Connersville
Mona Clayton, Indianapolis
Jenny Habecker, Indianapolis
Ends December 2024 (3)
Lina Rifai, Noblesville
Jeremy Ross, Petersburg
Cookie Ferguson, LaPorte
Ends December 2025 (3)
Scott Enochs, Indianapolis
Matt Igleski, Hammond
If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, begin with our Nominating Committee’s Board Interest Application Here.
Board of Director Meetings
The Board of Directors hold three (3) meetings per year. Meeting are held:
January Meeting: January 13-15, 2023
Spring- April 29, 2023 – 1-3pm at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary