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.
Officers of the Indiana Audubon Society
The Indiana Audubon Society is governed by a Board of Directors and meet a minimum of 3 times per year. Officers are members of the Society and include a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.
In addition, there are nine (9) elected Directors.
The immediate Past President and the publications committee chair also serve as members of the Board of Directors.
Current Board and Staff
Brad Bumgardner is the executive director for the Indiana Audubon Society and chairs the annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. 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 is the Outreach & Education Specialist at Indiana Audubon Society. 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. She currently resides in West Lafayette but is often on the move throughout the state for Audubon programs.
President – Amy Wilms, Connersville
Vice President – Kim Ehn, Porter
Secretary – Angela Clark, Wanatah
Treasurer – Josh Hill, Carmel
5th Executive Committee Member – Matt Beatty
Karen Henman, Gainesville, GA
Indiana Audubon Quarterly – Brad Bumgardner
Cardinal – *John Lindsey
Website – Amy Wilms
DIRECTORS (3 Year Terms)
Ends December 2020 (3)
John Lindsey, French Lick
Matt Beatty, Valparaiso
April Raver, Marion
Ends December 2021 (3)
Rhiannon Thunell, Greenwood
Philip English, Richmond
Cookie Ferguson, LaPorte
Ends December 2022 (3)
Shari Schultz McCullough, Crawfordsville
Kristen Sweinhart, Osceola
Richard Garrett, Greenfield
Board of Director Meetings
The Board of Directors hold three (3) meetings per year. Meeting are held:
January – Time and place determined by the President
Spring- Time and place determined by the President
Fall- Time and place determined by the President
The standing committees include:
Awards: Kim Ehn, Chair
Stewardship: Philip English, Chair
Membership: Shari McCollough, Chair
Field Trips: Brad Bumgardner, Co-chair/ Matt Beatty, Co-chair
Publications: John Lindsey, Chair
Indiana Bird Records: Kirk Roth, Chair
Finance: Josh Hill, Chair
Publicity: John Lindsey, Chair
Sanctuary: Bill Cummings, Chair
Indiana Dunes Birding Festival: Brad Bumgardner, Co-chair/ JP Anderson, Co-chair
Indiana Bird Town: Cookie Ferguson, Chair
These committees perform the duties as prescribed in the Standing Rules and those assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.