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Save the Dunes names Natalie Johnson as new executive director

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Save the Dunes has named a new executive director: Natalie Johnson.

“We are excited to have Natalie joining Save the Dunes,” Tom Conway, president of the not-for-profit’s Board of Directors, said in a statement released on Tuesday. “We have worked with Natalie in the past and have always been impressed by her professionalism and passion for the Dunes.”

“It is truly an honor to be stepping into the prestigious position of executive director to one of Indiana’s oldest environmental groups,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to work with our local communities to celebrate and embrace the dunes through meaningful education and stewardship projects.”

Johnson has been working on water quality and environmental community outreach for more than 10 years in Indiana, Missouri, and Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Missouri--St. Louis. She also holds a Master of Science in natural resources and environmental sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Johnson succeeds Nicole Barker, who left Save the Dunes earlier this year to serve as director of capital investment and implementation with the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.

Under Johnson’s leadership, “Save the Dunes will continue its work to protect and restore the Dunes ecosystem by acquiring crucial resources for key projects and fostering partnerships with various agencies, communities and organizations,” the statement said. That work includes, beginning next year, a partnership with the Field Museum that will create a climate adaptation strategy for the Indiana Dunes.

The public is invited to meet Johnson at Save the Dunes’ annual membership meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at its headquarters, 444 Barker Road in Michigan City.

For more information about Save the Dunes, visit


Posted 11/9/2016




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