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Lake Michigan Coastal Program > Lake Michigan Coastal Program Advisory Board Advisory Board

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Advisory Board
The Coastal Advisory Board provides a public forum for diverse stakeholders to assist with the implementation of the Lake Michigan Coastal Program.

General Membership
Voting members of the Coastal Advisory Board are selected by the director of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Nominations will be solicited every two years for board positions, and every year for “rotating” positions – planner, chamber of commerce, and citizen at large. Non-voting members will be selected by the designated agency.

Nominations Sought:
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program seeks nominations for all 13 voting board members. Appointments are for two years (except where noted). Term begins with the April 15, 2015 meeting. Current board members are eligible for reappointment, with the exception of the rotating positions.

Please review all the information below regarding board member duties and responsibilities prior to nominating someone for membership. Nominees must live or work within the Coastal Program Area.

Questions can be addressed to Nominations are due by C.O.B. Feb. 27, 2015. We will contact all nominees in mid-March regarding their appointment status.

The positions and counties of representation are as follows (See Stakeholder Category Descriptions in the document below for more information):

  • Lake County city or town
  • Porter County city or town
  • LaPorte County city or town
  • Industry and business
  • Tourism
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Historical/cultural resources
  • Local parks and recreation
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Local natural resource management
  • Citizen at large – Lake County (one-year term)
  • Chamber of commerce – LaPorte County (one -year term)
  • Planner – Porter County (one-year term)

Nomination Process
You have three options for nomination submittal:

  1. Send written nominations to:
    Indiana Lake Michigan CAB Nomination
    402 W. Washington St. Room W267
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
  2. By email to:
  3. By Fax to: (317) 233-0133 attn. CAB Nomination

CAB Nomination Form 2015

Membership Responsibilities
Members of the Coastal Advisory Board shall:

  • Consider regional issues affecting Lake Michigan coastal resources and reflect a balance between preservation, protection, restoration, and when possible, development for this and succeeding generations;
  • Make recommendations to the DNR director on priorities and guidance for the Coastal Grants Program with the assistance of the Lake Michigan Coastal Program and the general public; and
  • Make recommendations to the DNR director on nominations for Coastal Areas of Significance.

Members serve two year appointments with the exception of those noted as “rotate” which are one year appointments. Vacancies in the membership are filled by the DNR director or the designated agency.

The Coastal Advisory Board elects a chairperson, vice chair and secretary from among its membership by a simple majority vote every year at the April meeting.

Officer Responsibilities


  • Ensures the effective action of the Coastal Advisory Board;
  • Develops agendas for meetings in concert with the DNR LMCP;
  • Presides at board meetings;
  • Recommends to the Board which, if any, committees are to be established. Seeks volunteers for committees and coordinates individual board member assignments. Makes sure each committee has a chairperson, and stays in touch with chairpersons to be sure that their work is carried out; identifies committee recommendations that should be presented to the full board;
  • Determines whether special Board meetings are necessary and convenes the Board accordingly; and
  • Ensures that board matters are handled properly, including preparation of pre-meeting materials, committee functioning, and coordination with DNR LMCP.

Vice Chair:

  • Serves as the Chair, in the Chair’s absence;
  • Assists the Chair in Board operation


  • Serves as the Chair, in the Chair and Vice-Chair’s absence;
  • Assists the Chair in Board meeting procedures;
  • Takes attendance at every CAB meeting to determine if quorum has been met;
  • Ensures that the meetings are properly recorded and minutes are distributed.

Officer Terms
Terms for the Chair, and Vice Chair are one (1) year in duration. Members may serve in the position for a maximum of two (2) terms.

2014 - 2015 Board Members
Local Government and Citizens:
Lake County City or Town - 
Porter County City or Town – Geof Benson, Town of Beverly Shores  
LaPorte County City or Town - Frank Seilheimer, City of Michigan City, Forester
Citizen at Large (LaPorte County) - Kenneth Purze

Coastal Land Use:
Local Chamber of Commerce (Porter County) - Hesham Khalil - Duneland Chamber, Member
Industry and Business - Dan Plath, Nisource Corporate Services
Tourism - Christine Livingston, Porter County Convention Recreation Visitor Council (SECRETARY)
Local Planner (Lake County) - Richard Morrisroe, City of East Chicago, Planner

Environmental Resources:
Environmental Advocacy – Nicole Barker, Save the Dunes
Local Parks and Recreation – Ray Joseph, Porter County Parks Department
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - Bob Daum, Chief of Resource Management
Local Natural Resource Management - Kristopher Krouse, Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Historical/Cultural Resources - Tiffany Tolbert, Calumet Region – Historical Landmarks Foundation of Indiana (CHAIR)

Non-Voting Members:
IN Dept of Environmental Management – Ashley Snyder, LaMP / RAP Coordinator
NIRPC - Kathy Luther, Environmental Director
US Fish and Wildlife Service - Elizabeth McCloskey
Universities - Young Choi
USDA NRCS - Bill Moran
IL IN Sea Grant - Leslie Dorworth
US Army Corps - Joel Schmidt
Regional Development Authority – Vacant

Coastal Advisory Board Meetings:

April 15, 2015 - Informational Meeting
When: 9 a.m. CDT
Where: LaPorte County - City of Michigan City, Emergency Management Conference Room
100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City, IN 46360

Feb. 18, 2015 - Informational Meeting
When: 10 a.m. CDT
Where: Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Program Center Building, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383


  • CAB Membership
  • Informational Presentations - grant recepients
  • Committee Reports

Dec. 17, 2014 - Year in Review Meeting
When: 10 a.m. CDT
Where: Lake County – Crown Point Community Library
122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307
Meeting Minutes


Oct. 15, 2014 - Grant Pre-Proposal Meeting
When: 6:30 pm CDT
Where: LaPorte County - City of Michigan City, Emergency Management Conference Room
100 E. Michigan Boulevard, Michigan City, IN 46360
Metting Minutes


  • Committee Reports
  • Grant Pre-Proposal vote
  • Informational Presentations

Aug. 20, 2014 - Informational Meeting
1:00 PM CDT
Where: Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center Auditorium
1600 N 25E, Chesterton, IN 46304
Meeting Minutes


  • Marquette Plan Update
  • Dunes Bird Migration Study
  • Committee/Staff Reports

June 18, 2014 - Public Input Meeting
6:30 PM CDT
Where: Porter County – Woodland Park
2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage, IN 46368
2015 Funding Priorities Setting
Meeting Minutes


  • Committee Reports
  • Public Input Session for 2014 Coastal Grants Priorities

May 21, 2014 - Special Coastal Advisory Board Meeting
10 a.m CDT
Where: Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Program Center Building
775 Meridian Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Meeting Minutes


  • 2015 Coastal Grant Priorities;
  • Election of Officers: and
  • Strategic Plan update

Feb. 19, 2014 - Informational Meeting
10:00 AM CT
Where: LaPorte County – City of Michigan City, Emergency Management Conference Room
100 East Michigan Boulevard, Michigan City, IN 46360 
Meeting Minutes


  • Great Lakes Compact
  • Shifting Sands trailer
  • Monitoring work at Wolf Lake
  • Committee Reports
  • Membership