About Us

ALL Save Maumee activists have been unpaid VOLUNTEERS since the birth of this grassroots movement. First Board of Trustees were voted-in by Save Maumee Members in May 2012.

We have done the work on our good word alone!  Now we are asking for your help through your purchase of a membership!




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Board of Trustees

Save Maumee Email Contact 


Abigail Professional PicPresident & Founder
Abigail Frost-King

Email Abigail King 

(260) 417-2500

 

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Began research on the Fort Wayne Rivers in 2001, after purchasing a “beachfront” property on the Maumee River near downtown Fort Wayne. Save Maumee restoration projects began in 2005.

Bachelor of Arts in Communications; Interpersonal & Public Speaking from Purdue University; Minor in Government & Business

Purdue W. Lafayette Extension Office; Watershed Leadership Academy
Watershed Coordinator / Watershed Expert  2009

Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor Board of Directors
Environmental Consultant: Region I    2009-2014

Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership Treasurer & Steering Committee Member for the Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan development 2009-2015

Save Maumee Riparian Buffer Initiative Manager.  Implementing the Upper Maumee Watershed Management Plan with a Federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant, that is administered through the USDA Forest Service. January 2016-January 2019


Vice President
Celia Garza

Email Celia Garza

(260) 255-1103

Celia’ is a strong advocate for protecting public health through raising awareness on the condition of the Maumee river, and all streams, ditches and drains that empty into it. She is currently focusing on the Western Lake Erie Basin’s Domestic Action Plan for Indiana and developing strategies for collaborative projects between Allen County Surveyor’s office and Save Maumee. Her role as Save Maumee’s Vice President includes research, in the field networking, committee development, record keeping and holding government entities accountable.

Celia in Washington D.C., representing northeast Indiana for Clean Water Week  2012

Garza is currently working as an International Student Advisor at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, and has been an active volunteer for Save Maumee since 2008. From 2008-2010 she worked as the Senior Field Manager with the Citizens Action Coalition and her experiences as an organizer lead her to her niche in motivating, training and leading others to be successful organizers and activists.  She has been referred to as Save Maumee’s right arm and executive minion.


Alissa_Hart_Fort_Wayne_IndianaExecutive Secretary
Alissa Hart

Alissa is a Fort Wayne native. She graduated with a Bachelors in Science of Philosophy. Her senior thesis was a community building theory based in popular education movement seeking to empower people and communities to reach economic justice. She is an avid reader and loves the outdoors.
In her teen years she spent time volunteering with the Nature Conservancy doing habitat restoration in many differing nature habitats. She has been canoeing and enjoying the rivers of Indiana all her life, so naturally after college she started volunteering with Save Maumee! Through this work, she realized the severity of the issues regarding water quality. She is very happy to be a part of this amazing community movement, to build relationships, and to educate the public about the organization’s goals; ultimately gaining momentum in working toward improving the Upper Maumee Watershed.
Ms. Hart says that, “Being involved with Save Maumee is one of the most exciting opportunities I have ever had, to participate in true social and environmental change, I am honored to sit as this Board of Trustee’s Secretary.”

jainTreasurer
Jain Young

Email Jain Young

Jain Young holds a Master of Arts in Executive for Public Service from Ball State University. She has performed administrative nonprofit work for the Housing Authority of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Girl Scouts of Limberlost Council, the United Way of Allen County and serves as Administrator of Heartland Communities, Inc. She is currently the Project Manager of Plowshares Local Food System Project.


Lydia Savitz Lamont Save Maumee Board of Trustees

Current President Emeritus
Lydia LaMont 

Email Lydia LaMont

(260) 715-9913

Lydia LaMont grew up in Skokie, Illinois, and graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  Shortly thereafter, in 2005, Lydia moved to the Fort Wayne area.  She worked as a legal assistant for several years, and was the Administrative Assistant to academic affairs/administration and outreach at Indiana Tech Law School.  She is currently attending Loyola School of Law Chicago, IL and remains an active member of the Board as our previous president. She wrote the GLRI grant that Save Maumee is administering currently. (2016-2019)  She is married and has a 5 year old son.

Lydia has been peripherally involved with Save Maumee Grassroots Organization since 2006, when she read about the 2nd Annual Earth Day River Clean-Up in the Journal Gazette.  Since that time, she has attended every Save Maumee Earth Day celebration and was a member of the road crew for the 2014 Canoe Trip.

Lydia is committed to making a difference in the way people treat the environment and relate to the natural world, specifically the Maumee River.



Marissa JonesCurrent Consultant
Marissa Renz

Email Marissa Renz  

Owner of Plant Happiness, Landscaping & Gardening

Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, Major in Environmental Policy, Indiana Master Naturalist

Much of Marissa’s research has included water quality, wetlands, native plants, and agriculture. Continuing to research and test gardening methods has become both a hobby and passion personally, but she also enjoys sharing those experiences with fellow gardeners. Using her own backyard as a “test” garden, she helped to design and install her own organic rain garden, food garden and flower garden.

Advocating native plantings in our backyards, especially Rain Gardens, she sees the potential for capturing a large portion of runoff by replacing open lawns with Native Gardens. The increase in runoff, due to the growing number of impervious surfaces, results in an increase in pollution to the waterways. Replacing impervious surfaces with Rain Gardens allows for the water to be diverted, filtered, and recharged.

“It only makes sense aesthetically, economically, and ecologically to work with nature. Studies have been done and success stories exist in other areas of the country, but not here. With the population continuing to grow in Allen County, it’s time for city officials to take a serious look at the overall picture. We cannot continue the same archaic practices and expect the quality or the quantity to get any better.  Combining a variety of techniques such as using raised beds, composting, and companion planting (using annuals, herbs, and vegetables along with Native Plants and ornamentals) she has been working to promote an outdoor living space that is aesthetically pleasing, while also encouraging a healthy ecosystem in her backyard.


PREVIOUS BOARD MEMBERS:



Kerry Sharpe

Former President 2012-2014

Kerry L. Sharpe

After living on both coasts, the mountains of Colorado and the canyons of Utah, Kerry moved to Fort Wayne. While completing a Bachelor in Secondary Education she interned with the City of Fort Wayne contract compliance department. This experience allowed her to gain knowledge about the workings of city government.

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Public and Environmental Affairs Kerry worked for Community Action Recycling Enterprise (C.A.R.E.) and helped start the first recycling contract in Fort Wayne. From there she accepted the position of Risk Manager for Allen County where she worked with county departments assuring compliance with OSHA, IDEM and numerous other federal and state agencies.

Kerry made the decision to put her professional life aside to raise her three children. While doing so she served on the PTA and volunteered on the board for Youth and Adult Soccer league at both the local and national level. Kerry found her passion in volunteer work and continues on her path to aid in environmental conservation and preservation through groups such as Trail Blazers, Wild Walkers, ACRES and becoming a certified Indiana Master Naturalist and Riverwatch Stream monitor. Her work with Save Maumee was attaining the 501(C)(3) designation in 2013 and corresponding project development.


Michele Berkes Adams102Former Event Coordinator 2009-2013

Michele Berkes-Adams

After graduating from a three-month program at the oldest Yoga Institution on the world, Yoga Institute of Mumbai Class of 2011, Michele brought the healing of yoga to Fort Wayne at her business, True Potential. She serves her business as a Wellness Coach, Massage Therapist, Fitness Instructor, and Acrobatic Performer. She performs Massage; Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Indian Oil Massage, Reflexology, Thai Yoga, Pilates (mat and equipment), general group fitness classes, partner acrobatics, dancing, and aerial silk performing. She is always learning and adding to her repertoire of skills. Michele graduated May of 2011 from Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne in General Studies and has a degree in Therapeutic Massage from Ivy Tech, class of 2004.

Michele was the founding President of the IPFW Yoga Club and was instrumental in the growth and success of the club throughout her time at IPFW. Michele and her two children have been active volunteers in Save Maumee’s work since 2009. Michele created the idea for Save Maumee’s Biweekly Eco-Walk during the Summer of 2012, and was the force that produced successful attendance at these outside biweekly events.


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Former Event Coordinator 2010-2013
Doris Moyers-Hornbogen

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Religious Studies

Learning Center Site Coordinator for the local Literacy Alliance

  • IPFW Fine Arts Teaching Assistant
  • FWCS Substitute Teacher

Committed to education, Doris has been involved in various educational enterprises within our community. Additional work as writing consultant, research assistant, and IPFW course consultant has furthered her interest in overall education.

Both her upbringing in Germany and subsequent move to Indiana have impacted her understanding of environmental conservation significantly, inspiring her to become a representative for our rivers. She believes in the importance of raising awareness and educating people in our community about our water.

Her goal is to contribute to the education of the populace in regards to local and global ecosystems, while actively serving our environment. Together with her husband Roy, Doris is particularly interested in recycling, rehabilitation and the restoration of our water quality.


IMG_2433Former Event Coordinator 2011-2013

Jane Borg-Eliason
Jane graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as an Art / English Major, then again with a Masters Degree in Education / Psychology; Curriculum and Instructors & Library / Information Science. Jane holds five PK-12 certifications: K-12 District Supervisor, Analysis of Data to Implement Efficient Allocation of Resources, Curriculum Design, Schoolwide and District Tests and Assess

After a life spent around water on each scale ponds, creeks, rivers, Canoe Boundary Waters in Minnesota, etc. the natural murkiness of this new habitat was alarming. A sign posted along the River Greenway stating, “Don’t touch the water,” has left Jane with the interest and determination to assist with Save Maumee’s mission.
 Jane was exhausted enough to retire early, moving to Fort Wayne in 2006.

Once upon a time in Milwaukee, if it fell in a river you didn’t want it back. With effort, there are now numerous fish, turtles and insects and the riversides are destinations again. She believes it can happen here too!



Ryan Bailey

Event Coordinator from the beginning

Ryan Bailey  2005-2016

(260) 247-1329

Ryan J. Bailey is a lifetime resident of Fort Wayne and has always been passionate about giving his time to his community. He is an avid outdoor recreationalist and wants to be heavily involved in improving the quality of our local natural resources.

Ryan has been working with Save Maumee since 2005, when restoration projects began. Ryan also represents and benefits Save Maumee by volunteering for the Little River Wetlands Project and the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality.  Mr. Bailey represented northeast Indiana waterways in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill for Clean Water Week 2011.

Ryan will continue to use his own hands to pull out tires and other hard-to-remove items from our rivers for the greater good of the Maumee. He hopes raising awareness in our community that will show marked improvements for our river.  Ryan Bailey respectfully prefers a phone call or text.



Xyryl Pablo Former SMGO Intern (Biology)

Xyryl Pablo

October 2014 – 2016

Xyryl’s (pronounced zie-reel) was working toward a Biology major and was a Junior at Indiana University/Purdue University Fort Wayne when working with Save Maumee.  She was born in Bangkok, Thailand and went on to live in different places, namely, Michigan, Canada, Minnesota, and the Philippines.

She had never been aware of the overwhelming importance of accessible clean water until her stay in the Philippines where she experienced the aftermath of Tropical Storm Washi in her senior year of high school. This period of her life is what ignited her interest in learning about what she could do to help conserve water resources around her, which led her to Save Maumee in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Xyryl Pablo worked with Save Maumee to learn about what it takes to be a hands-on volunteer in our community and understand how non-profits work, through her time spent with us.  She had committed to providing 200+ volunteer hours to river work!  SMGO truly appreciates her energy and was an asset to Save Maumee!



Just a few of our Members!


haileyHailey Gardner
 Save Maumee’s Intern, 2012

She worked with Save Maumee as a Senior in her last semester at IPFW and Hailey graduated with a B.A. in General Studies in 2012. Having completed environmental courses with both a science and policy focus, Hailey was a dedicated volunteer with Save Maumee through her last year of college graduation. Working as an intern for Save Maumee, she collaborated on interviews, taking an active role in organization and facilitating the planning and promotion of bimonthly Save Maumee Eco-Walks in 2012.

Hailey has shown a dedication to volunteerism through her work at the Allen County SPCA. With the environment being a long time passion for her, she has decided that she is able to promote the greatest change through this type of grassroots hands-on work. Using her creativity, outgoing personality and passion for environmental protection, Hailey continues to work for the betterment of the rivers.


Bruce Allen 651 - CopyBruce Allen
Consultant for Save Maumee

Masters in Earth Literacy
Master Gardener
Indiana Master Naturalist

Bruce has represented Save Maumee and northeast Indiana for Clean Water Week, Great Lakes Days in Washington D.C. from 2008 – 2015! Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition has provided Save Maumee funding to attend and lobby for clean water!

Pulled out more tires from the Maumee River than anyone! – This is a challenge!


 

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