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

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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 (2) years for Board positions. 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 Voting Board Members listed below. Appointments are for two years. Term begins with the April 19, 2017 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. March 3, 2017. 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 – Porter County
  • Local Economic Development – Lake County 

Nomination Process
You have three options for nomination submittal: (Please use the form provided below):

  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 2017

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;
    Vote on small grant proposals; and 
  • Make recommendations to the DNR Director on nominations for Coastal Areas of Significance. 

Members serve two 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.

2015 - 2016 Board Members
Local Government and Citizens:
Lake County City or Town - 
Tim Kingsland, City of Hobart
Porter County City or Town – VACANT
LaPorte County City or Town - VACANT
Citizen at Large (Lake County) - Richard Morrisroe, City of East Chicago

Coastal Land Use:
Local Chamber of Commerce (LaPorte County) - Kenneth Purze, Town of Michiana Shores (Vice-Chair)
Industry and Business - Jim Alexander, NiSource
Tourism - Christine Livingston, Porter County Convention Recreation Visitor Council

Local Planner (At Large) - Skyler York, Assistant Planner, Michigan City

Environmental Resources:
Environmental Advocacy – Cathy Martin, Save the Dunes
Local Parks and Recreation – Shannon Eason, Michigan City Parks Department
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Kim Swift, Education Programs Manager
Local Natural Resource Management - Paul Labus, The Nature Conservancy

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

Non-Voting Members:
IN Dept of Environmental Management – Ashley Snyder, LaMP / RAP Coordinator
NIRPC - Kathy Luther, Environmental Director (Chair)
US Fish and Wildlife Service - Elizabeth McCloskey
US EPA - Tom Davenport
Universities - Young Choi
Agriculture - Keith Gustafson, Gustafson Family Farm, Porter County SWCD
IL IN Sea Grant - Leslie Dorworth
US Army Corps - Erin Maloney, Planner/Engineer
Regional Development Authority – Jill Huber

2016 Coastal Advisory Board manual

Coastal Advisory Board Meetings:

Archived meetings


Dec. 20, 2017-Informational/Year in Review Meeting
When: 10 a.m. CST
Where: TBA


Oct. 18, 2017-Process Meeting
When: 6:30 p.m. CDT
Where: TBA


Aug. 16, 2017-Informational Meeting
When: 10 a.m. CDT
Where: TBA


June 21, 2017 - Priority Settings
When: 6:30 p.m. CDT
Where: Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
6100 Southport Road
Portage, IN 46368


April 19, 2017 – Public Input Meeting
 6:30 p.m. CDT
Where: Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
1000 Riverwalk Drive
Portage, IN 46368


Feb. 15, 2017 – Informational Meeting
 10:00 a.m. CST
Where: Emergency Management Conference Room
100 E. Michigan Blvd.
Michigan City, IN 46360