2023 Executive Board Members
Dawn Slack, Interim President
Vacant, Vice President
Bill Freeman, Treasurer
Bill is currently employed at Charles C. Brandt & Company. Prior to that he was Manager of Engineering at Engineered Cooling Systems in Carmel. In September, Bill and his wife Becky will be hosting the annual Nature Daze event at Rancho Framasa in Brown County. This outreach event, sponsored by the Brown County Native Woodlands Project, is a field day that helps landowners better understand the importance of managing their property to create resilient native habitat that is free of non-native invasive plants. Bill is an active member of the Indiana DNR Advisory Council to the Nature Resource Commission, the Southern Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Area, Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association, Happy Hollow Camp Brown County, Brown County Woodworkers Club, and the Brown County Historical Society.
2023 Board Members
Peter graduated in 2015 from Manchester University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Biology. He has been helping manage natural areas in Indiana since 2017, from wetlands in the northern part of the state to woodlands and glades in the south. He currently lives in Brown County and works as a land manager for The Nature Conservancy.
Ruth Ann Ingraham
Ruth Ann divides her time between her Broad Ripple (Indianapolis) home with iits certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and her cabin in Brown County, the setting for her book, Swimming With Frogs: Life in the Brown County Hills. She co-founded the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society in 1993 and soon learned the value of our natural heritage. When she began seeing invasives plant species in Brown County proliferate, she took action, first chairing the Brown County Library Ravine Project and then co-founding BCNWP in 2006.
Randy and his wife moved to Brown County approx. 3.5 years ago where they reside in the northern part of the county. Randy retired from the Indiana Dept. Environmental Management as a Senior Environmental Scientist in 2016. He has served on several boards with numerous Environmental/Conservation organizations including Red-tail Land Trust, Indiana Audubon Society, Supervisor with Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District, Memorial Park Board, Brown County Area Planning Commission and Brown County Board of Zoning Appeals. Randy also serves on the Board of Directors For Stone Head Conservancy which operates Stone Head Nature Preserve.
Peg has worked for Indiana University for over 30 years in the IT department and during that time has had a wide variety of responsibilities. She moved to Brown County in 2006 and since then has become very involved with the Brown County Native Woodlands Project and other local community organizations. Peg feels that preserving the natural beauty and native plants in this area is of utmost importance for future generations.
After graduating from MIT in 1966 with BS & MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Len joined the R&D division of Cummins, Inc. where he served in various engineering and management positions until retiring in 2001 and joining CyberMetrix, Inc. where he is currently employed. Len and his wife Beverly have lived in Brown County since 1968. Len is an avid cyclist, a member of the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, and has been involved in mountain bike trail construction and maintenance in Brown County State Park.
Since Graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management, Dan has been challenged by invasive plant species. From working with Black Locust and Purple Loosestrife as a Forester for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, to Reed Canary Grass and Bush Honeysuckle as the Assistant Manager of Jasper-Pulaski FWA, to Autumn Olive and Sericea Lespedeza as a Private Lands Biologist for the IDNR and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Dan is currently the owner/operator of Habitat Solutions LLC a Forest and Wildlife Management company. Dan enjoys helping landowners manage their woodlands and increase their awareness of the threat that invasive plants pose to our native ecosystems. Dan is proud to be a part of the BCNWP and honored to be able to work with other kindred spirits to protect our native woodlands.
Jim & Betsy More
Jim and Betsy More moved to Brown County in 2008 from Ft. Wayne, where Jim retired from the practice of law and Betsy from her position as a high school guidance counselor. In choosing Brown County, Jim was influenced by his memories of hiking the Yellowwood Trail as an Explorer Scout, and both Jim and Betsy wanted to live closer to IU, where they enjoy attending athletic, educational, and performing arts events. Drawn to people and events that help them learn how to be good stewards of their eleven acres of wooded land, they were led to Nature Daze and the Brown County Native Woodlands Project.