• Sherry Mitchell-Bruker
    Sherry Mitchell-Bruker Founding Member and Board President

    Dr. Sherry Mitchell-Bruker has worked as a hydrologist to preserve, protect and manage water resources for over thirty years. Her career in environmental research, consulting and management has taken her from Indiana to the Everglades, the Sierra Nevada and back home to Indiana.

    Now retired from the federal government, she continues to share her skills and passion for the aquatic world through teaching and community service. Sherry is happiest when she is outside sailing, kayaking, gardening, hiking, biking or camping.

  • Richard Harris
    Richard Harris Founding Member and Board Treasurer

    Richard returned to the Bloomington area after retiring from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in 2014. He and his wife Vickie, and Buddy the Wonder Dog, live in a historic home just outside of Bloomington. Richard has become involved in various environmental and advocacy groups since retiring. He enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, birding and other outdoor activities.

  • Jim Krause
    Jim Krause Board Member and Secretary

    Jim teaches at The Media School at Indiana University. He’s a photographer, documentarian, video producer, animator, guitarist, composer, and loves spending time on the water. He has more than 10 years experience serving on boards of non-profit organizations and has focused his recent work towards science education. You can reach Jim at his IU office or at his studio. When not teaching or practicing his craft, he is likely off enjoying the woods, going for a paddle, or spending time on his sailboat (currently somewhere in the Great Lakes).

  • Mary Madore
    Mary Madore Founding Board Member

    Mary’s been interested in the health of our waters since her first class in limnology nearly 40 years ago.  Work and graduate studies led her to testing drinking, surface, and effluent waters for organic pollution, specifically focusing on the occurrence of Cryptosporidium oocysts. As a wildlife habitat steward in Indiana, Mary’s objective is clean water for all. Mary enjoys nature-watching in her garden with her husband Jack, spending time with her Granddaughter, taking walks with her dogs, and horse-back riding.

  • Cheryl Munson
    Cheryl Munson Board Member

    Cheryl is an archaeologist and research scientist in the Department of Anthropology at IU who specializes in the prehistory and early history of southern Indiana and the Eastern U.S. Since 2013 Cheryl has served as an At-Large Member of the Monroe County Council, with particular interests in public safety, youth enrichment,  and economic development — including what the lake offers to residents and visitors for swimming, boating, and fishing. She enjoys gardening, raising dogs, cooking for family and friends, and being with her grandchildren.

  • Joe Ryan
    Joe Ryan Board Member
    Joe Ryan taught university economics and then had a career as a USAID Foreign Service Officer before retiring in 2014 to Bloomington, his native place.  He now teaches about international economic issues at IU.
    His interest in environmental matters was heightened by heading USAID/Peru’s office assisting biodiversity protection in the Peruvian Amazon and adaptation to loss of Andean glaciers.  A former French horn player, Joe enjoys classical music.
  • Keith Bobay
    Keith Bobay Board Member

    Keith has enjoyed hiking, biking, kayaking, camping and swimming in and around Lake Monroe for over 50 years. A retired MCCSC math teacher and former hydrologist with the U. S. Geological Survey, he now spends much of his time volunteering for non-profit organizations in the community. Keith and his wife, Julie, have lived most of their 47 years together in the Lake Monroe watershed.

  • Carolyn Waldron
    Carolyn Waldron Board Member

    Carolyn is recently retired from a career in environmental protection. For 38 years, as a professional and volunteer, Carolyn advocated the protection of land and water for people and wildlife. She has experience in program development and fundraising, in service of growing organizations and the conservation movement. Her work has included advocating the protection of large ecosystems including the Hoosier National Forest Charles C. Deam Wilderness, the Florida Everglades, and Oregon’s territorial sea. Carolyn  also promoted the conservation of private lands working with community-based land trusts across the Midwest. She was a founding board director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s first professionally run, statewide environmental advocacy nonprofit, now in its 38th year.

    Carolyn began kayaking local lakes during the COVID-19 pandemic and enjoys photography. She earned her M.P.A. in Environmental Policy and Policy Analysis from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and an A.B. in Environmental Studies and Fine Arts from IU’s School of Arts and Sciences.

  • Maggie Sullivan
    Maggie Sullivan Watershed Coordinator

    Maggie Sullivan is a professional engineer and an experienced community organizer who holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Purdue University.  She has worked for over fifteen years in the fields of environmental consulting, local agriculture, and environmental education.  Her volunteer service includes over ten years serving as board president of various non-profits, most recently with Bloomingfoods.  She enjoys hiking, glamping, creating wildlife habitat, Girl Scouts, and organizing women’s retreats.  She can be reached at watershed@friendsoflakemonroe.org.

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