About Us

About Us

betsy cross

Betsy Cross

President

Betsy is a Texas Master Naturalist with the Hays County Master Naturalist chapter. She is co-founder and co-editor of the chapter’s state award-winning online magazine The Hays Humm. As a Master Naturalist and certified permaculturist, she has a lifelong interest in and dedication to restoring natural habitats and ecosystems. She specializes in nest box management, photography, and native plant restoration. Her still photographs and video recordings of nesting hummingbirds formed the foundation for a scientific talk she delivered at the Texas State Master Naturalist Annual Meeting.

Betsy believes that by working together on environmental and nature restoration projects, we can improve the long-term health and wellbeing for all participants, the Earth, and all creatures.

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Susan Page

Director

Susan has two decades of experience in sales, training and professional development primarily in the employee benefits and higher education venues.  She graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with an MA in Organization Leadership in 2013, and then Purdue University with an MS in Learning Design & Technology in 2017. 

As a certified Indiana Master Naturalist, she is an avid advocate for nature and the environment. She also belongs to the Indiana Native Plant Society, Dunes Calumet Audubon Society, Friends of the Dunes, and Make-A-Wish-Foundation. 

In her free time, she loves to cook, hike, run, hang out with her family and dog, and explore new places. 

Board of Directors

Suzy Vance

Suzy Vance

Suzy Vance lives and creates in the heart of the Indiana Dunes National Park. As a lawyer she represented a client successfully before the United States Supreme Court. Today she is a life coach, fiber artist, photographer, video-podcaster, environmental enthusiast, and self-described "word merchant" inspired by the people and world around her. 

Evie Kirkwood

Evie Kirkwood

Evie has a life-long passion for sharing her love of nature with others. She retired after 42 years with St. Joseph County Parks in Indiana. She served as its director for 16 years, and before that worked as a naturalist and program specialist.

She is a past president of the National Association for Interpretation, a professional organization dedicated to educators working in parks, nature centers and historical sites. She has also been active in the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association and the National Recreation and Parks Association and is a board member with the Shirley Heinze Land Trust in Indiana.

Evie is the host of Outdoor Elements, a half hour nature show and webisodes on Michiana PBS and has been a columnist for the South Bend Tribune and a variety of regional publications, covering topics related to outdoor recreation and natural history.

Through her free-lance work she continues connecting people to parks and natural areas with interpretive sign design, writing and videography.

She and her husband live in Southwest Michigan and enjoy birding, motorcycling and camping.