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

Photo by Jenny OrsburnAdvisory Board
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 years for board positions, and every year for “rotating” positions – planner, chamber of commerce, and citizen at large. Non-voting members will be selected by the designated agency.

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; and
  • Make recommendations to the DNR director on nominations for Coastal Areas of Significance.

Members serve two year appointments with the exception of those noted as “rotate” which are one 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 – Jeffrey Katz, Town of Beverly Shores
LaPorte County City or Town - Frank Seilheimer, City of Michigan City, Forester
Citizen at Large (Lake County) - Richard Morrisroe

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

Local Planner (Porter County) -

Environmental Resources:
Environmental Advocacy – Nicole Barker, Save the Dunes (Secretary)
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 (CHAIR)

Non-Voting Members:
IN Dept of Environmental Management – Ashley Snyder, LaMP / RAP Coordinator
NIRPC - Kathy Luther, Environmental Director
US Fish and Wildlife Service - Elizabeth McCloskey
US EPA - Tom Davenport
Universities - Young Choi
IL IN Sea Grant - Leslie Dorworth
US Army Corps - Joel Schmidt
Regional Development Authority – Jill Huber

2015 Coastal Advisory Board manual

Coastal Advisory Board Meetings:

Archived meetings

Aug. 17, 2016 – Informational Meeting
10 a.m. CDT
Where: Emergency Management Conference Room
100 E. Michigan Blvd.
Michigan City, IN 46360

June 15, 2016 – Priority Settings
6:30 p.m. CDT
Where: Porter County - Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
6100 Southport Road
Portage, IN 46368

April 20, 2016 - Public Input Meeting
6:30 p.m. CDT
Where: Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
1000 Riverwalk Drive
Portage, IN 46368


  • Officer Nominations and Elections
  • Public Input Session for 2017 Coastal Grants Priorities 

Feb. 17, 2016 - Informational Meeting
10:00 a.m. CST
Where: Lake County - Crown Point Community Library
122 N. Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307


  • Informational Presentations
  • CAB Officer Election Information
  • Small Grant Proposal Vote