New The Watershed Foundation board members attend a watershed tour. Pictured (L to R) are Aggie Sweeney, Mike McGuire, Joshua Thompson and Michael O’Connor. Not pictured is Chris Plack. Photo Provided.
New The Watershed Foundation board members attend a watershed tour. Pictured (L to R) are Aggie Sweeney, Mike McGuire, Joshua Thompson and Michael O’Connor. Not pictured is Chris Plack. Photo Provided.
NORTH WEBSTER – The Watershed Foundation announced the appointment of five new members to their board of directors. This brings the number of board members to 16.

Lyn Crighton, executive director for TWF, said, “I am ecstatic to engage these passionate and dedicated individuals in our leadership and partnership to advance our cause – taking action for healthy lakes. They will help represent TWF and connect us with people and businesses in their networks and communities.”

The new members are:

• Aggie Sweeney of Warsaw is the retired president and CEO of Campbell and Company in Chicago where she consulted with over 100 nonprofits on advancement and fundraising strategies as well as served as lead counsel on over 30 successful capital campaigns. She also has a variety of other board experience, serving the Giving Institute and Giving USA Foundation.

• Joshua Thompson of Pierceton works as inventory control supervisor at Zimmer Biomet and served through 2020 with Indiana National Guard. He hopes to use his skills in networking, communication and logistics planning to further the TWF mission. He and his wife live on Big Barbee Lake and spend a lot of time in the water.  They both want a place where they can enjoy the lakes safely and know that the natural wildlife is taken care of for future generations to use and for wildlife to live and grow, according to a news release from TWF.

• Chris Plack of Warsaw works as general manager of 24/7 Cars and helps with his wife’s company, Jamie Plack Photography. He is skilled in marketing, public speaking, graphic and web design and social media advertising. He has served on other boards including Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club and the Oakwood Cemetery. After spending his childhood in Alaska, he gained a unique perspective and passion for protecting our waterways that he is excited to bring to the organization, the release states.

• Mike McGuire, of Warsaw, works in customer service management at Zimmer Biomet and brings his experience in project planning, fundraising and public speaking. He is also involved in other service groups such as Center Lake Conservation Association, Kosciusko Kettleheads and Boy Scouts of America.

• Michael O’Connor of Leesburg was the owner of Innovative Components Inc. in Illinois. He has since retired but has served in every role in business during his working years. He holds a marketing degree from Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago. O’Connor has other board experience on the Junior Achievement of Elkhart County and Special Needs Student Ambassador Boards. He and his wife love living on Lake Tippecanoe and spend a lot of their time in the summer fishing, boating, and paddling.

The new members were able to participate in a watershed tour last Saturday where Brad Clayton, TWF Watershed conservationist, gave updates on the progress of three water quality projects.

 Sweeney said, “I am excited to help The Watershed Foundation take action for healthy water and soils. I grew up on a Hoosier Homestead farm and lived out West for several decades. After recently retiring, I settled with my husband in Warsaw where everyday we enjoy lakes, streams, wetlands, birds, and forest. Protecting and enhancing our environment is an investment in our community for generations to come. TWF’s impressive track record and potential for sustainable impact compel me to donate and get involved.”