Posted by: Reena Ramos

  • 03/07/2018

ACRES Welcomes New Board Members

ACRES Land Trust’s newest board members will govern the organization as it enters a new strategic plan: Janel Rogers of Columbia City, Bob Hake of Fort Wayne and Marc Levy, also of Fort Wayne. Not Pictured: Stan Moore of North Manchester.

Non-profit organizations cannot function without dedicated, engaged board members. Giving back through board service is a great way to support ACRES’ mission, and we are incredibly grateful for all of our current and past board members.

ACRES would like to welcome our newest board members: Bob Hake, Marc Levy, Stan Moore and Janel Rogers.

Bob Hake worked for ITT/Exelis for 35 years in various capacities before retiring as Director of Business Management in the Finance organization. He served on the board of the ITT Employee’s Federal Credit Union as chairman of the Supervisory Committee and Saint John the Baptist Church School Board and Finance Committee. He is avid in outdoor activities, including hiking and cycling, and has been a member of ACRES since 2014.

Marc Levy has a wide range of experiences with non-profit/for profit organizations, teaching at Universities, consulting, and working at governmental agencies, ranging from the Health and Human Service to No Kill animal shelters to arts organizations. He has a bachelor degree from the University of Oregon, Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland, and has completed additional graduate work at the University of Michigan.  He was raised in Los Angeles and has worked in Oregon, Maryland, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. He is a camper, hiker, bike rider, kayaker, birder, golfer, and wanderer. Marc loves outdoors and nature.  He spent 25 years leading local United Ways and now heads up a regional education foundation focused upon talent development. He looks forward to being an active positive addition to the board of ACRES.

“I am honored to join the board of Acres  because together it is about protecting and expanding the the old growth and natural settings as an asset across our region. It is about quality of life for future generations and about quality of life for all plants and animals that live with us here.” – Marc Levy

Stan Moore graduated from Purdue in 1975 with a degree in general agronomy. He has been a self-employed farmer since 1978, and has served in a variety of volunteer capacities, including board member and past president of the Manchester Fellowship of Churches, past member and secretary-treasurer of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years, current board member of the Tippecanoe Audubon Society, current supervisor and vice chairman of the Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District, current president of Arrow Head Country Resource Conservation and Development Inc., and current chairman of the Natural Resources Policy committee of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. His farm has been 100% no-till for over 20 years and 100% cover crops for 4 years. He was named 2006 River Friendly Farmer of the year award.

“My wife and my love of natural areas drew us to ACRES properties many years ago. We love walking in a woods and enjoying the biodiversity that does not exist outside of these preserves. I have totally agreed with ACRES goals and have had the pleasure of talking with Tom and Jane Dustin. I am honored to have the chance to help keep their vision alive by serving on the board.” – Stan Moore

Janel Rogers is a retired neuropsychologist and former ACRES board member. She has also served on the Auburn Parks Board and as a District Supervisor with the DeKalb County SWCD. Janel is dedicated to environmental stewardship and conservation practices that support our rich natural heritage in northeast Indiana and surrounding areas.

“I’m a strong believer in environmental stewardship.  ACRES Land Trust is a wonderful platform through which to channel that passion.  On a more personal note…..As a child growing up in Auburn, it was pure fun exploring Cedar Creek which was  only two blocks from my house.  Now that curiosity has mellowed into an understanding that personal action is the best way for me to contribute to preserving our natural areas and for the health of our planet.” – Janel Rogers