LaPorte County Soil & Water Conservation District - Beautiful Wetland

Chris Havens, District Administration Manager

Chris is a lifelong resident of La Porte County, and is a graduate of Indiana University.  He is responsible for leading the daily office operations of the District, as well as assisting in the community during various District events and programs.  Chris lives in La Porte with his wife and 2 boys.

Paul Vicari, Soil Conservationist

With three decades of professional experience as a consulting ecologist and restoration management professional and receiving a B.S. in Biology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Paul is adept at all aspects of soil and water conservation practices.  His responsibilities as the County Soil Conservationist includes close affiliation with the USDA- Natural Resource Conservation Service, working hand-in-hand with the District Conservationist.  Paul resides in New Buffalo with his wife, Anne, a school teacher for Michigan City Area Schools, and their two children, who also both attend(ed) Michigan City Area Schools, with one a recent graduate from Valparaiso University.

Jennifer Lute, Education Coordinator

Jennifer is an experienced environmental educator with a passion for conservation. She recently earned her Master of Science degree in Biology from Purdue University. Jennifer is a resident of Michigan City and enjoys spending time outdoors at the LaPorte County parks.

Partner Staff

Alex Carrero-Muniz
NRCS District Conservationist

Kelsey Guadarrama
Purdue Extension Director