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.

Linda Schwab, Education Coordinator

Linda has worked in a variety of natural resources, planning, and educational outreach positions. She has a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from Purdue University – West Lafayette, and a M.S. in Physical Geography from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Linda enjoys sharing information about the environment and landscape, and engaging with people of all ages and interests. Her goal is for her audiences to learn something new or gain new appreciation for the world around them. Linda is available for school and group programs.

Partner Staff

Alex Carrero-Muniz
NRCS District Conservationist

Kelsey Guadarrama
Purdue Extension Director