Sherry Mitchell-Bruker

FOUNDEr and steering committee member

Dr. Sherry Mitchell-Bruker has worked as a hydrologist to preserve, protect and manage water resources for over thirty years. Her career in environmental research, consulting and management has taken her from Indiana to the Everglades, the Sierra Nevada and back home to Indiana.

Now retired from the federal government, she continues to share her skills and passion for the aquatic world through teaching and community service. Sherry is happiest when she is outside sailing, kayaking, gardening, hiking, biking or camping.  



Richard Harris

Steering Committee Member

Richard returned to the Bloomington area after retiring from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in 2014. He and his wife Vickie, and Buddy the Wonder Dog, live in a historic home just outside of Bloomington. Richard has become involved in various environmental and advocacy groups since retiring. He enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, birding and other outdoor activities.


Mary Madore

Steering Committee Member

Mary’s been interested in the health of our waters since her first class in limnology nearly 40 years ago.  Work and graduate studies led her to testing drinking, surface, and effluent waters for organic pollution, specifically focusing on the occurrence of Cryptosporidium oocysts. As a wildlife habitat steward in Indiana, Mary’s objective is clean water for all. Mary enjoys nature-watching in her garden with her husband Jack, spending time with her Granddaughter, taking walks with her dogs, and horse-back riding.     



Dave Simcox

Steering Committee Member

Dave and his wife Ruth moved to Bloomington in 2013 and have enjoyed the natural beauty of So Indiana. He enjoys working in the political and policy arena and is active in a number of political, environmental and climate change organizations. Dave says nothing strikes to the heart of everyone like having access to clean drinking water. Mni Wiconi … Water is Life.


Lily Bonwich

Steering Committee Member

Conservation fuels Lily’s day-to-day activities. She works full-time at Conservation Law Center as Director of Development and brings her knowledge of fundraising to the Friends of Lake Monroe’s Steering Committee. When she finds time to relax, Lily enjoys growing veggies and reading by the lake. Currently on her reading list: The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs and The Hidden Life of Trees.


Kevin Dogan

Steering Committee Member