Staff Changes

Staff Changes

Two Freshwater Future staff, Cathy Brady and Julie O’Leary have moved on to new opportunities. And in the months since their departure, we have brought on some new talent.

Lisa Matts is our new office manager, and utilizes her previous experience as an entrepreneur to lead our office administration and bookkeeping. When not multi-tasking and assisting with our day-to-day operations, she can be found spending time with her family, which includes an 18 year old calico cat in Boyne City and summers at her second home on the shores of Lake Superior; a place where the future of our healthy waters certainly hits home.

Emily Whittaker is our new policy specialist and is assisting communities throughout the Great Lakes region with organizing, communications and strategy. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve from 2008-2013. Emily resides in her off grid home along the Yellow Dog River in the UP. She is very passionate and committed to working on environmental issues and strives to make a positive impact on the communities she works with.

We are excited to have this new group of people join our team! More details about all our staff can be found at



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