LEF News

The Lake Erie Foundation hires Mary Margaret Lavelle as Managing Director. Mary Margaret believes there is nothing more rewarding than to be a part of an organization which strives to maintain and protect Lake Erie.

Mary Margaret has 20 years of event planning and development consulting experience and is the Director of Sales & Marketing Executives (SME) of Cleveland. She has served as a member of Lakewood’s Citizen’s Action Committee and was an Associate Board member for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and an Advisory Board member of Cleveland Central Catholic High School. She attended Indiana University.

Mary Margaret can be reached at (419) 301-3743 or mmlavelle@lakeeriefoundation.org

  • Lake Erie Foundation participated in the 2019 Cleveland Boat Show on January 17-21,2019. The goal was to improve brand awareness and community outreach within the region.
  • On December 19th, LEF Board member Ron Wyss hosted a meeting in Findley with representatives from Grand Lake St Mary’s, the Farm Bureau, Hull and Asc. and other key stakeholders discussing manure management technologies.
  • LEF Board member John Lipaj hosted a December 13th. meeting at Huron Yacht Club discussing and gain alignment on the Icebreaker Wind Turbine Project.
  • On December 12th there was a Lake Erie Commission meeting in Columbus where LEF President Jim Stouffer is a member.   Discussions involved incoming ODNR Director, Mary Mertz, Ohio Senator and House representatives anticipate attending to discuss the recent distressed watershed order. LEF Board member Matt Fisher also attended.
  • On November 26th LEF President Jim Stouffer testified at the Ohio Congress Sub Committee studying the governor’s executive order on the Lake Erie’s distressed watershed designation.   Jim’s comments were well very received and declared support of a balanced position to have profitable farming and a clean Lake Erie. Jim also urged the committee to make a decision and not delay progress any longer.
  • On November 20th, LEF Board Member Matt Fisher testified at the Soil and Water Rules committee proposed support for the distressed watershed order and requested that the rules used follow the white paper and that the number of watersheds is reduced to two.