Laura Ann Johnson has been named Communications Director for Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. She will be responsible for all media and public relations for the organization. Laura Ann is also a member of the Board of Directors. She will build a communications team that will use a variety of media to share our mission, project goals and activities with our supporters and volunteers as well as the general public. In her role, she will work closely with Jim Gribble, our Development Director and all of our project managers to keep our supporters informed.

“As our organization has grown, our Board of Directors has recognized the need for a communications strategy and implementation team that can use a mix of media and news outlets to share the stories of the work we do in support of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore” explained Kerry Kelly, Friends Chairman. “Laura Ann brings great experience and enthusiasm as well as a network of talented people, and I’m excited about the positive impact this will have on our organization.”

Laura Ann grew up outside of Chicago and spent 20 summers on the shores of Lake Michigan attending Camp Kohahna at Pyramid Point. Camp is where she gained a true love of nature and the outdoors.  After graduating from DePauw University in Indiana, Laura Ann pursued her Educational Studies degree by interning at Yellowstone National Park and then became the Director of the Leelanau Outdoor Center for over 5 years. There she continued to teach kids and adults of all ages the magic of Leelanau County and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore through character education and hands on science. Currently Laura Ann works for Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, and she and her husband Tom live on ten acres in Maple City with their dog, Pepper, and son, Abner. Laura Ann loves to garden and do anything outside with her family. Tom and Laura Ann also enjoy doing triathlons together in their free time.

We will be looking for volunteers to join our Communications team, so if you would like to help, please fill out our Volunteer Registration form and indicate the areas you are interested in. Our Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch with you. If you have questions, contact us or Laura Ann directly lauraannj@friendsofsleepingbear.org.