Who is Dig the Dunes?

Dig the Dunes is website that uncovers some of the area’s finest hidden treasures. The beaches, the trails, the dunes, the shops & restaurants, the artists…and the people. You see all our posts and photos, you attend our events, maybe you even have some of our merchandise. But who is behind Dig the Dunes? Here are some of the key faces that make up our team.

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EVE WIERZBICKI | FOUNDER

Eve started Dig the Dunes because of her love for the area. She began taking photos and posting them on Facebook and found that people really enjoyed seeing where she was every day. After watching her page grow, Eve started writing blog posts, created a website and added much more information for people to discover. Now she enjoys planning events and workshops and getting people out and about all year long. She’s excited to watch Dig the Dunes grow and looks forward to seeing what will happen next!

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IZZY ENDSLEY | DESIGNER, WEB PROGRAMMER

Izzy has lived in NWI all her life. She grew up running the streets of Tamarack without shoes in the summer and “shredding” the hill at The Pines in the winter. Izzy graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts studying Visual Communications Design. Izzy is starting to get involved more with the community and is very excited to help with Dig the Dunes! Izzy has worked on several t-shirt designs and will be running the “shop” on DigtheDunes.com. Izzy’s first big project was to spearhead the Dig the Dunes calendar. She also designed the first Dig the Dunes passport and helps wherever is needed!

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KELLI STONE | ADMIN

Kelli born and raised in NWI,  resides in Chesterton. Since joining Dig The Dunes, Kelli has been doing admin work, helping with events and writing the occasional article. During the day, she works as a local insurance agent where she’s been protecting friends and family from the unexpected for the last 10 years. She has a love of all things outdoors and in her free time you can find her in her garden, searching for crinoids at the beach or hiking. Kelli has a passion for traveling and loves exploring new places with her husband, Asa and their two boys, Gage and Dean. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @ kellingage.

STEPHEN LEHMAN |  PHOTOGRAPHER, INSTRUCTOR

Stephen is a Michigan City based Pastor/Photographer. He enjoys landscape photography, long exposures, and candid portraiture. His love for adventure and nature fuels his passion to capture each of those moments. He loves the south shore area and hopes that others can discover it’s beauty through his photography. Stephen recently got married and he and his wife, Kaitlyn, own Rainstorm Photo. Stephen shares his photos for some of our blogs and also teaches the very popular Sunset Photography class which runs each summer.

LAURA NIEMIEC | WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER

Laura was born and raised in a city on the outskirts of dune country, bordered to the north by her favorite great lake, Lake Michigan, and her equally beautiful namesake, the state of Michigan. She is an Air Force veteran, a college grad, an indie author and a pet mom with a major case of wanderlust. She has always loved photography and has a passion to capture the beauty she sees in the world and share it with others. When she isn’t at her day job you will most ofter find her out digging’ the dunes or taking weekend adventures to explore the Mitten State. You can keep up with her adventures on Instagram.

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ROBIN CAREY | EVENT ASSISTANT

Robin is a retired Loan Originator. She has been married for 33 years and lives in Michigan City with her husband Richard and rescued Jack Russell, Pixie. Robin helps with many of our events — especially if they include beer. She got hooked on craft beer while visiting Greenbush 7 years ago and  now is the IN/IL representative for Tagabrew. Robin goes so far back that she was a manager of Pizza Hut before “light beer” was introduced! You can see Robin leading our brew tours and pouring beer or taking tickets at many of the area brew fests or our events.

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SCOTT TIMMERMAN | WRITER | BEER RUN LEADER

Scott Timmerman resides in NWI and recently gained admission to the 30 and over club. He is an avid runner who likes to explore the NWI/SWMi area. He also enjoys Butler basketball, Notre Dame football, playing guitar, and history.

MATT WERNER | WRITER

Matt Werner has been a jack of all trades including middle school teacher, management professor, farmer, construction worker, and historian. His passion is great story telling–reading, writing, listening. He has published 3 works of nonfiction and 1 photo book of old car crash scenes. When he’s not working, reading, obsessing over old photo negatives, or imbibing local beer, he’s plotting his next adventure. You can learn more about him at his website: www.matthewawerner.com

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JAKE | INTERN

Jake was born and raised in Ogden Dunes, Indiana. He is a Junior at Indiana University studying Management, Marketing, and Finance. He loves the Dunes and Lake Michigan which has helped him to develop a love for nature and outdoor sports. When hes not studying or spending time with his friends, you can find him cycling in preparation to ride in Little 500 for his fraternity.

We also have many guest writers and photographers as well as our Dig the Dunes ambassadors, who you may see on instagram or around town highlighting the area and tagging #digthedunes!

We love to include stories and photographs from other writers! If you have an idea or are interested in becoming an ambassador, please submit samples or reasons why to eve@digthedunes.com