What's going on at Delta
and who's helping make it happen
Welcome to our Driven Doer series! Each month, we highlight the passionate, motivated people who help advance Delta’s mission of achieving a resilient Great Lakes environment and economy.
This month, we introduce you to Henrietta Saunders, a Lake Michigan advocate, Delta board member, and outdoors lover.
What do you do?
I am a retired financial services professional and an inveterate volunteer. My identity as an environmentalist came from working on habitat restoration in the Cook County Forest Preserves with my children and friends. I have been on the Delta Board since 2014.
In June 2016, I was elected to be Treasurer of the National League of Women Voters. Before that I was President of the 4-state League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region group that concentrates on water issues.
What drives you and inspires you to get up in the morning?
I believe that the world is better when people are included and engaged. Learning, advocacy, and connecting people to financially sustainable good works gives me a lot of energy — but then I need to go outdoors to relax, so native plant gardening and hiking are favorite pastimes of mine.
How did you first get involved with Delta?
Maybe it was when Eve Pytel came up to the suburbs near where I live to talk about waste reduction, or maybe it was learning about the weatherization project on the south side with Faith in Place when I was on their board, or it possibly could have been through engagement with the Lake Michigan Forum and meeting Bill Schleizer through that? I just kept running into Delta in key spots. What an honor to be part of this team now!
Describe Delta in 4 words or less:
Intelligent, innovative, and exciting.
Favorite place in the Great Lakes region:
Last year my husband and I had the opportunity to drive around Lake Michigan and I saw that the Lake we all love is so different for everyone. From the Sleeping Bear Dunes to the Calumet Region and back — it’s great. Just like the diversity in the people in our country, the Great Lakes region has innumerable positives and quirks. So I don’t have one favorite but delight in the interactions and possibilities all over.