Labor and Economic Opportunity
Ada Takacs is a Department Specialist for the Forest Resources Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) based out of Traverse City. She manages several statewide DNR programs that connect Michiganders to the many forests, wetlands, trails, and natural areas of the Great Lakes State.
In addition to her primary role, Ada has been a site supervisor with the Huron Pines AmeriCorps program for the past five years. Huron Pines AmeriCorps members strive to enhance Michigan's natural resources and foster environmental stewardship by engaging local volunteers, community groups, and schools in service projects, hands-on learning opportunities, and educational workshops.
DNR programs under Ada's oversight include Adopt-A-Forest, which enables volunteers to organize cleanups of illegal dumpsites on public lands, and Wheels to Woods, which provides transportation funding for elementary school field trips to forested areas. She is also the State of Michigan Coordinator for Project Learning Tree, a national environmental education program that provides resources and training to educators to create memorable outdoor-learning experiences with students from preschool through high school.
As an AmeriCorps site supervisor, Ada leads by example and goes above and beyond to provide support and direction to her members. Paige Lackey, a second-term member with the Huron Pines AmeriCorps program, says, "Ada is an intentional leader. She goes out of her way to make sure she is showing up at her best each day as an employee of the state and as a supervisor to her AmeriCorps members. She has offered me many opportunities during my service to grow professionally and personally. She has made me feel more confident in myself and my abilities as a young professional. Without her mentorship, I'm not sure I would've committed to a second term of AmeriCorps service."
Another second-term member of the Huron Pines program, Kate King, stated, "Ada sees each AmeriCorps member as an investment in the future and knows when to challenge you and when to support you. Ada is passionate about the work the DNR accomplishes and gives us opportunities to see how the whole organization works, like visiting DNR facilities and attending high-level staff meetings. From day one, Ada has been on a mission to help us discover our passions and assist whenever possible to develop our career paths. She is a great resource and role model, especially as a woman in the natural resources field."
Ada's commitment to her programs, her members, and to the mission of AmeriCorps is evident in all of her efforts.
Learn more about the Huron Pines AmeriCorps program and other Michigan's AmeriCorps programs making a positive impact in communities across Michigan. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.