Lindsey began her tenure as Executive Director at Landmark Conservancy in June of 2018. With over 15 years of experience leading environmental and land-use non profits, she brings a breadth of knowledge and a passion for our mission, along with a unique skill set in restructuring, climate resiliency, and coalition development. Lindsey served as Executive Director at both the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and, most recently, Leech Lake Area Waters.hed Foundation.
Jane received her BS in Agronomy/Pedology from the University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign and a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. She develops projects in the northern region of our service area and concentrates her efforts on lakes, wetlands, and forest land that flow to Lake Superior and the St. Croix River. Jane has worked throughout Wisconsin as a resource conservationist with the USDA. She is a registered Soil Scientist in Wisconsin and a Certified Crop Advisor with the American Society of Agronomy. Along with her family, Jane enjoys all the silent sports that the north has to offer. Jane works remotely from Superior.
Director of Operations
Michelle came to West Wisconsin Land Trust in January of 2008 after a career in title work and real estate. She is a graduate of the Nonprofit Administration program at the University of Wisconsin -Superior and has recently returned to school to pursue her accounting degree. In addition to her work at the Conservancy, she enjoys fishing, hunting, quilting, and roaming the hills and valleys near her home in Buffalo County with her husband, Rocky and their Scottish Terriers. Michelle is based in the Menomonie office.
After receiving her BS in Zoology from Ohio State University, Erika served in Peace Corps Bulgaria Environmental Program. She then completed a Masters of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Minnesota. Since receiving her degree, she has worked as a community organizer in Montana and as a landowner partnership coordinator in Oregon. Erika develops land conservation projects throughout our northern service area. She enjoys hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, paddling, swimming, biking, and bird watching. She works from our Bayfield office.
Andrew is a Resource Management graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. He manages our preserves, as well as our annual monitoring program for our conservation easements. He has dedicated his professional career to improving the ecological health of Wisconsin’s public and private lands. Before joining the West Wisconsin Land Trust staff, Andrew worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and in the private sector. In his free time, Andrew stays active by hiking, cross country skiing, and playing disc golf. Andrew works throughout our service area and is based at our Menomonie office.
Mary graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in Mass Communications and Film. After beginning her career in New York City, she returned to Minneapolis to work as a television producer and writer for fifteen years, moving to Bayfield in 2015. Mary has deep family roots on Madeline Island, in Bayfield, and on the Brule River. Six generations (and counting!) of O’Brien’s have loved the lands and waters of western Wisconsin. She was Development Director at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua prior to her position with Bayfield Regional Conservancy. Mary is based out of our Bayfield office.
Rick is a native of central Wisconsin, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Rick worked throughout the Midwest, Maine, and Kentucky in land management, restoration, and protection, before joining the land trust staff in 2002. In his spare time, Rick enjoys a variety silent sports, gardening, and spending time outdoors with his wife Heather and daughter, Amber. Rick leads our conservation team from the Menomonie office.
Board of Directors
Kim Bro, Ph.D.
Retired, Director of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College
Retired, Vice President, Target Corporation
Tom Fitz, Ph.D.
Professor of Geology, Northland College
Paula Kleintjes-Neff, Ph.D.
Eau Claire, WI
Chair, Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Board Vice Chair
Retired, Northern Regional Lands Leader, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Eau Claire, WI
Retired, Milwaukee Regional Medical Center
Eau Claire, WI
Semi-retired, Eau Claire Auto Group
President, Pheasants Forever, Chippewa Valley Chapter
Chippewa Falls, WI
Retired, Chippewa County Circuit Judge
Retired, Professional Engineer
Retired, Architect, HGA Architects
Retired, Cargill Corporation
Peter Vaughan, Ph.D.
Conservation Research Consultant