Board and Staff
Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees range from the former director of a watershed council to an organic farmer. Board members represent a variety of professional fields and communities, but they all share one passion -- conservation.
Amy Mangus, Troy - Board President
Gary Kravitz, Farmington Hills - Board Vice-President
Andy Zale, Oakland Township - Board Secretary
Robert Ignasiak, Orchard Lake - Board Treasurer
Andrew Allen, Oakland Township - Trustee
Rose Marie Brook, Bloomfield Hills - Trustee
Jonathan Engman, Bloomfield Hills - Trustee
David Fischer, Rochester - Trustee
Andrea LaFontaine, Birmingham - Trustee
Jim Lloyd, Highland - Trustee
Paul Muelle, Grosse Pointe - Trustee
Gerard Santoro, Mt. Clemens- Trustee
Mar Sclawy, West Bloomfield - Trustee
Anne Vaara, Royal Oak - Trustee
Roger Young, Bloomfield Hills - Trustee
Director Emeritus Lorna McEwen
Director Emeritus Peggy Johnson
Executive Director, Chris Bunch
Chris Bunch is an experienced land protection professional with long-time service to the conservation field in professional and volunteer capacities. He has served as Executive Director of the Medina Summit Land Conservancy in Medina, OH. During his tenure, he lead the organization through a merger process where it became part of the much larger Western Reserve Land Conservancy and where he served as Field Director covering Medina and Summit counties. He has served as an appointee to numerous local and state boards and commissions, including the Lake County, Michigan Brownfields Authority, the Oil and Gas Rules committee for the State of Ohio and numerous local planning, regulatory, and advisory committees.
His earlier background includes serving as the Executive Director of the Michigan Outdoors Habitat Brokerage, a non-profit conservation real estate company, and he spent time as a statewide leader with the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. In 2007 he and his wife Maureen returned to family property in northern Michigan, renovating and transforming a cottage into a year-round home, protecting the 160 property with a conservation easement granted to Land Conservancy of West Michigan. During that time he worked for a local lumber company owned by the same family for over 85 years, where his grandfather had worked 75 years previously. He also operated a consulting business in the conservation field, undertaking projects such as contract land protection work for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, and land acquisition planning for the Erie Metro Parks in Erie County, OH. He joined the SRLC staff in April of 2011, moving to Rochester Hills with his wife Maureen.
Land Protection Director, Danielle Devlin
Danielle Devlin comes from a land use planning background, with many years in progressively responsible positions with cities across the Midwest. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planning (AICP) and has held leadership roles in professional organizations including serving as president of the Kansas City Metro Section of the American Planning Association.
Most recently Danielle served as Executive Director of the Community Development Authority of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin specializing in redevelopment, economic development, and public housing. While in that position, she assisted the local chamber of commerce by serving on the board for more than 5 years, with the last position that of president.
Danielle holds a BA in Social Science and a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management and Planning from the University of Michigan-Flint. Ever a lover of the natural world, in fall 2013, she was pleased to return to her home state of Michigan and join the staff of Six Rivers as the Land Protection Director.
Operations Manager, Betsy Zobl-Tar
Betsy's professional background includes business administration, education, writing, and editing. She holds both a BA and an MA in English from Oakland University and, in addition to her work with Six Rivers, teaches English at Oakland Community College. She has lived in the Six Rivers area her whole life and is a devoted fan of the trails, rivers, parks, and natural areas to be discovered throughout southeastern Michigan. When she's not in the Six Rivers office or a classroom, she can be found biking around Royal Oak with her partner, tramping trails with grown up sons and the world's fluffiest dog, or paddling any and all lakes and rivers in a beat up kayak.
Stewardship Technician, Ian Ableson
Ian has a background in various natural resource fields, including research, naturalistic study, and education. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Michigan. During his time at UM, he was in a research position in an entomology lab studying the surprisingly fascinating relationships between ants and aphids. He has also worked as a museum docent for the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (including a stint as a planetarium operator) and as an interpretive naturalist for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks.
In his most recent position prior to joining Six Rivers, he served as an education specialist for the Organization for Bat Conservation, during which he presented live nocturnal animal programs for schools and libraries all over the state. Ian is therefore particularly familiar with Michigan's often overlooked night creatures, including bats, owls, flying squirrels, and skunks. He spends a lot of his spare time reading and writing—preferably outside whenever the Michigan weather will allow it.