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

Staff

Executive Director, Chris Bunch

cbunch@sixriversrlc.org

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

ddevlin@sixriversrlc.org

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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.  

Development Specialist, Kristen Myers

kmyers@sixriversrlc.org

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Kristen Myers has an extensive background in trails and greenways management. She most recently served as Trail Manager for the Paint Creek Trailways Commission for the last 15 years.  She specialized in public relations, event planning & coordination, grant writing, website development, and community outreach initiatives.  She provided executive level assistance to an eighteen-member intergovernmental organization and was the staff liaison for five local communities and Oakland County. She produced and implemented two Paint Creek Trail Recreation Master Plans that enhanced grant applications, 

funding, and project management.  Through her grant writing efforts, she raised over $750,000 for Paint Creek Trail improvements.  She has served as Chair of the Oakland County Trail, Water, and Land Alliance (TWLA) for over 7 years, and was awarded the 2012 TWLA Service Award for demonstrating significant and consistent support of improving the quality of life in Oakland County through strong leadership and legislative efforts.

Kristen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Oakland University and is a member of the Grant Professionals Association, American Association of Fundraising Professionals, the American Planning Association – Michigan Chapter, Michigan Recreation & Parks Association, and the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance.

Kristen and her husband, Michael, have two adult daughters. In her spare time, she likes to walk in nature with her dog, Daisy Mae, hike various parks & trails, read, travel, and teach herself new computer software programs

Operations Manager, Betsy Zobl-Tar

Bzobltar@sixriversrlc.org

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

iableson@sixriversrlc.org

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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 writingpreferably outside whenever the Michigan weather will allow it.