Board and Staff

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees range from the deputy director of a regional government council to an organic farmer. Board members represent a variety of professional fields and communities, but they all share one passion -- conservation.

Amy O’Leary, Troy - Board President

Gary Kravitz, Farmington Hills - Board Vice-President

Andy Zale, Oakland Township - Board Secretary

Robert Ignasiak, Orchard Lake - Board Treasurer

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

Director Emeritus Lorna McEwen

Staff

Executive Director, Chris Bunch

cbunch@sixriversrlc.org

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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.

Deputy Director & donor relations manager, Kristen Myers

kmyers@sixriversrlc.org

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Kristen Myers joined Six Rivers in June 2018 as Development Director, raising over $500,000 in her first year. Most recently she became Deputy Director and Donor Relations Manager. She has an extensive background in trails and greenways management. Prior to joining Six Rivers, she served as Trail Manager for the Paint Creek Trailways Commission for 15 years.  During her tenure, she was the staff liaison for five local communities and regional government agencies. She produced and implemented two Paint Creek Trail Recreation Master Plans that enhanced grant applications, funding, and project management, raising over $750,000. 

Kristen specializes in public relations, event planning & coordination, grant writing, website development, and community outreach initiatives.  She has served as Chair of the Oakland County Trail, Water, and Land Alliance (TWLA) for over 8 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, kayak, read, travel, and teach herself new computer software programs

Stewardship Manager, 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 writing—preferably outside whenever the Michigan weather will allow it.

Land Protection Manager, Brian Marzolf

bmarzolf@sixriversrlc.org

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Brian Marzolf has an extensive background in developing parks, greenways and recreational facilities; strategic and master planning; parks operations; trail development and community events. He specializes in community relations, financial management, project development and administration. Brian is a confident leader with a proven track record of collaboration, creativity and success.

He most recently served as the Interim Trail Manager for the Paint Creek Trail Commission. Prior to that, he served as the Director of the City of Auburn Hills Parks & Recreation Department for 30 years, retiring in early 2019. His grant-writing skills helped secure over $5 million in funding to acquire and develop the parks system in Auburn Hills while his leadership and commitment to developing relationships and partnerships with local organizations and the business community helped to improve the overall quality of life.

Brian was presented with the Community Partner Award for 2018 from the Oakland County Trail, Water & Land Alliance (TWLA) for his continued commitment to working and collaborating with surrounding communities for the overall benefit of the region. He holds a BS in Parks & Recreation Management from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University

Brian and his wife Tina have two adult children and he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, biking the trails in the area and being outdoors.

Administrative Manager, Nick Ance

nickance@sixriversrlc.org

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Nick has a background in office management and bookkeeping in the private sector. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Health & Society from Michigan State University. After receiving his degree, he worked in East Lansing before finally coming back to his home in the Metro Detroit area. Nick and his girlfriend Taylor enjoy playing with his cat, hiking, and being out on the water.

Oakland County CISMA director, Erica Clites

ECLITES@SIXRIVERSRLC.ORG

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Erica returns to Michigan from California where she held the position of Senior Museum Scientist for the UC Museum of Paleontology. A former Fulbright Scholar, Erica holds advanced degrees in geology and geological sciences. “I’m excited to be back in Michigan to facilitate the important work of the Oakland County CISMA,” Erica says.  Erica enjoys hiking, biking and cross-country skiing as well as taking her dog for walks in natural areas.


Oakland County CISMA Technician, Emily Messick

emessick@sixriversrlc.org

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Emily has experience in aquatic ecology in Michigan and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is also working on her Master’s degree in Biology/Aquatic Ecology from Oakland University. Her thesis project focuses on the utilization of cotton fabric as a means of measuring organic-matter decomposition in streams in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. With experience in aquatic fieldwork, she spends her time with CISMA surveying for aquatic invasive species, like the newly invasive European Frogbit. In her spare time, Emily likes to travel to Michigan’s parks for camping, hiking, kayaking, biking, and some occasional bird-watching.

LAKE ST. CLAIR CISMA Coordinator, McKenzi Bergmoser Waliczek

MBERGMOSER@SIXRIVERSRLC.ORG

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McKenzi comes from the private sector as an experienced project manager with a demonstrated history of working in environmental services. She has a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan. Focused on sustainable practices, McKenzi tries to apply this lifestyle in both the professional and personal setting. In her spare time, McKenzi likes to play with her dog, enjoy the outdoors through backpacking, kayaking and restoring the natural habitat around her home.

Six Rivers Senior Staff Mascot - Sherman T. Potter

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Sherman T. Potter is our senior staff mascot. He enhances office morale, and is Executive Director Bunch’s best friend. He enjoys puppocinos at the local coffee shop, and having his belly scratched!

Six Rivers Junior Mascot - Radar

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Radar is the newest member of Six Rivers! A handsome Griffon, Radar enhances office morale, and will eventually be a grouse hunting partner for Executive Director Bunch!