Board of Directors
Jediah White, President. Jed is the Director of Business Development for Kensey Nash Corporation, a medical device company specializing in regenerative medicine. Jed holds a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He and his wife Sharon want to make sure that future generations, including their young son and daughter, have the opportunity to enjoy natural spaces.
Darcy Kind, Vice President. Darcy is a conservation biologist with the Department of Natural Resources, where she works with private landowners to help manage and restore important natural communities in the Driftless Area. She grew up in the country as a 4-H’er in Winnebago County and holds a B.A. from Lawrence University. When not outdoors, she enjoys the cultural opportunities that are available in the community and also serves on the board of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Madison Childrens’ Museum. Darcy lives in Madison with her husband Marc Vitale.
Renee Lauber, Secretary. Renee is a local government planning specialist in Wisconsin. She owns Lauber Consulting, LLC and works with town and county governments, non profits and interest groups on public policy, land use planning and farmland protection programs. Renée has worked at the federal level in Washington D.C. and at the state and local level across Wisconsin. Renée holds a Master’s degree in Water Resources Management, with a concentration in Urban and Regional Planning, from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany. Renée lives in Madison with her husband and young daughter. She enjoys camping, canoeing, fishing and a good game of Scrabble.
Mariana Weinhold, Treasurer. Mariana is a retired CPA. She worked in finance for 25 years with Raymond Management Company, a Madison based hotel development and management company. She holds a B.S. in history from Colorado College and a M.S. in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mariana became interested in land conservation when she and her husband and their two children established a conservation easement with the Natural Heritage Land Trust on their property, Louis Bluff, on the Wisconsin River several years ago. Mariana divides her time between Louis Bluff and Madison and enjoys kayaking, river trips, travel, tennis and hiking.
Anne M. H. Brindley grew up on a small, fifth-generation dairy farm next door to her grandparents. At an early age, they instilled in her an appreciation of Polka music, lutefisk and lefse, and family. Working with the elderly and families seemed a natural progression from where it all began, and has proven to be where Anne feels most at home. She is an associate at Haskins Short LLC, where her practice includes estate planning and administration, Medicaid and long term care benefit qualification, guardianship, and small business and residential real estate matters. Anne is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division, Elder Law Section, and Real Property, Probate & Trust Section. Anne volunteers with the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Wills for Heroes clinic and the Veteran’s Law Center in Madison, Wisconsin. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, Lake Wisconsin Alliance, and is an advisor to the Portage Crossfit Cooperative. Anne is licensed to practice in Wisconsin and Colorado.
Vicki Elkin is the program director of the Fund for Lake Michigan, a newly formed grant-making organization dedicated to enhancing the health of Lake Michigan and its shoreline and tributary river systems. Prior to joining the Fund for Lake Michigan, Vicki worked as a Policy Initiatives Advisor to the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection where she helped launch Wisconsin’s new Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) and Agricultural Enterprise Area programs. Before joining DATCP, Vicki worked at Gathering Waters Conservancy, a non-profit umbrella group for Wisconsin’s land trusts. Vicki served as Gathering Water’s Executive Director from 1998 to 2006 and led successful bipartisan efforts from 2006 to 2009 to renew and increase funding to $86 million a year for Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and to pass the sweeping Working Lands Initiative into law.
Matt Frank is an attorney with Murphy Desmond, S.C., where he practices environmental and energy law, and is a member of the firm’s practice group for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Matt served as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2007 through 2010, where he led efforts to pass the Great Lakes Compact, reduce mercury and phosphorous pollution in state waters, and expand the Knowles Nelson Stewardship program. He also led efforts to expand clean and renewable energy and address climate change. In his 30 years of public service, Matt also served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and as Secretary of the Department of Corrections. Matt received his B.A. degree from Carleton College and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He grew up in Cross Plains, where he fished the Black Earth Creek. Matt and his wife live in Middleton where they raised three boys.
Greg Hyer is Chair of the Town of Cross Plains Board of Supervisors and a member of the Town Plan Commission. He is also President of the Black Earth Creek Watershed Association that advocates for good stewardship practices. He has nationally recognized professional experience in real estate development for science and technology companies tied to universities and senior management experience in government. He has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Public Administration from Indiana University. Greg and his wife, Jane enjoy cycling, skiing, hiking and fishing in the Black Earth Creek Watershed, state and national parks, preserves and public open spaces.
Elizabeth M. Kluesner is originally from Madison, Wisconsin and has a BS and Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Elizabeth is currently the liaison for the DNR to local and federal government. Previous to holding this position, she was the Nature is our Business Project Coordinator at the Department of Natural Resources. She also served for 41/2 years as Kathleen Falk’s Director of Policy and Program Development for Dane County where her primary duties focused on land acquisition, recreation, land use and transportation planning. Prior to working for the Dane County Executive, Elizabeth worked for the Department of Natural Resources, serving for 11 years as the agency’s Legislative Liaison and later for one year as the Executive Assistant to DNR Secretary Scott Hassett. Elizabeth is married to husband Dave, with two children, Katherine – 18 and Teddy – 15. In the past, Elizabeth has served as the President of the Junior League of Madison. She also volunteered for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony program. She was the Vice President and Fundraising Chair for the Wildcat Youth Hockey Club in Waunakee. She and her family enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, skiing, swimming, archery and any other fun recreational pursuits that can be done in Wisconsin’s great outdoors
Tom Krauskopf is a retired administrator and policy and budget analyst for the State of Wisconsin. He has a B.S. degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation and a M.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Professional responsibilities ranged from management of state facilities and police services to federal-state relations and from environmental, land information and tax policy to housing assistance. He is a past president of RSVP of Dane County; an organization with 2000 active senior volunteers. Tom lives in Madison with his wife Margie and can often be found biking, camping, kayaking and fishing. He is active in Trout Unlimited's efforts to improve Black Earth Creek and to provide fishing access for people living with disabilities.
Pat Leavenworth completed her career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in October 2012 after 33 years with the agency. She led Wisconsin NRCS as State Conservationist for 18 years. During this tenure in Wisconsin, Pat facilitated conservation partnerships to assure optimal conservation achievements for future generations. Pat has a BA in Biological Sciences from Mt. Holyoke College and an MA in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Pat and her husband, Phil, have operated a hay and grazing operation in Ridgeway, WI since 2001. They have a daughter and son and live in Mount Horeb where Pat serves as a director for the local Farmer’s Market. Pat’s interests include writing, photography, and raising golden retrievers.
Barry Perkel was born in Rapid City, SD. He grew up in the Jersey Shore after a bit of moving around. He attended Rutgers University graduating in 1982. After graduation, he worked as a planner in a variety of settings, including working in Maryland as the planning director for a rapidly urbanizing county on the Eastern Shore. He remained in Maryland for four years and ready for a change, went back to school at the UW-Madison to get a Masters Degree in Real Estate Investment Analysis & Appraisal. Graduating in 1990, they moved to Boston where he worked in consulting & appraisal. They moved back to Madison in 1994 and have been here ever since though he’s worked in senior housing, affordable housing finance and commercial real estate/development while in Madison. They live on the near west side.
Glenn Reinl is a CPA who retired as Chief Financial Officer for Shared Medical Services, a mobile CT, MRI and PET/CT medical provider which operates in 12 states in the Midwest, after 20 years with the company. He received his BS in Accounting from UW-Madison. In addition to his financial duties, Glenn was responsible for contracting and other legal documentation at SMS and, as a result, is especially interested in the legal aspects of NHLT. Glenn is an active outdoor person. His special interests are ice skating, hiking, cross country skiing and biking. In retirement, Glenn is enjoying gardening and working on improving his musical abilities.
Anne Sayers is a 17-year veteran of conservation advocacy at the local, state, national, and international level. She is currently the Deputy State Director of For Our Future and has previously served as the Program Director for Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and the Director of Marketing and Communications for the International Crane Foundation. Anne has degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in International Relations, Geography, and Environmental Studies. Anne lives in Madison and can usually be found at a local dog park or in her garden.
William Van Haren has been in the bee and honey business since 1973 and co-owns Pure Sweet Honey Farm in Verona Wi. He's an active volunteer at both Brigham County and Blue Mound State Park and an avid paddler of local lakes and rivers. Someday he hopes to go back and finish that degree in entomology.