Board of Directors
William Van Haren, President. William owns Pure Sweet Honey Farm. William and his wife Gail live in the Town of Blue Mounds where he serves on the Town of Blue Mounds Comprehensive Planning Committee. William builds trails at Blue Mound State Park and is involved in service trips through the Sierra Club.
Darcy Kind, Vice President. Darcy is a conservation biologist with the Department of Natural Resources’ Endangered Resources Program, where she works with private landowners to manage WI’s rare natural resources. Darcy holds a B.A. from Lawrence University. She also serves on the board of directors for the Friends of the Arboretum. Darcy lives in Madison with her husband Marc Vitale and enjoys being outside through all of WI’s seasons.
Brenda Haskins, Secretary. Brenda is an attorney in solo practice at Haskins Law, LLC. Her practice areas are estate planning, Medicaid planning, special needs planning and probate. She received her law degree with honors from University of Wisconsin Law School. She also holds a B.S. and an M.S. degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brenda and her husband Todd Borcherding have 2 sons, Grant and Carter.
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.
Tom Bergamini is retired from environmental consulting. Tom holds a B.S. in Natural Resources and a M.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Tom enjoys camping, snowboarding, and travel.
Michael Dubis is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and president of Michael A. Dubis Financial Planning, LLC. He is also an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate. Mike is a member of Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited, the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. Mike resides in Cross Plains. He completes his life with his wife Shelley, young son and daughter, and golden retrievers, Wally & Sadie. He is an avid reader, health nut, enjoys photography and the outdoors, and devotes many hours to his pursuit of perfecting his fly-fishing skills.
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.
Rosalind Gausman is co-owner operator of a grass-based dairy farm in the Town of Dunn, and serves as Treasurer of the Edelweiss Graziers Cooperative. Roz and her husband, Bill, were the recipients of the 2005 Town of Dunn Stewardship Award, in recognition of exceptional commitment towards agricultural conservation. She was previously the Clerk/Treasurer of the Town of Dunn in Dane County for more than 30 years. She served on the Plan Commission during the development of their Land Use Plan and was involved in the success of the Town’s Purchase of Development Rights Program.
Paul Houseman is the current interim Executive Director at Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Before that he worked as the Director of Development for Madison Community Foundation since 2004. He was also the office manager at Clean Wisconsin, an non-profit environmental advocacy organization. Paul has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and History from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as well as master's degree in Philosophy and a master's degree in German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to being fluent in German, Paul also speaks French and Dutch. Paul is a graduate of Leadership Greater Madison and has served on the Board of Directors for Community Shares of Wisconsin and the Madison Youth Choir, where he served as president in 2008-09. Paul was voted Madison Magazine's "40 under 40" list of business professionals in 2008.
Angela James is the Vice President of Government Relations for the Wisconsin Paper Council. Angela holds a B.S. in Zoology, an M.S. in Water Resource Management, and J.D., all from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Angela lives in Madison with her husband Forbes McIntosh and enjoys reading, hiking, paddling, and theater in her leisure time.
Renee Lauber 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.
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.
Kevin Shelley is a farmer on a sixth-generation family farm in the Town of Cottage Grove and an Agriculture and Environment Educator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics and an M.S. degree in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kevin is on the Board of Directors of the Dane County Farmers Union where he has served as secretary and treasurer. He also is a past member of the Board of Supervisors for the Town of Cottage Grove and past Chair of the Town of Cottage Grove Plan Commission. His hobbies include bicycling, tree planting, and folk music. Kevin and his wife Sandra Whitney have 2 children, Mara and Simon.
Jediah White 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.
Carla Wright had a career in state government concluding with work in the WI Dept of Natural Resources Green Tier program. After leaving the DNR she resumed consulting on agricultural land use options at Taliesin, Spring Green, and in 2012 began working as the Executive Director of the newly formed Organic Processing Institute. She is Immediate Past President of the Natural Heritage Land Trust, and serves on the board of MOSES, an organic and sustainable farming education organization, and is also on the board of 1000 Friends of WI.; she is past President of MOSA, an organic certifier. She makes her home on 76 acres in rural Dane County - WI, part of which she permanently protected from development with a conservation easement.