Founded in 1991, the Conservancy began as a standing committee of Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy. The Livingston Land Conservancy is now a private, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization working to protect the natural heritage and rural character of the Greater Livingston County Area. In recent years, the fastest growing means of protecting land has been through the use of conservation easements, a legal agreement between a private landowner and a land trust that permanently limits the scope and type of development while leaving the land in private ownership. LLC funds their land protection activities through private donations, gifts from corporations and foundations, and memberships. Download a current version of our bylaws.
Board of Directors - 2017-2018
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Roy Schwarz, PhD - President
B.S. in Biology – Marietta College
M.S. in Biology – Fairleigh Dickinson University
PhD in Pharmacology – Ohio State University
Has worked extensively in the field of pharmaceutical research with Parke-Davis and then Pfizer. His research has been widely published. He currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy at U of M and also teaches Biology at Schoolcraft College. He enjoys photography, nature/wildlife, and sports.
Alexander Pushman - Vide President
Alex is currently the Vice President of a Brighton-based retirement and financial planning firm, Foguth Financial Group. He grew up in the Brighton area and then moved to Arizona and spent 10 years working for fortune 500 companies in leadership, marketing, and development with his last 3 years working within the non-profit sector in fundraising and development. His experience professionally has touched fundraising, development, marketing, sales and multiple leadership positions. Alex has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from and graduate studies in an MBA at Grand Canyon University. His passion for land conservancy, animal welfare, and overall environmental equality is a guiding focus for his work within the community. He looks to help out as much as he can based on his professional experience and local relationships. Alex is an avid outdoorsman.
Nancy B. Johnson - Secretary
Nancy is now an independent researcher and community volunteer. Previously, she was a librarian and educator for over 45 years, most recently serving as the director of the Brighton District Library. Her nonprofit experience includes board service with the Livingston County United Way, the Livingston County Literacy Coalition, the Howell Opera House Advisory Committee, Lost Voices (at-risk youth), and the Livingston Council for Youth. She is also a member of the Brighton Area Women's History Roll of Honor. Nancy received a BA, English - Oberlin College, an MLS, in Library Science - The University of Michigan; and a PhD, in Library and Information Science - The University of Michigan. Nancy grew up along the Huron River and she walks the river still.
Gary Edwards - Treasurer
B.S. Mechanical Engineering – GMI (Kettering)
M.B.A Operations Research - University of Michigan
Retired in 2008 from GM as Director of Advanced Vehicle Development. Has taken the course work in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes as well as the Green Realtor course through the Nat. Assoc. of Realtors. Part-time realtor at Crystal Mountain Resort and also serves on two homeowners associations at the resort. Enjoys water and snow skiing, tennis and exploring nature.
Ryan has worked as a professional natural resources manager for 15 years and is currently employed by Huron-Clinton MetroParks. He was the Natural Resources Coordinator and recently was promoted to Manager of Natural Resources and Environmental Compliance for all 13 parks which cover 25,000 acres. Other experience includes: working at the Kalamazoo Nature Center and becoming head of the Natural Areas Stewardship program; executing contracts with the Department of Defense (in Battle Creek and Grayling) and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy; and working for Oakland Township Parks and Recreation. Ryan attended Western Michigan University. Through his education and professional background, he has developed a strong working knowledge of prescribed fire management, invasive species control, and planning & executing natural resources plans. He tries to get outdoors whenever he can.
Dennis R. Dawson
B.A. in History—Duke University
J.D.—Wayne State University Law School
Retired in 2011 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of DENSO International America, Inc. and as President of DENSO North America Foundation with responsibility for Legal; Human Resources; Environmental, Safety, and Health; External Affairs; and Corporate Communication departments. Previously employed as corporate counsel for Holnam, Inc.; Tecumseh Products Company; Meijer, Inc.; and Amway Corporation. Also currently serves on Eastern Michigan University College of Business International Business Advisory Committee and as a trustee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Michigan Chapter). Enjoys boating, kayaking and otherwise being on and around the water.
He Doug recently retired after a 40-year career as an intellectual property attorney for General Motors, Motorola, Delphi, BlackBerry, and more recently part-time for Truck Hero. At BlackBerry, he was Director of Strategic Patent Development. Doug serves on the Pastoral Council for St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church and on the Livingston County Hunger Council, and is a member of the Hartland Audubon Club. Doug holds a BS in Chemistry – U of Michigan and a J.D. - Wayne State University Law School. He enjoys travel, photography, nature, and of course, U of M football.
Bill is currently the Operating Partner of The Majestic Golf Course in Hartland which he constructed in 1993. Following work on the Hartland Twp. Planning Commission he became a Township Trustee in 2004. He was appointed by the Twp. Board as Hartland Supervisor in 2007 and continues to hold that position today. He is currently President of the MI Golf Course Owners Association and is a 20+ year member of the Highland United Methodist Church. Bill attended Central Michigan University, transferred to Michigan State University, and graduated with a degree in Turfgrass Management. He truly appreciates the importance of ecosystems in the area for native vegetation and wildlife to flourish. Living on Round Lake, he believes that our water is truly “Ours to Protect”.
Barbara Krueger was an early LLC Board member. A former elementary school teacher, she was on the art fair circuit selling her original stained glass pieces before returning to EMU; in 1995 she graduated with a MS in historic preservation. She is a past president of the Hartland Area Historical Society, and active in Hartland Community Council. Barbara is the Director of the Michigan Stained Glass Census organized under the auspices of Michigan State University Museum; as the director/volunteer, on a daily basis, she coordinates an online discussion site about stained glass. She is a founding member of American Glass Guild, and a coauthor of the recent book, Detroit’s Historic Houses of Worship which was one of the 2013 Michigan Notable Books. She gives presentations which include information specific to Detroit churches.