About Us

We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit, all-volunteer organization that works with landowners, local governments, and other individuals and organizations to protect land within the greater Livingston County area. We are funded entirely by donations with all gifts being eligible for a federal income tax deduction.

Board of Directors – 2020-21

Sara Thomas – President

Sara lives in Oceola Township., Howell. She received a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Michigan State; has received the Conservation Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Green Tree Award from the Huron Valley Girt Scout Council, is a member of the Brighton Women’s Roll of Honor, and was nominated for the City of Brighton’s Volunteer of the Year for the Miller School program, “Environmental Awareness Month”. She is one of the founding members of the Livingston Land Conservancy when it was formed in the mid-1990s and has served as the land acquisition chair for many years, helping to secure the majority of the 650 acres currently under protection. She fondly remembers childhood days visiting her grandparents’ farm in Gregory, loves being outdoors honing her naturalist skills, and working on the restoration of her small prairie.

Dr. Roy Schwarz – Vice President

Roy lives in Marion Township, Howell. He received a B.S. in Biology from Marietta College, an M.S. in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a PhD in Pharmacology from The Ohio State University. He worked extensively in the field of pharmaceutical research with Parke-Davis and then Pfizer. He then served as an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy at U of M and also taught Biology at Schoolcraft College. He currently is the owner of Roy Schwarz Photography which specializes in nature and travel photography. He enjoys photography, nature/wildlife, hiking, canoeing, and traveling.

Gary Edwards – Treasurer

Gary lives in Tyrone Township, Fenton. He obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at GMI (Kettering) and an M.B.A. in Operations Research at the University of Michigan. He retired in 2008 from GM as Director of Advanced Vehicle Development. Gary has taken the course work in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes as well as the Green Realtor course through the National Association of Realtors. He is a part-time realtor at Crystal Mountain Resort and also serves on two homeowners associations at the resort. In his spare time, Gary enjoys water and snow skiing, tennis and exploring nature.

Bill Fountain – Secretary

Bill lives in Hartland Township, Hartland. Bill attended Central Michigan University, transferred to Michigan State University, and graduated with a degree in Turfgrass Management. He 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. 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”.

Dr. Katie LaCommare – Trustee

Katie lives in the City of Howell. She received a B.S. in Anthropology/Zoology from the University of Michigan; a M.S. in Natural Resource Management from Purdue University; and a PhD in Environmental Biology from the University of Massachusetts. She is a lecturer at University of Michigan-Dearborn where she teaches in the biology and environmental science programs.  She is also the environmental science program advisor.  Prior to teaching, she has worked in a variety of conservation programming positions. When she isn’t working, she is spending time with her family and dogs.  She has two daughters, a sophomore at Howell High School and a freshman studying horn performance at Michigan State University.

Bob Pawlowski – Trustee

Bob lives in the City of Brighton. He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Oakland University and an
M.S. in Occupational and Environmental Health  from Wayne State University.  American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), December 1991-2015 and Board of Certified Safety Professionals, Certified Safety Professional (CSP), December 1995-2015. Bob worked in the private and public sectors in the field of occupational health and safety for more than 30 years.  His last position was teaching in the Wayne State University, Occupational and Environmental Health Science Graduate Program (retired) as an Assistant Professor.  Prior, he worked for the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) compliance program for 23 years.  His last 7 years with MIOSHA as the Director of the Construction Safety and Health Division (retired).  He has worked for the Michigan State University Institute of International Health, and has been on the City of Brighton Planning Commission since 2010. Bob enjoys boating, hiking, nature/wildlife (especially bird watching) and wood-working.

Land on the Horizon fundraising chair – Rick Thomas

Newsletter editor – Bob Pawlowski

Stewardship – Katie LaCommare 

Land acquisition – Sara Thomas

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