Pam Bierzynski — Office Systems Specialist
Pam joined Legacy in November 2013. She is a lif long Michigan resident. She has loved the outdoors since childhood, whether playing soccer, gardening, or camping with her family. Eventually, her deep appreciation for nature led her to Aquinas College, a school known for its beautiful forested campus. There she earned degrees in Geography and Sociology. A hard-core vegetarian, Pam lives in Plymouth with her husband Tim, daughters Jameson and Finley, and two cats, Harley and Tanqueray. When she’s not playing in the dirt, brewing beer, or daydreaming about riding motorcycles, Pam enjoys spending time outdoors experiencing nature through the lens of her camera.
Diane Dupuis — Development, Communications & Engagement Director
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kalamazoo College, Diane comes to Legacy most recently from fours years with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, where she served supporters as a member of the Fund Development team. Prior to that she spent ten years in nonprofit administration at Interlochen Center for the Arts, staffing Advancement, Marketing, and Communications positions. During Diane’s fifteen years in Detroit’s publishing sector she managed editorial, marketing, and new product development initiatives that culminated in a stint as Publisher of Visible Ink Press, an imprint of Gale. Diane’s lifelong delight in Michigan’s woods, riversides, farmstands, and shorelines has found outlets in countless hours of canoeing, backpacking, sailing, sea-kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, birding, stargazing, ice-skating, rock-hunting, and fireside feasting throughout the Great Lakes.
Remy Long — Senior Land Protection Specialist
Remy was raised nearby in Saline, Michigan. He received his BA in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Western Michigan University, and his master’s from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. Remy spent several years working in agriculture in the US, and worked as an agriculture extension agent in his Peace Corps service in West Africa (The Gambia, ’11-13). Now settled in the area, he keeps himself busy fishing, spending time with his family in Saline, creating unnecessary household projects, and pretending he is a skilled carpenter. He lives in Bridgewater Township with his wife, Allene.
Meghan Prindle — Land Protection Specialist
Meghan works to engage landowners and communities in the Huron River Watershed and to increase the awareness of conservation options for the communities Legacy serves. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science and environmental studies, earned a Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. A lover of learning, she has appreciated her prior time working with the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, UM’s University Productions, the Stewardship Network, Michigan Nature Association, MDEQ, and Michigan Association of Planning. When not in the office or engaging folks on conservation, she enjoys embarking on everyday adventures with her family and friends.
Allene Smith — Land Stewardship Coordinator
Raised on a llama farm in rural west Michigan, Allene comes to Legacy with a deeply-rooted appreciation for Michigan and its varied landscapes. After earning a BS in Plant Biology from Western Michigan University, she gained stewardship experience while working with The Nature Conservancy, MDNR, the Forest Service, and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. In her free time, Allene pursues education in herbal medicine, nutrition, and the nature of human experience.
Erika moved to Michigan from the San Francisco bay area in 2001, where she worked in nonprofit management for 15 years. Erika has an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management from Cornell and an MBA in finance and accounting from Golden Gate University. Kayaking, mountain biking, disc golf, and gardening are her passions. She lives in Ann Arbor near the river with her husband and two kids.
Deb VandenBroek — Interim Executive Director
In September, 2018, we welcomed Deborah VandenBroek as Interim Executive Director. Deb is partnering with Legacy’s board and staff to lead initiatives such as land protection prioritization.
“Deb’s experience with strategic planning, community partnerships, and workforce development make her an ideal leader for Legacy at this point in the organization’s history,” says Simon Whitelocke, President of the Board of Trustees.
Named one of “Detroit’s Most Influential Women” in 2002 by Crain’s Detroit Business, Deb brings extensive leadership experience gleaned working with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Navigant Consulting, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, Packard Health, and the Trinity Health System.
“I am thrilled to join forces with the professionals, volunteers, and supporters who have created such lasting impact for our communities through Legacy’s work,” says Deb. “Everyone who helps Legacy succeed is making a permanent difference. It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of this conservation legacy.”
Dana Wright — Land Stewardship Director
Dana joined the conservancy in 2009 coming from a decade of land stewardship and volunteer coordination. She loves working to preserve native landscapes and local farms seeing the places like those that formed the highlights of her childhood protected forever. Her current hobby/craze is edible landscaping and backyard farming with her family on their new two-acre homestead.