Doug Koop July 2016_webDoug Koop — Executive Director

Doug joined Legacy after an 18 year run as Executive Director at Little Forks Conservancy in Midland. With prior conservation experience in Traverse City, Maryland, Georgia and Massachusetts Doug brings a lifelong love of seeking a better, more sustainable balance between humans and nature. He grew up west of Grand Rapids, and earned a degree in the biologic sciences at Calvin College. Doug spent some time in the woods of Northern Michigan at the AuSable Institute for Environmental Studies. A few years later, he found himself working in the swamps and streams of southern Georgia after acquiring his Master’s in Geography at the University of Georgia. Doug is excited about working in a new region of his home state.

DianeDupuisheadshotDiane Dupuis — Development 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.

Erika Taylor — Operations Manager

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.

Dana_websiteDana Wright — Land Stewardship Manager

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.

Robin Burke_websiteRobin Burke — Land Protection Manager

Robin arrived at Legacy in 2012, drawn by the chance to join in shaping our community’s landscape. Throughout her childhood in southwest Michigan, her parents and grandparents taught her to look for and love the details of the natural world. In early adulthood a fondness for geology and ecology led her to enjoy thinking about landscapes on wide range of scales. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College in environmental studies, and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Michigan. After work, she starts new crafting or drawing projects, runs, hikes, reads, and spends time with her husband and two dogs—preferably outdoors.

Remy Long June 2016_webRemy Long — 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 and joe at beach_4months_webMeghan Prindle — Community and Landowner Outreach Coordinator

Meghan represents a partnership between Legacy and Six Rivers Land Conservancy. She helps both organizations engage landowners and communities in the Huron River Watershed and increase the awareness of conservation efforts in southeast Michigan.

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.

bierzynski_headshot_websitePam Bierzynski — Office Systems Associate

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.

Allene Smith_websiteAllene Smith — Land Steward

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.

Kory Zhao Kory Zhao — Communications and Engagement Coordinator

Kory moved to Michigan from Boston in 2015. She’s spent the last 14 years working in journalism and public relations. Kory has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from the Johns Hopkins University. She has a passion for nature and met her husband kayaking in 2009. She enjoys reading, the beach and chasing around her toddler son outdoors.

Crystal Cole profile photoCrystal Cole — Operations and Development Assistant

Crystal is a lifelong Michigan resident and hails from Harbor Beach. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, where she specialized in Aquatic Ecology. Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, she came to understand the importance of concerted environmental protection efforts, and joins Legacy as her first venture into the professional world of environmental conservation. In her free time she enjoys experimental cooking, learning new crafty skills, and finding the closest body of water to play in.