Pam Bierzynski — Office Systems Associate
Pam joined Legacy in November 2013. She is a life 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. Pam lives in Plymouth with her husband Tim, daughters Jameson and Finley, and cat, Harley. 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.
Diana Kern has extensive executive leadership background and a passion for nonprofit management, fundraising, and governance. After 17 years of progressive leadership roles with McKinley, Diana left for the nonprofit world where she served for NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work) as Vice President, and then for Eversight as an Executive Director and Vice President of Philanthropy. Diana joined Legacy Land Conservancy at the beginning of 2019 and brings a conservation lens. Diana has lived in Michigan for over 50 years and has served on numerous nonprofit boards, committees and task forces, including joining an all-volunteer group of community leaders in 2013 to raise over $1.6 million to fund the build and opening of the Ann Arbor Skatepark. Currently Diana serves as a board member for The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a member of the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club. When not working on land conservation issues, she can be found bird watching, hiking, and listening to music.
Susan is returning to Michigan after working with land trusts in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington State. Spending summers on Higgins Lake, she learned an appreciation and respect for the environment at an early age. She later earned an undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan. Since then she gained stewardship and land protection experience from three conservancies. She is excited to apply what she learned around the country to conserving land in local watersheds as well as agricultural soils to help keep land affordable for next generation farmers. In her free time, Susan enjoys sailing, knitting, cooking with local produce and spending time with her family.
Scott has led a life of serving the greater good since his adolescence with an origin of protecting wildlife and the natural environment. He is an accomplished fundraiser whose background includes organizational development, communications, and community project development for numerous nonprofits in Michigan. He earned his degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Administration from Eastern Michigan University and has served on a variety of local civic and nonprofit boards, commissions, and task forces. As a member of the Ann Arbor Park Advisory Commission he co-authored the strongest protections for natural areas in the City’s history. In his free time Scott serves as a volunteer Park Steward for 93 acres of natural area parkland and enjoys a wide range of outdoor sports activities, as well as gardening and bee keeping, with his wife Helen Bunch and his dog Buddy.
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 family.
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.