Trustees

Trustees

Legacy is proud to have an active Board of Trustees which provides expertise in areas of law, financial planning, fundraising, farming, and natural resources. Our Board meets six times a year and the committees meet at least six times a year.

We welcome inquiries from potential new committee or board members. Interested in becoming a committee or board member? Contact us!

Whitelocke_headshot_WebSimon Whitelocke—President

Simon Whitelocke is Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. where he is responsible for the corporate compliance functions of the company. Simon previously served as Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs for ITC and was responsible for a number of functions including: Regulatory and Stakeholder Relations, Local Government and Community Affairs, State Government Affairs and Marketing and Communications.  Prior to this he served as the Executive Director for ITCTransmission and METC and Director, Internal Audit. Before joining ITC, he was a Principal Financial Consultant for DTE Energy. Simon earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Toronto and an MBA in finance and management from Michigan State University. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Detroit Public Television.

Larry Doll—Vice President

Larry is lifelong resident of Washtenaw County, and grew up on a 180 acre Sesquicentennial family farm in Sylvan Township that is being protected though a conservation easement with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation. He and his wife Stephanie also own an adjacent 10-acre parcel that is protected under a conservation easement with Legacy Land Conservancy.

Larry has worked in building material distribution for over 42 years, currently as Regional Pricing Manager for Allied Building Products. He has a passion for farming and gardening. Larry and Stephanie live in Sharon Township where they proudly grow most of the food they use at home, including honey, fruit, vegetables, poultry meat, and eggs. Larry has a particular interest in helping landowners preserve and retain ownership of farmland that has been in their family for generations. He also serves on the St. Louis Center Community Advisory Council in Chelsea.

Charlie Crone—Treasurer

Charlie and his spouse, Janet, have lived in Scio Township along the Huron River for the past eleven years.  Charlie grew up in Cleveland and came to Ann Arbor for school in the fall of 1971. He holds a BA in economics and an MBA, both from the University of Michigan.  Upon graduation, Charlie spent a thirty-one year career with Comerica, the last seven years as its Ann Arbor Region President.  After an unsuccessful thirteen month retirement, the past four plus years Charlie has worked for Bank of Ann Arbor managing its commercial loan function.  Charlie has served on the boards of a number of Ann Arbor non-profit organizations, as has his spouse.  While living in Kalamazoo County, he served on the Ross Township Planning Commission.

John Moran_headshot_webJohn Moran—Secretary

John was born and raised in the Detroit area and lived in Cleveland and Chicago before relocating to the Ann Arbor area. He earned an undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, his law degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. John is an Associate in the real estate practice group of the law firm of Miller Canfield and works in the firm’s Ann Arbor office. John lives with his wife, son, daughter and dog in Saline.

Neal Billetdeaux

Neal is a Landscape Architect/Principal at SmithGroupJJR (formally Johnson Johnson & Roy) where he has worked since 1990. His primary interest is in park planning, habitat restoration and green infrastructure, and he is currently leading numerous non-motorized transportation studies. He is also the corporate sustainability leader responsible for raising the level of sustainable practices in the site discipline.

Neal graduated from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources in 1982 with a BS focusing on botany and ecology, followed by a MS in Landscape Architecture in 1987. Neal is the Chair of Legacy’s Land Stewardship Committee, participates in numerous Legacy events, and is a photo-monitor for several properties. He is active in the Michigan Botanical Club (where he leads woody plant walks) and is on the Executive Committee of Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, a statewide voice for trail users.

George Borel

George Borel, CPA, is a Tax Principal at Rehmann in Ann Arbor. He advises high net worth individuals and business owners, providing individual, estate, and trust tax planning and consulting services. Prior to joining Rehmann in 2013, he was a Tax Partner with Deloitte for nearly 30 years, and before that he was employed at Iceman, Johnson & Hoffman. For both the Glacier Hills Foundation and Forest Hill Cemetery George serves as Treasurer of the Board.

 

Suzanne DeVine

Suzanne and her family live on a 100-acre farm in Washtenaw County. Her father purchased the farm, which was originally 217 acres, from the descendants of the Stollsteimer family, who had acquired it by land grant in 1833. The tillable land has been farmed continuously ever since. In 2003, Suzanne’s father sold 137 acres of woods and wetlands and fields, now known as the DeVine Preserve, to the Washtenaw County Natural Areas Program. Suzanne served on the board for Legacy Land Conservancy (then known variously as Potawatomi Land Trust and Washtenaw Land Trust) for 9 years and has volunteered for the Humane Society of Huron Valley for many years. Among other things, Suzanne likes working with animals, reading history, hiking, swimming and making pies with local produce.

Suzanne received her JD and BA from the University of Notre Dame and MA in history from the University of Cambridge. Suzanne is a partner in the law firm of Koselka DeVine, PLC.

Dale Sass

Dale retired after a 43 year career as a Landscape Architect/Principle with Johnson, Johnson and Roy Inc., a nationally recognized design firm based in Ann Arbor. He joined JJR in 1967 after graduating from Michigan State University and participated in the Chicago Lakefront study, Michigan Environmental Features Study, Charlevoix County Environmetal Features Inventory, and Master Plans for five new towns along the Persian Gulf in Saudi Arabia. Currently, he volunteers at Legacy, Therapeutic Riding Inc. and Habitat for Humanity.  He also enjoys building wooden boats, kayaking and exploring the natural environment.

 

Adam Smith_webAdam Smith

Adam is an attorney with Consumers Energy in Jackson. He holds business and law degrees from the University of Michigan and previously worked in commercial lending before attending law school. He and his wife, Theresa, moved to Washtenaw County in 2001 because of their love for all types of outdoor activities. In his free time, Adam enjoys taking advantage of the many biking, canoeing, and hiking opportunities available in southern Michigan.

Bill Strohaver

Bill retired from Jackson Community College after 41 years where he served as a political science faculty member, dean and executive vice president. As an administrator, he advanced a number of “green” initiatives including LEED certification for new building projects – including a “live” roof on the Health Laboratory Center, hired the first Director of Sustainability, advanced the ACUPCC initiative, lobbied and hired an environmental science faculty position, started an alternative energy program, and helped secure grant funding for a wind turbine. After reading books by Douglas Tallamy, these green interests became central to retired life especially after moving into a new home on Skiff Lake in Jackson County with 15 acres of land where he could help slow the rate of habitat loss by removing invasive plants and planting natives. In addition to working on the Skiff Lake property, he has volunteered for a number of environmental organizations including Legacy, Dahlem, MNA and the Stewardship Network. He and his wife Deborah enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including gardening, biking, hiking, walking their dog and fishing from their kayaks.

Kathleen Timberlake

Kathleen Timberlake is a native Virginian from a family devoted to raising turkeys and preserving vast quantities of produce from their garden and orchard. Lifelong stewardship of the family land inspired Kathleen to protect their 110-acre farm with a conservation easement with the Land Trust of Virginia. Kathleen earned a Psychology degree from the University of Michigan, followed by graduate work and teaching in the Fine Arts, and doctoral study of rural American craftspeople including Hopi Indian silversmiths, Appalachian weavers, and Swedish-Americans in the heart of Kansas.

After completing her PhD at the University of Michigan, Kathleen focused on assisting rural communities including Frankenmuth, Michigan and Lindsborg, Kansas in analyzing the future direction of their towns and the importance of their ethnic heritage. Along with other Scio Township residents, she organized the Delhi Bridge Conservancy to restore the East Delhi Bridge and have it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Her passion for historic preservation continues with renovation of her stone houses in Michigan and Virginia.

Ginny Trocchio

Ginny is currently the Superintendent of Park Planning and Natural Areas for Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission. Ginny holds a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from Baylor University and a M.S. in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Prior to working for Washtenaw County, Ginny worked for over 15 years with non-profit organizations, most recently with The Conservation Fund. While at The Fund, through a contract with the City of Ann Arbor, she managed their Greenbelt Program, focused on farmland preservation. In addition, Ginny provided oversight and direction for Food Security projects to increase the supply of healthy food for underserved communities across Michigan and West Virginia. Additional past experience includes grant writing and management, budget management, international development and public outreach. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Russia, focusing on environmental education.

Karen Ufer

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Karen spent time in Vermont attending grad school and living in a rural setting. She became interested in village government and land use as a volunteer in the village of Hinesburg, Vermont. Moving to Michigan some years later, she wanted to live in a similar setting and she and her husband found a home and some acreage on Scio Church Rd. Within a few years she joined the Lodi Township Planning Commission after successfully organizing to prevent both an asphalt plant and then a landfill from going into an abandoned gravel pit. She spent 19 years on Lodi’s Commission and then several years on the Washtenaw County Planning Commission with a few as Chair.

For the last 25 years, Karen has owned and operated a yoga school called Yoga Focus. She considers teaching yoga to be a preservation and enhancement of a different sort of landscape. She served on the Ann Arbor Y’s Board for several terms, one of them as Chair, and developed a strategic plan for them with the help of the Y of the USA. Karen’s interest in land use and land preservation took a more personal turn recently when she and her husband signed a conservation easement on 30 acres of woods on their property.