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!

Gerald (Jerry) Nordblom – President

Jerry was born and raised near Portland, Oregon. He has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Colorado State University. He has worked at the University of Michigan Medical School and Pfizer. Jerry is an active volunteer, board member, and mentor through organizations such as Reachout Michigan, Washtenaw Literacy, and Therapaws. He lives with his wife, Barbara Michniewicz, and 11 rescued pets on 28 acres in Webster Township, 25 of which are protected under a conservation easement with Legacy Land Conservancy.

Dale Sass – Vice President

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 – Treasurer

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.


Larry Doll – Secretary

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.

Rob Aldrich

Rob is the President of MAV Development Company. Over his 20-year tenure at MAVD, Rob has guided the firm’s acquisition and development projects representing over 3,000,000 square feet of commercial/office space, 1,000 acres of land, and valued at over $500 million. MAVD currently manages a portfolio of over 800,000 sf of office space and 300+ acres of development land in Michigan and Colorado. Before joining MAVD, Rob held positions in New York, Chicago and Detroit in the field of real estate finance with GE Capital, Balcor/American Express, and private real estate investment bankers. Rob has taught real estate finance courses at the University of Michigan. His past and current board service includes the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (former Chair), the Washtenaw Community College Foundation, the Ann Arbor YMCA, and the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce. Rob is a licensed real estate broker and Member of Ann Arbor Board of Realtors, and the Urban Land Institute. Rob earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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.

Charlie Crone

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

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.


Sandra (Sandy) Sorini Elser

Ms. Sorini Elser is a member of Bodman PLC and focuses her practice primarily in the areas of real estate, business and municipal law. For the past 15 years she has served as the township attorney for Ann Arbor Charter Township. In this role, she has been actively involved in preservation of over 1,000 acres of farmland and open space in the township through conservation easements, purchase of development rights and other land preservation vehicles. Ms. Sorini Elser received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and her law degree from the University of Michigan. She has practiced law in the Washtenaw County area for  more than 25 years. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation and a member of the Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband Doug Elser, and has twin sons, one living in Ann Arbor and one in San Francisco.

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.

Whitelocke_headshot_WebSimon Whitelocke

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.