We are pleased to announce Douglas (“Doug”) Koop as our new Executive Director. He takes the place of Susan Lackey, who retired on June 30, 2016. We also welcome three new trustees: Larry Doll, John Moran, and Adam Smith.
Doug comes to Legacy after 18 years as the Executive Director of Little Forks Conservancy in Midland. With prior conservation experience in northern Michigan, Maryland, Georgia, and Massachusetts, Doug brings a lifelong love of seeking a more sustainable balance between humans and nature. He grew up west of Grand Rapids, earned a degree in the biologic sciences at Calvin College, attended the AuSable Institute for Environmental Studies, and holds a Master’s in Geography from the University of Georgia.
“Legacy is a very active and progressive conservancy in the state and country, and I’m excited to work in a new region of my home state,” Doug said. “The pressure to conserve valuable natural land is much more urgent for this portion of the state and I am happy to be on the front lines, working with the community to achieve a lasting and sustainable landscape.”
We’re also happy to introduce three new members of our Board of Trustees:
Larry is lifelong resident of Washtenaw County and grew up on a Sesquicentennial family farm (150 years in the same family) in Sylvan Township that is protected by a conservation easement with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation. He and his wife Stephanie also own an adjacent parcel that is protected by a conservation easement with Legacy Land Conservancy. As a Trustee, Larry has a particular interest in helping landowners preserve and retain ownership of farmland that has been in their family for generations. Larry has worked in building material distribution for over 42 years, currently as Regional Pricing Manager for Allied Building Products.
John is an Associate in the real estate practice group of the law firm of Miller Canfield. He 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.
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. Adam is returning to the Board after time off.
You can view the full Board of Trustees here.