The President of the Board of Trustees, Simon Whitelocke, and Executive Director, Diana Kern, are proud to announce the election of four community leaders to the Board of Trustees of Legacy Land Conservancy for three-year terms. Cindy Reach, Sandi Smith, Charity Steere and Jerry Norbloom will join the board, which will grow to 15 members. “Each of these individuals brings unique skills and perspectives while demonstrating a passion for land protection,” says Whitelocke.
Ms. Reach is a longtime resident of Washtenaw County and partner at Reach Law Firm. She has many specialties and contributes a strong background in conservation easement knowledge. Sandi Smith is co-owner of Trillium Real Estate and currently serves on the Board of Michigan Realtors and is President of the Board of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance. Sandi has years of nonprofit board leadership experience. Charity Steere (Waterloo resident) and Jerry Nordbloom (Webster Township resident) are previous trustees who have been asked to return to service on the Board.
“Because Legacy is about to engage in a three-year strategic plan and will build on our Emerald Arc work, the board and I knew that we needed people with both a historical and a visionary perspective. We are approaching Legacy’s 50th anniversary and both Jerry and Charity helped the nonprofit get to this milestone, so are natural additions to help us vision the future,” Kern says.
Jerry is retired and worked for the University of Michigan Medical School and Pfizer. He continues to serve on a variety of nonprofit boards. Charity, the 2016 Abbey Gartland Stewardship Awardee presented by Heart of the Lakes to honor her years of conservation efforts, is a retired librarian and brings her extensive knowledge and strong environmental interests in Jackson County to the board.