Legacy Names Interim Executive Director

Deborah VandenBroek Assumes Duties Immediately

September 24, 2018—Trustees of Legacy Land Conservancy announce the appointment, effective immediately, of Deborah VandenBroek to lead the organization as Interim Executive Director.

VandenBroek brings extensive leadership experience gleaned working with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Navigant Consulting, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, Packard Health, and the Trinity Health System to her new position at Legacy Land Conservancy, which serves Jackson and Washtenaw counties with permanent land conservation solutions.

Legacy’s conservation efforts safeguard fresh water, protect wildlife habitat and recreational lands, and preserve the agricultural heritage and economic impact of local working farms.

“As Legacy approaches 50 years of protecting land in Southern Michigan,” notes Simon Whitelocke, President of Legacy’s Board of Trustees, “we remain responsible for ensuring that the conservation values underpinning our agreements with land owners are upheld in perpetuity. It’s a big commitment that grows every year.

“Deb VandenBroek’s demonstrated ability to engage community members in a compelling mission,” Whitelocke adds, “will be critical for continuing this work, in the short term and for years to come.”

2018 additions to the 9,000 acres Legacy has permanently protected since 1971 include Camp O’ the Hills, a Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan camp near Brooklyn, Michigan, and the Anthony & Rose Shatter Family Nature Preserve in Salem Township. Legacy’s long-term goal in the region is to protect 25,000 acres of the most ecologically significant forests, wetlands, grasslands, and shorelines, as well as the area’s high-quality farmlands.

“Deb’s experience with strategic planning, community partnerships, and workforce development make her an ideal leader for Legacy at this point in the organization’s history,” says Whitelocke.

Designated in 2002 as one of “Detroit’s Most Influential Women” by Crain’s Detroit Business, VandenBroek will partner with Legacy’s Board and staff to lead initiatives such as the organization’s next strategic planning cycle.

“I am thrilled to join forces with the professionals, volunteers, and supporters who have created such lasting impact for our regional communities through Legacy’s work,” asserts VandenBroek, adding, “Everyone who helps Legacy succeed is making a permanent difference. It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of this conservation legacy.”


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