Tom joined the Land Trust as executive director in September 2016, after ten years as executive director of the Illinois Audubon Society. He grew up in far northwestern Illinois, and has visited Door County for years. “Building upon Door County Land Trust’s already impressive legacy of land protection is very exciting,” he says. “I remain awed by the beauty of this region, and building upon the protected acreage and growing the organizational capacity of the Door County Land Trust is an absolute labor of love.” He believes that an organization thrives and finds exciting, rewarding opportunities by being connected to a variety of like-minded organizations and networks, and prioritizes working with the community and conservation partners to fulfill the Land Trust’s mission. Prior to his tenure at the Audubon Society, Tom led the Office of Education for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and the Education Division of the Department of Natural Resources in Illinois. Tom has a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University. In his leisure time, Tom enjoys hunting, fishing, and kayaking.
Director of Land Program
Before joining the Land Trust, Terrie Cooper worked for 16 years as a naturalist and environmental educator at Nature Centers throughout Wisconsin, including Riveredge Nature Center, Schlitz Audubon, DNR Havenwoods, Trees for Tomorrow, and Newport State Park. “Having grown up in Door County surrounded and inspired by such natural beauty, I always dreamed of coming back home to work in the environmental field,” shares Terrie. “In 1999, my dream came true!” Terrie came on board as the Land Trust’s second staff person, serving as the Associate Director and a variety of roles including membership, fundraising, events coordination, easement and preserve stewardship, and education. In 2006 she became Director of Land Program and, in partnership with an exceptional team of staff, is now involved in overseeing and coordinating the land program team and all aspects of the land program, including landowner outreach and education, land negotiation and acquisition, strategic conservation planning, state and federal grant writing, and education/outreach. Terrie holds a M.S. degree from UW-Stevens Point in Natural Resources and Environmental Education and a B.S. from UW-Madison in Biology and Conservation with a teaching certification in biology, life sciences and ecology (grades 5-12). She enjoys international travel, sea-kayaking, wilderness camping, biking, cross-country skiing, birding, snorkeling, and any other chance to be immersed in the natural world.
Amy Dwyer joined the Land Trust as an Administrative Assistant in September 2014, bringing with her a passion for the outdoors and twenty-year history of being a high school secretary. Amy’s responsibilities include helping to maintain membership records, process renewals and donations, and track land projects, as well as assisting with the documentation required for the accreditation process. She is often the first to answer the phone and looks forward to speaking with members. Amy is an avid hiker and enjoys kayaking Door County’s waterways. Since moving to Door County from the city she delights in living on a gravel road in the quiet of Ellison Bay.
In the fall of 2014, Susan Gould joined the Door County Land Trust as the Development Director, responsible for membership giving, business memberships and private foundation grants. Susan has a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and development, from United Way community investment work to independent consulting for small businesses, educational institutions and nonprofits, including two land trusts in Racine County. In addition to her studies in organizational development and planning, Susan has a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from UW-Milwaukee, specializing in adult education, and is a graduate of UW-Parkside in Geology with a teaching certification in Earth Science (grades 7-12). Relocating to Door County from Racine, Wisconsin, Susan grew up in central Michigan with family vacations throughout the north woods and Upper Peninsula Michigan. “My early visits to Door County felt like coming home and now both living and working here is the best possible outcome!” Susan enjoys meeting and working with people who care so deeply about the many special places in Door County.
Land Stewardship Manager
Amanda joined the Door County Land Trust as the Land Stewardship Assistant in February 2015. Amanda is a Wisconsin native who has spent much of her time camping, fishing, and kayaking with her family and friends. These experiences led Amanda to the conservation field where she has gained experience working for the Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and The Nature Conservancy. Amanda graduated from UW-Green Bay with a BS in Environmental Policy and Planning, and has earned a certificate in Sustainable Business from the Environmental Management and Business Institute. She is currently pursuing an M.S. in Sustainable Management. Amanda lives in Sturgeon Bay with her dogs Clarabelle and Reese.
Land Protection and Stewardship Specialist
Jesse Koyen joined the Door County Land Trust in May 2017. Jesse is a native of Washington Island where he did organic farming and commercial fishing. Jesse received a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology & Environmental Studies from UW-Madison in 2013. Following a year as a GIS certificate student and research assistant in a climate change ecology lab at UW-Madison, Jesse served two years in AmeriCorps with the stewardship department of a regional land trust west of Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the Door County Land Trust, Jesse completed a M.S. in Sustainability Science with a concentration in Water Conservation at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. When he isn’t hiking the trails on the peninsula, Jesse is on the Island fishing and helping family with various projects.
Land Protection Specialist
Drew joined the Land Trust staff in January 2015 as the Land Protection Specialist. Drew works with private landowners to acquire new conservation easement properties and steward existing conservation easement properties. As a Wisconsin native, Drew spent a significant amount of his youth exploring the outdoors which ultimately led him to the land conservation field. Prior to returning to the Midwest, Drew spent 7 years working in the Pacific Northwest, including 5 years at the Inland Northwest Land Trust in Spokane, WA. Drew’s credentials include a Master of Natural Resources degree from the University of Idaho, a Natural Resource Management degree from UW-Stevens Point and a Master Fly Fishing Certification from his golden retriever friend. Drew and wife Jess enjoying spending their time camping and fly fishing with their favorite buddy, Lupine.
Kristi joined the Land Trust as Office Manager in 2008. As Office Manager, Kristi’s responsibilities involve a variety of administrative, financial and operational activities, including support for the development program, maintaining membership records, and daily operations of the bustling office. Prior to working for the Land Trust she worked in banking and trust operations. Kristi earned a B.B.A. degree in Finance and Marketing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Kristi grew up in Sturgeon Bay, and now lives outside of Sister Bay, near the Land Trust’s Three Springs Nature Preserve. She enjoys growing vegetables and flowers on the farm she operates with her husband, Morgan. When not working or farming, she can be found enjoying Door County, cooking, and escaping to big cities.
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
Cinnamon Rossman joined the staff of the Land Trust in 2012, bringing skills in graphic design, event planning, volunteer coordination, and public relations. She has dedicated the majority of her professional service to non-profit fields over the past 15 years, with a focus on planning, marketing and coordinating fundraising and outreach activities. She earned B.A. degrees in Studio Art and in English Literature, both from Alverno College, which serve her well for managing the publications of the Land Trust. Cinnamon also coordinates the Land Trust’s popular Celebrating Open Spaces event series and the Explore the Door hike program. Cinnamon’s previous experience planning Door County events includes coordinating the first five Door County Plein Air Festivals while she was with the Peninsula School of Art. Cinnamon spent her childhood wandering the cedar swamps near Mud Lake, and now strives to share outdoor experiences with the rest of the community. She spends her time creating art, refinishing her 1927 home in Sturgeon Bay, and putting miles on her hiking boots.
Julie Schartner joined the staff of the Land Trust in 2006. As Land Project Manager, Julie keeps track of the myriad of details involved in acquiring land for conservation, including coordinating state and federal land acquisition grants, and over the years has lent a hand on a wide variety of projects from website design to IT management to creating our hiking trail map. Originally from Door County, Julie is pleased to be able to help protect this peninsula her family has called home for many generations. “It is very rewarding to know that because of our efforts, there will always be places set aside for plants, animals and people to enjoy.” Before joining the Land Trust, Julie worked for five years as Project Assistant for The Nature Conservancy’s Door Peninsula office. She has a B.A. degree in Journalism and an Environmental Studies Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Certificate in Photography from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, MT. She enjoys camping, canoeing, gardening and spending time with her backyard chickens.