Tom joined Door County Land Trust in September 2016, after serving ten years as executive director of the Illinois Audubon Society. He grew up in the Driftless region of far northwestern Illinois and is most content when he’s “drifting and dreaming” in his kayak or hiking the Door Peninsula. Prior to his tenure at Illinois Audubon, 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 graduated from Western Illinois University – “the Harvard of the Midwest,” and lives in Sturgeon Bay with his wife, Lisa, and 2 west highland white terriers, Bailey Joanne and Addie Mae.
Community Conservation Director
“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 when I was hired as Land Trust’s second staff person! Over the past 20 years Terrie served in a variety of roles including membership, development, and now in land protection and community education. 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, Conservation and Education. 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 maintaining membership records, processing donations, and assisting with our hiking and event programs. She is often the first to answer the phone and looks forward to speaking with members. Amy enjoys camping, is an avid hiker and enjoys kayaking Door County’s waterways, as well as learning more and more about this nature-filled environment. Since moving to Door County from the city she delights in living on a gravel road in the quiet of Ellison Bay.
Land Stewardship Director
Jesse joined the Door County Land Trust in May 2017. As Stewardship Director, Jesse is tasked with overseeing all stewardship efforts on fee properties. He is from Washington Island where he worked as an organic farmer and commercial fisherman. Jesse graduated from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology. Following a year as a research assistant in a climate change ecology lab at UW, he served two years in AmeriCorps at a regional land trust near Boston, Massachusetts. After AmeriCorps, Jesse completed a M.S. in Sustainability Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he worked on a cranberry farm restoration research project. Jesse is happy to be back in beautiful Door County where he and wife Sam enjoy gardening, birding, and sitting around a campfire with friends and family.
Ecological Restoration Assistant
Tina comes to us with past experience working for The Nature Conservancy and brings a wealth of knowledge that will help improve critical habitats. As the Ecological Restoration Assistant, Tina fills a critical role by assisting with inventorying species, conducting habitat restoration, mapping, updating land management plans, and implementing other land stewardship activities. Tina has a B.S. degree in Conservation and Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. During her free time, she enjoys canicross, hiking, and biking.
Conservation Easement Program Manager
Drew joined the Land Trust 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. 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 buddies, Lupine and Trout.
Kristi joined the Land Trust staff in 2008. As Administrative Director, Kristi oversees the administrative and financial management of the Land Trust. 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.
Director of Charitable Giving
Cinnamon Rossman joined the staff of the Land Trust in 2012. After five years of coordinating the Door County Land Trust’s communications and events, her responsibilities now include working more closely with members and donors to build community support for the Land Trust’s mission. She has dedicated the majority of her professional career to non-profit fields over the past 15 years, and believes deeply in the power of the arts and the environment. Cinnamon grew up trekking the cedar swamps near Mud Lake, collecting antlers, feathers, skulls and little wonders found along the way. She earned B.A. degrees in Studio Art and in English Literature, both from Alverno College. She spends her time creating art, painting nature, paddling the county’s waters, and putting miles on her hiking boots.
Land Protection Director
Julie Schartner leads the team responsible for our land protection efforts in Door County. This includes identifying high-priority parcels for conservation, writing and managing grants, and working with local landowners to protect important natural features through land purchases, donations and conservation easement agreements. A Door County native, Julie is pleased to be able to help protect this place that her family has called home for many generations. Before joining the Land Trust staff in 2006, Julie worked at The Nature Conservancy and has a deep appreciation for the spirit of partnership among local conservation organizations. She has a B.A. degree in Journalism and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Certificate from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, MT. She enjoys hiking, growing vegetables and spending time with her backyard chickens.
Land Stewardship Coordinator
Thomas, a Door County native, joined the Land Trust as the Land Stewardship Assistant in June 2019. He attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he was also a collegiate soccer player. Thomas graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Geology, perfecting the skills needed for a land stewardship position. Before working with the Door County Land Trust, Thomas worked alongside the United States Geological Survey to create 3D aquifer models in western South Dakota. He is happy to be back home in Door County, and when not in the field for work, enjoys being outside as an avid hiker, mountain biker, and backpacker.
Mary Van Dyke
Mary joined the Land Trust team in January 2019. In her current role she coordinates web content, social media, newsletters, and outreach events to help connect people with Door County’s natural heritage. She graduated from UW – Madison with degrees in Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies and a certificate in Folklore. She is committed to using her scientific background to help communicate challenging scientific ideas with the greater Door County community. A Southern California native, Mary is enjoying exploring Door County’s beautiful natural areas and aims to camp at every Wisconsin state park. When she is not looking for wildflowers on Land Trust trails, Mary enjoys camping, hiking, and trying new recipes in her kitchen.