Board of Directors
Peter Deschler – Secretary
Peter is recently retired from his forty-four year career as an attorney with a Milwaukee based law firm. He is a resident of Juddville, near Fish Creek, Door County.
A member of the Land Trust since 2013 and board member since 2017, Peter is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Marquette University Law School.
Barbara is a retired journalist residing in Milwaukee, and a Chambers Island resident since 1980.
A member of the Land Trust since 2009, Barbara is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has a Masters degree from Drew University.
Deborah Hagman-Shannon is retired from senior leadership positions in corporate and nonprofit organizations, most recently as Executive Director of Chicago Child Care Society. Deborah resides in Milwaukee, WI and Ephraim, WI.
Newly appointed to the DCLT Board, Deborah holds a Bachelors degree in English from St. Olaf College, a Masters degree in Adult Education from the University of Nebraska, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Management from Claremont Graduate University.
Donna Hake – President
Retired from a career as an organizational development consultant, Donna is a resident of Sturgeon Bay, in Door County.
A member of the Land Trust since 2002 and a board member since 2014, Donna earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in business at Pepperdine University and a Masters degree in organizational psychology at the University of Chicago.
A retired fisheries biologist from both the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working on the Great Lakes and resides in Sturgeon Bay in Door County.
A member of the Door County Land Trust since 2011 and a board member since 2020, Mark received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Fisheries Science and Management from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.
Meredith is a Door County native, resident of Baileys Harbor, and owner of the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. She grew up roaming the woods and beaches of Door County as a student of the Ridges Sanctuary nature classes and later as a Ridges naturalist.
Meredith has a Bachelors degree in Biology from Colby College, a Veterinary Medical degree from Tufts University, and a Masters in Agroecology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After practicing emergency veterinary medicine for several years in New England and Madison, Meredith returned home to take over the family business and to be surrounded by the spectacular natural beauty Door County offers.
Bob was born and raised in Marquette, Michigan and is a proud Yooper. Bob and family settled in Orange County California, where they lived for over 20 years. Bob and Heidi moved to Egg Harbor, Door County in 2017.
Bob started his career as a lawyer and is a former partner of the Milwaukee law firm Michael Best & Friedrich. Before retiring he switched to the field of retail groceries and pharmaceuticals, and served as CEO of a large California-based grocery chain for two decades. Bob holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Tufts University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Formerly a conservation biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Mark is a resident of Arlington, Wisconsin. He is the long-serving co-manager of the Madison Audubon Society’s Goose Pond Sanctuary, has worked extensively with the DNR’s State Natural Area program in Door County, and has vacationed in Door County for 40 years.
A member of the Land Trust since 2012 and a board member since 2012, Mark earned a Bachelors degree in wildlife management from the University of Wisconsin and is a certified wildlife biologist.
Currently a small business owner (innkeeper) in Baileys Harbor, Bryan was formerly a professional pilot and boatyard manager. He is a resident of Baileys Harbor, in Door County.
A member of the Land Trust and a board member since 2000, Bryan holds a Bachelors degree in economics from Ripon College.
Jeff Ottum – Treasurer
A retired vice-president of human resources in manufacturing, Jeff is a resident of Sturgeon Bay, in Door County.
A member of the Land Trust since 2007 and a board member since 2013, Jeff received a Bachelors degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University and a Masters degree in business from the University of Wisconsin.
Retired from a 40-year career as a litigator in Milwaukee, Anna has been a part time Door County resident and a proud conservation easement holder in Carlsville, where she moved on a full time basis in 2018.
Anna's educational background includes a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Marquette University and a J.D. from Marquette Law School, together with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Gretchen Recupero Schmelzer
Retired from a career as a special education teacher, Gretchen is a substitute teacher in the Sturgeon Bay School District. Gretchen moved to Door County in 1980 from Connecticut and is a resident of Sturgeon Bay, in Door County.
Gretchen has been a special education teacher at all grade levels and a naturalist for youth programs in schools, connecting people of all ages to the outdoors. A member since 2008, Gretchen received her Bachelors degree in special education from Southern Connecticut State University and her Masters degree in environmental education from Fairfield University, Connecticut.
Roy Thilly – President Elect
Retired from a career as an attorney and CEO for an electric utility, Roy previously lived in Madison and New York and is a full time resident of Baileys Harbor, in Door County.
A member of the Land Trust since 2006, officer and current chair of the Endowment Trustees Committee, member of the Finance Committee, and board member since 2017, Roy received his Bachelors from Columbia University and Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin.