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Preserving land, water, and wildlife right in your backyard.

Meet The Team

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Emily Duthinh

Board President

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Mike Metz

Board Vice President

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Michael Dougherty

Board Treasurer

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Bette Moen

Board Secretary

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Sue Julian

Executive Director & Land Specialist

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Nicole Breadon

Board Member

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Jean Gramlich

Board Member

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Carolynn Krause

Board Member

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Lora Perkins

Board Member

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Todd Roeser

Board Member

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Jesse Torres

Board Member

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Alec Smith

Board Member

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Chris Benedict

Former Board Chair, IT Coordinator

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Marilyn Zigarac

Board Member

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Chris Hardman

Staff, Communications & Outreach

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Mary Herzenstiel

Staff, Database Coordinator

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Dana Campbell

Staff, Website & Office Manager

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Anastasia Alexandrova

Staff, Event Coordinator

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Justin Kellner

Director of Donor Engagement

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Janet Porter

Staff, Bookkeeper

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This could be you!

Blue Heron Headwaters

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect the land, water, and wildlife in the headwaters region of the Clinton, Shiawassee, Huron, and Flint rivers through preservation, stewardship, and education.

Our Vision

Our vision is to support biodiversity and the quality of life for our communities and the future generations of Oakland County and beyond.

Our Values

Preserving Nature
We believe that conserving and enhancing the natural water and land resources in Northwest Oakland County through acquisition and/or preservation of key properties is essential to sustaining a high quality of life for present and future generations.
Stewardship
We are committed to the continuous protection and management of properties and rights entrusted to our care, while encouraging others to also practice good water and land stewardship.​
Sustainability
We are working to establish an ongoing and growing organization to ensure the preservation of the unique natural character of Northwest Oakland County.
Leadership
We serve as community leaders in protecting our natural environment. To accomplish our goals requires vision, creativity, integrity, and perseverance.​
Collaboration
To ensure our effectiveness, we practice internal teamwork and work with others in a cooperative and respectful manner.
Learning
We continue learning and sharing knowledge in order to keep pace with constantly evolving issues and challenges critical to environmental conservation.​
Transparency
We conduct meetings open to the public, post our annual reports on our website, and welcome all public input.