Board & Staff

Board of Directors:

The Geneva Lake Conservancy Board of Directors is comprised of persons who have a deep love for the natural and cultural history of Wisconsin’s southern lakes region. All are full or part-time residents, with a variety of backgrounds including government, education, business, professional, marketing, farming and real estate. Board members share a passion for the long-term protection of Walworth County’s land and water resources.

  • Kevin M. Brunner, Chairman
  • Dean Bostrom
  • John D. Cobb
  • Charles L. Colman
  • Chris Danou
  • Katherine J. Holland
  • Dennis E. Jordan
  • Joseph F. Madonia
  • Thomas W. Nickols, Jr.
  • Donald J. Parker, Jr.
  • Chris Todd


 GLC Staff:

Karen Yancey – Executive Director
Karen Yancey joined the Geneva Lake Conservancy as executive director in 2016. She has more than 25 years of experience serving on the boards and staff of Wisconsin and Illinois land trusts.

Karen has extensive experience in developing and implementing strategic plans for local and state land trust organizations. She has helped lead the protection of more than a 1,000 acres of land in Wisconsin and Illinois through conservation easements, land purchases and land donations. She has also led a variety of membership and communications programs aimed at increasing the “conservation culture” of a region. Her current and past positions include serving on the board of directors of the Door County Land Trust and Citizens for Conservation in Barrington, as well as serving as executive director of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust from 2010-2014.

Karen earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and has a master’s degree from Northwestern University.

Janet Happ – Director of Development
Janet Happ joined the staff of the GLC in March 2012 and is delighted to be working for an organization that is instrumental in protecting the Geneva lake area. Janet attended Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH and graduated with majors in English and Economics and a MA in Economics. A life-time resident of the Geneva Lakes area, Janet is proud to be a part of the Conservancy!

Jake Schmidt – Land Protection Specialist
Jake Schmidt, Land Protection and Outreach Specialist, is the newest member of the Geneva Lake Conservancy team. Jake received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from George Williams College of Aurora University. As part of the GWC program, he completed an internship with Kishwaukétoe Nature Conservancy. Before joining GLC, Jake worked for a local ecological restoration company, where he participated in prescribed burns, brush removal and prairie restoration.

Peg Pollitt – Accountant
Peg Pollitt joined the staff of the GLC in September 2017 and is excited to be a part of the GLC mission. Peg received her BA degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Thiel College in Pennsylvania and has most recently worked in governmental finance.

Mary Leaf – Administrative Assistant
Happily transplanted to Fontana, Wisconsin from Rockford, Illinois almost 20 years ago, lifelong nature lover Mary Leaf is excited to officially join the GLC team in a support and creative capacity.