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.

  • Dennis E. Jordan, Chairman
  • Kevin M. Brunner
  • John D. Cobb
  • Charles L. Colman
  • Chris Danou
  • Wendy Perks Fisher
  • Joseph F. Madonia
  • Thomas W. Nickols, Jr.
  • Donald J. Parker, Jr.


 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!

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.

Kiera Theys – Summer Intern

Kiera Theys, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, will be joining the GLC team as a summer intern beginning this May. Kiera is an environmental science major and will be assisting the GLC in its membership and community outreach activities.   She has spent time doing research in Yellowstone National Park and is a member of the University’s fishing team. Kiera lives in Des Plaines, Illinois, and her family has a summer home in Lake Geneva.   Please join us in welcoming Kiera.