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
- Mark Bromley
- John D. Cobb
- Chris Danou
- Katherine J. Holland
- Dennis E. Jordan
- Joseph F. Madonia
- Thomas W. Nickols, Jr.
- Donald J. Parker, Jr.
- Chris Todd
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.
Shelby Best – Community Outreach Specialist
Shelby Best will be continuing her journey in the conservation world at Geneva Lake Conservancy. A communications expert and project manager, Shelby brings a strategic knowledge of connecting and engaging with people to the Community Outreach Specialist role. Shelby comes to us with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business and a Master’s degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. Shelby has worked with other land trust organizations in the Midwest, including Gathering Waters and the Natural Land Institute in Illinois. When not working on engaging the community in our new Conservation@Home program, you can find Shelby exploring one of the many stunning nature preserves in the area.
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!
Jodi Karow – Accountant
Jodi Karow joined the staff at Geneva lake Conservancy as Bookkeeper in the spring of 2019. She brings with her over 20 years of bookkeeping experience as well as experience in fundraising and event planning. She is happy to be a part of the GLC team!
Kiera Theys – Land Protection Specialist
Kiera is a 2019 Graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, majoring in Environmental Science. She has joined the GLC as our new Land Protection Specialist, originally serving as the summer intern for the Conservancy in 2018. She will be assisting the Conservancy with monitoring of easement properties, community outreach, special events, managing the Helen Rohner Children’s Fishing Park, and helping out with land protection projects. She enjoys being outside hiking, fishing, and hanging down by the lake on her pier.