Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors come from a diverse background and experiences. Each bring their knowledge, unique skill set, and passion toward advancing the mission and vision of the McHenry County Conservation Foundation: 

Kevin Ivers  - President, Woodstock
Brad Semel  - Vice President, McHenry 
Ray Eisbrener - Secretary, Richmond
Kimberly Becker - Treasurer, Gurnee

Pamela Althoff - Director, McHenry
Carolyn Campbell, Crystal Lake
Dennis Dreher - Director, Bull Valley
Martie Gorman - Director, Lake in the Hills
Jim Haisler - Director, Crystal Lake
Elise Livingston, Richmond

Lloyd Everard - McHenry County Conservation District Board of Trustees Liaison
Elizabeth Kessler - McHenry County Conservation District Executive Director & Foundation Board Advisor


Get to Know the Conservation Foundation Board of Directors
Kevin Ivers Kevin Ivers—Foundation President, Sales Representative, The Glenrock Company - Milwaukee, WI.
"The opportunity to make connections between our county's public open spaces and the many ways that they factor into our lives. I am excited to work creatively to explore how we can support and sustain the role of these spaces within our community."



Brad Semel with turtle Brad Semel—Foundation Vice-President, Natural Resources Specialist, IL Dept. of Natural Resources
"In my current role with IDNR, I work with a diverse number of conservation groups throughout Illinois. I have always been impressed with the Conservation District and what their dedicated staff accomplishes in terms of leading edge natural areas restoration and efforts to provide the residents with quality outdoor experiences that range from well-maintained bike trails to hiking and nature study. Open spaces and natural areas are a limited resource. I am a part of the Foundation to help provide the District with greater financial resources to acquire the county's last remnant natural areas and preserve them in public trust for future generations. The Foundation has given me a personal role in being able to pass to my children outstanding examples of our county's natural heritage."     


Kim Becker Kim Becker
—Foundation Treasurer; Senior Vice-President, Division Manager, Treasury Management, Inland Bank
"Given today’s technological environment, which only continues to advance at rapid speed, I feel it’s even more critical for our younger generation to understand the value of nature.  I like being a part of helping to preserve an environment where people can unplug and connect …to nurture with nature one’s mind, body and soul."

 


 Ray Eisbrener holding fawn Ray Eisbrener
—Foundation Secretary, Former Wildlife Biologist for the IL Dept. of Natural Resources
"When I retired, I worried that I might miss the stimulation and challenge of my career. Fortunately, I was honored to be offered a position on the Foundation Board of Directors.  The Foundation has afforded me the opportunity to contribute to the quality of our natural resources and given me the chance to work with a team of like-minded individuals who are working towards creating a quality environment—not just for today, but for the future as well."

 


Martie Gorman Martie Gorman, Foundation Director, Former High School Vocational Special Education and Middle School Teacher
"I joined the Foundation board to spread the word about the unique natural environments we are so fortunate to have here in McHenry County. Serving on the Board of Directors gives me the opportunity to do my small part in helping to preserve and sustain them for our community now and in the future."

 


Dennis Dreher_crop Dennis Dreher
— Foundation Director, Senior Consultant at Geosyntec Consultants.
"One of my biggest passions is preserving and restoring natural open space. Serving on the Foundation Board of Directors gives me a unique opportunity to support one of the preeminent open space agencies in the state in conserving land and making it available to current and future generations."




Carolyn CampbellCarolyn Campbell Foundation Director, County Board Member (District 2)
"Protecting the environment not only for its own intrinsic value, but for the benefit of future generations is my passion. My five years as trustee for the McHenry County Conservation District underscored the important role the McHenry County Conservation Foundation plays in the preservation and conservation of our natural and cultural resources and the management of our public lands. It is critical that we continue to support the land management agencies that steward these precious resources and I look forward volunteering my time and leadership to an organization that is focused on protecting our natural areas to ensure a sustainable future.”

Jim HaislerJim HaislerFoundation Director, Executive Director at Heartland Realtor Organization
"I am excited to have the opportunity to serve on the McHenry County Conservation Foundation Board, as I think we share a common goal to make McHenry County a better place to live through conservation, which can take many forms,” said Jim. “I like to think conservation is like the story of the person walking along the beach after a storm. They are throwing starfish back in the ocean when someone states, ‘You know there are thousands of stranded starfish, you can’t make a difference,’ to which the person responds, ‘It makes a difference to this one,’ as another starfish is placed into the water. I don’t expect to change the world, but if we all work together we can change our corner of it.”

Pamela AlthoffPamela AlthoffFoundation Director, County Board Member (District 4)
"When McHenry County voters took action to establish a Conservation District in 1971, they were sending a clear message: Conservation of our land, water, flora, and fauna is crucial in our county, not only for recreation but also to guard the irreplaceable natural services they provide. Now that the land is protected, I believe it’s our responsibility to invest in it so all residents--present and future--benefit. I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve on the McHenry County Conservation Foundation’s Board and to continue advocating for these natural areas that define McHenry County."



Elise LivingstonElise Livingston Foundation Director, Re/Max Real Estate Broker
"I am honored and excited to work with the Foundation supporting our natural land. It has been my focus since childhood to protect and appreciate nature from the tiniest, most beautiful rock, to the funniest group of cedar waxwings passing berries from beak to beak down a branch, to the huge and troublemaking beavers in my own neighborhood lake. I look forward to this position on the board, working to increase awareness, love and support of McHenry County's most valuable spaces.”


Interested in learning more about volunteering on the McHenry County Conservation Foundation’s Board of Directors?

Contact:
Executive Director Shawna Flavell
815.678.4532, ext. 8204 
sflavell@mchenryconservation.org.