For more than four decades, Huron Pines board members have driven the focus of our work with passion and dedication.
We thank these dynamic individuals for their service and commitment!
Jerry Rucker, Chair
Jerry became familiar with Huron Pines through his involvement with Trout Unlimited and the Au Sable North Branch Area Foundation, volunteering at many Huron Pines river restoration events. Happily accepting the invitation to serve on the board, Jerry shares his enthusiasm for conservation and expertise as a semi-retired marketing executive. Jerry looks forward to assisting Huron Pines and their continued efforts of maintaining strong cross-boundary relationships with nonprofits, volunteers and government organizations that will keep Huron Pines projects strong for years to come.
Joe Jarecki, Vice Chair
During his time as the Pigeon River Country State Forest Unit Manager, Joe became acquainted with Huron Pines working on a number of bridge and culvert replacement projects over several years. It was the Huron Pines mission and their way of approaching conservation projects at the watershed level that resonated with him. He was pleased to be invited onto the board to share his experience on the finance committee and in the resource advisory group. He considers it a source of pride that over the last 40 years Huron Pines has been able have a watershed-wide impact by partnering with many stakeholders. He looks forward to helping Huron Pines continue its mission for years to come.
Judy Kalmanek, Secretary
Judy Kalmanek is a life-long advocate of environmental stewardship, sustainable agriculture and a bird lover. She is a retired executive from state government and brings that experience to our board. She chose to live in Northeast Michigan because of its wonder-filled natural resources, opting to live in a condo overlooking the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary. Judy is an active cheerleader for the many conservation works of Huron Pines, especially the road-stream crossings in the greater watershed areas. She is excited to work with a group that has a long range vision for Northeast Michigan.
Connie Schrieber, Treasurer
It was while serving as president of the Au Sable North Branch Association that Connie first worked with Huron Pines on a river restoration partnership project. An experienced accountant, she began serving as Treasurer on the Huron Pines board. She feels that Northeast Michigan is often overlooked despite its amazing natural resources and great opportunities and is proud that Huron Pines has been able to take advantage of those opportunities, have a watershed-wide impact on conservation and grow as an organization. As the need for conservation is never ending, she believes Huron Pines will continue meeting that challenge for the next 40 years.
Ned (Edward) Caveney
Ned worked for many years with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, later becoming the first Unit Manager of the Pigeon River Country State Forest from 1974-1990. His many hobbies include hunting and fishing, travel, camping, hiking, backpacking and anything else you can do outdoors. His first interaction with Huron Pines occurred in mid-1970, when he attended an annual meeting. He considers natural resources a calling and accepted the invitation to serve on the Board as a way to continue contributing. He is very proud of the river restoration program, specifically the road/stream crossing improvement projects. He looks forward to helping Huron Pines develop its vision for the next forty years.
Chip (E. James) Erwin
As a fly fisherman, having seen the effects of poor dam and road/stream crossing culvert design and maintenance on coldwater fisheries, Chip was very interested in the river restoration program. He began serving as a volunteer and wanted to continue supporting Huron Pines at a greater level. He is especially proud of the depth of resources Huron Pines has achieved through partnerships and their hands-on approach to project implementation. In addition to his interest in environmental issues, he brings a strong business and finance background. Looking toward the future, he has great hopes for the Huron Pines mission to reach an even broader audience.
A southern Illinois native, Meaghan moved to Northeast Michigan in 2015 to serve as a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member at the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI), and following her service she became the NEMIGLSI Program Coordinator. In this role she connects students, educators and community partners to develop place-based projects that benefit both their local community and environment. Meaghan graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master’s degree in Political Science, and a research focus on water governance. In the past, she worked with the Youth Leadership Program, an exchange program between the United States and Belarus promoting youth-led community service projects and urban agriculture. Meaghan looks forward to further developing community stakeholder engagement strategies with Huron Pines.
After moving into the Au Sable Watershed area, David wanted to get involved in local conservation activities and began volunteering at Huron Pines events, attending all 11 events of the “11/11” program. David is particularly interested in the invasive species program, specifically purple loosestrife. He can often be found recruiting landowners and volunteers, even raising beetles that attack the root system of the invasive plant. He was honored to be asked to serve as a board member. David believes that Huron Pines will maintain its success for years to come because of its willingness to partner with other groups to tackle watershed-wide projects.
Bob recently retired as fisheries biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, where he worked for the past 33 years, including the last 25 with the Huron-Manistee National Forests. The Wisconsin native worked closely with Huron Pines through the years, helping to develop and implement projects that improved water quality, fisheries habitat and local communities. Bob brings an expertise not only in fisheries, but practical experience in working with many different stakeholders to achieve results.
Lisa Marie Tobin
Lisa Marie Tobin is the Program Coordinator at the University Center Gaylord, an important regional leader in providing advanced learning opportunities, access to technology, and community conservation programs like the recent BioBlitz that was coordinated in partnership with National Geographic.