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Our Board of Directors

Dale Moody, President

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Dale is a retired professional engineer and was an engineering/technical manager at Alliant Energy in Madison, WI. He graduated from UW Platteville with a degree in Civil Engineering. He enjoys nature/outdoor activities and spends lots of time on prairie, woodland, and wetland management and restoration on his properties. He is also a long term volunteer Hunter Education Instructor (40+ years) for the Wisconsin DNR.  “Conservation is very important and Land Trusts, like Driftless Area Land Conservancy, are one of the few ways that permanent land protection can be accomplished. If we are not good stewards of the land, quality landscapes may not be here for future generations.”

Dale and his wife, Doris, are Iowa County coordinators for the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW) and maintain approximately 90 bluebird houses on their property where around 300 bluebirds and 50 tree swallows are fledged each year. It gives them a good reason to be outdoors with their friends, grandchildren, and dog all summer.

Lauren Rosenthal, Vice President

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Lauren has been a long time environmental activist with particular focus on land conservation and sustainably-produced food. She serves on the board of Family Farmed, a Chicago-based organization with a mission to put good food on every table, is a member of the executive committee for the Good Food Business Accelerator and was Chair on the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission for two years. She joined the board of the Driftless Area Land Conservancy in 2014, serving on the Finance, Land Conservation and Accreditation committees. To create awareness and generate support for DALC’s work, Lauren is organizing a group of Chicago region residents who own land in the Driftless Area.

Lauren is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and Northwestern University. Lauren and her family have enjoyed their home and land in the Driftless Area in Arena Township for more than 20 years and are fully engaged in the battle to fight back invasive plants and create quality habitat for native species.

Tim Connor, Treasurer


Tim and his wife, Anne, have enjoyed the beauty of their hobby farm in the Driftless Area for the past 30 years. They are passionate about protecting and maintaining the beauty of their property and the natural world around them. They help steward the adjoining Malcolm Stack Foundation property (owned by Anne’s deceased father) that was placed in conservation easement with the Driftless Area Land Conservancy in the early 2000’s. 

Originally a “city kid” from Boston, Tim is a graduate of Northeastern University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health and the University of Wisconsin MBA program. He spent much of his professional career in health care administration for clinical and business operations in a variety of traditional and alternative care health organizations.


Tim enjoys spending most of his time outdoors in the magnificence of the Driftless, the mountains of the west and waters of southwest Florida. He is committed to maintaining and improving their habitat for future generations. 

Yasi Rezai, Secretary


Yasi grew up in Madison and spent time in the Driftless area where she developed a love of nature. She studied biology and Spanish at UW Madison and continued her studies there, graduating with a M.Sc. in Environmental Conservation. She is now a Project Manager for an ecological restoration company that works primarily in southern Wisconsin.


She is excited to work with the board and staff of DALC to conserve and restore the unique habitats that are present throughout the Driftless area. When not spending time in the numerous natural areas that Wisconsin has to offer, she enjoys reading, running, and yoga.

Doug Caves


Doug has lived with his spouse Sherry in the Madison, WI area since 1973, where they have been involved with a number of resource conservation activities and organizations. He holds a UW Madison Ph.D in economics and was a co-founder, co-owner, and officer with the Madison-based economic consulting firm, Christensen Associates. As part of this work he published a number of papers on the theoretical and practical measurement of overall resource utilization.

Before coming to Madison, Doug and Sherry spent two years as Peace Corps volunteers in Malawi, Africa. In 1997 they spent a year living in Costa Rica, doing volunteer work with a small school. They have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Doug enjoys hiking, canoeing, fishing and photography, as well as downhill and cross country skiing.

Laura Daniels

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Laura Daniels is a mother, farmer, consultant, coach and agriculture advocate. For 15 years, Laura served as the General Manager of 300 Jersey cows at Heartwood Farm, her very own dairy farm. She keeps her farming dream alive currently running her farm with beef and crops. Now, she advises fellow farmers and business owners in the areas of team building and strategic planning with Hitch Pin Consulting. Laura is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Dairy Science and Agricultural & Life Sciences Communication. She is active with the Iowa County and Wisconsin Farm Bureau among many other organizations. Her pride and joy is coaching the Iowa County Dairy Judging team, which she has done for more than 20 years. Laura founded Dairy Girl Network in 2013 to help fellow dairywomen across the United States connect and succeed. Laura enjoys sharing this passion through giving speeches and leading workshops that inspire many to find their purpose, build their skill and have the confidence to tell their story.

Harald "Jordy" Jordahl

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Harald (Jordy) Jordahl loves to work & play in the Driftless Region and is excited to return to the DALC Board.  Jordy was among the group of folks who came together with the support of Gathering Waters to form the Driftless Area Land Conservancy and he served on the initial board until 2003.  

In his day jobs over the last 25 years, Jordy has worked on projects to protect special places like the Baraboo Hills, Lower Wisconsin Riverway, Military Ridge grasslands, and Mississippi River watershed while working as policy advisor to the Governor, legislative policy aide, director of intergovernmental relations for the Wisconsin Department of Administration, and for The Nature Conservancy.  His interests have focused on advancing projects affecting working landscapes and the connections between conservation and communities, agriculture, forestry and transportation.  He recently started a new position with KCI Technologies where he is focusing on environmental restoration projects to reduce nutrient pollution. 

In his personal time, Jordy actively manages his family’s properties in Richland County’s Pine River Watershed and in the Namekogon/St Croix River watershed for wildlife, recreation, timber production and water quality. Weekends are often spent with a crew of kids and friends planting or pruning trees, burning prairies, making maple syrup, hunting for morel mushrooms or cutting and splitting firewood.  Jordy’s latest project involves a lot of hours with chainsaws, backpack sprayers and planting bars to restore and enhance oak woodlands.  

Jordy lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Calliope, three children, and hunting dogs. In his spare time, he is a passionate duck and deer hunter, closely follows the UW Badgers and leaves the Driftless to (slowly, but enthusiastically) ski the Birkebeiner ski marathon in northern Wisconsin.  

Danni Lang


Danni Lang first fell in love with the landscapes of Wisconsin growing up on a farm in Columbia County. As an adult, when she and her spouse were looking for a home to call their own, they stumbled upon a beautiful 10-acre hilltop farmette outside of Argyle, WI, that was just perfect. This property became home for their family and lots of farm projects raising geese, chickens, occasionally goats, and a multitude of fruit trees. Exploring Erickson Conservation Area in Argyle was a great way to get to know her new community and served as a fantastic introduction to Driftless Area Land Conservancy. 

Danni started her career in libraries and loved utilizing data to help people find information. This skillset proved especially useful when switching to a career in fundraising. She enjoyed helping donors connect with causes close to their heart. From 2020 to 2021, Danni served as DALC's Development Associate in order to work closer to home and with the community that has embraced her here in the Driftless Area. After the birth of her twins, she decided to be a full-time parent. 

She loves to visit the land protected by DALC with supporters, listen to stories about the Driftless Area, and calling supporters to say “Thank You”.

Mark Mittelstadt

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Mark was born and raised in Western New York, attended prep school in Maine, and graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in forestry, wildlife & ecology. Since the hills, farms and trout streams of southwest Wisconsin are very similar to Western New York, he hung around after college to see how it would work out. Forty years later, Mark still lives and works in the area as a forester and has worked with over 1,000 private landowners on basic forestry and natural community restoration. He became more passionate over time about native communities and rare species – the rarer something is the more it needs protection.

Mark was a founding board member of Driftless Area Land Conservancy. He liked the idea of helping landowners to permanently protect whatever was most important about their properties. It was an obvious match. Mark also served as Board President for 6 years, and continues to enjoy seeing DALC grow. He said, “This is one of the best things I’ve done in my career.”

Peter Vanderloo

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Peter and Jody Vanderloo have resided in the Dodgeville area since 1978 where they raised four sons. The area is starting to feel like home. Their current residence is a small tree farm which includes Managed Forest Land, a small restored prairie, and an even smaller stream. Peter’s hobby is out the back door.

In his professional life, Peter is a veterinarian, serving as a veterinary pathologist in the US Army, as a practitioner in Dodgeville for 25 years, and as associate director at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, School of  Veterinary Medicine. After 40 years as a veterinarian he has now downsized to only one client.

In their time in Dodgeville, Peter and Jody have been involved in numerous community, professional, and conservation activities. In 1998 Peter and Jody were founding board members of Iowa County Recreation and Prairie Restoration LLC, (ICRPR), a volunteer group that leased the 400 acre Iowa County Farm, likely preventing it from reverting to crop land. The property is now restored prairie and open to the public (see Bloomfield Prairie). Since that time Peter has devoted substantial time and effort to the property. He is also serves on the Town of Dodgeville board.

His introduction to DALC occurred in 2015. Iowa County Recreation and Prairie Restoration LLC needed a partner to efficiently re-enroll  the 400 acres of prairie at the Iowa County Farm in the USDA CREP program. DALC stepped up, thereby ensuring that this prairie would remain in the public domain for at least another 15 years. That has been a gratifying partnership. By serving on the DALC board, Peter hopes to promote the value of natural resources to the community.

Interested in joining our team or learning more? Contact us today. 

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