Celebrating 20 Years of Protection, Restoration and Connection
Our Board of Directors
Doug Caves, President
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.
Lauren Rosenthal, Vice President
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.
Troy Maggied, Secretary
Troy grew up in central Ohio and developed a love of nature through family camping trips and romping through creeks and woodlands. He currently serves as executive director for the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. Prior to SWWRPC, he worked as planning and zoning director for Lafayette County and for a construction management firm in Columbus, Ohio. Troy also served for three years as an education volunteer with the Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Troy has a bachelor’s of science in Construction Project Management from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In his free time, Troy enjoys stone sculpture, traveling and having grand adventures outdoors with his wife and kids.
Dale Moody, Treasurer
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.
Dick and his wife Kim, with son Eric (Kiley) and daughter Shannon (Dan), co-own the Cates Family Farm LLC in Dodgeville and Wyoming Townships, Iowa County, a grass-fed beef and contract grazing business. Dick is a life-long farmer who grew up working on his family’s cow-calf operation, Iowa County dairy farms, Montana ranches, and in large-scale dairy grain and forage crop production overseas.
Dick earned an M.S. In Soils, (1979; Montana State Univ.) and Ph.D. in Soils/Plant Health (1983; UW-Madison) while serving a Leopold Fellowship. He took over management of his family’s farm in 1987 and Dick and Kim purchased a portion of the land to build and operate their own farming business. In 1995 Dick took partial-time employment off the farm to develop and direct the WI School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF), a program of the UW-Madison, to train new farmers in business planning and managed grazing. Over the years he also developed/taught courses in grassland ecology, pasture management, managed grazing and agroecology within the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences.
Dick has long served as a volunteer for local/state organizations and internationally on farmer-to-farmer assistance projects across the developing world; he is an elected supervisor for the Town of Wyoming and Spring Green Fire District.
The Cates are members of the Iowa County Uplands Watershed Project and the Lowery Creek Watershed Initiative where they share information about and demonstrate conservation practices. The family has been recognized over the years for their soil and water conservation work, most recently with the Sand County Foundation Leopold Conservation Award (2013), Blue Mounds Area Project Bur Oak Award and Wisconsin Master Agriculturist (both 2016), and Iowa County Water Quality Leadership (2018). Dick authored the book Voices from the Heart of the Land: Rural Stories that Inspire Community (2008) based on conversations with elder rural citizens; and a children’s book, An Adventure on Sterna’s Hill (2019), a story that takes place on the Cates Family Farm.
Dick and Kim enjoy walking on the farm and in wild country anywhere, and skiing and dancing together; they have three grandchildren who are the joy of their lives.
Alice is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Boston University in 1974. She received a MSW degree from Smith College in 1976 and a Masters in Theological Studies from Garrett Theological Seminary in 2001.
She has been involved with conservation for many years, serving on the board of Gathering Waters for 6 years. She and her husband own property in Avoca, WI and have two children: a son who is a lawyer in NYC and a daughter completing her residency at University of Minnesota Hospitals. She also has a son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter in NYC.
Brianna Hall, Student Board Chair
Brianna is the Driftless Area Land Conservancy’s second student board member. She is a senior Reclamation and Environmental Conservation student at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. At Platteville she has had leadership roles in the Reclamation club, the Platteville Student Optimist Club, UW Platteville Dance Marathon, and the Platteville Track and Field Team. Brianna grew up in Southwest Wisconsin in Vernon County, where she enjoyed fishing, hunting, swimming, and exploring the outdoors. She also have a passion for hiking and exploring National and state parks and would like to share and preserve the beauty of the Driftless Area so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Mark Hirsch is a photographer, public speaker, and the author of the book “That Tree”. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and graduated with a BS in Communication Technology with Photography Emphasis.
While recovering from a serious car accident in 2012, Mark was inspired by a friend to use his iPhone to embark on a year-long, photo-a-day project focusing on an old bur oak tree. He embraced the challenge, resulting in a transformative experience of healing and self-discovery.
Mark spent 20 years in the newspaper industry as a photojournalist, photo editor, and visuals editor before beginning a freelance career in 2006 as an editorial, corporate, and landscape photographer. He lives in Platteville, WI and his passions are mountain biking, backpacking and fishing. He cares about conservation and as a landowner and naturalist, and wants to inspire others to preserve and protect our natural and land resources.
Peggie graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Platteville with a degree in Agriculture Education, specializing in Crop and Soil Science. She is also a 2002 graduate of the Leadership Wisconsin Program which traveled to Korea and China and trained facilitator which she has utilized when working with many sister conservation agencies.
Peggie worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 23 years in various roles within Illinois and Wisconsin. She completed her career in NRCS as the State’s Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program Coordinator. This is where she developed a love for conservation easements, several of which were with the Driftless Area Land Conservancy. Peggie served on the Board of Directors and President for two years for the Soil and Water Conservation Society, an international conservation association based in Ankeny, Iowa.
Peggie and her husband Mickey live and farm in rural Dodgeville. Her husband raises Shorthorn Beef, which have been in the James family for several generations. Peggie has a genuine love of the Driftless Area and says that you can drive three hours south and still see conservation practices that she designed and installed. She said, “Someday, my grandchildren will drive by those installed practices and say, ’my grandma designed those terraces’!”
Carol and her husband, Chris, own property in the Driftless that has been in their family for over 30 years. They have restored prairie and Oak Savanna on the property and are currently working on restoring grassland habitat.
Carol is a graduate of Williams College and The University of Chicago Law School and practiced as a partner at Sidley Austin LLP and then as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. She is currently Senior Vice President, Administration at Northwestern Medicine with responsibility for Human Resources. Her other roles at Northwestern Medicine have included governance, compliance, and real estate operations.
Along with her involvement with Driftless Area Land Conservancy, she is on the Board of Directors of Evanston Scholars, a non-profit organization that improves college access and success for students from Evanston, Illinois who are traditionally first-generation college entrants, low-income students and students of color.
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.”
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