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.

Carol Lind, Secretary

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. 

Troy Maggied, Treasurer

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.

Dick Cates

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.
 

Tim Connor

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. 
 

Mark Hirsch

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.

Harald "Jordy" Jordahl

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.  

Mark Mittelstadt

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.”

Dale Moody

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.

Yasi Rezai

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.

Grace Trenkamp, Student Board Member (2021)

Grace is a third-year environmental science and conservation major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with an emphasis on physical and natural science. She is also minoring in social and environmental justice, biology, and theatre, as well as earning a certificate in GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

 

Since middle school Grace has been heavily involved in her local conservation departments in Iowa.  Growing up around the sculpted bluffs of Bellevue, the glorious caves of Maquoketa, and the glistening, muddy Mississippi, her connection to the earth started at a young age. This has influenced the pursuit of a career in advocating for a healthier environment.

 

"The focus of my pursuit, in my undergrad, has been on avian species and GIS. Since my first year at Platteville, I have been collaborating with both the Biology and Geography departments on campus, on a personal guided research project. My research involves taking paper-intake data from a raptor rehabilitation center in Iowa, digitizing it, then applying spatial data to the injured bird’s found location, and running statistical analyses on the findings. My research was accepted into the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Scholar Program. I plan to attend the American Association of Geographers Conference in the spring with my research."

 

Additionally, Grace is an active theatre student at UW-Platteville. In the spring of 2021, she will be stage managing and paint charging two COVID-19 friendly productions. Grace is pictured with her senior, deaf, rescue pup, Sophie.

Peter Vanderloo

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. 

Driftless Area Land Conservancy

206 S. Iowa Street (map)

Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533

Email us

(608) 930-3252

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