Michigan LCV Staff

 Lisa Wozniak, Executive Director

lisa@michiganlcv.org

Lisa Wozniak serves as the Executive Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan; her career spans over two decades of environmental and conservation advocacy in the political arena. Wozniak is a three-time graduate from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelors Degree and two ensuing Masters Degrees in Social Work and Education. From her first campaign experience in 1994 through her work across the Midwest for national LCV to the founding of the Michigan LCV, Wozniak is a nationally-recognized expert in non-profit growth and management and a leader in Great Lakes protections.

Lisa is a mother of two - Zach and Ben - and married to husband Kenny Simón. She resides in Ypsilanti, MI, alongside a well-tended garden and her four-legged running partner, Santosha.

 

Jack Schmitt, Deputy Director

jack@michiganlcv.org

Jack oversees all aspects of Michigan LCV’s issue campaigns, elections and legislative accountability. He joined Michigan LCV as the Deputy Political Director in 2012. In that role, he designed and executed the organization’s General Election campaign plan, successfully helping elect a bi-partisan slate of conservation champions to the State House.

Prior to joining Michigan LCV, Jack was the Campaign Manager for Sam Singh’s successful campaign for State House, which drew statewide attention as one of the most competitive primary elections in Michigan. Jack has three campaign cycles worth of experience managing both State House and State Senate campaigns which were regularly listed as the most competitive in the state. He also has direct experience working in the state legislature, ranging from member-staff for legislative leadership to working as a Senior Communications Advisor with the Michigan Senate Democrats.

Jack lives in Lansing, Michigan, where he sits on the Board of Directors for Fenner Conservancy and serves as a “Big Brother” for the Capital Region Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Tracey Kuffel, Executive Program Assistant

tracey@michiganlcv.org

Tracey has been our Executive Program Assistant since the fall 2013 – which means she has mad skills in the fields of juggling priorities and organization. Managing program details and calendars for our Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Development Director keeps her connected with all aspects of the organization...and definitely on her toes!

Graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Grand Valley State University and in 2005 with a Master’s of Arts in Profession Writing from Easter Michigan University, Tracey has always wanted to bring the two degrees together in a position that would help protect and conserve our environment. After spending years in corporate communications where she learned a ton, she feels she has accomplished her goal in this diverse and dynamic position.

Aside from walking in the woods and hanging out near bodies of water to soak up the relaxing zen vibe, eating Mexican food (the more jalapenos the better!) , watching horror & Sci Fi movies/TV shows (Dead Files rocks!), and playing with her rambunctious cats top her list of favorite things!

Development

Kim Easter, Development Director

kim@michiganlcv.org

Kim Easter is a lifelong Michigan resident. Her love of Michigan’s natural beauty grew after meeting her husband, an ardent outdoorsman. They honeymooned in the Upper Peninsula and continue to enjoy family vacations in various Michigan settings.

With a degree in English from Yale University and a law degree from University of Michigan Law School, Kim brings a background in law, policy, and politics to MLCV. She has decades of experience bringing people together around issues and encouraging individuals to find their respective political voices. Her Lansing experience includes working in the legislative context and interacting with legislators, lobbyists, and interest groups. She believes that most folks want to become more engaged in the issues that matter to them. . .and with good information and support, every voter can make a difference!

Caroline Schuerman, Development Specialist

caroline@michiganlcv.org

Caroline has been with MLCV since the fall of 2010 when she began interning while studying Sociology at the University of Michigan. Before joining MLCV, Caroline interned with Congressman Gary Peters in both his Washington DC and Michigan offices. After graduating in 2011, she was hired as our Development Specialist and has been responsible for the organizing dozens of successful events, managing our growing databases, and researching potential donors and funders.

As a Michigan native, Caroline holds many fond memories of summers on Black Lake with friends in Onaway. Today, swimming and exploring the Lakes, enjoying bonfires with friends, hiking and University of Michigan sports are a few of the things she loves about Michigan.

Outside of work you may find Caroline playing volleyball or softball, trying the newest Ann Arbor-area restaurant with her roommate, reading, supporting University of Michigan athletics, watching bad reality TV, hanging out with friends, visiting her niece and nephew in Washington DC, or visiting her family and three dogs in her hometown of Bloomfield Village.

Kristina Pepelko, Development Associate

kristina@michiganlcv.org

Bio coming soon!

Policy & Programs

Katie Sulau, Program Director

katie@michiganlcv.org

Katie works as Program Director for Michigan LCV, where leads and coordinates efforts among the Policy, Field and Communications teams. She works hard to draw Michiganders into the ever-expanding web of important work MLCV is doing to protect the environment.

Katie grew up in Cincinnati, but always found plenty of reasons to go north. At just a few weeks old, she vacationed on the Leelanau Peninsula and she caught the bug early. She spent fourteen magical summers as a camper, counselor and administrator at Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha, an all-girls wilderness adventure camp in the Traverse City area. After hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking all over the state, it became clear that the Great Lakes, the pines, the dunes and the woods would never get old.

A proud Spartan, Katie graduated from James Madison College and the School of Journalism at Michigan State University where she reported for Michigan Public Radio's State Capitol Bureau and served as Editor-in-Chief of MSU's online magazine, The Big Green. She has since lived in New Orleans, Traverse City, Detroit and now Ann Arbor. 

She hit the jackpot with this position, which draws on her enthusiasm for environmental advocacy, all things Michigan, writing and communicating clearly. Outside of work, you can find Katie helping out at Family Circle Centennial Farm, throwing everything in the refrigerator into one pot, watching college sports (go green!), practicing yoga, going for a run or dreaming of getting a dog when she grows up. But for now, Katie is thrilled to join a team of sharp, hard-working colleagues at Michigan LCV.

Erica Bloom, Policy Manager

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Erica works as the Policy Manager for Michigan LCV, where she manages the Great Michigan Environmental Priority Agenda as well as civic and voter engagement programs.

She grew up in metro-Detroit and moved westward to Kalamazoo for college. Determined to continue her migration West, she left Michigan for Seattle and then Montana. There she worked doing environmental restoration for EarthCorps, and attended the University of Montana where she earned an M.S. in Environmental Studies with a focus on writing and environmental health and justice. But her love for Michigan brought her back to the Midwest where she now works to protect her state's air, land and water.

Erica feels most inspired walking among the Michigan dunes, the Northern woods, or in Detroit partaking in many of the new environmental initiatives in the city.

Dondré Young, Policy Assistant

dondre@michiganlcv.org

Dondré was born and raised in Flint, MI. As a child, Dondré spent a lot of time visiting the Stepping Stone Falls with family and friends. He has also spent time fishing with his grandparents on Rice Lake in Ontario, Canada. His recent encounter with the outdoors was with Higgins Lake in Roscommon, Michigan, while staying at the Michigan DNR Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center.

Dondré graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations and Policy. He also has a Business Cognate that allows him to analyze social relations and policies with the understanding of accounting, business law, marketing, and organizational management. He is currently the Policy Assistant with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Prior to accepting a position with MLCV, he was a Project Management and Policy Intern with the Michigan United Conservation Clubs for two years. At MUCC he was assigned to the management of the Pier Michigan marketing project and the Legislative Fact Sheets.

When Dondré is not at the Michigan Capitol Building, he enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys playing the clarinet and saxophone, and has been involved in music since he was in the fifth grade. Dondré also enjoys attending the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI; his favorite automotive brand is Chevrolet.

Wibke Rebecca Bettina Heymach, Moms Clean Air Force State Field Manager

wibke@michiganlcv.orgphoto wibke heymach

Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Wibke grew up politically in and around the Green Party, and was involved with them for years before moving to the United States. Since her name - Wibke - is a bit of a mouth full, people have grown accustomed to calling her “Vee” for short...for those of you who don't speak German, a “W” is pronounced like a “V”. Growing up Vee has always enjoyed the great outdoors; camping, canoeing, horse back riding, skiing and hiking all over Europe.

While finishing her degree in North-American history and politics at Freie Universitaet Berlin, she was offered an internship with the Macomb Democratic Party and so began her love-affair with Michigan. During her first visit in 2006 she fell head over heels for the beauty of the state and its people. Vee officially moved to Michigan in 2007 to complete her Masters degree in Industrial Relations at Wayne State University. She has lived in Ferndale ever since and enjoys Oakland County for its plethera of cities that offer diverse restaurants and bars, as well as great micro-breweries, galleries and events throughout the year. Vee also enjoys spending time in Detroit as it has often been compared to the industrial urban feel of her hometown, Berlin.

She has worked on various campaigns during her time in the U.S., and later on worked for the Michigan House of Representatives. Always interested in Union political work, Vee worked for the UFCW’s Legislative and Political Office before joining Michigan LCV as a Mom’s Clean Air Force Organizer. Having worked in the political field for many years, she is very excited to work for a single cause and utilize her organizing chops in a different approach to community organizing.

Making sure the communities we live in and that our children are raised in a healthy and pollution free place is a high priority for Vee. She is happy to work with mothers and caregivers to help raise awareness and mobilize citizens in support of the Clean Air Act.

Colin Hoogerwerf, Outreach Coordinator

colin@michiganlcv.org

As the West Michigan Outreach Coordinator, Colin is working from the Grand Rapids office to organize a network of volunteers and supporters on the West side of the state. His focus is on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Colin grew up in Holland, and received his bachelors degree from Hope College in 2010 where he majored in English and environmental studies. He then went on for a masters degree in environmental management from Duke University in 2013. His final masters project looked at communicating climate change through story and images. After getting a taste of both the West and the East he returned to Michigan and the Great Lakes.

When Colin is not working you might find him outdoors hiking, canoeing, or exploring Michigan’s forests and rivers. He is especially fond of the Upper Peninsula. He is also an avid reader and an aspiring poet and writer.

Charlotte Jameson, Communications Manager

charlotte@michiganlcv.org

Bio coming soon!

Operations

Madeline Smith, Operations Manager

madeline@michiganlcv.org

Madeline loves all things Michigan. From the lakes to the trails in Ann Arbor, Madeline loves Michigan’s geographic diversity and spends her days running, hiking and biking throughout the state, when she’s not busy at work as the Operations Manager at MLCV. 

Madeline graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a degree in Program in the Environment, concentrating in Urban and Environment Planning, and then found her way to MLCV after attending a fundraiser in her hometown of Battle Creek. Madeline also spent a semester in Detroit with the University of Michigan's Semester in Detroit program where she interned with the East Michigan Environmental Action Council, took a class on the history of Detroit, and lived in and explored the city with eleven other students.

In Ann Arbor, Madeline volunteers at Selma Café, coaches Girls on the Run, is a self-proclaimed foodie, and enjoys cooking, reading, running and spending time with her friends and family.

West Michigan

Patty Birkholz, West Michigan Director

patty@michiganlcv.org

Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

 

Molly McLogan, West Michigan Program Assistant

molly@michiganlcv.org

Molly attended Albion College and majored in political science, minored in anthropology & sociology, and had concentrations in The Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service and The Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. An honors course on global climate sparked her interest in environmental issues, and she has been passionate about them ever since. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, Molly went on to earn a Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University, emphasizing in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. During this time, she also worked as a program assistant in the Philanthropic and Nonprofit Services Department at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Molly is a Grand Rapids, Michigan native and loves spending summer days at her family cottage on the Lake Michigan shore. These experiences have made her truly appreciative of Michigan’s land, air, and water, and she is thrilled to join an organization working to protect them. Outside of work, Molly enjoys spending time with her dog, Fred Basset, and is a self-confessed TV, movie, and music buff.