Our Team

Mary Vandevord

President/CEO

Mary has always had a deep appreciation for nature, farmland, and the outdoors. She has a background in urban planning and preservation and has worked in various states on land use policy, conservation, and trails. She took the reins as CEO in October 2016.

(618) 566-4451 ext. 20
Mary.vandevord@heartlandsconservancy.org

Ed Weilbacher

Vice President – Building Greener Communities

Ed has been with HeartLands since the beginning. He is responsible for a variety of special projects, most notably the Mounds – America's First Cities Project. As a former NRCS coordinator, Ed advises staff on natural resource issues and opportunities.

(618) 566-4451 ext 11
Ed.weilbacher@heartlandsconservancy.org

Michael Andreas

Agricultural Waste Technician

Mike coordinates and designs agricultural projects, such as animal waste facilities. He has worked on numerous facilities in Clinton County and is a former NRCS employee.

Susan Brethauer

Office Assistant

Susan volunteers as our office assistant once a week. She has a background in human resource management and helps keep us on track.

Susan.brethauer@heartlandsconservancy.org

Janet Buchanan

Environmental Planning & Policy

Janet works primarily on our watershed projects. She has a background in biology and environmental policy and is involved in water quality efforts in the state and region. She also coordinates a water quality monitoring event in East Fork Silver Creek each year.

(618) 566-4451 ext. 25
Janet.buchanan@heartlandsconservancy.org

Bill Boardman

Conservation Easement Monitoring Volunteer

Bill makes sure that our 30+ easements are being managed and protected. A landowner near Millstadt, Bill himself has made a long-term commitment to preserve part of his land in a conservation easement.

Laura Lyon

Special Projects Coordinator

Laura, who also serves as VP/Principal at H3 Studio, works on Special Projects at HeartLands – primarily the Mounds – America's First Cities Project. Laura has a background in urban design, planning, and landscape architecture, as well as graphic design and marketing.

Laura.lyon@heartlandsconservancy.org

Kim O’Bryan

Development & Events Coordinator

Kim is responsible for HeartLands' events, membership program, corporate sponsorships, and fundraising. She has a background in marketing and advertising and has served on numerous committees and boards throughout southwestern Illinois.

(618) 566-4451 ext. 10
Kim.obryan@heartlandsconservancy.org

Trisha Roberson

Accountant

Trisha handles the financials at HLC. She has 17 years of experience in accounting and financial management. She joined our team in October 2016.

(618) 566-4451 ext. 12
trisha.roberson@heartlandsconservancy.org

Sarah Vogt

Environmental Programs Technician

Sarah has a passion for natural areas and native plants. With a background in natural resources, Sarah manages HLC's natural area stewardship and invasive species removal programs. She creates maps, works on bicycle and pedestrian plans, and manages other projects.

(618) 566-4451 ext. 23
sarah.vogt@heartlandsconservancy.org

Steve Widowski

Special Projects – Middle Mississippi River Partnership

Steve is a wildlife biologist and retired after 23 years as a forest supervisor for the Shawnee National Forest. Steve now coordinates the Middle Mississippi River Partnership and our work to protect the natural floodplains of the Mississippi River.