Board of Directors

HeartLands Conservancy is governed by a Board of Directors and four committees – Governance, Finance & Audit, Development, and Programs & Services.

Our Board Members bring a wealth of experience and – most importantly – a passion for conservation in southwestern and southern Illinois. The work of our organization would not be possible without their dedication and volunteerism.



June 29, 2023 – In 2023, the organization adopted a new strategic plan, which includes ambitious goals for equitably improving the health of our region’s land, water, and communities. Since 1989, HeartLands Conservancy has conserved over 10,000 acres of natural areas, green spaces, and farmland and partnered with many communities toward a thriving future.

We have a strong board with reputable, connected, and high-performing members. We are growing our organization and service area, and as a result, we are growing our board! We are excited to initiate this open call for board member nominations as a part of our new strategic direction.

Board Members

  • Janet Haroian, SIUE Office of the Vice Chancellor, Chair
  • Gary Huelsmann, Caritas Family Solutions, Vice Chair
  • William Boardman, Firehouse Contracting, Second Vice Chair
  • Amy Kempfer, Associated Bank, Treasurer
  • Anne Werner, SIUE School of Engineering, Secretary
  • E. William Reichert, III, St. Clair County Public Building Commission, Immediate Past Chair
  • Dawn Johnson, Public Relations and Communications Consultant, Development Committee Chair
  • Robert C. Nelson, Nelson & Nelson Attorneys At Law, Programs & Services Committee Chair
  • Carol Gentry, Retired, SIUE, Field to Fork Committee Chair
  • Nancy Larson, Retired Attorney
  • Jim Pauley, Pufalt-Pauley Insurance
  • Cliff Schuette, Schuette Seed Supply & Schuette Signature Beef
  • Lisa Tiedemann, Farmer & Retired Teacher