Board of Directors

HeartLands Conservancy is governed by a Board of Directors and five committees – Governance, Internal Affairs, External Affairs, Land Conservation, and Green Communities.

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


  • E. William Reichert, Board Chair, St. Clair County Public Buildings Commission
  • Ronda Latina, Vice Chair, Retired
  • William Boardman, Second Vice Chair, Firehouse Contracting
  • Janet Haroian, Treasurer, SIUE Administration
  • Anne Werner, Secretary, SIUE School of Engineering
  • Mary Vandevord, President & CEO, HeartLands Conservancy
  • Carol Gentry, Retired, SIUE 
  • Gary Huelsmann, Caritas Family Solutions
  • Dawnesha Johnson,  Communications Consultant
  • Nancy Larson, Retired Attorney
  • Robert C. Nelson, Nelson & Nelson Attorneys At Law
  • Jim Pauley, Pufault-Pauley Insurance
  • Cliff Schuette, Schuette Seed Supply