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.


  • 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
  • Mary Vandevord, HeartLands Conservancy, President & CEO
  • E. William Reichert  St. Clair County Public Building Commission, Immediate Past Chair
  • Carol Gentry, Retired, SIUE
  • Kimberly Huth, St. Clair County Military Affairs
  • Dawn Johnson, Public Relations and Communications Consultant
  • Nancy Larson, Retired Attorney
  • Robert C. Nelson, Nelson & Nelson Attorneys At Law
  • Jim Pauley, Pufault-Pauley Insurance
  • Cliff Schuette, Schuette Seed Supply