STAFF

Mary Vandevord | AICP | LEED AP ND

Mary Vandevord | AICP | LEED AP ND

President & CEO

Mary joined HeartLands Conservancy in 2014 as a Community & Environmental Planner. In October 2016, Mary was appointed as President & CEO of HeartLands Conservancy. Growing up in Madison County, Mary has always had a deep appreciation for nature, farming , and the outdoors. Mary has a Master of Regional and City Planning degree from the Univ. of Oklahoma. She has as worked in multiple states and cities on land use policy, watershed health, conservation, and trails.

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

Ed Weilbacher

Ed Weilbacher

Vice President

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

Shelli Bement

Shelli Bement

Director of Finance and Administration

Shelli joined HeartLands Conservancy in late 2018. She coordinates the organization’s financial activities.

(618) 566-4451 ext. 12
shelli.bement@heartlandsconservancy.org

Laura L. Lyon

Laura L. Lyon

Vice President of Program Strategy & Impact

Laura works on strategic initiatives at HeartLands – including the Mounds – America’s First Cities, the effort to elevate and create the Cahokia Mounds Mississippian Culture National Historic Park. Laura leads a variety of strategic planning, urban design, planning, and landscape and graphic design, as well as grant writing and branding for the organization. Laura has a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University St. Louis.

(618) 566-4451  ext. 22
laura.lyon@heartlandsconservancy.org

Kim O’Bryan

Kim O’Bryan

Director of Development & Events

Kim is responsible for HeartLands’ events, membership program, corporate partnerships, 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

Tyler Burk | EIT

Tyler Burk | EIT

Water Program Manager

Tyler Burk leads the organization’s watershed initiatives and is a certified civil engineer in training with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from SIUE and a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri. He has a passion for watershed management and prior to joining HLC in 2019, he  worked on urban and agricultural non-point source pollution prevention projects for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

618-566-4451 ext. 25
tyler.burk@heartlandsconservancy.org

Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell

Conservation Manager

Sarah has a passion for natural areas and trees. With a degree in Natural Resources and Environment Science from the University of Illinois, Sarah manages HLC’s conservation program, including managing and monitoring conserved lands, invasive species removal programs, overseeing restoration projects, community forestry programs, and working with conservation easements.

618-566-4451 ext. 23
sarah.powell@heartlandsconservancy.org

Belinda McAllister

Belinda McAllister

Community & Partnerships Coordinator

Belinda has a passion for environmental justice and equity. She over 30 years of experience in community organizing and uses her talents to build partnerships and engage communities.  Belinda has a Master of Science in Management with an emphasis in Organizational Design and Development from Purdue University Global. 

618-566-4451 ext. 15
belinda.mcallister@heartlandsconservancy.org

 

Jennifer Reiman

Jennifer Reiman

Resilient Communities Program Manager

As the Resilient Communities Program Manager, Jenny combines her interest in creating sustainable communities with her technical skills in mapping and geospatial analysis. She uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to help community leaders understand their environment. Jenny is particularly attuned to the challenges of floodplain communities, rural areas, and sustainable food systems.

618-566-4451 ext. 16
jennifer.reiman@heartlandsconservancy.org

Steve Widowski

Steve Widowski

Wildlife Biologist

Steve is a wildlife biologist and retired after 23 years as a forest supervisor for the Shawnee National Forest. Steve works with HLC to protect the natural floodplains of the Middle Mississippi River and conduct asssessments of conservation areas.

 

widows5@shawneelink.net

 

Michael Andreas

Michael Andreas

Special Projects Coordinator

Mike coordinates and designs stormwater Best Management Practices, such as grassed waterways, wetlands, and sediment basins. He has worked on numerous facilities in Clinton County and is a former NRCS employee. 

 

 andreasconsulting@sbcglobal.net