HeartLands Conservancy is thankful for the contributions of time and talent – many hours of work – provided by our Board of Directors. In 2023, we say thank you to two outgoing board members whose terms are expiring. 

Bill Reichert

Bill Reichert

Bill Reichert joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and is wrapping up his third and final term in 2023. Bill has been an incredible advocate and partner for conservation and communities during his time on the HLC Board. Bill became our Board Chair in 2019 and led the organization through a period of tremendous growth. During Bill’s 4-year tenure as chair, the organization conserved more than 1,100 acres of important lands, constituting 11% of total land protected in the organization’s 30 year history.


“Bill was instrumental in getting our nonprofit through the pandemic and did so with his calm, positive and uplifting demeanor. We couldn’t have done it without him, and I am forever grateful for his mentorship and collaborative approach to chairing the organzation.” – Mary Vandevord, President & CEO

Jim Pauley

Jim joined the HLC board in 2021 as a strong advocate for the outdoors and agriculture. As owner of Pufalt-Pauley Insurance Agency in Belleville, Jim’s involvement on the board and perspective in risk management has increased the organization’s resilience for years to come. Jim has also been a strong advocate for the preservation and health of forest lands along Silver Creek ad the Kaskaskia River.

We are incredibly grateful for the partnership and assistance Jim provided the organization for the past 3 years. Thank you, Jim!