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Margaret Welsch,
President
Margaret and her husband Clifford are both active in MNA, Clifford serving as a Land Steward for Prairie Ronde and Sauk Indian Trail sanctuaries. Margaret has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2005 and has been Vice-President of the Board for the last four years. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Medical Technology. Before her retirement Margaret was chief project coordinator for several large National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants for the study of Breast Cancer using Sprague-Dawley rats and Athymic mouse models; these grants were awarded to the Department of Toxicology and Pharmacology at Michigan State University. 
Aubrey Golden,
Vice President
Aubrey taught in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District for 34 years and also served for several years as the President of the Walled Lake Education Association. Aubrey has been actively involved in conservation issues in Michigan since 1983, when he helped establish the Michigan Karst Conservancy. He served as the fundraising chair and vice-president and in various other committee functions up until 1993, when he was elected President of the all-volunteer organization, and has served in this position since then. Aubrey is well-versed in the standards and practices that an organization should follow in order to operate in an ethical manner and is familiar with the accreditation process. He also serves as an MNA steward.
Stephen M. Kelley,
Secretary
Steve is a University of Michigan botany graduate and practicing environmental, contract, and litigation attorney with Stephen M. Kelley, P.C. An MNA member and supporter since 1979, Steve has held numerous leadership positions, as President of MNA for four years and eight years on the board. Other leadership positions include work with the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section, the Detroit Regional Chamber Environmental and Energy Policy Committee, the University of Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association, and fundraising campaigns for local schools. Steve is a supporter of the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, the Belle Isle Conservancy, and other groups.
Jerry Gray,
Treasurer
Jerry joined MNA in 2006 and serves as the co-steward of the White Pigeon River and Chen Memorial sanctuaries. Jerry has been on the MNA board for four years, serving the last two as Treasurer. Jerry has been employed with the MMA Praxis Mutual Funds since 1998, working primarily in wholesaling and marketing.  He is a graduate of Albion College (BA, economics and management) and Western Michigan University (MA, applied economics). Jerry is an active member of his church and the Kiwanis Club. Jerry lives in White Pigeon with his wife, Becky. They have two daughters and one son. Jerry serves as an MNA steward at two sanctuaries. 
Ruth Vail,
Member-at-Large

Biography coming soon.

Lisa Appel Lisa is the Coordinator of Watershed Education for the Cranbrook Institute of Science, focusing on Great Lakes environmental education programs. She has held a diversity of jobs in the nonprofit and government sectors, including positions as Director of Pine River Nature Center and Great Lakes Program Manager for the Wildlife Habitat Council. Her experiences have focused on the restoration of native ecosystems and on partner-based conservation practices. She has a bachelor's degree in botany from the University of Michigan and completed her internship at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Her professional interests include building bridges between current land management practices and the restoration of our native plant heritage, as well as increasing awareness of Michigan's unique biodiversity.
Mary Ann Czechowski Mary Ann is a geologist, science writer, editor, and author of Gold in Michigan. Active in the Michigan Nature Association since the late 1970s, she previously served as Treasurer and Secretary. Mary Ann is interested in the geology of MNA properties and in the business and historical aspects of the organization. She lives with her husband, Dr. Melvin Czechowski, in Landenberg, Pennsylvania.
Stanley Dole Stan is a semi-retired Certified Public Accountant. He has served on the MNA board for many years and has served as Treasurer. He serves as treasurer for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Olivet College, and as investment manager for the Michigan Conference United Church of Christ. Stan also sits on Olivet College's Finance and Investment Committees. He and his wife, Betsy, make their home in Grand Rapids and have a cottage near Traverse City.
Debby Igleheart Debby joined the MNA during the campaign to purchase Estivant Pines more than 30 years ago. A retired librarian, she is a member of the Oakland Audubon Society, the Leelanau Conservancy, the Sierra Club, and the many other environmental groups. Debby and her husband Addison live in Bloomfield Hills.
Stan Kuchta Stan Kuchta is a field scientist and plant specialist with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Previously employed in Great Lakes shipping, his travels led to a life-long interest in the fauna, flora, and cultural history of the Great Lakes area. Stan has long been active in the Michigan Nature Association and chairs the Sanctuary Committee. He also serves as a steward. Stan lives with his wife, Brenda, and their two children in Ann Arbor.
Gisela Lendle King Gisela is a medical technician when she isn't working with nature. In addition to serving as an MNA trustee, she is on the board of the Detroit Audubon Society. Gisela also co-chairs the Friends of Rose Township, and lives in Holly.
Bill McNaughton As the Chair of the Campus Development Committee at Oakland Community College, Bill wrote its Mission Statement regarding Conservation of the campus ecosystems of forest, meadow, marsh, pond, and the Rouge River Education and Community Use Beautification of the inner campus Climate control by reforestation. Bill has directed community gardening, greenhouse, and compost gardening research and many environmental improvement projects. He is also an MNA steward.
Paul Messing As a lifelong Michigan resident, Paul has always been interested in protecting the state's remaining natural areas from development. In addition to his work on the board, Paul serves as the steward at Lost Lake Nature Sanctuary, co-steward at Frinks Pond Plant Preserve, and co-steward at Wilcox-Warnes Nature Sanctuary, as well as an active volunteer at many MNA sanctuaries in southeast Michigan. He began as an emissary, leading hikes and distributing information about MNA in the community. He has continued by adding workdays and other more adventurous hikes to his experience. Paul is currently employed by General Motors, where he has been an engineer for the past 15 years. He lives in Sterling Heights with his wife Jill and dog Zeli. 
Don Reed Don is retired from the State of Michigan where he worked as a computer systems analyst and software developer. His interests include landscaping for wildlife and native plant propagation, especially woodland wildflowers. He grows native plants from seed for use in his own landscape and for the nature center he is creating at the Dimondale Elementary School near his home. He also volunteers regularly for MNA stewardship activities and has been a regular member of MNA's prescribed burn crew.
David Sharpe David, a retired science teacher, served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Education Association and the National Education Association.  He is an active member of his community and has used his skills as a master gardener in guiding the formation and development of  “Finlandia Gardens” at the Finnish Center Association in Farmington Hills. He and his wife, Jeannette, live in a NWF-certified habitat in Farmington Hills.
Karen Weingarden Karen served MNA as a board member for many years, including as President from 1996-2008. She received the Richard W. Holzman Award in 2012 for her commitment to MNA.  She is also a member of the DIA Founders Society, Detroit Zoological Society and Cranbrook Science Center. She is currently living in Milford with her husband Marshall, two dogs and three grandchildren. She has a daughter living in Houston who is involved in the environment.
 
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