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Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

Sharing Gratitude for Service

Board Members Nelson, Likens, and Morrison Conclude Terms

Board members offer expertise, guidance, and oversight for organizations providing another important level of capacity. It is with deep appreciation the Aldo Leopold Foundation would like to thank members of the Board of Directors whose terms are ending this fall. Without a doubt, their contributions have made impacts in numerous ways. We extend our sincere thanks to Rett Nelson, Gene Likens, and Bob Morrison for their commitment, dedication, and service.

Rett Nelson initially joined the board in 1995 and has served as Board Chair for the past two years. Rett was a member of both the Governance and Education Committees sharing his expertise from years of teaching environmental law at DePaul and Loyola Universities in Chicago, as well as his law and policy experience as Regional Counsel with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5. His ability to understand multiple perspectives and the need to prioritize goals, as well as his management experience, has helped guide the foundation toward future endeavors.

Dr. Gene Likens, another longtime member, has served on the Board of Directors time and again since 1996. He held the role of Governance Chair and served on the Science and Education Committees. His expertise in the field of ecology has brought greater depth to the idea of a land ethic, and his esteemed research and teaching careers have provided a wealth of knowledge from which to draw on.

Robert MorrisonBob Morrison also leaves his post this fall, having served on the Board of Directors since 2011. He was the Finance Committee Chair, Board Treasurer, and a member of the Audit Committee. His long and successful career in the banking industry was no doubt an asset during any financial discussion providing insight and recommendations to keep the foundation in good standing.

We are grateful for the work of Rett, Gene, and Bob, and all of our board members. Many of us may not know what it takes to be involved with an organization at this level. It is more than just attending meetings. These folks so generously volunteer their personal time whenever called upon; sometimes that’s at a meeting and sometimes it’s an unscheduled phone call in the middle of the afternoon. Freely giving of their time, expertise, and willing to roll up their sleeves to help with hands-on work too, we are ever thankful for their contributions. Thank you, gentlemen, for your dedication and commitment to a land ethic!

While we are sad to share these goodbyes, with these departures come new, exciting changes in our Board Officers.

Sharon Dunwoody, Chair
Jeanette Leehr, Vice-Chair
Holly D’Annunzio, Treasurer
Joe Arington, Secretary 

The foundation looks forward to working with these leaders to continue guiding the organization into the future!

Feature image, top, Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) by Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble / CC BY 2.0.