The Chippewa Watershed Conservancy (CWC) announced the appointment of Kathy Ann (“Katie”) Randall as Executive Director. A former resident of Michigan, Katie served as a Board member, assistant to the President and volunteer to the CWC while attending Central Michigan University and Michigan State.
CWC President John Mitchell noted, “Katie brings a diverse background in conservation. She will hit the ground running, taking over in late August, and will carry the CWC forward as we seek accreditation renewal with the Land Trust Alliance and continue our successful program of wildlife habitat protection.”
A dual major in Environmental Studies and Political Science, Katie holds a master of science specializing in environmental policy and law from the University of Idaho College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Range Sciences. Katie worked for a variety of conservation organizations including park districts and land trusts, and remains adjunct faculty, teaching conservation ecology to online students.
Katie replaces Stan Lilley, the first Executive Director of the Conservancy. Under Lilley, the CWC raised its protected lands to 4,895 acres including the recently completed Bundy Hill project.