JDCF Announces Slate of Candidates for Election to the Board

The following candidate will stand for election to the Board of Directors at JDCF’s Annual Meeting:

Barbara Baird:

Barbara Baird

Following an eight-year Land Surveyor Internship in 1967, Barbara was active in the profession for over 30 years, retiring in 2003. She was a licensed surveyor in the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. She founded Baird & Company as Principal and President in 1977 and Baird Land Surveyors, Ltd in 1984. A majority of the company’s work was in the department of Land Acquisition with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The influence of Galena and the Natural Area Guardians prompted Barbara to become a serious birder, and later, a serious photographer. Her love of birds led her to specialize in fine art illustrations of wildlife, establishing In Touch with Nature, LLC in 2005.

Education includes a BA from the National College of Education in Evanston and a MA from Purdue University in Hammond, IN.

Moving permanently to Galena in 2005, Barbara joined the JDCF Board in 2008. Her previous career and photography fit in nicely as contributions to JDCF.

The following candidates will stand for re-election to the Board of Directors at JDCF’s Annual Meeting:

Tom Cunningham: 

Tom Cunningham

Public service first brought Tom and family to Jo Daviess County in 2008 in the form of a presentation to the Illinois City Managers’ Association. No one told Tom that the Managers hold their annual meeting at the Eagle Ridge resort in Galena, some 6 hours away from his then home in Belleville, Illinois. Upon entering the area with its rolling hills, deep valleys and scenic vistas, however, the family was “hooked” and immediately began looking for property within the area. Now a full-time resident of the Galena Territory, Tom has been active in the GTA Greenspace Committee, volunteering on various stewardship activities and co-managing the Territory Farmers’ Market from 2012 through 2014. Tom is also a committed member of the Galena Area Land Enthusiasts (GALE) and can be found most Tuesday and Thursday mornings cutting trees and brush and hunting thistles at Gateway Park as well as an active “seed picker” with the Northern Illinois Prairie Enthusiasts (NIPE). Tom has also served on JDCF’s Land Preservation Committee for nearly 2 years.

Tom has practiced municipal and public finance law for over twenty-eight years in both Missouri and Illinois and now is “semi-retired” from the law firm that bears his name. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law where he served as Managing Editor of Boston University Legislative Services. He is author of the Urban Development chapters of the Missouri Bar’s Real Estate and Local Government Law Deskbooks and is a sought-after speaker and educator on public finance, urban development, and local government issues. In addition to his legal credentials, Tom holds an M.C.R.P. from Rutgers University and has over 16 years of planning experience as a consultant to local, state, and federal governments. He is a charter member of The American Institute of Certified Planners.

Lois Gordon: 

Lois Gordon

Lois has a B.S. and M.S in Education from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in Public Administration from the same institution.  She completed Executive Development School at the University of Indiana and Revenue Resource Management from the University of North Carolina. She is also a Certified Facilitator.

Her career highlights include being a physical education teacher, Director of P.E., and coach in Illinois, New York, and Japan. Lois was the Executive Director of the Glen Ellyn Park District in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the Carol Stream Park District Project Manager and Planner for trails, shoreline stabilization, prairie restoration, playgrounds, swimming pools, sports fields, and park maintenance.

Lois has supported a long list of organizations through community service including the Wheaton Planning Commission, the Western DuPage Recreation Association,  the League of Women Voters,
Habitat for Humanity, and the Long Range Planning Committee of the Galena Territory Association.

Emily Painter: 

Emily Painter

“I was raised in Champaign-Urbana, IL where my father was a professor of plant physiology and the head of the botany department. I heard a lot about plant mitochondria at the dinner table. In high school I worked a part time job at a horticulture lab, mincing corn roots and mixing chemical solutions. My husband, Gregg, and I met in high school, married in college and finished our degrees at the University of Illinois in Chicago. We discovered Galena in 1971 and moved here in 1972. We were charmed by Galena’s history and beautiful architecture. We were also captivated by the rolling hills of Jo Daviess County –quite different from the flat parts of IL we had known! We continued to explore and enjoy the outdoors as we raised our family.

I taught primary school in Galena as well as preschool at the Galena ARC. I retired in 2010 from Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque where I was the director of the Child Development Center – a large employer sponsored on site preschool and daycare center. I enjoy performing and have been in many plays and musicals in the area.

Gregg and I enjoy hiking, biking and cross country skiing. Gregg is an avid and talented birder and I appreciate his skill! We have been lucky enough to travel extensively and seek out nature experiences wherever we go. I was active in the acquisition and development of the Gateway and Horseshoe Mound properties. I am honored to be a part of the JDCF board and continue to contribute to JDCF’s great legacy.”

Frances Rivoire: 

Frances Rivoire

As a former President of the Board of Directors of JDCF, Frances continues to lead the board in assuming a strategic position. She works with all board members on their involvement with fundraising and helping to make sure their volunteer positions are personally gratifying. She has been active with JDCF since 2008 on the Executive and the Development Committees. Her vision for JDCF is that the organization can help to protect and connect the lands of the Driftless Area in IL, WI, MN and IA so that they can be appreciated and preserved as a single entity known as the Driftless Area. JDCF’s geographical focus falls within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge area and the Upper Mississippi River Flyway. In addition to habitat, natural restoration and preservation of land, JDCF is also involved with giving great care and consideration to land of Native American communities that once existed in this area.

Bob Wehrle: 

Bob Wehrle

“I’m a native Illinoisan and have been a Jo Daviess County property owner for 40+ years and resident for 25+ years. I spent my 32-year career as a petroleum engineer and manager in the international oil business, living in South America, the Middle East, and Europe as well as the U.S. After early retirement, I taught MBA courses as a visiting and adjunct professor for 10+ years. Locally, I have been involved with the Prairie Enthusiasts, Guardians, and JDCF. I have also served on the LRA, CVB, and other non-profit boards as well as being active in the Galena Rotary Club. I fully support JDCF’s mission of preserving our land in this beautiful corner of Northwest Illinois for future generations.”

Upcoming Events

JDCF Annual Meeting

April 7 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The public is invited to JDCF’s annual meeting on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 beginning with a social hour at 4:30 PM.  Our keynote speaker will be Jon Greendeer, Former President and current Executive Director of Heritage Preservation of the Ho-Chunk Nation.  Jon is a proud member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a student of the Ho-Chunk […] Read More

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Fantastic Frogs & Friends Frog Walk

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring the whole family to Fantastic Frogs & Friends, a frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge along the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL. Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in a guided hike down the trail […] Read More

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Bluebird & Red-headed Woodpecker Workshop

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Details to come.

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JDCF’s Portage Site: A Center of Native American History

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join archaeologist Phil Millhouse and Chloris Lowe, former President of the Ho-Chunk Nation, for a guided tour of JDCF’s Portage Preserve including the Hopewell burial mounds.  Portage is not open to the public and so this is a rare opportunity to learn about the site from our expert tour leaders.  RSVP’s to info@nulljdcf.org are required […] Read More

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