Notice: The Following Individuals Will Stand for Election at JDCF’s Annual Meeting

Chris Larson

Christine Larson: Christine (Chris) Larson brings over 20 years of corporate experience in sales and marketing, business development and management. She is currently Executive Director for St. Vincent de Paul Racine County Council in Wisconsin. Chris has served on the Staff of Four Mounds Foundation and from 2006 thru 2008 she served as Executive Director of the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. From 2009-2018 she was Treasurer and a board member of JDCF. Her for-profit corporate life ended in 2013 with Zebra Technologies, a global leader in products and solutions that provide real-time visibility into organizations’ assets, people and transactions, where she headed North American Channel Marketing for two years. The majority of Chris’s career includes executive and management positions with such telecom and technology companies as Ameritech, AT&T, Motorola and CCC Information Technologies. Larson holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Laurie Mattas

Laurie Mattas: Laurie was born and raised in Connecticut, but moved to Illinois after marrying Rich in 1970. A graduate of Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut, she spent half of her professional life as a tour operator and half as an educator, eventually becoming a professor of Travel and Tourism and then Spanish at the College of DuPage. After bringing some tour groups to Galena, she was attracted Jo Daviess County because its rolling landscape reminded her of her native New England. As a result, Laurie and Rich bought property here in 1989 and began spending most weekends enjoying the outdoors and participating in conservation activities with the Galena Territory and Natural Area Guardians. Upon her retirement here in 2004, Laurie became involved with a number of organizations in the county. She was a founder of the Galena Community Garden and is a longtime volunteer and board member of the Galena Food Pantry and the HOPE Foundation. An active member of JDCF since its inception, Laurie has focused on conservation education and outreach. She helped launch and continues to be involved with Camp Casper, helped coordinate eagle watching tours for 10 years, has made numerous educational presentations and participated in many bird counts and bluebird monitoring at Lost Mound.

Susan McDonald

Susan McDonald: Susan McDonald grew up in a farming community in Iroquois county and now resides in Palatine IL. She has had a second residence in Apple Canyon Lake for over twenty-five years where she developed a great affection for this unique and beautiful area of Illinois. She has been in marketing and sales for the last thirty years. In this capacity, she oversees a geographical sales area, manages sales reps and support staff, and is a part of a management team. She continues to work as Regional Sales Manager for Inteplast. With her background in sales and marketing along with her interest in the preservation of Daviess County, Susan is interested in contributing in the areas of fundraising, membership and general awareness of JDCF.

Jim Rachuy

Jim Rachuy: Jim is a grassland ecologist, computer scientist, and retired professor. He is a graduate of Stockton High School and lives there with his wife Ulrike. His interests include botany, Drupal, nature photography, and space operas.





Dave Winter

Dave Winter:  Dave Winter was born and raised in Scales Mound, IL. on a grain and beef farm. He still runs a small operation of his own on that same farm. Dave is a 1991 graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s in business/finance. He is also a 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking program. He has had an extensive career in commercial and ag lending, currently employed by Illinois Bank and Trust.

Upcoming Events

JDCF Annual Meeting with Lydia Scott, Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative at the Morton Arboretum

March 30 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The public is invited to attend JDCF’s annual meeting for an interactive social hour, election and re-election of board members, and the announcement of the recipient of the 2018 Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award.  Our keynote speaker will be Lydia Scott, Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and Manager of Community Trees Program at […] Read More

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JDCF’s Biggest Tree Contest

April 1 @ 8:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm

You may hear people speak of them reverently. You might catch word of a “big tree,” an important tree, a “Champion Tree.” But what does this mean? JDCF is sponsoring a Biggest Tree Contest to recognize the largest tree within each of the designated native tree species that grow in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Stephenson […] Read More

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Wine & Woodcocks Viewing Party

April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and beverage of choice and join us at dusk to learn about and view woodcocks at JDCF’s Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary.  It is a half mile hike to the viewing area and an ATV will be available for those needing assistance. A flashlight may be helpful for the walk […] Read More

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Moonlight Frog Walk

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bring the whole family for an adventure along the levee in Galena, an early evening frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge adjacent to the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL. The event begins at 6:00 pm. Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to […] Read More

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