Protecting the North Country We Love

Sarah Mayhew- Director of Education

Direct line: 231.344.1018 Email: sarah(at) The Education department received an infusion of enthusiasm and passion for this work when Sarah came on board in February, 2011. The granddaughter of Dana Houseworth, a well-known Michigan state park manager whose duties included Petoskey State Park, Sarah has conservation in her blood. In 2006, she received a B.S. [...]


Melissa Hansen- Conservation Easement Stewardship Coordinator

Direct phone: 231.344.1004 Email: Melissa(at) While growing up within minutes of Round Lake, Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan, Melissa developed a love for northern Michigan and the outdoors, which led to earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. Starting her journey at Little [...]


Derek Shiels- Director of Stewardship

Direct phone: 231.344.1006 Email: derek(at) Derek Shiels began work as the Conservancy’s Conservation Easement Specialist in May 2014 and transitioned to Stewardship Director in 2017. The stewardship staff oversee the wise care of LTC’s working forest lands and nature preserves and the monitoring of each conservation easement. A native of Rockford, Michigan, Derek spent [...]


Mike Lynch- Preserve Stewardship Specialist

Direct phone: 231.344.1011 Email: Mike first joined LTC in Summer 2012 when he was hired for a temporary seasonal position. He moved to northern Michigan from Illinois 6 years ago after spending many summer vacations in the area, and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Mike holds a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from [...]


Charles Dawley- Technology and Stewardship Coordinator

Direct phone: 231.344.1019 Email: Charles(at) A native of Petoskey, Charles joined the Conservancy as an intern in the spring of 2003. Charles has a multitude of talents ranging from building boardwalks to producing maps and documentation for the land and stewardship projects and Conservancy publications. His formal education is a Bachelors Degree in [...]


Caitlin Donnelly – Director of Land Protection

Direct phone: 231.344.1010 Email: Caitlin(at) Caitlin graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife in 2010, with a focus on habitat management. Following backpacking in South America after college and living in Colorado, Caitlin moved back to her northern Michigan roots and first joined LTC's staff as an Americorps [...]


Cacia Lesh- Volunteer Coordinator and Outreach

Direct phone: 231.344.1002. Email: cacia(at) After working as LTC’s administrative coordinator for more than two years, Cacia has moved into the Conservancy’s first formal position to coordinate the growing pool of volunteers . Born in Vermont, Cacia has conservation in her blood with both parents working in related fields. In her young life, she has [...]


Anne Fleming
- Director of Communications

Direct phone: 231.344.1007 Email: anne(at) Anne worked as a communications consultant for LTC since 2000, joining the staff full time in 2015. A northern Michigan native, she was an education intern with LTC in 1992. After four years at Hope College, she worked summers in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, with a year teaching at [...]


Kieran Fleming
- Chief Operating Officer

Direct phone: 231.344.1015 Email: kcfleming(at) Kieran joined the Little Traverse Conservancy in February 2000. A native of Wisconsin, he learned to love the outdoors by working on the then abundant small family farms and through excessive hunting and fishing. He traces his roots in conservation back to seeing the loss of habitat and farmland [...]


Ty Ratliff- Associate Director

Direct phone: 231.344.1005 Email: ty(at) Ty is a native of northern Michigan and has been with the Conservancy for over 17 years. Ty has worked with hundreds of landowners and completed dozens of major land protection projects --  and is passionate about protecting all that makes northern Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula special.  With an [...]