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Little Forks Conservancy

Board

Greg Dardas

Greg joined the Conservancy’s board in 2011. Born in East Lansing, Greg earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology at Michigan State University. He has lived in Michigan all his life except for four years when doing his neurology residency at Ohio State University. Greg’s neurology practice in the area goes back to 1995, first in Essexville, then in Midland since May 2008. Greg has four children.

Jon DeGroot – President

Jon joined our board in 2011. He works for Dow Corning Corporation. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University and his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Jon resides in Midland with his wife, Heather.

Tim Dyste

Tim joined our board in 2014. He came to Dow Corning in 1986 after a career in public accounting. Initially holding positions in finance, he later led global quality improvement and Six Sigma efforts as well as leadership positions in manufacturing. Recently retired, he plans to remain active in the community. Tim and his wife, Sue raised three children in Midland.

Bill Gebo – Vice President

Bill joined our board in 2008. He worked for The Dow Chemical Company for 36 years, retiring in 2004. An active volunteer, he also serves Sanford Lake Association as the treasurer and Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, where he sits on the Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. Bill resides in Sanford with his wife, Berta.

Roger Garner

Roger recently retired after 28 years as Midland County’s emergency management coordinator. He has a bachelors degree from Spring Arbor University in management and organization development, and is a Certified Floodplain Manager. Roger resides in Jerome Township.

John Hill

Originally from Grosse Pointe Park, John Hill made Midland his home two years ago. Currently he is working at Three Rivers Corporation as a Senior Design Architect, specializing in the design and planning of solutions for the built environment. John studied architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy and the Warsaw University of Technology. John is a licensed architect accredited by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a LEED Accredited Professional specializing in sustainable building design and construction by the United States Green Building Council. He is a member of the Midland Morning Rotary Club, Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a board member on the Midland County Habitat for Humanity. He also serves as the Regional Chair for the Student Chapter of the USGBC Students for North and West Michigan, along with volunteering for other groups. John is an avid sailor, skier, and he is passionate about the arts, music, and theater.

Chuck Martin – Secretary

Chuck joined our board in 2012. He is a horticulturist and curator of woody plants at The Dow Gardens. Chuck received his Bachelor’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and an MBA from Northwood University. He also pens a weekly article on plant varieties and culture for the Midland Daily News. Chuck is extremely grateful to his wife Beth, who also has a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, for editing all his articles.

Robyn Sczepanski

Robyn joined our board in 2014. A native of Saginaw, she is an Implementation Coordinator at Brown & Brown Insurance. She previously worked at Ieuter Insurance Group as an Employee Benefits Specialist since 2009. She received her Associates Degree from Delta College in 2007 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Saginaw Valley State University in 2010. She is a member of the Young Leaders United Executive Council through the United Way of Midland County and Leadership Midland through the Midland Chamber of Commerce. Robyn is actively involved in Lunchbox Learners through the United Way of Midland County, Junior Achievement of Central Michigan, Midland Area Homes, Shelterhouse, and MyPros through the Midland Chamber of Commerce. She currently lives in Midland where she enjoys spending time outdoors, running, and playing with her miniature dachshund Oscar.

Bill Thomson – Treasurer

Bill joined our board in 2012. He is president of Midland-based McMahan, Thomson & Associates, P.C. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University and is a certified public accountant. He has been actively involved in outdoor activities in one form or another since Boy Scouts. He also serves as chairman of the Board of CBM of Midland, treasurer for the MSU Alumni Association of Midland County, and president/treasurer of Michigan Saginaw Valley Brittany Club. Bill lives in Midland with his wife, Elissa.

Steve Wilkowski

Steve joined our board in 2016. He also serves as president of the Leon P. Martuch Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He has worked within the material science industry for over 25 years in a variety of research development and commercial roles, currently with Siltech Corporation. Steve holds degrees in chemistry and biology from Saginaw Valley State University and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Steve resides in Midland with his wife and three children.

Jerry Ziarno

Jerry joined the board in 2008. A retired vice president of marketing for Dow Corning Corporation, he is an active bird watcher. Taught to love the land from his father, Jerry said that he “went from being an avid hunter to studying birds through binoculars.” He has traveled extensively enjoying his birding avocation. With two grown children, Jerry and his wife, Yoshie, spend much time outdoors in Midland.