Our Team

Meet The Cardinal Team

The Staff

Our small professional staff are passionate about conservation in Southwest Ohio.

Andy Dickerson

Executive Director

Andy has a long history of conservation work that includes being the Director of Science for the Ohio Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and a founding member of the Valley View Foundation. He has worked with farmers to capitalize on the conservation benefits of the farm bill, is a prescribed fire burn boss as well as a bird and prairie enthusiast. As a trained facilitator and conservation business planner, Andy hopes to win friends and influence partners as he works to protect land at home in SW Ohio.

Lauren Stanula

Development Manager

Lauren’s background is in environmental studies and she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati. After finishing her master’s degree in conservation biology at Miami University, she spent some time working as an arborist before becoming the development manager for Cardinal Land Conservancy. A lifelong Cincinnati resident, avid hiker, and self proclaimed “nature nerd” with an affinity for anything outdoors, she is thrilled to be part of
the Cardinal team.

Mark Besserman

Land Steward

Mark has always had an interest in nature and conservation, starting with many outdoor adventures and camping trips growing up in Northern Illinois. In 2019, Mark retired after a 32-year career at Proctor and Gamble. He now enjoys a lot of time outdoors volunteering for Great Parks of Hamilton County and Mill Creek Alliance leading hikes and conducting stream sampling. He joined the Cardinal staff in 2019 to oversee easement monitoring and stewardship of Cardinal’s nature preserves.

Nick Hartley

Facilities Manager - Bahr Farm

Nick Hartley grew up in Rhode Island but has lived the last 20 years in the Cincinnati area. He is passionate about wildlife conservation and native gardening, graduating from Cincinnati State with a degree in sustainable horticulture. Nick brings 24 years of project and retail management experience to the position of facilities manager of Bahr Farms. Nick is enthusiastic about sharing this unique urban farm with the community.

Noelle O'Neal

Land Manager

Noelle O’Neal joins Cardinal Land Conservancy as full time Land Manager. With a strong background in environmental work, she is well prepared for the demanding job. Noelle and her Stewardship team are responsible for the annual monitoring of Cardinal’s 7,500 acres of Conservation and Agricultural easements and 500 acres of nature preserves. Noelle’s experience with mapping, tree planting and social media will also help her work on restoration projects with our Steward-ship volunteers. A graduate of Kenyon College in central Ohio, she was a student farmer and interned for Kenyon’s Office of Green Initiatives.

Interested in joining the team? Check out our current job opportunities.

The Board of Directors

Cardinal board members come from all over Southwest Ohio. They bring a wide variety of skills, experience, and perspectives that reflect the diversity of the conservation work that we do.

Bill Hopple

Board President

Meet Bill

Bill served as Executive Director of Cincinnati Nature Center for 23 years. He retired in 2019, but has remained on the Cardinal Board of Directors which he joined in 2015. Bill taught science early in his career and worked as an instructor for National Outdoor Leadership School during college. He has a BA from Cornell University and a MS from the University of Cincinnati, both in biology/ecology.

Garett Feldkamp

Development Committee Chair

Meet Garett

Garett joined the Cardinal Board in 2017 and serves on the Finance Committee, as well as chairing the Development committee. He brings 10 years of board leadership to the organization. Garett is a Client Advisor with J.P. Morgan Private Bank and previously served on various United Way committees and non-profit boards, as well. Garett's passion for sustainability and conservation led him to Cardinal and are priorities which drive his involvement in the community. An alum of the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University, Garett lives with his wife and children in Clermont County.

Roland Johnson

Board Member

Meet Roland

Roland served as first President of Cardinal Land Conservancy at the merger of the three SW Ohio land trusts. He was a founder of The Land Conservancy of Hamilton County, Ohio in 1999. His career included teaching Industrial Design at UC’s College of DAAP, and as a design manager for P&G. Since his retirement in 1994, Roland has been dedicated to land conservation. His forested homestead in Green Township is protected by a Conservation Easement. A current Cardinal Board member, he serves on the Land and Communication committees and heads up Cardinal’s Hamilton County Area Council.

Devin Lampe

Board Member

Meet Devin

Devin became involved with Cardinal Conservancy in 2020 after completing Leadership Council for Nonprofit's Board Orientation & Leadership Development program. Having grown up in Clermont County, Devin has an appreciation and passion for preserving the Southwest Ohio region. She initially began working with Cardinal's Development Committee to enhance their platforms and web presence, utilizing her background as an IT and data analytics consultant at dunnhumby where she leads the US non-profit outreach. Devin has since joined the Cardinal Board in 2021.

Jim Meyer

Vice President

Meet Jim

Jim recently retired as owner of Trail Management Services LLC, a company which provided consulting services for the design, maintenance, and construction of sustainable trails. Prior to this, he had a 30-year career with capital goods manufacturing companies, including Makino, where he was VP/GM of the East Tech Division. He has served on Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, with the United Way of Clermont and Brown Counties, as well as the Clermont Count Agenda for the Future Task Force and the Connect Clermont Board.

Dr. Jeffrey Corney

Board Member

Meet Jeffrey

Dr. Corney has enjoyed a 30-year career as an educator and conservationist and has had the unique privilege of serving as director of three nature centers and an ecological field station. Dr. Corney currently serves as executive director of Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford, Ohio.

Jerry Schwallie

Board Member

Meet Jerry

Jerry has been a Board Member of Cardinal Land Conservancy since 2015. He was a Founding Member of the Southern Ohio Farmland Preservation Association (SOFPA) which focused on the preservation of agricultural land and related educational activities. He served as the SOFPA President for 16 years. He has been the owner/operator of his Brown County, Ohio farm for more than 40 years.

Patrick Hornschemeier, Esq.

Secretary and Land Committee Chair

Meet Patrick

Patrick is a retired attorney living in Georgetown who became involved in using agricultural easements to preserve farmland in 1998. While never a farmer himself, he grew up in Anderson Township, Hamilton County, surrounded by farms belonging to his relatives on which he worked and deep ravines and fields of green, open land where he spent his free time.

Laura Curliss, Esq.

Board Member

Meet Laura

Ms. Curliss is an attorney practicing in the areas of conservation law, real estate and estate planning representing landowners and land trusts. In 2004, she was a founding member of Clinton County Open Lands, Inc., and was on the merger committee for creating Cardinal Land Conservancy. She has served on the Claims Committee of Terrafirma, a national risk-sharing pool for land trusts, and was President of the Board of Cardinal Land Conservancy from 2016-2018. Ms. Curliss has assisted in transactions preserving over 7000 acres in southwest Ohio.

Maeve Mason

Board Member

Meet Maeve

As Environmental Policy and Affairs Director at Duke Energy, Maeve is responsible for building and maintaining positive working relationships with senior leaders in Ohio and Kentucky environmental and regulatory agencies, rulemaking boards and commissions and key external advocacy agencies. She graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Political Science from Central Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Ohio University. Maeve is a certified Public Manager, a member of Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s 16th C-Change class, and is married with two daughters.

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