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.

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.

Anna Carlson

Office Manager

Anna joined the team at Cardinal in 2018. Her first project here was to compile the application for accreditation. From this bird’s eye view of the organization, she continues to focus in on the easement purchase program for agricultural lands, office administration and Cardinal’s record keeping. Outside of her work with Cardinal, she studies to earn her master’s degree in library science, takes slow walks and runs trails in any one of her favorite SW Ohio nature preserves.

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.

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.

Charlie Guarino

Finance Committee Chair

Meet Charlie

Charlie is a retired school superintendent for Southern Hills Career and Technical Center. He currently serves on several boards including the Highland County Land Bank, Hillsboro City Planning Commission, and South Central Development Corporation. He served five years as Secretary of the Southern Ohio Farmland Preservation Board before it merged with Cardinal Land Conservancy. He also was a former board member of Brown County Rural Water-Wellhead Protection. Charlie lives with his wife Karen in Hillsboro, Ohio. Charlie has lived most of his life in rural settings that reflect his farming, green space, nature, and wildlife interests.

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.

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.

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.



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