Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy

Staff Bios

Josephine Roberts, Executive Director

Josephine is an East Jordan native who always envisioned moving back to the Northern Michigan area. She lived in downtown Detroit, working in the non-profit sector in many capacities. She attended DePaul University and Wayne State University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. During her time in Detroit, Josephine was invested in contributing to the city’s comeback through volunteer and board work in organizations like the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University and was an active member of the Detroit Yacht Club where she started a sailing program for inner-city children.

Josephine and her husband, Justin, have many interests that include being on the water and in the woods, antiquing and eating their way through the world. They are thrilled to be able to raise their son, Shepherd Roberts, in northern Michigan.

Cindy Hayes, Director of Membership and Financial Operations

Cindy grew up in North Conway, NH, camping, climbing mountains and rock hopping in the rivers. In 1991, she found her way to Petoskey, Michigan and it immediately felt like home. It has been a blessing to live and work in such a beautiful place for the past 25 years. Cindy began her career at the Walloon Lake Association and Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy as their Administrative Assistant in 2000 and has seen her role expand throughout the years.

When not at work, she and her husband Andy love to travel, bike, hike, ski, kayak and spend as much time as possible with their 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

Jillian Worsley, Office & Database Manager

Jillian is a Midland native and has always dreamed of moving Up North. After graduating from Central Michigan University with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Jillian and her husband moved to Clarkston to pursue their careers. It was here that Jillian found her passion for the outdoors. She would spend her weekends hiking at Independence Oaks, driving up to Northern Michigan to get a breath of fresh air and spent time volunteering to clean up the Clinton River Watershed. Now, living in Petoskey, Jillian is excited to dive in to hiking with her dog, Watson, take a lot of kayaking trips and is hopeful to master the winter sport of snowshoeing.

When she’s not enjoying the outdoors, Jillian is spending time with her husband, Ben, cooking new recipes and recording music in their makeshift home studio. Jillian brings a marketing and sales background to the Office & Database Manager position, and is very excited to be involved with community engagement and outreach.

Jac Talcott, Watershed & Stewardship Program Coordinator

Jac is a local native, born and raised out of Cross Village, and found his love for the environment through the guidance of his parents, programs from the Little Traverse Conservancy, and skiing, sailing, surfing his home area. During his undergraduate work, he worked for Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, helping with research and community events during the summer time. After graduating from Lake Superior State University with his Bachelor of Science in Biology, Jac worked a season with Great Lakes Environmental Center for the EPA’s National Stream and Rivers Assessment. Afterward, he moved back to Northern Michigan to pursue his career locally.

When not working, he spends his time working as a alpine racing coach, hanging out with his family and friends, and doing just about any outdoor sport you can name. Jac is very excited to build upon and create new outdoor programs, as well as work with our awesome volunteers and Walloon community.

Connor Dennis, Director of Conservation Programs

Connor is a Petoskey native who’s family lives on Indian Garden road, therefore, Walloon Lake is very near and dear to his heart. Connor is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Applications. He also holds a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Social Studies from Northern Michigan University. Connor is a jack of all trades. From ski patrolling, teaching high school, to building houses he has done a little bit of everything and looks forward to putting all of his skills to good use in his position as the Director of Conservation Programs. Connor has a true passion for the environment and the outdoors. He is an avid downhill skier and in the summers he and his wife enjoy golfing on couples league and spending as much time as they can on their pontoon.

Elijah Brumback, Director of Development & Communications

Elijah grew up travelling Michigan playing Hockey and Soccer. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a degree in Journalism & Social Science. He is a graduate of the 2020 class of Leadership Little Traverse, a nine-month community leadership journey for the Little Traverse Bay Region. Elijah's early career in Journalism took him to both coasts, eventually moving into PR & Marketing helping companies like Cadillac & Method Soap create partnerships and tell their stories. He is excited to bring his marketing and relationship building skills to the WLAC as the Director of Development and Communications. Elijah and his wife Diana spend ample time on the lake in the summer and when the ice is just right for pond hockey in the Winter.

Louise Mooradian, Office Administrator

Louise is a Minnesota native who mostly grew up in Petoskey, MI. She learned the importance of our connection with nature from her mother, a biology teacher and naturalist, who enrolled her in many programs at nature centers growing up. Early on, Louise became an avid equestrian and competitor, working her way up to the college level. She competed at the Division I level at Albion College where she got her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and English. After graduating in 2019, Louise moved out to the East Coast to work for an Olympic show jumper and travel on the horse show circuit until she decided to come back home to Northern Michigan. Louise has internship experience in social media, writing, and has done administrative work for the Bay View Association. When Louise is not at work, she still finds time to ride horses, enjoys downhill skiing and sailing, and has recently picked up fly fishing.