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.

Abbie Hawley, Director of Conservation Programs

Abbie grew up as a neighbor to Walloon, hailing from the nearby city of East Jordan. From an early age, Abbie fell in love with nature and sought to protect her surroundings.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and went on to earn her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.

During her time at law school, Abbie interned with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in the policy department. She placed an emphasis on environmental law while in law school, and even encouraged the college to reintroduce its water law course.

After law school, she clerked locally in the 46th Circuit Court, and has most recently practiced law in the area of estate and trust administration.

When she’s not at work you can find Abbie working with her fiance to restore their 100-year old home, spending time outside with her Husky, Odin, or in the kitchen sharpening her baking skills.