Josephine Roberts, Executive Director
Josephine is an East Jordan graduate who always envisioned moving back to the Northern Michigan area. She lived in Detroit and worked in the non-for-profit sector there for the past ten years. 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.
Heather Huffstutler, Director of Conservation Programs
Heather's passion for the natural world was forged in the coastal Pacific Northwest, and then here along the Great Lakes as a child of a military family. She has a background in working in ecological restoration, education, and program development with The Nature Conservancy, and most recently with Six Rivers Land Conservancy in metro-Detroit. Heather joined the staff in July of 2013, and thoroughly enjoys her time working, living, and playing in the Little Traverse region.
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 Administrator position, and is very excited to be involved with community engagement and outreach.