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Krista Magaw, Executive Director

Krista, an experienced administrator of nonprofit organizations, became TLT's first executive director in October 2001.

In addition to carrying out daily administrative tasks, Krista brings her extensive professional experience in program development, planning, and fundraising to assist with TLT's busy schedule.

Krista earned an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Cincinnati and a graduate degree in public policy from Duke University.


Michele Burns, Associate Director

Michele joined the TLT staff in August 2008. She manages special fundraising events, educational outreach, and much of the land preservation projects in her capacity as associate director. Michele earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural resource management from the University of Kentucky and Colorado State University, respectively. She and her husband, John, returned to Yellow Springs after buying John’s family farm. They have a 24 acre fruit, vegetable, and livestock operation and make maple syrup. They live on the farm with their three children.



Lauren Gjessing, Land Preservation Specialist

Lauren returned to the TLT staff in August 2019 working on land preservation and educational efforts. Previously, she worked with the Land Trust as an Antioch College student as part of the Miller Fellow program, and has since graduated with a degree in Anthropology. After graduation, Lauren worked on educational programming in Cincinnati and briefly in Nicaragua.


Cathy Holcomb, Office Manager

As our Office Manager, Cathy manages a wide variety of our day-to-day tasks, including bookkeeping, database management, general office support and pipe unfreezing.

She is a lifelong resident of the Miami Valley and a graduate of the University of Dayton. Cathy lives in Springfield with her husband Jim, their youngest child, Tess, and their various 4-H livestock.





Jenny Randolph, Webmaster & More

Jenny helps with our website, social media, and events. When she’s not at TLT, Jenny enjoys traveling, being outside, and her furry friends at home in Springfield.


Doug Bailey, Documentation Specialist

Doug enjoys creating baseline condition reports for TLT, which document the condition of the property at the time of the easement. Prior to doing this work, Doug worked in West Virginia documenting buildings prior to being demolished. He finds this work a bit more rewarding! Doug also owns a landscaping business in Yellow Springs.

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Marion Benham, Easement Monitor

Marian has a degree in natural resources from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. She returned home to live on her family’s preserved farm with her partner Stanley. They have a produce and livestock operation.  Marian also works at Enviroflight in Yellow Springs.


 George Bieri, Easement Monitor

George grew up in Yellow Springs. During the 30 years that his father taught biology at Antioch, George traveled extensively with him to visit native environments. For eleven months during his college years, he traveled to Mexico, Central America and the Amazon. After returning from Arizona, George enrolled in the Dayton Area in the intensive study of woodworking and cabinet-making in the school of hard knocks. He and his wife Abby Cobb have five children.


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James Blumenschein, Easement Monitor

James graduated from Wittenberg with a degree in geology. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys camping and hiking with his family. James lives on a natural property that his grandparents preserved in Bethel Township. He enjoys his work with TLT because he is able to see properties he wouldn’t otherwise.


Julia Cady, Land Preservation Adviser

Julia is the immediate past-President of the Tecumseh Land Trust. She donated an easement on her family's farm in Clark County, and continues her outstanding educational work on behalf of the land trust with local governments and interested landowners as a volunteer. Julia also managed the Federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Program application process. She is also a master weaver, and spends her spare time rehabbing old homes to their former glory.





Kendra Cipollini, Documentation Specialist

Kendra is a professor of Biology at Wilmington College. She received her B.S. in Biology from George Washington University and her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. After working as an ecologist for the US Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago and as Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy of Ohio, Kendra began her tenure-track position at Wilmington College in 2004.

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Mike Haubner, Easement Monitor

Mike retired as OSU’s Extension Ag Agent for Clark County. We were able to lure him out of retirement with the promise that he did not have to work in the winter. Mike monitors our agricultural easements.

Mike and his wife, Debbie, spend winters in Florida. He has been known to send the office reports of the glorious weather they are enjoying while the snow is flying in Ohio.

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Chris Hodgson, Easement Monitor

Chris is a retired state forester with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. She also ran a native plant business from her home called Basically Native. Chris enjoys, in particular, monitoring properties that have natural areas as well as farmland.

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Jim Holcomb, Easement Monitor

Jim is originally from Oakwood, but today lives on a small farm with his wife Cathy and their youngest daughter. He works for Tyler Technologies as a property appraiser for their Tax Appraisal Division. Jim has volunteered for TLT for many years prior to joining the Stewardship Team.


Ben Silliman, Easement Monitor

Ben is the land manager at the Glen Helen Nature Preserve. He has an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University and a graduate degree in hydrology from The Ohio State University. Ben does monitoring and documentation for TLT when he isn’t battling invasive species in the Glen.