Board of Directors

CHAIRMAN ~ Lisa Brohl

MB KWA Lisa with trap 9-95

Lisa Kutschbach-Brohl, the chair of the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy and director of the Nature Camp Programs, has a B.S. degree from the Ohio State University in Natural Resources (Parks/Interpretation). She received her M.S. from OSU in environmental science with a specialty in wetlands. She has an abundance of educational work experience including work with the National Park service, as an instructor at the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory (workshops and Local Flora college courses) as well as being a certified Project WET, WILD, and Learning Tree facilitator. Lisa has also worked as a biological technician with the U. S. Geological Survey at their Lake Erie Biological Field Station and currently works part time for the U.S.D.A. Wildlife Research station in Sandusky, Ohio.


SECRETARY/TREASURER ~ Kelly Faris (not pictured)


BOARD MEMBER ~ Dustin Heineman

LEIC-BSC Board Member Dustin Heineman

Dustin Heineman is the fifth generation of Ohio’s oldest family owned and operated winery which was established in 1888 by his great-great grandfather. He attended OSU for a year and majored in business administration and minored in enology but found it was not his cup of tea and so moved back to his island home. Here is where Dustin gained a more, “hands on” experience and began working with his father and grandfather on a daily basis. He found his true niche.

Besides being a proud board member of The Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy, Dustin also serves on the board of the Perry Group as well as The Ohio Wine Producers Association, following in the footsteps of father and grandfather; a founding member of the OWPA.

He has a love, respect and dedication to the preservation of our beautiful islands. This became even stronger with the birth of his son Eli. Dustin says “Put-in-Bay has a wealth of history and I enjoy learning new things everyday. As my roots continue to grow deeper into the island soil, I enjoy doing my best to save and protect its history; not only for my generation, but for generations to come.”


BOARD MEMBER ~ Susan Byrnes

Susan Byrnes

Susan Byrnes has been a LEIC-BSC board member since spring 2008, as well as a committee member of the LEINWC. Susan has been photographing and capturing the beauty of the island since 1998. Her love of photography began as a teen and was pursued further at Ohio University as a photojournalism major. Susan and her family live on the island and own and operate the Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast, in addition to her photography business Put-in-Bay Studios.



BOARD MEMBER ~ Kristin Stanford (not pictured)

Kristin, AKA the Island Snakelady, has been the Recovery Plan Coordinator for the federally threatened Lake Erie Watersnake since 2000. Portions of her research have been showcased with Mike Rowe on Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs. Kristin also teaches field herpetology at Ohio State University’s Stone Lab and has supervised 18 Research Experience for Undergraduate student projects on the islands. She has as B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Northern Illinois University and is currently working on finishing up her PhD. Kristin is currently a board member for LEIC-BSC, a board member for LEINWC, and a member of the Midwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptiles Conservation Advisory Committee.


BOARD MEMBER ~ Bruce Miles

Bruce Miles

Bruce is president of Miles Products, a lifelong seasonal resident of Middle Bass Island and an avid hunter and fisherman.






BOARD MEMBER ~ Marsha Collett

Marsha Collett

Marsha Collett has been a LEIC-BSC board member from 2009-Present. She holds
a B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.





BOARD MEMBER ~ Nancy Welter

Nancy Welter

Nancy Welter is a retired program analyst from NASA at the Glenn Research Center. She is a year round resident of Middle Bass Island and works seasonally at the Middle Bass Island State Park. Nancy lives near the Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve and has volunteered with bird banding efforts there. She enjoys spending time with family and friends when they come to visit on the island, especially her grand kids, two of them have enjoyed the Middle Bass Nature Camp.



BOARD MEMBER ~ Linda Shull

Linda Shull

Hometown Bowling Green, Ohio. I was part of a farm family growing up and learned to appreciate nature. Graduated from Flower Hospital School of Nursing in 1977 and retired after 40 years of practice this year. Married to Joe Shull and reside on South Bass Island for the summer months and the cold months in Estero, Fl. We have four children and 9 grandchildren with number 10 arriving in Feb 2018! I received my bachelors degree from the University of Findlay in 2003 in Health and Human Resources. I am looking forward to serving on this board and making a difference in our community and area.


BOARD MEMBERS (not pictured)

John Ladd

Ken Farber

Paula Ziebarth

Peggy Leopold

Julene Market

Bob Russell



Carol Richardson

John Dodge

Richard Gump



 if others are interested in helping out or serving on a  committee let us know.