Jim has been a licensed real estate agent since 1995, specializing in homes and land in beautiful Licking County. He is a commissioner on the Licking County Planning Commission, and has been involved in other community and organizational planning efforts. Jim has experience as a general contractor and has a degree in architecture from MIT with emphasis on real estate law and building construction.
Jim has been involved in numerous charitable and non-profit organizations, usually in a strategic planning of communications role. He has had professional and volunteer experience in annual giving programs for many years. Jim lives north of Granville on 40 acres of farmland, woods and stream and was certified organic in 1993. He is embarking on a more permaculture based approach to agriculture, relying more on perennial crops and seeking long-term sustainability. Jim has four children, recent college graduates Danielle and Luke, and Hannah, and college Sophomore, Claire.
Jeremy King - Vice Chair
Jeremy King is the Sustainability Director at Denison University where he stewards sustainability initiatives on behalf of the College and acts as a resource for other departments and offices. He also serves as a liaison to the surrounding community on issues regarding sustainability and sustainable development. An alumna of Denison, Jeremy brings a wealth of educational and resource conservation experience to the position. He taught high school science in Circleville, Ohio for 10 years and during that time earned a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University. Jeremy served in the Peace Corps and worked on sustainable development and sustainable agriculture projects in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Jeremy was born and raised in Licking County.
Lyn Boone - Treasurer
Lyn Boone retired in 2010 from the staff of Denison University, where she served as Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations. She has been a resident of Granville for thirty-one years.
In Central Ohio, Lyn has served a number of volunteer organizations and boards, including the Granville Union Cemetery, where she leads the historic preservation project for the town's historic graveyard. She has served on the board of the Licking Land Trust since 2011, and currently holds the position of treasurer.
Lyn holds the B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She and her husband Keith are avid birders, an avocation that inspires their travel.
Whether managing nearly 2,000 acres as Dawes Arboretum’s director of land conservation or working to preserve property in her own community, Shana Byrd has a passion for conservation. She hopes to share her expertise and enthusiasm as part of the Trust’s board.
“I hope to offer support in monitoring properties, working with landowners considering partnership, educating the public on the value of our work and inspiring individuals to donate resources,” she said. “I’m also interested to learn more about how I can best be of service based on needs of our community.”
Shana studied biology at Ohio University and earned a master’s degree in zoology from Miami University. Before accepting her position at Dawes, she worked with the Sustainable Forestry Program of Rural Action and directed the restoration ecology program at The Wilds. She currently serves on the Ohio Invasive Plant Council Board of Directors, where she raises awareness about native plant conservation.
Recent residents of Granville, Shana and her family also own a 10-acre farm in Athens County, where she helped secure adjacent property for preservation.
Shana reflected, “The land trust’s relevance of today helps endear communities to their natural assets; the relevance of tomorrow will be gratitude of future generations.”
Paul is a farmer in Newark, Ohio, a member and past president of the Licking County Farm, Bureau, and a Trustee of the Ohio Farm Bureau from 2011 - 2018. He enjoys being a 4H Club Advisor, and is a lifetime member of the Utica FFA. He also works for Layton Excavating as a Field Superintendent.
A registered landscape architect, Mary Fitch has worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for over 20 years. She administers several state and federal grant programs that provide funding for Ohio’s public parks and trails. Prior to working for ODNR, she lived and worked in the Bluegrass area of Kentucky, where she designed park, commercial, and residential sites.
During her tenure as a Land Trust board member, Mary was instrumental in obtaining a Clean Ohio Conservation grant to permanently protect Spring Valley Nature Preserve, and in landinga subsequent Ohio EPA Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF) grant to restore of Spring Valley’s Salt Run stream. “With assistance from Ohio’s very competitive SWIF grant program, Granville Township was able to make Salt Run far more accessible to visitors, and stream water quality has improved.
In her spare time, Mary enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and traveling to beautiful places.She has an adult son and daughter and a little grandson.
Tom Henshaw is an environmental studies professor at Denison University. His career in agriculture started as an agriculture extension volunteer with Peace Corps in Paraguay. Additionally, he has worked as an organic vegetable producer and US Customs agriculture inspector. Tom studied international business at DePauw University, has a MS in agro-ecology from the University of Florida, and a PhD in rural sociology form The Ohio State University. Deeply interested in community agriculture Tom was a founding board member of 6th Street and Growing Community Gardens in Newark in addition to the Licking Land Trust.
Born and raised in Chillicothe, Tom and his wife Erin moved to Licking County in 2009 where they purchased a small piece of property and an old farm house in Granville Township.
Sarah works as a lawyer and has many years of experience in environmental law in both the public sector - agencies such as the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), ODOT, and the Ohio Attorney General - and private law firms including Ice Miller and Bailey Cavalieri. She recently established her own law practice in Newark the, Lynn Law Group. Of course, she has been involved in many community groups including the Franklin Park Conservatory, Early Care and Learning, and the Columbus Montessori Education Center.
Mike Mickelson is a retired Denison University professor of physics and astronomy and has served on the Granville Township Zoning Commission. He serves on the Licking Land Trust because of his interests in preserving the rural character of Licking County consistent with sensible growth. While on the zoning commission, he worked to redesign Granville Township’s Planned Unit Development ordinance to encourage clustered residential design on smaller lots while designating 50% of the subdivision as undeveloped space. As a Licking Land Trust board member, he has served as vice chair and worked chaired the committee that obtained accreditation for the Licking Land Trust. Land Trust Land Trust Accreditation is designed to help build and recognize strong land trusts, foster public confidence in land conservation, and ensure the long-term protection of land.
Doug Spieles is a professor of environmental studies at Denison University, where he teaches courses on ecosystem management and wetland ecology. A member of the Licking Land Trust Board since 2004, Doug is interested in conservation ecology, environmental education, and ecological succession. He is the author of Protected Land: Disturbance, Stress, and American Ecosystem Management, from Springer publications.
As a child, Rebecca Swab frequently went camping and hiking with her family. Her father’s deep interest in plants soon became her own and she decided to make ecology her calling. She earned a master’s degree in natural resources from The Ohio State University and a doctorate in ecology from University of California Riverside.
Currently director of restoration ecology at The Wilds, Rebecca hopes her environmental expertise will benefit the Trust in decision making, particularly in prioritizing ecological services or particular species.
“Given urban sprawl and development as population grows, having organizations that work to preserve green space within these areas is essential. These areas are valuable for native species, provide important environmental services, and can provide recreational opportunities, both locally and nationally,” she said.
Don Wiper (1931-2015)
The Trust is deeply saddened by the passing of Don "Biff" Wiper on September 24, 2015, while joining the entire community and his family in celebration of his life of huge accomplishment and boundless love. As a long-time member and driving force behind the growth of the Granville Land Conservancy, Don worked tirelessly for 23 years to advance the mission of the Conservancy, which became the Licking Land Trust. Serving as a board chair and member, he shared his passion for conservation of open spaces, working with landowners, members, youth, the community and many others to save undeveloped land as a treasure forever. His love for nature and the land lives on in the Licking Land Trust. He served as chairman of the board from 1996-2006 during which time the area protected by the Trust grew by over 700 acres. Don served as a board member until his recent death in 2015. He lent his legal expertise freely, and was invaluable to member and landowner outreach. We miss him dearly!
Maria Losh is the Compliance Coordinator at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Certification, an accredited organic certification agency. She is also a farmer at Everyday Acres in Granville, Ohio. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Science and spent five years working in government and industry as an environmental consultant before moving to Columbus to work for OEFFA. Maria raises heritage breed livestock, including a breeding flock of Red Dorking chickens and Guernsey milk goats, and she also focuses on family-scale vegetable production.