Staff & Board

Staff & Board

Our Staff

Jill Ryan, Executive Director  Jill Ryan received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, her Master’s Degree in Zoology from the University of Maine, and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. She has a background in nonprofit management and capacity building, environmental toxicology, and human services, and has taught environmental law and legal research. Jill has held positions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Chautauqua Area Girl Scout Council, was the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund Director for over seven years and is now the Executive Director of Freshwater Future. Jill and her family live in Petoskey, Michigan where they enjoy kayaking, fishing, biking, hiking, swimming, skiing and camping.
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AprilWApril Weppler, Program Manager  April is the program manager for Freshwater Future Canada, a binational charity focused on protecting and restoring the waters of the Great Lakes.  In her 16 years as a conservation professional, April Weppler has had a variety of work experiences ranging from Stewardship Coordinator roles with the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre and Ontario Nature, to a project manager in the Conservation Lands department of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. She also served two terms on the board of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance, where she held the positions of Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair, and past-Chair. April holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from University of Guelph, specializing in Wildlife Biology. April lives with her family in Guelph, Ontario where they enjoy hiking, paddling, and generally exploring the outdoors.
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Tony Maas, Manager, Strategies  A big picture thinker, policy influencer and team builder, Tony Maas has been working to protect the health of Canada’s fresh water for over 15 years. Through his independent consultancy, he has worked with not-for-profits, philanthropic foundations and research institutes in Canada and the United States on strategy, program development and public policy issues. Prior to starting his business, Tony spent six years as national Freshwater Program Director with WWF-Canada.Tony is a founding member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) and currently chairs the Steering Committee of the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and the External Advisory Board of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo and. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario and holds a Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.
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Our Board

LindsayTelferLindsay Telfer, Chair
Canadian Freshwater Alliance




Holly Hughes, Vice-Chair
Great Lakes Citizen




Tracey Cooke
Invasive Species Centre




Natalija Fisher
Board Secretary




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