Staff & Board
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.
April Weppler, Program Manager In her 12 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.
Nancy Goucher, Manager, Partnerships
Nancy brings significant experience and skills bringing together multiple stakeholders and creating effective networks to Freshwater Future. For the last 2.5 years, she has worked with Environmental Defence, leading the Great Lakes program to educate citizens and governments about the need for stronger rules to protect and restore the Great Lakes. Listed as one of Tides Canada’s Top 10 Visionaries in 2010, Nancy is also the founder of Blue Drinks Toronto, a social network of over 250 people engaged in meaningful dialogue and collaboration on water issues. She is the author of numerous academic journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and regularly publishes opinion editorials, blogs, and magazine articles. Prior to Environmental Defence, Nancy worked as the Program Manager for the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW). Nancy has a Masters of Environmental Studies Degree in Planning from the University of Waterloo.
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.
Lindsay Telfer, Chair
Canadian Freshwater Alliance
Holly Hughes, Vice-Chair
Great Lakes Citizen
Invasive Species Centre
Brenda van Ginkel
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