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Ryan Postema named new Executive Director

Posted on November 4, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Ryan Postema has been appointed Executive Director of Chikaming Open Lands.

Following the sudden passing of Chris Thompson in June of this year, a Search Committee was appointed by the Board to conduct a nationwide search to fill the position.  After a comprehensive process that spanned three months and resulted in applications from around the country, the Committee recommended, and the Board of Directors unanimously approved, the selection of Ryan.

As many of you know, Ryan Postema has been the Land Protection Specialist at Chikaming Open Lands for the past three years. In that capacity he has had primary responsibility for land protection and stewardship projects. He has also participated in a variety of other aspects of the organization, from education projects to development and marketing activities. Prior to joining Chikaming Open Lands, Ryan spent eight years working for Cardno, an international environmental consulting firm, where he managed and implemented large-scale ecosystem restoration and native landscaping projects. 

I hope you will join us in welcoming Ryan to his new position as Executive Director. His transition into this leadership role is extremely positive for Chikaming Open Lands and for the community as a whole. 

With Ryan's leadership and the support of our dedicated members and friends, we look forward to continuing our conservation work in Southwest Michigan.