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DANI KNOPH

CO-FOUNDER, REWILD MICHIGAN

Accomplished artist and published writer with a focus on Michigan fish & wildlife conservation, Dani is passionate about helping to protect Michigan’s wild places as well as the species that depend on them. Dani owns DK Wildlife, a fine art business comprised of illustrations that can be found in shops, homes and showrooms across Michigan and the country. Prior experience includes branding and development for Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, as well as marketing for Traverse Magazine and MyNorth.com. Dani studied art and design at the University of Michigan and Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She lives and works with her husband Gerard in Elk Rapids, and enjoys exploring the wilderness, gardening and learning the art of fly fishing. When she’s not painting or showing artwork, she’s usually dreaming up ways to support the wild side of Michigan.


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TIM ERVIN

CO-FOUNDER, REWILD MICHIGAN

Tim brings thirty-years in conservation-related programming and fund development to ReWild Michigan and its partners. He worked to attain primacy for Michigan under the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act; overseeing environmental protection program planning for Michigan; serving as Michigan’s liaison to the USEPA and Congressional Delegation on key environmental initiatives; serving as gubernatorial appointee to direct the modern day equivalent of the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps and the Michigan Youth Corps that provided jobs for 20,000 young adults; developing the Explore the Shores program aimed at providing access for all to enjoy Michigan’s water resources; identifying, seeking and securing millions in public and private agency resources to support conservation ranging from land acquisition to recreational development to multi-jurisdictional infrastructure; facilitating education of stakeholders and development of financial resources to help local government and nonprofit organizations achieve goals for conservation and outdoor recreation. 


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HALEY BRENISER

BOARD MEMBER, REWILD MICHIGAN

Haley is a proud native of Michigan and a graduate of Michigan State University’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Her respect for wilderness and passion for conservation originated from an unforgettable backpacking trip on Isle Royale when she was 19. From that point forward, she participated in a variety of environmental education, conservation, and research projects throughout Michigan, the United States, and the Canadian Rockies. She worked in the nonprofit sector for 15 years. Most recently, Haley served as executive director of Grass River Natural Area in Antrim County. For five years, she led the organization on fronts, including: board restructuring, fund development strategy, applied conservation practices, policy revisions, community engagement, partnerships, and expansion of education and land management programs. Previous to that, Haley worked for the Kalamazoo Nature Center as director of ecological services.

Haley currently co-manages UnderToe Farm, an organic vegetable, fruit and pastured poultry farm in northern Michigan with her husband Adam Brown. She values relationships with people. She values the solace found in wilderness and the taste of a warm, sweet strawberry freshly harvested. She deeply appreciates the reflective conversations that occur with good friends, often fostering ideas that promote positive change, and she is inspired by the diverse plant and wildlife communities within our protected lands as well as the people that passionately support them.