AMY TROTTER

Executive Director

At MUCC, Amy manages the organization, manages grant-funded work, and works to develop and advance the organization’s conservation policy agenda by working with MUCC members, conservation partners, state agencies and legislators, as well as developing educational workshops and information for MUCC’s website and newsletters. She currently serves on numerous state-level boards and committees related to forest and habitat management, recreation, and wildlife.

Prior to joining MUCC in 2007, Amy was a Consultant for Natural Resources at Public Sector Consultants, a non-partisan public policy research firm in Lansing. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002 from Michigan State University in Lyman Briggs School-Environmental Science and Management, and an additional BS in Resource Development-Environmental Studies and Applications. She also completed the Natural Resources Leadership Project in 2005.

Amy lives in Haslett with her husband Marc, daughters May and Clara, and two black labs Maddy and Ruby. They enjoy hunting, fishing, and camping as a family, especially waterfowl and deer hunting. Amy is an avid Spartan sports fan and is active in Ducks Unlimited, having served a term as state webmaster and as membership chair of the Red Cedar Chapter for more than 15 years and remains an active volunteer.

Amy proudly serves on the following committees and councils:

atrotter@mucc.org 517-346-6484

SHAUN MCKEON

Education Director

Shaun joined the team MUCC in February of 2013, coming on board as the Camp Director and Environmental Educator. In the Fall of 2013 Shaun also took over responsibilities as the editor of TRACKS Magazine.   Shaun Graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2011 with three degrees.  They include a Bachelors degree in Parks and Recreation, a Bachelors degree in History, and an Associates degree in Natural Resources Technology. In 2016, he also completed a Masters degree in Conservation Education, from Michigan State University.

Before joining MUCC, Shaun worked as Recreation Programmer located in Ferndale, Traverse City, Munising and Grand Haven.  Also after finishing at LSSU he successfully completed a 1 year term of service to America, serving as an Americorps member in Central Pennsylvania.
When not working in the education world, Shaun enjoys chasing Waterfowl throughout the streams, marshes and Great Lakes of Michigan. As well as fishing, hiking, rustic camping around the state and reading a good book.  He can also be found cheering on the Lions, Tigers, and Maple Leafs!

smckeon@mucc.org 517-346-6466

MAX BASS

Youth Camp Director/ Educator

Max joined the MUCC team in November of 2018 as our Camp Director and Environmental Educator. He comes to us from New York and graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2016 with a Degree in Environmental Studies, focused in Resources Management.

Previously Max has spent seven summers working at an Environmental Education Camp in the Catskill Mountains, the last three as the Camp Director. Max has also spent two school years in New York working with Kindergarteners all the way to Adults as an environmental educator, focusing on various ecology, team building, ropes courses, and Maple Sugaring.

When not working Max enjoys spending his time outside, whether it be hiking, fishing, camping or playing Disc Golf.

mbass@mucc.org 517-346-6462

AMBER ALBERT

Business and Membership Affairs Coordinator

Amber joined MUCC in January of 2017. Previously, she held positions with Sparrow Hospital, Michigan Public Health Institute, Michigan Society of Association Executives and Ele’s Place.

Amber graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development and Public Administration. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, fishing, interior decorating and playing with her Siberian Husky, Kenai.

aalbert@mucc.org 517-346-6452

MORGAN WARDA

Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator

Morgan joined MUCC in May 2018 as our Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Michigan- Flint with a degree in Wildlife Biology and Writing. As an undergraduate she assisted on a thesis project that focused on thermoregulation and habitat preference of Blanding’s Turtles at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.

After graduating, Morgan worked for the Genesee Conservation District as a MAEAP Technician and a Soil Conservation Technician. She assisted landowners implement conservation practices, wildlife habitat initiatives and helped farmers identify, reduce and/or eliminate environmental pollution risks on a voluntary basis. Morgan has also been a QDMA intern with both the Conservation and Communications Departments and is a Deer Steward I & II graduate.  

Outside of work Morgan hunts, fishes, hikes, farms and shows horses.

Morgan proudly serves on the following groups or is a member of:

mwarda@mucc.org 517-346-6454

SUE PRIDE

Member Relations, Tracks Coordinator

Sue is one of the most dedicated workers on the staff; she has been with MUCC for over 31 years. Her two main job responsibilities are member relations and coordinator for Tracks Magazine. As head of member relations, Sue maintains the MUCC database, including address changes, phone numbers, email addresses for all members, donors and other contacts. She also does the data entry for calendars, raffles, donations, renewals for individual club members and individual magazine subscription for club members. If that is not enough she also reports to the financial manager and sends out purchase order statements for those who have bought merchandise, Tracks orders, membership etc. As Tracks Coordinator; Sue coordinates annual Tracks renewal letters, contacts clubs about Tracks sponsorships, enters Tracks membership for individuals and schools and sends out Tracks gift cards.

While at MUCC Sue has made phone calls from club members and customers more pleasant, personable and helpful. She has also increased interest in Tracks Magazine. Sue is a mother of two children, Melissa and Chad, and a grandmother of 4 grandchildren who are the sunshine of her life. Outside of MUCC Sue loves gardening, warm summers and enjoying the pool with family.

spride@mucc.org 517-346-6480

NICK GREEN

Public Information Officer and Editor of Michigan Out-of-Doors 

Nick joined MUCC in June 2017. He previously worked as a staff reporter at Cadillac News, where he covered Cadillac Area Public Schools, the area's natural resources and court cases. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism, with a focus in news editorial, and a minor in media, design, production and technology.

Nick's passion for conservation was ignited when he discovered fly fishing in 2010. Since then, he has spent countless hours searching for lunker browns sipping dry flies, throwing mouse patterns in the black of night and chucking nymphs on the Pere Marquette, Pine, Manistee and Au Sable rivers. He also enjoys bow hunting, hiking, bird hunting and training his two bird dogs — Calvin, a Small Münsterländer, and Summit, a German shorthaired pointer.

ngreen@mucc.org 517-346-6486

IAN FITZGERALD

Policy and Special Events Assistant

Ian started working with MUCC in May of 2018 through the MSU Glassen Scholar Program. During his time as an intern he worked on several policy issues and organized a briefing event on Asian carp in Indiana.He graduated Michigan State University in December of 2018. Ian holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, as well as Sustainable Parks Rec. and Tourism. He also has a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. He is a proud recipient of the Eagle Scout Award through the Boy Scouts of America.Ian lives in East Lansing with his girlfriend Morgan and australian shepard mix, Tommy. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, cooking extravagant meals and fishing.

AUTUMN CHRISTENSON

Huron Pines AmeriCorps member – Engagement Specialist

Autumn joined MUCC in January 2019 and will serve a 10-month term as a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member until November 2019. She attended Michigan State University on an athletic scholarship to play volleyball and graduated in December 2017 with a degree in Zoology. Outside of playing volleyball for the University, she was a student learning assistant in a biology class and a Glassen Scholar, as part of the Hal & Jean Glassen foundation, working with the MSU Extension: Boone & Crockett Club.

Soon after graduating, Autumn became the conservation intern for the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA). Throughout the internship, she learned more about the importance of what hunters do for conservation. She also became a Deer Steward I & II graduate, learning more about deer biology, land & habitat management. After the internship she joined the Barry Conservation District as an Administrator, gaining knowledge on grant-funded programs and the overall operations of a Conservation District.

When not working Autumn enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and spending time with her family, friends, and two cats.

Autumn is a member of:

Quality Deer Management Association

Back Country Hunters and Anglers

The Wildlife Society

americorps@mucc.org

 

MAKHAYLA LABUTTE

Habitat Volunteer Coordinator

Makhayla joined the MUCC team in May of 2019 as our Habitat Volunteer Coordinator. She comes to us from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Makhayla graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Biology, with a concentration in Human Dimensions. In her undergraduate thesis research she analyzed the influence of ground cover type and structure on Kirtland’s Warbler habitat selection in the Hiawatha National Forest. In the future, Makhayla aspires to continue her education and pursue a graduate degree in natural resources.

Previously, Makhayla held positions with the MDNR Wildlife Division, MDNR Parks and Recreation Division and the U.S. Forest Service. She has experienced many different dimensions of the conservation field and is now looking forward to engaging MUCC members and volunteers throughout Michigan in their outdoor heritage.

Outside of MUCC, Makhayla enjoys hiking, kayaking, outdoor photography, reading and rooting for the Detroit Tigers.

mlabutte@mucc.org 517-346-6456

 

L. SCHULTZ

Digital Media Coordinator

lschultz@mucc.org 517-346-6483