Amy Trotter is the executive director for MUCC, the nation’s largest, most effective state-based conservation organization. Having served in this role since December 2018, Amy has been serving as Deputy Director since 2015 and on MUCC staff since 2007. She is responsible for carrying out the strategic objectives of the organization in all its phases: policy/program; outreach/education; communications; administrative and fundraising. Trotter provides staff leadership and development opportunities for up to 12 full-time staff and oversees the business operations, works with the MUCC Executive and Conservation Policy Boards and leads the annual budget development (~$1.4 million operating budget).
Amy is best known for her role in advocacy on behalf of MUCC's grassroots members and conservationists in Michigan. Since 2007, she has worked to advance the organization’s policy agenda within the Michigan Legislature and Michigan Natural Resources Commission. She is a registered lobbyist agent in the State of Michigan and assists in tracking and engaging in discussions on more than 70 legislative bills each session. Her other responsibilities have included grant management and oversight for more than $600k in active grants and agreements each year, including applying for new opportunities, tracking and reporting on grant-funded activities.
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.
Trotter earned a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University at Lyman Briggs School-Environmental Science and Management and an additional Bachelor of Science in resource development-environmental studies and applications. She also completed the Natural Resources Leadership Project and the Michigan Society of Association Executives’ Academy of Association Management.
Trotter is from Cheboygan, Michigan and resides in Haslett with her husband Marc and two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors, including camping, panfish fishing, waterfowl hunting and is dabbling in native plants and perennial gardening. She is also a longtime member and volunteer for Ducks Unlimited.
Shaun joined the MUCC team in February of 2013, coming on board as the Camp Director and Educator. In the Fall of 2013, Shaun took over responsibilities as the editor of TRACKS Magazine. In 2016, Shaun took over duties for all education and field programs. He currently supervises the On the Ground, On the Water and AmeriCorps programs working on habitat improvement as well as the Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp, TRACKS Magazine and Outreach programs.
Shaun graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2011 with multiple degrees. They include a bachelor's degree in Parks and Recreation, a bachelor's degree in History, and an associate's degree in Natural Resources Technology. In 2016, he also completed a master's degree in Conservation Education from Michigan State University.
Before joining MUCC, Shaun completed a 1-year term of service to America, serving as an Americorps member in Central Pennsylvania. He also has a background in community recreation, serving in various roles from Metro-Detroit to the Upper Peninsula.
When not working on habitat or education projects, Shaun enjoys chasing Waterfowl throughout the streams, marshes and Great Lakes of Michigan. As well as fishing and rustic camping. He can also be found cheering on the Lions, Tigers, and Maple Leafs!
Sue is one of the most dedicated workers on the staff; she has been with MUCC for over 35 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 subscriptions 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.
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.
Conservation Program Specialist
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.
Club and Special Events Coordinator
Mikayla joined MUCC in August 2021 as the Club Administrator. She has since then become the club and special events coordinator. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2019. During her time at CMU Mikayla majored in Photojournalism and minored in Communications.
When Mikayla is not at MUCC she enjoys spending time with her husky, Mila, kayaking and taking pictures of Michigan’s wildlife.
Michigan Out-of-Doors Camp Director and Educator
Ashley joined the MUCC team in November 2021. She comes to us from West Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University in 2017 with a Degree in Environmental Science and Management.
Prior to MUCC, Ashley held educational positions with parks, invasive species management groups and camps. Most recently she led equestrian programming for a camp in the Catskills. She is excited to return to camping and continue connecting youth to the outdoors.
When not working, Ashley enjoys hiking, backpacking and trail riding.