Kevin Flanagan – President
Kevin Flanagan was elected as a Board member in April 2012 and originally joined Tall Pines to make a difference in the greater Lake Country area.
He serves as the CEO | President of Hufcor, Inc., a Janesville-based global manufacturer of construction products desired by architects and contractors. Prior to Hufcor, he held interesting and diverse senior management positions with publicly-traded as well as entrepreneurial companies serving consumer products, scientific instrumentation, telecommunications, biosciences and insurance markets. His career focus has been on making companies and organizations special.
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (1978). He and his family have resided in Oconomowoc for over twenty years.
Donald Gallo – Vice President
Donald P. Gallo, an attorney with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., concentrates his practice on environmental, real estate and business matters. Mr. Gallo is also a professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience specializing in environmental engineering and 25 years of experience in law. In addition, he teaches a graduate-level course in environmental law at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Mr. Gallo is currently affiliated with:
- Milwaukee Bar Association (Environmental Law Section)
- State Bar of Wisconsin (Environmental Law Section)
- Advisory Committee member in the development of several Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Department of Commerce regulations
- Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful/Greening Milwaukee (Board President)
- Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust, Inc. (Board of Directors)
Don holds a J.D., cum laude, from Marquette University Law School; M.S.C.E., from The University of Akron (Environmental Engineering); and B.S.C.E., with honors, from Tri-State University College of Engineering.
Nancy Bonniwell – Secretary
Nancy Bonniwell is a partner in the Delafield and Milwaukee offices of Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP. She is the managing partner of the firm’s Delafield office. Her practice includes estate planning, business succession planning and marital property planning, estate administration and business law.
Nancy currently is a member of and is past President of Waukesha County Estate Planning Council. She frequently speaks on the subjects of estate planning, business succession planning and charitable giving. Nancy and her family are long term residents of the Town of Delafield.
Representative Matters and Experience
- Representation of clients in estate planning, business succession and marital property planning, estate administration and business law.
- Managing partner of the firm’s Delafield office.
- Frequent speaker on estate planning, business succession planning and charitable giving issues.
- Member and Past President of Waukesha County Estate Planning Council.
- Chair of the Town of Delafield Board of Appeals and a member of the Waukesha County Board of Adjustment.
- Chair of the Planned Giving Advisory Council of the Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation.
- Advisory Board Member of the Waukesha County Community Foundation.
- Board member of ProHealth Care Foundation.
- Member of Lake County Charity Connection, TEMPO Waukesha and Professional Dimensions.
- Board Member of Tall Pines Conservancy
John Syburg – Treasurer
John, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), has a 30-year history of working with public, private and institutional investors to help achieve their financial goals.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Finance, John began his investment career at The Marine Trust Company (now JPMorgan Chase), where he worked as an equity analyst and portfolio manager for owners of high-net-worth, personal trust accounts.
Since then, he has held a variety of positions involving both individual and institutional investment management. That experience includes time in management and capital markets with Blunt Ellis and Loewi, and as a shareholder in Cleary Gull, a Milwaukee-based investment banking and brokerage firm focused on the institutional marketplace.
John founded Blackthorne Partners in fall 2007 to focus his efforts on private equity investments. Blackthorne continues to build that portfolio of small private businesses.
John has a history of professional and personal engagement among his peers and in the community. He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, the CFA Society of Milwaukee;Tall Pines Conservancy; and the “Wisconsin” Regional Board of Young Life. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Integrated Medical Partners, Pallet USA, Berlon Industries, Hughes Equipment Company, Schaefer Brush and Design Specialties; all Blackthorne portfolio companies.
Jeffrey Spence – Assistant Treasurer
Troy E. Giles is a shareholder in Reinhart’s Environmental and Real Estate practices where he works with manufacturers, developers, lenders and municipalities to provide a comprehensive range of adherence and compliance to environmental laws and regulations. He has significant experience working with and appearing before state and federal agencies including the US EPA and the WDNR in matters involving environmental reporting and compliance.
With nearly twenty years of legal experience, Troy understands the ever-evolving connection between environmental law and everyday business operations; therefore, he is able to provide his clients with strategic and practical approaches to environmental matters intended to maximize business opportunities while minimizing risk potential. Troy is also capable with handling the entire life-cycle from acquisition and development to letting and disposal of real estate maters.
Prior to joining Reinhart, Troy served as General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for the world leader of collector cars, vintage/antique motorcycles, and Road Art. He also was General Counsel and Director of Business Operations for an engineering and environmental consulting firm where he oversaw the firm’s legal matters, managed outside counsel, and drove growth strategies – including the firm’s brand development for more than ten years.Troy’s well-rounded background provides him with a unique perspective since he approach cases from a legal and businesses understanding which aligns him closely with his clients. His knowledge and experience enables him to consider both sides of an issue in order to provide tailor-made legal advice. Having operational and business experience makes Troy empathetic to his client’s challenges, needs, and struggles and clients appreciate that he is available day or night to answer any of their questions or concerns.Troy primarily serves the following industries:
- Tax-Exempt Organizations
- Food and Beverage Law
- Environmental Law
Natalia Aramoni and Juan Gutierrez began dreaming of owning a restaurant when they moved to the United States from Mexico in 2000. For them, the love and passion for Latin American culinary traditions always kept the idea burning in the back of their minds. Juan then spent a dozen years traveling the world as an engineer for GE, and realized that the quality of life was lacking when they had their two children. So one day in 2012, they decided to make their dream a reality.
Natalia and Juan focused on a concept and once that was chosen, they agreed that principles and values should be established to help guide their vision to fruition. As a result, Hispania was born, and located in downtown Delafield.
Juan grew up on a 300 acre coffee plantation in Mexico. His family still runs the farm and provides Hispania with its unique blend of coffee beans. Juan is passionate about his family heritage rooted in the fertile lands of Mexico. From this background and as a Delafield resident, he understands TPC’s mission to protect farmland and water resources. He and his wife, are happy to work with us in many and creative ways to further our mission.
John Koepke has been working with Tall Pines Conservancy since 2005, when he became involved in local zoning issues. He is part-owner of fifth generation Koepke Farms, established in 1875, with his Dad, Jim, and Uncles Allan and David. His passion for “keeping some country in Lake Country” led him to serve as both Supervisor on Oconomowoc’s Town Board and formerly as a board member for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Working Lands Initiative. He is also a past president of the Waukesha County Milk Producers Cooperative. Koepke won the Gathering Waters (Wisconsin’s Alliance of Land Trusts) Policymaker of the Year Award in 2012 and in 2011 Koepke Farms won the Leopold Conservation Award for their best management practices.
In the Spring of 2013, the Koepke family worked with Tall Pines Conservancy to place 109 acres of their Uncle Harry and Aunt Mabel’s land known as Pleasant View Farms under conservancy easement, meaning it is permanently protected against being developed. The Pleasant View Farm property is located in the Town of Oconomowoc. It has a view of both Holy Hill and Lac La Belle and abuts the northern edge Nature Hill. Its preservation ensures a sweeping view of open land from Nature Hill for generations to come.
Growing up in Mapleton in the Town of Oconomowoc, Ray Peebles is part of the 5th generation to be involved in the family’s working farm. He serves as a member of the Conservation Committee.
Ray is Global Product Marketing Manager for Cooley Group, a company provides solutions for some of the world’s most notable water, chemical and fuel containment and commercial roofing initiatives. He obtained his BA in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, has an extensive real estate background and serves as Vice President of FGI, Fabricated Geomembrane Institute, an industry-sponsored institute advancing the use of fabricated geomembranes.
Kyle Zwieg, a sixth generation dairy farmer, is a 2006 graduate of Oconomowoc High School. He is also a 2008 graduate of the UW Madison Farm and Industry Short Course Program – Specialization in Soil Science and Agronomy.
Kyle is a former employee of Koepke Farms and is part owner of Zwieg’s Maple Acres LLC Dairy Farm. Maple Acres is one of 15 farms in Wisconsin whose purchase of development rights was funded by the PACE program (Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement). Tall Pines Conservancy co-holds the easement with the State of Wisconsin. The Homestead Farm was established in 1856.
R. Jeffrey Harris
Anne Sheedy Seidel