• Susan Buchanan

    Executive Director

    As the first Executive Director, Susan began working with Tall Pines in the Spring of 2008. Susan brings a wealth of experience and a diversified background to help further the mission of Tall Pines—to preserve remaining farmland, water resources and open space impacting NW Waukesha County.

    Susan has over 20 years of experience working specifically in the areas of land-use planning, marketing, real estate, historic preservation, architecture and construction. She holds a Master’s degree in Land Use Planning from UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Susan has ties to Waukesha County, having been the Executive Director for the Waukesha Business Improvement District for 7 years-an organization charged with revitalizing downtown.

    She is a licensed real estate broker, and a former member of the Shorewood Plan Commission.  She is currently serving on the board of directors for the Clean Water Association. In 2014, she joined the board of directors for Gathering Waters, Wisconsin’s Association of Land Trusts and also serves as co-chair of its Land Trust Council. She is also active with the “Friends of Farmland Protection” actively advocating for farmland preservation initiatives in the State.  Susan completed the Land Trust Alliance’s Leadership Training in 2015.

    Formerly she served on the Mayor of Milwaukee’s Green Building Task Force, the Board of Directors for Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women and as the founding Chairperson for the Waukesha Public Art Commission for 5 years.

    Susan and her husband own two farms, one on Washington Island and the other in Windsor, Connecticut, where they are active with the Door County Land Trust and Windsor Land Trust, respectively. Susan is a serious cycling enthusiast and enjoys kayaking, sailing and skiing in her free time.



  • Beth Hoefer-Jezo

    Development and Outreach Coordinator

    Beth Hoefer-Jezo joined the Tall Pines team in October 2013.  A graduate of Carroll College with majors in English-Writing and Communication-Public Relations, she worked several years for the Waukesha Business Improvement District as Special Events Coordinator.  Beth then transitioned into a 13 year position in the private sector, implementing highly effective business-to-business marketing strategies for companies within a wide variety of industries.  Her background reflects more than 22 years of experience in copywriting for both consumer and business audiences as well as 18 years of volunteer service in community leadership positions that have included chairing both the city of Waukesha Landmarks Commission and the Waukesha Public Art Committee. She is the current treasurer of the Waukesha Preservation Alliance and serves on the Waukesha Christmas Parade Committee.

    Beth has a life-long interest in, and been an advocate for, historic preservation.  She believes it is an ideal complement to the protection of our valuable land and water resources.


  • Jill Bedford

    Stewardship and Outreach

    Jill began working with Tall Pines as a volunteer in 2008 while serving on the board of the Drumlin Area Land Trust for Dodge and Jefferson counties. She later moved to Waukesha County and began working with Tall Pines Conservancy as a part time consultant focusing on activities with the Conservation Committee and with area schools and community related projects.
    With a degree in Botany from UW-Madison, Jill has worked extensively in the area of native plant communities and native landscaping. She has served as the Land Steward for scientific areas owned by the UW-Arboretum and The Nature Conservancy focusing on protecting and inventorying endangered species such the White Prairie Fringed orchid. Conducting nature hikes became her favorite part of the job.
    Jill also has a 30 year history of selling her floral still life photographs at art shows around the nation. Her compositions can be found in the permanent collections of corporations and museums. jillbedfordphotography.com
    Having lived most of her life in the rural setting, Jill is deeply dedicated to preserving the rural character and way of life she has witnessed on the family farms while researching and promoting the best land use practices available for protecting the precious abundant waters in the area.
    Jill recently obtained her certification in Lakeshore Habitat Restoration through the UW Extension-Wisconsin Lakes Partnership.
    Jill’s favorite pastime is hiking and exploring new areas, always curious with what is over the next hill or around the next corner.