Renee Leow, MCCD administrator, is the first person one is likely to meet upon entering the Conservation Center.
"The fact that we share a building with these other conservation-related agencies makes us unique among Michigan's conservation districts," Leow
said."We work regularly with these other agencies, often refer our clients to them and benefit enormously from the services and expertise they provide.It's so convenient that we're all under one roof."Leow
likens it to one-stop shopping for someone seeking help with a conservation-related issue. A variety of native Michigan wood paneling graces the hallway and offices throughout the building.Brass plates identify the different species of wood, but the aroma stunningly defies labels.The six paid MCCD staff members and the programs they administer are supervised by a five-member, publicly-elected board of directors. Leow
, like the rest of the MCCD
staff, specializes, it seems, in multi-tasking."I do our bookkeeping, greet visitors to our office, act as a liaison between our staff and the district directors, and I've started to do some grant-writing, as well," she said.
Relatively new to the job, Leow
is unduly modest."I still have a lot to learn," she