Ken Algozin, Executive Director
Ken started things off at DeVries in 2006. Raised in the untamed wilds of the Chicago suburbs, he dreamed of someday becoming a farmer, a forest ranger, or maybe even a mountain man. After attending four Big Ten universities (yes, four) and serving as an economist with the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C., Ken and his family moved to Owosso in 2001, where he opened and managed the Shiawassee River Program Office for The Nature Conservancy. Four years later, Ken was offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to create and manage the DeVries Nature Conservancy. As Executive Director, Ken has been entrusted with cultivating the vision of the late Jack and Fran DeVries; that their property endure forever as a place for the community to enjoy; dedicated to preserving the natural history and agricultural heritage of Shiawassee County. In his spare time, Ken enjoys reading, running and barbequing.
Dirk Oudman, Farm Manager
Dirk came to DeVries in the spring of 2017, as the garden transitioned into a market farm operation. He grew up surrounded by cornfields in northwest Indiana, so agriculture has always been a part of his life. After graduating from a small college in Iowa he participated in a year-long training program in Texas, where he learned the principles of community development and how to run a small organic farm. He then pursued several different farming opportunities before marrying and moving to the Owosso area, with the goal of growing vegetables to provide healthy food for the community. In his free time, Dirk and his wife enjoy being outdoors for any reason--hiking, swimming, or just lounging on a hammock under the trees.
Dean Braid, Grounds Manager
Dean took over for our original Grounds Manager in 2010. Dean maintains the trails, the drive, does all the mowing, plowing and other general grounds tasks.
Dean retired from General Motors. Living next to DNC he has a personal stake in the grounds thriving. When not working he spends time with his loved ones, works on and cruises in his classic vehicles, and takes long motorcycle trips.
Evan Klinkoski, Administrative Assistant
Evan got started at DNC in 2016 as a research intern, working with a development team to redesign and enhance the Carriage and Sleigh Museum. Now an employee, he assists the Executive Director with various administrative support, visitor service, donor service support, and program support tasks. His primary duties include visitor reception, website and social media management, data entry, and facility rental oversight. Evan is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where he double majored in English and Latin literatures. In his spare time he loves to read, write, and play his 5-string banjo.