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Ben Glardon, Executive Director

Glardon is a life-long resident of Shiawassee County who recently concluded six years of service as state representative for the area. He was a part owner of Glardon Auction Service, Incorporated, for decades, and has been a licensed realtor for more than thirty years. He has served as director and president on many boards and service organizations throughout the state. "Dr. and Mrs. DeVries were very special people who were forward thinking and have left this one-of-a-kind property for generations to enjoy. It’s my hope to use my life experiences, passion for the outdoors, our natural resources and agriculture, as well as my community and state level connections as an asset to further promote and preserve the DeVries legacy." Glardon resides in Owosso with wife Miriam and daughter Madison.

Torey CavistonEnvironmental Education Coordinator

Torey joins the DeVries team with a B.S. in Environmental Stewardship from a McPherson College in Kansas. Originally from Kansas, Torey moved to Traverse City after college, where she worked as an Environmental Educator and Preschool Coordinator at the Grand Traverse Conservation District. After moving to the Lansing area, Torey worked at a Montessori school where she was able to better understand child development and gain more knowledge in experiential learning. Torey is excited about meeting and educating young naturalists in the area. In her free time, you can find her weeding her garden, sailing Lake Michigan, and backpacking along Michigan's beautiful trails with her husband, Jeff.

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Dean BraidGrounds & Maintenance 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. 

Jessica HickeyAdministrative Assistant

Jessica is a native of northern California who now loves to explore the natural beauty of the mitten state. Her favorite thing is spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter; together, they stargaze, birdwatch, and go for walks to find interesting plants and insects. Jessica also enjoys writing letters and exchanging postcards with people all over the world.

Jessica has a Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and over 20 years of experience in administrative roles, including grants management, human resources, and professional writing.

Our Board of Directors

Charlie KeenanPresident

Retired Chief of Staff for former State Representative Dr. Richard Ball, and past president of the Owosso Community Players Board of Directors.

Kelly ReynoldsTreasurer

Chief Financial Officer for Davis Cartage Co.

Kevin SmithSecretary

Retired attorney with the Michigan Office of Attorney General.

Adam Bump

Avid outdoorsman and community supporter. Employed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Mitchell Speers

Past Garden Manager of DeVries and currently employed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

Dr. Daniel Williams MD, MS

Treasured his time during the 50s and 60s on a Michigan farm, a molecular biology researcher, and practices cancer medicine.

Annie Ludington

Our newest board member, Annie, is a Sales Professional at Young Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Business and Administration.

2635 N. M-52, P.O. Box 608, Owosso, MI 48867 • (989) 723-3365 •