Laura JustinExecutive Director


Laura Justin joined HeadWaters Land Conservancy in August of 2011 after serving as the Membership & Recreational Activities Director at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa for the past 5 years. Her background includes a B.A. in Organizational Communication from Central Michigan University and a teaching degree from Spring Arbor University.

Laura has lived in Michigan for 30 years. Her passion for the land and water are reflected in her hobbies which include catch & release small mouth bass fishing, gardening, hiking and canoeing. She spends her free time on Drummond Island with her husband Curtis and their dog, Zeta.


Libby GundersonLand Protection Specialist


BrooksandLibbyLibby earned her B.S. in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University.  She joined HeadWaters staff in November 2014 after serving with HWLC as an AmeriCorps member.

Libby is excited to be helping HWLC protect land and water in northeast Michigan.  In her free time, Libby enjoys spending time outside with her husband Brooks, riding her horse, Pippen, reading a good book, and visiting friends and family on Mackinac Island.


Judy KoronkaDevelopment & Outreach Coordinator


jake-and-judy-picture Judy started at HeadWaters in July 2016. She brings years of experience in the non-profit world. She has lived in Otsego County for over 40 years which gives her an insight for the local issues. Judy was a Gaylord Chamber Ambassador and served on the Otsego County Community Foundation grant committee.

 Judy is really excited to be at HWLC as preserving land and water are very important to her.  Her family includes: husband Gary, two grown children, five grandchildren and her special four-legged companion, Jake.  In her free time she loves to visit/swim in Lake Michigan, camping, gardening, reading a great book, repurpose furniture and go on rides to different areas in Michigan.


Lucas Thoms– Preserve Specialist




Lucas joined HeadWaters staff in August 2017 after serving as a part time intern between Au Sable Clean Foundation and HeadWaters. He earned his B.S. in Environmental Biology from Eastern Michigan University.

Lucas is very excited to be at HWLC to help preserve and protect the land and water of northeast Michigan. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, kayaking, fishing, hiking with his dog Luna, and spending time with friends and family.