Board of Directors
Sean Diening, President
Sean has been a Board member for six years. He and his wife Crystal have lived in Midland for ten years after growing up primarily in Trenton Ontario. Sean is a Program Manager with Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies, prior to which he spent eight years in the Business Development department. This experience has provided Sean with a well rounded understanding of building customer relationships, generating new business, and managing the cost, on-time delivery and quality of Raytheon products. Sean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in biology from the University of Guelph. When asked why he was interested in the Marsh Sean stated "I joined the Board of Directors at the Wye Marsh because I am passionate about what the Marsh contributes to our guests and the natural world. I want to see it thrive, realize its full pontential and continue to make a postive impact for many years to come."
James (Jim) MacMillan, Vice-President
Jim was born and raised in Midland and currently resides in Tiny Township with his wife Joan. Jim holds a Human Biology Honours Science Degree from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education in Outdoor Experiential Education and Environmental Science from Queens University. Jim is newly retired from Elmvale High School, and spent many years coaching and organizing various teams and clubs in both elementary, high school and community organizations. He loves boating, paddling, canoe tripping, horseback riding, skiing of all kinds, and of course music. Jim is very involved in the local Midland Rotary Club and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Wye Marsh from an environmental and historical perspective.
Jon Roop, Treasurer
Jon joined the Wye Marsh Board of Directors as Treasurer in May 2017. Having graduated with Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Business he brings his diverse educational background to the Board. Jon currently works as a Financial Analyst at Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies in Midland where he has had the opportunity to pursue and grow his passion for Finance. He looks forward to seeing the Marsh continue to thrive so his new daughter can experience everything it has to offer as she grows.
Amanda Woodman, Director
Amanda has been on the Board for nine months and brings her very valued expertise in marketing. Amanda currently resides in Victoria Harbour and has been living in the area for six years. Amanda has an Advertising Degree from Loyalist College and applies her skills at the Orilllia Packet in Advertising Sales. She previously held the position of Advertising Manager at the Packet and as the General Manager of the Midland Free Press. Amanda is a member of the Midland Rotary Club where she spent four years on the Board. Amanda said of her decision to join the Marsh "I joined the Board of Directors at the Wye Marsh because I feel like the Marsh has a lot of untapped potential and is a hidden gem in our area."
Richard Leavens, Director
Richard has moved to the Midland area where he is no stranger to Georgian Bay where he has spent a great deal of time of the last many years.He has returned from the Rocky Mountains where he was involved in tourism marketing and advocacy for tourism work in Banff and Jasper National Parks. He has degrees in Economics and Rural Planning and Development. He is very motivated in working with the Wye Marsh people and the many partners to ensure that the Wye Marsh continues to be the wonderful experience it is for visitors, and the excellent example of environmental sustainability.
Jeremy Prahl, Chair, Stewardship Committee
Jeremy volunteered to lead the Stewardship Committee, a vital role in the ongoing success of the Wye Marsh. Jeremy is originally from the Midland area and currently resides in Wyebridge, having moved there from Horseshoe Valley eighteen months ago. Jeremy holds an Honours B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Technology from Selkirk College. He has worked in the environmental field for over ten years and loves spending time outdoors. Jeremy stated that he joined the Stewardship Committee "to provide support for ongoing initiatives and help ensure the long-term viability of the Wye Marsh. My priorities include re-engaging our agency partners, prioritizing stewardship activities and promoting meaningful ecological research at the Marsh."