Staff

DAN EICHINGER

Executive Director

Dan rejoined the MUCC staff as Executive Director in July of 2014.  Previously Dan held positions with Central Michigan University, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, and began his career at MUCC as Director of Membership.  Dan earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, a Master’s in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University (MSU), and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from MSU.

Dan and his wife Jasmine (herself a former MUCC intern and MUCC Camp for Kids alumna) raise their two children, Peyton and Isla, at their home in rural Isabella County.  As a family, they enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and recreational shooting.

deichinger@mucc.org

AMY TROTTER

Deputy Director

At MUCC, Amy works to develop and advance the organization’s conservation policy agenda by working with MUCC members, conservation partners, state agencies and legislators, as well as developing educational workshops and information for MUCC’s website and newsletters. She currently serves on numerous state-level boards and committees related to forest and habitat management, recreation, and wildlife.

Prior to joining MUCC in 2007, Amy was a Consultant for Natural Resources at Public Sector Consultants, a non-partisan public policy research firm in Lansing. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002 from Michigan State University in Lyman Briggs School-Environmental Science and Management, and an additional BS in Resource Development-Environmental Studies and Applications. She also completed the Natural Resources Leadership Project in 2005.

Amy lives in Haslett with her husband Marc, daughter May, and two black labs Maddy and Ruby. They enjoy hunting, fishing, and camping as a family, especially waterfowl and deer hunting. Amy is an avid Spartan sports fan and is active in Ducks Unlimited, having served a term as state webmaster and as membership chair of the Red Cedar Chapter for more than 11 years and remains an active volunteer.

Amy proudly serves on the following committees and councils:

atrotter@mucc.org 517-346-6484

DREW YOUNGEDYKE

Editor, Michigan Out-of-Doors
Chief Information Officer

Drew is the editor of Michigan Out-of-Doors, managing Michigan's premium outdoor publication and public relations for Michigan United Conservation Clubs. Prior to this, he managed the On the Ground wildlife habitat volunteer program for MUCC and the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management petition drive. He also writes the "Hunt, Fish, Conserve" column in Michigan Outdoor News. 

Drew graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2010 and from Michigan State University’s James Madison College in 2003 with a degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Michele. Born and raised in Central Lake, Michigan, Drew spends most of his free time hunting deer, scouting, backpacking, shooting his bow, trail-running, working out at Spartan CrossFit and preparing for Train To Hunt competitions. He is a proud member of Tomahawk Archers, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association, Quality Deer Management Association, the National Deer Alliance, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Michigan United Conservation Clubs. Before coming to MUCC, he worked as the Policy & Communications Specialist for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

Drew serves on the following Boards and Committees:

dyoungedyke@mucc.org 517-346-6486

STEPHANIE RUSTEM

Project Manager

Stephanie officially joined the full-time staff in March 2015. Prior her position as MUCC’s Project Manager, she worked as the Youth Camp Assistant Director in the summer of 2014, and acted as the Program Manager for the Gourmet Gone Wild outreach program from October 2014-March 2015.

Stephanie is a two-time graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Science degree in Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies (CARRS).  In her spare time, she enjoys backpacking with friends, hunting and fishing with her family, and spending time with her dog, Sequoia.

srustem@mucc.org 517-346-6488

SHAUN MCKEON

Education Coordinator

Shaun joined the MUCC team  in February of 2013, coming on board as the Camp Director and Environmental Educator. In the Fall of 2013 Shaun also took over responsibilities as the editor of Tracks Magazine.   Shaun Graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2011 with 3 degrees.  They include a Bachelors degree in Parks and Recreation, a Bachelors degree in History, and an Associates degree in Natural Resources Technology.  He is also currently working towards a Masters degree in Natural Resources Protection, from Michigan State University.

Before joining MUCC, Shaun was the director of 3 previous summer camps located in Ferndale, Traverse City, and Munising.  Also after finishing at LSSU he successfully completed a 1 year term of service to America, serving as an Americorps member in Central Pennsylvania.
When not taking classes or working on the next big program idea for camp, Shaun enjoys chasing salmon and steelhead around the streams and Great Lakes of Michigan. As well as hiking, rustic camping around the state, and reading a good book.  He can also be found cheering on the Lions, Tigers, and Spartans!

smckeon@mucc.org 517-346-6466

LINDSAY ROCHEFORT

Membership Coordinator

Lindsay joined MUCC in 2014 as our Membership Coordinator, working closely with the clubs to keep them current on club dues and updating club member records. Prior to working for MUCC, Lindsay spent five years in banking. Lindsay earned her Business Administration degree from Sienna Heights University. Outside of work, Lindsay can be found enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. 

Llaserra@mucc.org 517-346-6452

ANNA MITTERLING

Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator

Anna joined MUCC in January 2015 as our Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator. She graduated from Michigan State (Go Green!) with a Master’s in Fisheries and Wildlife. Her thesis was on deer cooperatives in Southern Michigan and the influence within these cooperatives on hunting behavior. Anna worked for the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, for over four years.  She assisted with wildlife management planning, as well as stakeholder engagement. She also worked for the Ingham Conservation District as a Watershed Technician. Anna loves being outdoors, hunting, camping, hiking, and going on top-down drives with her husband in the country. She can also be found running in various 10ks and half marathons around the state.

Anna proudly serves on the following groups:

amitterling@mucc.org 517-346-6454

SARAH TOPP

Wildlife Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah joined MUCC in January 2015 as our Huron Pines AmeriCorps member and Wildlife Volunteer Coordinator, serving by planning, supervising, and recruiting volunteers for On the Ground (OTG) wildlife habitat improvement projects on Michigan’s public lands.

Prior to serving as an AmeriCorps member for MUCC, Sarah has worked various seasonal jobs and completed two internships with the Pigeon River Country Association doing recreational trail maintenance, forest regeneration surveys, volunteer coordinating, erosion control, and conducting the field work and data collection for the black bear population study. She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in December 2013.

Outside of serving for conservation, Sarah can be found hiking, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, hunting or just about anywhere outdoors.

stopp@mucc.org 517-346-6493

SUE PRIDE

Member Relations, Tracks Coordinator

Sue is one of the most dedicated workers on the staff; she has been with MUCC for over 31 years. Her two main job responsibilities are member relations and coordinator for Tracks Magazine. As head of member relations, Sue maintains the MUCC database, including address changes, phone numbers, email addresses for all members, donors and other contacts. She also does the data entry for calendars, raffles, donations, renewals for individual club members and individual magazine subscription for club members. If that is not enough she also reports to the financial manager and sends out purchase order statements for those who have bought merchandise, Tracks orders, membership etc. As Tracks Coordinator; Sue coordinates annual Tracks renewal letters, contacts clubs about Tracks sponsorships, enters Tracks membership for individuals and schools and sends out Tracks gift cards.

While at MUCC Sue has made phone calls from club members and customers more pleasant, personable and helpful. She has also increased interest in Tracks Magazine. Sue is a mother of two children, Melissa and Chad, and a grandmother of 4 grandchildren who are the sunshine of her life. Outside of MUCC Sue loves gardening, warm summers and enjoying the pool with family.

spride@mucc.org 517-346-6480

JEANNE ESCH

Creative Services

Jeanne Esch started working at Michigan United Conservation Clubs in 1993. She began working in the classified advertising department and eventually earned her spot as Creative Services Manager. Her major focus is on Michigan OutofDoors and Tracks magazines, but also collaborates with staff on various other projects and publications throughout the year including the Annual MUCC Wildlife Calendar, Annual Convention, and Camp. Jeanne is a wife and mother of two and outside of MUCC enjoys traveling, camping, and her two pugs.

517-346-6492

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  • commented 2016-09-19 20:28:53 -0400
    Hello,
    I am a long time MUCC member and I also teach at a large high school near Grand Rapids. Many of our kids never have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors. I would like to start a small outdoorsmen-and-women club at our high school. I would like to cover basic outdoor activities and conservation projects. An affiliation with MUCC would be great. Can anyone give me any tips on how to get started and or what I could do to gather resources? Thank you. Jon Bouck
  • commented 2015-11-02 07:40:38 -0500
    Good Morning ,
    I have forgotten how many years i have been a proud member of MUCC !!! It’s a long, long time !!
    Today 11/2/2015 the Detroit Free Press Stated that Asian Carp are getting very close to our beautiful Great Lakes, we all know that a small amount are already in the Great Lakes , what is MUCC doing to block / stop this destructive species . We all know what will happen if they get a foothold / good start in our Beautiful Great Lakes !!!!
    Please Help !!
    W.J.Balog