A shared vision for Regional Conservation.

Founded in 2012 by a group of citizens who care deeply for the beautiful places in our city, Heartland Conservation Alliance protects natural areas for the enjoyment and benefit of all.
Kansas City is home to hundreds of beautiful places, luckily, it is also home to hundreds of dedicated individuals, organizations, and government agencies protecting, restoring and caring
for our region's natural resources.


By leveraging our ideas and strengths we will have a collective impact on the health of natural communities and make a long-term difference. Heartland Conservation Alliance is an alliance of  conservation groups and entities intentionally collaborating toward common goals. 
We are a 501c3 organization that together with our Board, Steering Council, Partners, and Work Groups, we convene interested stakeholders; pool resources; conserve natural resources for people, wildlife, and ecosystem services; educate and engage landowners, neighborhoods, youth, adults, and policy makers; and connect people to nature. Our Partners are represented on our Steering Council and lend their voices and expertise on our Work Groups.

Meet The Team

Jill Erickson

Program Manager

Brianna Leiker

Partnership Coordinator

2015 Board of Directors


Meet our leaders! As a small grassroots organization, we rely heavily on the hard work, expertise and passionate dedication of our Board.


If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please contact us to learn more at 816-813-0944 or heartlandconservationalliance@gmail.com. 
To view our Bylaws, click here.

Scott Schulte

Board President

Conservation Work Group

Connie Chapman

Board President

Conservation Work Group

Scott Schulte has 22 years of experience working to protect natural resources. He has served HCA as Board President for three years.


Scott has been a Lecturer in the University of Kansas Urban Planning Department since 2009, instructing undergraduates and graduate students in environmental planning. Previously, he served as the Board Vice President and Treasurer of Blue River Watershed Association for two years and is the Senior Environmental Planner for Vireo (formerly Patti Banks Associates). Scott has extensive experience in watershed management, natural resources planning and restoration, public engagement and training. 

Connie Chapman has an MA in business finance and management, has owned and operated a small business for many years and has been an active citizen promoting environmental issues in our community. For more than five years, Connie was actively involved in advocacy and community organizing around South Metro Connector.

Amanda Wilson
Board Secretary

Chair, Partnership Work Group

Robin Martinez
Board Member

Amanda Wilson is the Program Manager for KCMO Community Capital Fund and the KCMO CDE, two organizations focused on community and economic development in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri.


She holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University with a focus in land use and community development. Prior to graduate school she worked in Portland, Oregon, for an urban conservation land trust and was an AmeriCorps stewardship coordinator with a local watershed group. Amanda holds a B.S. in biology from Missouri State University.

Robin Martinez is a lawyer based in Kansas City who works as general counsel for nonprofit organizations and small and middle-market companies. His work includes corporate governance, business and real estate transactions, community economic development, and tax credit financing.


Over the past few years Robin has become increasingly engaged in environmental issues through his work with the National Lawyers Guild's Environmental Justice Committee and the City of Kansas City's Environmental Management Commission.

Dan Tilson
Board Treasurer
Chair, Finance Committee

Dan Tilson joined HCA with more than four decades of work experience in accounting and finance in both the public and private sectors.  After completing his undergraduate degree in American Literature at Yale, he obtained an MBA in accounting from Avila. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, and has served as a financial officer for five not-for-profit organizations. He now fills his retirement traveling around the country as a corporate trainer for Fred Pryor Seminars.

Heartland Conservation Alliance is honored to have the leadership and expertize of our Steering Council. The Council represents our Alliance partners and provides guidance for implementing our work.


Each Council member serves a two-year term and represents a key Partner community including: Business, Education, Government, Higher education, Land trust, Nonprofit, Neighborhood/landowner, Public land manager and Water utility.


Council members support our work by:

  • Supporting staff and Board to fulfill our mission

  • Bringing ideas to the table

  • Connecting the larger group to resources

  • Broadening our networking opportunities

  • Using collective assets to implement plans and projects

  • Provide a sounding board, especially when issues may conflict

  • Provide direction and leadership


To learn more about each member, click here.

Pictured: Back row: left to right, Idris Raoufi, MainCor; John Gordon Jr., Boys Grow; Michael Frisch, UMKC; Robin Martniez, HCA; ;Stephen VanRhein, Missouri Department of Conservation; Brianna Leiker, HCA ; Front row, left to right, Connie Chapman, HCA; Patti Banks, Vireo; Linda Lehrbaum, KCWL; Jill Erickson, HCA; Amanda Wilson, HCA. Not pictured: Laura Adams, Black & Veatch,;Forest Decker, KCMO Parks; Terry Winbush, KCMO Water Services; Alecia Kates, MARC, Spark Bookhart; Harambee Builders Cooperative. Photo by Lauren Garrott.

Alliance Partners

Heartland Conservation Alliance Partners make a one-year commitment to support our mission to protect important natural areas and resources. They make our work possible with generous financial support and/or inkind support.

Black & Veatch

Blue River Watershed Association

Boys Grow

CDM Smith

Cultivate Kansas City


EPA - Region 7

Green Works of Kansas City

Healthy Rivers Partnership

Harambee Builders Cooperative

Kansas City Missouri Water Services Department

Kansas City Missouri Parks & Recreation Department

Kansas Land Trust

Kansas City WildLands

Metropolitan Greenspaces Alliance

Mid America Regional Council

Missouri Department of Conservation

National Fish and Wildlife Service

National Parks Service - RTCA

Platte Land Trust

University of Missouri - Kansas City

US Department of the Interior

US Geological Survey


Visit Us:


Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

4750 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64110



(816) 759-7305, ext. 1148

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