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Upper Peninsula - West

“The west side of the U.P. is one of the most remote and rural regions in Michigan,” said Lt. Ryan Aho, DNR Law Enforcement Division supervisor in the western Upper Peninsula. “Our new conservation officers will be available to provide policing assistance in these small communities – an added benefit to local law enforcement agencies.”

Ariel Corr, Dickinson County

Ariel Corr

“My love for hunting and fishing started at an early age, influenced by my father and brothers,” said Conservation Officer Ariel Corr. “I am dedicated to everything that I hold close to my heart, and confident that I will be able help teach others about all of the great things Michigan has to offer.”

Byron Parks, Ontonagon County

Byron Parks

“Growing up in the U.P., I realize how important natural resources are and how lucky I was growing up to live in an area known for its vast natural environment,” said Conservation Officer Byron Parks. “When the severe flooding happened in my hometown of Houghton last summer, I saw conservation officers helping those in need. I want to be there to help my community in the same way.”

Anna Viau, Iron County

Anna Viau

“I look forward to working with the people in my community who are passionate about natural resources,” said Conservation Officer Anna Viau. “But conservation officers can’t be everywhere, so it’s important to share our knowledge with the people we meet, so they can help advocate for natural resources, too.”

Upper Peninsula - East

“New conservation officers infuse the district with a youthful outlook and perspective,” said Lt. Skip Hagy, DNR Law Enforcement Division supervisor in the eastern U.P. “It’s very exciting to see the future of the DNR Law Enforcement Division in the hands of this group, who are full of positive attitudes. Our state is in good hands.”

Andrea Dani, Alger County

Andrea Dani

“I want to be good at my job and earn the respect from members of my community and fellow officers,” said Conservation Officer Andrea Dani. “I want to do everything I can to protect natural resources so future generations can enjoy them as much as I have.”

Michael Olesen, Chippewa County

Michael Olesen

“I became a conservation officer to combine my hobbies, prior life experiences and career into one,” said Conservation Officer Michael Olesen. “I have the opportunity to give back to the state of Michigan by protecting those who partake in recreational activities and the land on which those activities are enjoyed.”

Breanna Reed, Delta County

Breanna Reed

“I hope to establish a positive relationship with my community,” said Conservation Officer Breanna Reed. “I want people to know who I am and feel as if they are able to come to me when they need answers.”

Todd Sumbrera, Mackinac County

Todd Sumbrera

“At a young age, I recall numerous hunting trips with my dad,” said Conservation Officer Todd Sumbrera. “I was taught to respect the wildlife and the animals that were hunted. I intend to learn and grow in the field to be the best conservation officer that I can.”

Cole VanOosten, Luce County

Cole VanOosten

“I’m excited to be in Luce County,” said Conservation Officer Cole VanOosten. “There’s thousands of acres of state land. It’s a great spot to develop as a conservation officer. Many great officers have worked in this county and it’s an honor to follow in their footsteps.”

Northern Lower Peninsula

“Dan Liestenfeltz comes from a long line of outdoorsmen and sportsmen,” said Lt. Jim Gorno, DNR Law Enforcement Division supervisor in northern Michigan. “Dan follows in his father’s footsteps, who served over 25 years as a conservation officer. Having much experience growing up hunting and fishing, Dan brings fair and dedicated service to the people and sportsmen of northern Michigan.”

“Conservation Officer Jon Sheppard brings youth, enthusiasm and dedication to conservation law enforcement and to northern Michigan,” Lt. Gorno said. “Jon is an outdoorsman, has a great work ethic and is fair when it comes to serving the people of Michigan. Please welcome Dan and Jon to their new assignments.”

Dan Liesenfeltz, Montmorency County

Dan Liestenfeltz

“My father began his career as a Michigan conservation officer when I was very young and it has been a part of my life ever since,” said Conservation Officer Dan Liestenfeltz. “I’m excited to be in an area where I can make a difference by being part of a community and earning their respect.”

Jon Sheppard, Alpena County

Jon Sheppard

“Every year my dad and I would go grouse hunting near Houghton Lake,” said Conservation Officer Jon Sheppard. “Over the years, our favorite hunting spots stayed mostly the same. I want to be part of protecting someone’s favorite hunting or fishing spots for the future.”

Northwest Michigan

“Michigan’s newest conservation officers have arrived in their assigned counties,” said Lt. Joe Molnar, DNR Law Enforcement Division supervisor in northwest Michigan. “These dedicated men and women will help ensure Michigan’s residents and visitors have a safe, enjoyable experience while recreating in Michigan’s great outdoors.”

Tim Barboza, Osceola County

Tim Barboza

“I have enjoyed my time so far being a conservation officer in Osceola County and meeting and working with the local law enforcement agencies,” said Conservation Officer Tim Barboza. “I have enjoyed the many positive interactions with the community, as well as the opportunities to help where I can, by providing education or resources.”

Josh Reed, Mecosta County

Josh Reed

“While I was an officer with a local sheriff’s office, I found myself often patrolling the back roads with my K9 partner,” said Conservation Officer Josh Reed. “I often encountered conservation officers and noticed the equipment they had and their knowledge of the area. I was impressed that they had everything they need to get the job done right.”

Central Northern Michigan

“I’m very excited to have CO Jesse Grzechowski as part of our central northern Michigan team,” said Lt. Brandon Kieft, DNR Law Enforcement Division supervisor in central northern Michigan. “Jesse grew up vacationing in Alcona County – his knowledge of the area will be an extreme benefit to the DNR. He is passionate about our natural resources and will make a positive impact in the way we manage them.”

Jesse Grzechowski, Alcona County

Jesse Grzechowski

“I am excited to be a conservation officer in Alcona because I care about its citizens, its history and the beautiful natural resources this county has to offer,” said Conservation Officer Jesse Grzechowski. “I’m very proud and passionate to protect and serve the people and natural resources in this area of the state.”

Central Michigan

“CO Adam Schiller brings new talent into the division,” said Lt. Jeremy Payne, DNR Law Enforcement Division supervisor for counties in the Midland, Bay City and Saginaw region. “A Central Michigan University alum, Adam comes to the division with a wide range of outdoor experience and is dedicated to protecting natural resources. Adam will make a difference in Gratiot County and the surrounding areas. We are excited to have him join our team in central Michigan.”

Adam Schiller, Gratiot County

Adam Schiller

“I remember my first encounter with a conservation officer,” said Conservation Officer Adam Schiller. “I was 8 years old and attending a Boy Scout meeting. A CO spoke to us about his job. After he finished, I had a plethora of questions for him. From that day on, I was determined to become a conservation officer.”

Southwest Michigan

“I am pleased to welcome Conservation Officers Anna Cullen and Jackie Miskovich to the team,” said Lt. Gerald Thayer, DNR Law Enforcement Division supervisor in southwest Michigan. “The new generation of conservation officers is highly trained, knowledgeable and dedicated to Michigan's natural areas. Cullen and Miskovich will provide exceptional service to keep the citizens of Muskegon County safe and protect the area’s natural resources for future generations.”

Anna Cullen, Muskegon County

Anna Cullen

“I’m excited to be a conservation officer in Muskegon County because it is where I grew up and where I have lived for most of my life. I know the area, as well as the people. I look forward to supporting and representing the people of Muskegon County as well as the department as a whole.”

Jackie Miskovich, Muskegon County

 Jackie Miskovich

“As a conservation officer, I want to earn the respect of the people in my community, while effectively enforcing the state’s laws. I want to educate people about Michigan’s natural resources and what they can do to help sustain them for future generations to enjoy,” said Conservation Officer Jackie Miskovich. “I want to be a good example for people to look up to, someone to come to when they have questions or concerns.”

Southern Mid-Michigan

“We are excited to have three new conservation officers in our district,” said Lt. Andrew Turner, DNR Law Enforcement Division supervisor in southern mid-Michigan. “Our area is very busy and presents unique challenges related to natural resources. Our new officers will allow us to be more responsive, provide better service and enhance protection of southern mid-Michigan's resources.”

Nathan Beelman, Eaton County

Nathan Beelman

“I am excited to learn more about Eaton County and meet new people within the community,” said Conservation Officer Nathan Beelman. “I am from a different part of the state and I’m excited to learn about the outdoor opportunities in Eaton County and help make sure those opportunities are preserved to be enjoyed by future generations.”

James Nason, Branch County

James Nason

“I have lived on a farm my whole life, so my love for the outdoors has been instilled in me from my very beginning,” said Conservation Officer James Nason. “I respect Michigan's natural resources, the outdoors and its inhabitants.”

Edward Rice, Hillsdale County

Edward Rice

“I wanted to take my law enforcement experience from the military and find a new way to challenge myself,” said Conservation Officer Edward Rice. “I spoke with a family friend who stated if he could do it all over again, he would become a conservation officer. I did some research and I believed becoming a CO would be the best job in the world.”

Southeast Michigan

“I am pleased to introduce the newest conservation officers to southeast Michigan, who are additions from the latest DNR Law Enforcement Division Recruit School,” said Lt. Todd Szyska, DNR Law Enforcement Division supervisor in southeast Michigan. “These four officers join the ranks of one of the busiest and most diverse natural resource areas in Michigan. Southeast Michigan houses some of the best fisheries in the world and is a vital waypoint for migratory waterfowl in the Mississippi Flyway. Our new officers will fill critical vacancies in the area to help enforce natural resource laws and protect the citizens of this great state.”

Thomas Peterson, Oakland County

Thomas Peterson 

“Serving the community has always been important to me,” said Conservation Officer Thomas Peterson. “I became a conservation officer so I can serve my community and protect natural resources. I discovered a passion for natural resources early in my adolescence and I want to ensure there will be a safe, quality place for people to enjoy in the future, just as I have.”

Luke Robare, Genesee County

Luke Robare

“My desire to become a conservation officer stems from more than my love for the outdoors,” said Conservation Officer Luke Robare. “I have always felt a sense of fulfillment after I helped someone, educated them or provided them with a sense of security. A career as a CO combines all of this.”

Jaime Salisbury, Lapeer County

Jaime Salisbury

“One of the reasons I became a conservation officer is because I want to protect Michigan’s fish and wildlife from poachers, so that future generations can be afforded the same great benefit that my grandfather, father and myself have been able to enjoy,” said Conservation Officer Jaime Salisbury.

Brandon Vacek, Monroe County

Brandon Vacek

“Becoming a conservation officer allows me to blend my desire to serve as a law enforcement officer and my passion for the outdoors,” said Conservation Officer Brandon Vacek. “I want to help protect Michigan’s natural resources so I can share them with my kids and grandchildren.”