Meet the Advisory Board

The Ancient Oaks Foundation values the expertise of the following people for technical advice on our various habitat restoration projects:

Volunteer Scott Garrison

Scott Garrison

Certified Arborist

Scott has been a Lake Zurich resident for over 30 years where he’s been a member of the Village’s Tree Commission since 1995.  For 35 years Scott worked for the Village of Arlington Heights Public Works – Forestry Division. He has volunteered with the Ancient Oaks Foundation and was a finalist for IMRF’s Volunteer of the Year Award for 2015.  He  enjoys gardening, Chicago sports, camping and anything to do with nature.


Kevin Schiewiller

Restoration Program Manager- Citizens For Conservation

Kevin resides in Fox River Grove and is a member of the Village of Lake Zurich Tree Commission.  He is a graduate of Loyola University with a degree in Environmental Science. Formerly an Environmental Restoration Technician for Stantec, an ecological consulting firm that specializes in wetland mitigation and habitat enhancement of local ecosystems, Kevin is now the Restoration Program Manager for Citizens For Conservation in Barrington, Il.   Kevin volunteers with the Deer Grove Natural Area Volunteers.

Jan Papa

General Manager – Sebert Landscaping’s Bluestem Ecological Services

Jan Papa, a Cambridge Wisconsin resident, has vast experience in the field of habitat restoration and ecological management.  She is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and has worked for such notable landscaping enterprises such as ILT Vignocchi, Countryside Landscaping and Bret Achtenhagen Seasonal Services.   She is currently the General Manager with Sebert Landscaping’s Bluestem Ecological Services.  She has volunteered with the Ancient Oaks Foundation from its earliest days as the Oak Ridge Marsh Conservation Group as well as with Citizens For Conservation and The Nature Conservancy.  She holds several professional affiliations within the horticulture and native landscaping field. She brings a wealth of restoration knowledge to the Ancient Oaks Foundation.


Rick Stumpf

Retired Public Park Administration

Rick recently retired after 36 years in Public Park Administration. Most of his years were spent as the Director of Planning which included the oversight of the Natural Areas Management program and grant writing. Over that period, he enjoyed authoring many magazine articles, newsletters and manuals related to environmental concerns while also volunteering on numerous local and State committees and task force groups. He received his B.S. in Soil Science and Natural Resource Management from UW Stevens Point where and where he also met Julie, his wife of 36 years.

Rick and his wife have lived in Lake Zurich for 33 years. He enjoys birding, nature photography, meteorology, landscape work and home repair , volunteering and working on starting a second career.


Dave Neu

Project Developer for Davey Resource Group, Inc.

Mr. Neu is an accomplished natural resources program and organization leader serving for over 30 years in both government and non-profit roles. His work has included native prairie and wetland restorations, wildlife surveys and population management, public outreach and education, strategic partnerships, and planning. Mr. Neu has led the management of tens of thousands of acres of public and private properties, as well as conservation initiatives throughout the Midwest.

As Project Developer, he grows the core services and builds relationships for Davey Resource Group, Inc.  works to promote opportunities with clients, and identifies opportunities for growth.