Illinois Conservation Foundation names new executive director (again)

Without mentioning Eric Schenck, who had been executive director if the Illinois Conservation Foundation for a little over two years, DNR announced Crystal Curfman as the new executive director.

ICF is an arm of the DNR, though the relationship has always been somewhat cloudy. The DNR director automatically serves as chairman of the ICF Board of Directors. Former DNR Director Wayne Rosenthal had appointed Schenck. So we must assume new DNR Director Colleen Callahan wanted her own person in the position.

Anyway, Curfman previously served as a managing partner of Curfman Group, a real estate and executive search advisory and consulting company in Chicago.

“I grew up hunting and fishing, which evolved into volunteering and working with conservation and outdoor organizations,” Curfman said as part of the DNR announcement on Tuesday. “That’s why I’m so excited to work with the Illinois Conservation Foundation. It’s an excellent opportunity to give back to the state of Illinois and prepare the next generation to be good stewards of the land.”

Curfman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She currently serves as a committee member of the Chicago Downtown Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and is a member of Pheasants Forever and the Ruffed Grouse Society.

Read more about this development in the Sept. 6 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.

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