Land Preservation Committee Members and Meeting Schedule

The Land Preservation Committee generally meets the first Monday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Northfield Township Public Safety Building at 8350 Main Street, Whitmore Lake. These meetings are open to the public. 

Northfield Township Land Preservation Committee

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David Gordon, Chair

David retired as a self-employed metals trader in 2008 and now serves as the Chair of the Northfield Township Land Preservation Committee (LPC).  He previously served as a Northfield Township Planning Commissioner (2002-2008) and Trustee (2004-2008).  In addition to his work as a township official, he helped revive the community watchdog group Northfield Neighbors in 2002 to defend the Township Master Plan. 

Prior to going into business, he was a newspaper reporter for six years at The Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ.  His professional experience in that field and as a business owner gives him the skill set to benefit the LPC as a collaborative leader exploring the best paths to achieving the resident’s priority of Land Preservation.   

David moved to Northfield Township in 1980, married his wife Suzy in the home they built on Hellner Road and raised their son, Dylan, who is a musician now living in Brooklyn, NY.   He enjoys golf, nature walks with his wife and maintaining walking paths on his and his neighbor’s property.

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Marissa Prizgint, Secretary

Marissa has an eclectic blend of work and life experiences that make her an asset to the Land Preservation Committee. Since her appointment in January 2020, Marissa has been instrumental in many procedural and organizational improvements for the LPC. As an avid hiker and explorer, Marissa is an expert on natural areas in and around Northfield Township. She also brings her knowledge of organic farming, local food systems, and instructional design to the table.

Marissa moved to Northfield Township in 2014 when she and her husband Ken (a lifelong resident) were married. Together, they raise 2 children and hundreds of pounds of food each year on their small, suburban homestead. In her spare time, Marissa can be found hiking through the area’s serene nature preserves, preparing plant based meals for her family, volunteering at the Community Center, attending Board of Trustee and Planning Commission meetings, and representing the Food Service industry on Washtenaw County’s Food Policy Council.

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Christina Ferris

Christina currently serves as development director for St. Louis Center, a nonprofit residential facility for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in Chelsea. She has more than 30 years of nonprofit experience, having served as marketing director for the Flint Institute of Music for 18 years and working with a variety of organizations to develop effective communications and fundraising strategies. Most recently, she served as Development Director at Arbor Hospice and at the Crim Fitness Foundation in Genesee County. 

Christina has lived in Northfield Township for nearly five years. In addition to a passion for cooking, she enjoys the outdoors, including kayaking the area’s lakes, biking and walking. She spent much of her childhood camping, fishing and hiking in the woods. More recently, she hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail and has trekked the Andes in Peru.  


Tallulah West

Tallulah West relocated to Michigan from Wisconsin in 2017 and is pleased to call Northfield Township home. Tallulah brings 20+ years of experience in the environmental field, specializing in Best Management Practices (BMPs), environmental regulation and compliance in the energy sector. She and her husband Scott enjoy country living- gardening, campfires, outdoor movie night, grilling out and hitting the trails with their standard poodle, Ivers at nearby recreational areas to brake up the ‘working from home’ routine. Tallulah joined the Land Preservation Committee with the desire to work with others in her community to preserve and enhance the rural character of Northfield Township.

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Susan Shink

Sue Shink, a mother, county commissioner and small farmer is excited to serve on the Land Preservation Committee. She has been working to preserve farmland and open space in Northfield Township for many years. She was the first representative of Northfield Township to serve on the Washtenaw County Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Committee, which she now chairs as a county commissioner. She and her family donated a conservation easement on a portion of their Northfield Township farm to Legacy Land Conservancy to ensure that it remains available for farming and wildlife forever. She is grateful to the landowners willing to sell or donate a conservation easement as well as community partners who fund land conservation.

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Lenore Zelenock

Lenore is currently serving her 2nd term as Northfield Township Treasurer.  She retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years in finance and has a master’s in business administration (MBA).  She serves as a board member on 3 community non-profits: Kiwanis (14 yrs.); Northfield's Human Services (7 yrs.), and People's Express (7 yrs.).  Lenore and her husband have resided in Northfield Township for over 26 years. Together, they enjoy walking their dogs, biking, kayaking, and enjoying the beautiful scenery.  Lenore is also an avid racquetball player and former Michigan racquetball state champion.  Lenore believes well-planned land preservation provides numerous benefits for all of us to enjoy, now and for future generations. Lenore is proud to serve as the board’s representative to the Land Preservation Committee.


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2021 Meeting Schedule: 1st Mondays at 6 pm                                                                        

February 1st


August 2nd


March 1st


September 13th*(CANCELLED)


April 5th


October 4th


May 3rd


November 1st


June 7th
June 21st (Special Meeting)


December 6th

July 5th (CANCELLED)



 *September's meeting will be held on the second Monday, the 13th, in observance of Labor day.