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.


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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Rachel Smith,
Board Representative

Rachel has lived in Northfield Township since 2013.  She is a mother of two, wife, engineer, and small business owner.  She enjoys many outdoor activities and aims to preserve Northfield Township's natural resources and rural character.  Rachel is proud to serve as the Board of Trustee's representative to the Land Preservation Committee.  


Judith Moldenhauer

Judith Moldenhauer teaches Graphic Design at Wayne State University. Her work focuses on user-centered visual communication – designing things that help people easily find, understand, and use information such as maps, instructions, and forms – and on letterpress printing and wood engraving. 

She was introduced to the love of nature and the desire to preserve it as a Girl Scout and has continued to be an advocate of land stewardship: the idea that we humans are part of the environment and have a responsibility to care for it. She has been able to put that idea into practice on the 14 acres in Northfield Township where she and her partner have lived since 1986: keeping acres in cultivation (hay), protecting wetlands and trees, growing organic vegetables, and restoring native plants to the property.  

As a long time, member and supporter of organizations that support land conservation and preservation, such as the Huron River Watershed Council, she sees being on the Land Preservation Committee as another opportunity to help preserve and protect farmland and natural areas. She believes that it is important to promote policies and practices that can sustain clean air and water and biodiversity and also provide a good income for farmers and good food for our tables. 

She enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, cooking and baking (she is especially known for her apple pies), music, good conversation, and learning new things.

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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.

LJ Walter

L.J. Walter

L.J. grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, surrounded by the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic, as well as miles of land dotted by farmsteads and small towns. He moved to Baltimore to earn his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Film and relocated to Northfield Township in 2018 with his wife, Elizabeth. At work, he supervises a technical support team for a west-coast based home audio manufacturer, where he's enjoyed optimizing internal team processes while also having the opportunity to develop creative solutions to various audio/video system issues.
L.J. also serves on the Northfield Township Board of Review, and previously served as the township's proxy on the Washtenaw County Broadband Task Force.
In his free time, he largely spends his time wandering aimlessly throughout the township, enjoying the waterfront scenery. He loves Eli's Shrimp Po'Boy sandwiches and hopes that sushi availability will someday permeate the township. He loves the idea of township growth, but strives to retain green spaces, which he thinks are critical to wellness. He enjoys camping and boating and can usually be found anywhere a good bonfire is available.

Tallulah West

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 poodles, Ivers and Henrik at nearby recreational areas to break 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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2022 Meeting Schedule: 1st Mondays at 6 pm (unless otherwise noted)       
January 3rd
January 8th *
February 7th
March 7th
April 4th
May 2nd
June 6th
July 11th **
August 1st
September 12th***
October 3rd
November 7th
December 5th

*Special Meeting: 10 am at Northfield Township Area Library
**2nd Monday due to 4th of July
***2nd Monday due to Labor Day