Karen D'Arcy

Karen D'Arcy is the Board Chairman of the Land Conservancy of Will County, where she has been since 2005.

She is also a founding member and chairman of the Thorn Creek Ecosystem Partnership, a volunteer with Governors State University, Restore for Habitat for Humanity in Joliet, and a citizen scientist with Illinois RiverWatch.

Karen has also been an active part of the Hickory Creek Watershed BioBlitz, working with researchers to sample and identify aquatic organisms.

“I’m excited to join a group that’s so impactful in protecting our streams and rivers,” she said.

A resident of New Lenox, Karen is professor emeritus of analytical chemistry and recently retired after 31 years at Governors State University as a chemistry professor, division chair of science, department chair of chemistry and biological sciences, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado and a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and natural resources/chemistry from Portland State University.

Karen's interest in The Conservation Foundation began after meetingour  President/CEO Brook McDonald and other staff in the 1990s during her involvement in the ecosystem partnership movement.  We are so happy to add her extensive scientific knowledge and her passion for river and stream protection to our team!