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Here is a collection of stories from our Stewards that highlights their journey, passion and determination to continue the mission of the Conservancy — a movement that was started more than 30 years ago. Each story is unique and all of them are inspiring.

Dan Gruber, Legacy Steward

Dan believes that the creation of the “self-managing, self-evolving” Steward organization may be the most far-reaching achievement of the Conservancy.  Many non-profit organizations rely on volunteers to solely execute the instructions of staff, but the Conservancy has developed into an organization where the stewards are directly responsible for many aspects of the strategic direction of the organization. 

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Len Marcisz, Legacy Steward

Whether Len’s involvement with the Conservancy was happenstance or predestination, he believes that the Conservancy has, in many ways, defined him as a person in his retirement.  More particularly, Len’s work with the Conservancy set him on a path of a very rewarding second career as a historian.

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Don Meserve, Lead Steward

Don was named the first City Archaeologist in Scottsdale. He laughs when he admits that he had no formal archaeological training other than his lifelong interest in the Sonoran Desert land and its history. Don’s story is unique — enjoy reading about his love of the desert.

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BJ Tatro, Legacy Steward

A vision that started with a cup of coffee and thrives as an important service the Conservancy continues to provide even today. BJ states that her work with the Conservancy was motivated by “rational self-interest in the pursuit of the public good.” Great things can be achieved when skilled people work together on matters that have both personal importance and a clear public benefit.

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