LNRP Board of Directors
President Chris Olson
Chris Olson came from Milwaukee, graduated from UW-Stevens Point, and now resides and works with wastewater and water quality issues in Door County. Despite his formal education and nearly 20 years’ experience regulating septic systems, he learned the real work is about people and relationships. Chris has served on the Wisconsin OnSite Water Recycling Association board, participated in the state’s septic system (POWTS) code committee as a member of the Wisconsin County Code Administrators, and remains active in both professional organizations. Personally, Chris enjoys learning to garden, installing solar panel arrays around Wisconsin, and hiking around different parks and places.
Vice President John Kirsch
John Kirsch was born and raised in West Bend and has lived in Cleveland (Wis.) since 1981. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a B.S. in Industrial Technology – Building Construction and works at AECOM. He has designed buildings throughout the US for a wide range of clients with more than 30 years’ experience in Building Design, Project Management and Computerized Building Information Modeling. John has enjoyed more than five terms as Trustee for the Village of Cleveland. His duties have included Plan Commission Chairman and member, Parks Committee Chairman and Human Resources Chairman. He also served on the Village of Cleveland and Town of Centerville joint planning committee. Both as citizen and elected official, John promoted and was instrumental in preserving the Fischer Creek Conservation Area, Point Creek Conservation Area, Veterans Park Conservation Area and Hika Park conservation shoreline. As a strong advocate of planning to guide development and preserve natural and cultural aspects of the community, John has promoted and participated in several local planning efforts including development of the Village of Cleveland parks and green space plans, Village of Cleveland comprehensive plan, Cleveland and Centerville Joint Plan, The Village of Cleveland Waterfront Study, and Preliminary Engineering Study for Boat Landing Protection. John is presently a key member of the Centerville Creek Restoration Advisory Committee and Friends of Hika Bay. When not working on endless old house and barn projects, he enjoys life in Wisconsin spending time outdoors with his wife Idell and their dog Leo, interacting with nature as a conservation hunter and fisherman, camper, hiker, backpacker, cross-county skier and snowshoer. John’s other activities include cooking and dining with family and friends, sausage making, exploring the northwest forests and coasts with Idell and their family, as well as chipping away at hiking the entire Ice Age Trail.
Secretary Rock Anderson
Rock grew up in Chilton as a river rat fishing, exploring and waterfowl hunting on the Manitowoc River. As one of the first Soil and Water Conservationists in Wisconsin and the first in Calumet County, he managed some of the state’s first watershed protection projects, including the Winnebago East Shore and the South Branch of the Manitowoc River. In 1993, Rock accepted a position as Environmental Engineering Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. With DATCP in Northeast Wisconsin, Rock worked with other engineers in 14 different counties, assisting in the design of large water quality projects on large farms and in situations where the local government entity felt additional expertise was necessary. One of note developed miles of additional sturgeon spawning habitat in the Wolf River basin. Rock retired from state service in 2008 and, as a confirmed “small town” guy, still lives in Chilton with his wife Sherrill. He also serves on the Winnebago East Shore Conservation Club board of directors.
Treasurer Sara Schuetze
A native of Manitowoc, Sara’s concern for the environment found her joining like-minded people within a local group, the Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed. Along with others from the group, she is also active with the Adopt-a-Park program in her community, having adopted a city park situated on the Manitowoc River. Sara works in the library department of the Manitowoc Public School District. She is looking forward to being on the board of the LNRP in hopes of networking with others who have a concern for water quality and environmental issues.
Bob is a northeast Wisconsin native who spends every chance he can working and playing in the natural splendor of the Door Peninsula. He is a lifelong student of the natural sciences with a geoscience degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From his home in Baileys Harbor, Bob runs RestoreDoor EcoLogical Services, a land stewardship company helping landowners foster our native habitats, and the Forest Recovery Project. Bob feels fortunate to be an auxiliary member of Wisconsin DNR’s Bat Monitoring Crew and thoroughly enjoys his occasional role as an environmental educator at The Clearing Folk School and with the Road Scholar Program. Bob has served the Town of Baileys Harbor as a firefighter for 15 years and currently chairs the town’s Marina Committee. He has been a past Board Member for the Wisconsin Speleological Society and the Friends of Peninsula State Park. He currently serves on the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network Steering Committee. When not experiencing life’s many wonders with son Wyatt, including a venture raising backyard chickens, Bob might be found transplanting native plants into his yard or attempting to make the perfect batch of hard cider. He is a big fan of winter. When the snow flies, he enjoys sliding across horizontal snow on two boards and carving down the more slanted snow on one.
Eric has worked for Regional Planning Commissions since 1993 and currently serves as Executive Director of the East Central Wisconsin RPC. He graduated in 1992 from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies with an emphasis in Regional Analysis. Eric received his American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification in 1999 and has been involved in numerous urban and rural planning issues over the years, many with an environmental focus. In 1998, he founded with a group of citizen volunteers the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network (NERN) and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to LNRP. Known as “Mr. Escarpment,” in his spare time, he and wife Suzanne travel “particularly to southern Ontario to visit the other half of the Great Arc (of the Escarpment).”
Carl and his wife Judy reside in both Wisconsin and Illinois. He was raised in Freeport, Illinois and graduated from UW-Madison, where he met Judy and his parents graduated. Judy and Carl and their four daughters have spent part of each of the last 46 years on the northeast side of Door County along the shore of a small bay. After Madison, Carl pursued more schooling at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and University of Chicago and settled down in Chicago and suburbs. His career was in commercial banking and large ticket equipment leasing. His last employer was Bank of America. He served his community as a member and president of the local school board. Since retirement, Carl has served as a director of Willowbrook Wildlife Foundation and The Ridges Sanctuary. He is an Illinois Master Gardener and guide at Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio in suburban Chicago and at Wright’s light court in the Rookery in downtown Chicago. He also is informally qualified as a Wisconsin Naturalist. Most recently, Carl has become a Rotary member and a member of the Action Committee of the Climate Change Coalition of Door County.
Karl is a fifth-generation dairy farmer at Saxon Homestead Farm LLC, a family partnership operated by Karl and his wife Liz, Robert and Kathleen Klessig, and their families. Saxon Homestead has combined rotational grazing, dairy cattle, dairy steers, and spring seasonal calving to form the foundation of their farming operation, centered on family, heritage, history, grazing, working lands, and environment. They also co-own Saxon Creamery, a small artisan cheese factory which produces a family of aged European Continental cheeses. Karl currently participates in the Sheboygan Area School District Nutrition Committee, Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center Board, and Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin’s Public Policy Sub-Committee. Past organizational involvement includes UW Discovery Farm, Council of Rural Initiatives Board, Glacial Lakes Conservancy, Dairy Business Association’s Green Tier Charter Sub-Committee, and the Manitowoc County Ag and Environmental Task Force. His education includes the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program, along with an MS in Ruminant Nutrition and BS in Dairy Science, UW-Madison. Karl received a University of Wisconsin Ag & Life Science Honorary Recognition award in 2012, was recognized as a Distinguished Agricultural Leader, Manitowoc County UW-Agriculture Alumni Association in 2005, and as a River Champion from the River Alliance of Wisconsin in 2004.
Cathy and her husband John retired to her hometown of Algoma in 2013. Before moving back, they spent 16 years in the Madison area. Prior to living in Madison, Cathy, John and their three children called Illinois, California, Ohio, Virginia, Alabama, New York and Colorado home, moving wherever John’s Coast Guard career sent them. Cathy graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama with a degree in General Studies with a minor in legal studies and a paralegal certificate. She worked as a paralegal in law firms in Mobile and Richmond, Virginia before earning her MS in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She then worked as a law librarian at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, New York County Lawyers’ Association and at the University of Denver College of Law, where she also taught legal research. She is a past president of the Colorado Association of Law Libraries. Upon returning to Wisconsin after John’s retirement, she worked as a reference librarian and head of adult services at Oregon Public Library in Oregon, Wisconsin. After learning of the water quality problems in Kewaunee County, Cathy and John began working hard to educate themselves on the issues and advocate for policies to protect the environment. Their concern for Algoma’s Crescent Beach led them to pursue a partnership with LNRP as a means of promoting and protecting this important natural resource. Cathy is a member of the Bird City Algoma Committee, which first earned Algoma Bird City Wisconsin status in 2013, and serves on the City of Algoma’s Tree Management Committee.
Mary was born in Alliance, Ohio, grew up in Detroit, outside Chicago (in the second deliberately integrated community in the U.S.), and in New York City. She majored in Russian History at the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, and has worked at the Methodist Office for the United Nations and for the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics in Volunteer Services and Public Relations. Although she has been an active volunteer in her communities — church, family planning, hospice — and served as an elected school board member, her heart has always been in the out-of-doors. An avid conservationist, Mary has, for many years (in Mississippi, Minnesota, Virginia, Wisconsin) participated in native plant societies, helped remove invasive species and promoted responsible landscaping. A deepening concern for conservation of the earth’s environment led her and her husband Dick to found the Climate Change Coalition of Door County in December, 2012.
Tom was Department Director for the Manitowoc County Soil & Water Conservation Department for 32 years. Prior to arriving in Manitowoc County, he worked in the Eau Claire County Zoning office. After graduating college at UW-Stevens Point with a BS in Natural Resource Management, he dairy farmed with his parents for two years. Tom has facilitated the development of a number of citizen organizations in Manitowoc County including the Friends of the Branch River, the Manitowoc County Lakes Association, Pigeon River Watershed Monitors, and Groundwater Guardians. He was past State President for the Soil & Water Conservation Society and helped re-organize the State chapter to improve operations, organized and was a charter member of the Great Lakes Non-point Abatement Coalition (GLNAC). He currently serves as the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for the Manitowoc County Lakes Association and helps direct the Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area.
Susan Kennedy, MA, MTA
Susan Kennedy brings her diverse experience as a Sustainable Tourism Specialist with expertise in cultural/archaeological heritage management, ecotourism, marketing and branding. She has lived and worked in the Far East, Middle East, Panama, the UK and US. She most recently completed comprehensive ecotourism management plans for three national parks in Bangladesh. She has written tourism management plans and feasibility studies, conducted trainings and research, created tourist publications, and has worked in private-sector advertising. She focuses on the triple bottom line of sustainable tourism to benefit local communities, helping the environment, and generating profits for local people and responsible businesses. Susan has a MA in Managing Archaeological Sites from University College London, a Master of Tourism Administration in Sustainable Destination Management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Susan is excited to bring her focus to help LNRP, the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network, and the Climate Change Coalition.
Mickey currently lives in Eau Claire, WI with her husband Jeff Rochon, who is a Manitowoc native. For the past 30 years she has been the CEO of Details, Fine Apparel and Accessories in Eau Claire. She is also a partner in Rochon Investments and has developed three Lake Michigan projects in Manitowoc County, two of which are conservancy subdivisions. Her concerns over deteriorating water quality led her to get involved in efforts to address the issue.Mickey served in Governor Doyle’s administration as the Administrator of the Global Ventures Division of the Commerce Department, where she was responsible for attracting investment to Wisconsin from around the world. She worked in all industries but focused on Wisconsin’s high potential areas of biotechnology, information systems, sustainable energy, water technology, advanced manufacturing and agriculture. She accompanied Governor Doyle to Israel for the World Water Summit. Mickey has served on more than 20 boards and currently serves as the President of the Pine Creek Conservancy Landowners Association, Vice President of Pine Creek Conservancy Land Trust, a board member of the Water Street Business Improvement District, and on Business Forward’s Local Leadership Council in Washington D.C. Mickey attended the White House Water Summit. She loves to garden and is known for her extensive collection of heirloom tomatoes.
Lisa was born in Chicago, grew up in Michigan, spent five years on the east coast followed by 15 on the west. Wherever she goes, she notices herself always gravitating toward water. Lisa has a BA from Vassar College and an MA from the University of Michigan, both in art history. She began her professional career as an art museum educator where she worked for 20 years with posts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Museum, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan. In 2007, she branched into higher education, overseeing alumni relations, and later grant writing, at Lakeland University. In 2015, Lisa joined the staff of LNRP as the Development and Communications Coordinator and was pleased to put her skills as a writer, educator, and self-proclaimed “dot-connector” to work for the environment. Recently, her river has meandered back to the Kohler Arts Center, this time as a grant writer. In all her spare time, Lisa writes poetry, edits Stoneboat Literary Journal with three friends, organizes poetry events in and around Sheboygan through an organization called 100 Poets for Change, and is working with friends in Malawi to build a children’s reading garden at a school in the capital city of Lilongwe. She is excited to continue her engagement with LNRP by joining the board as the new “arts liaison” in 2018. She looks forward to finding ways to blend all her many interests and passions into projects that protect our land and water, ultimately making the world a better place for all.