As an ecologist with special interests in restoration ecology, agroecology, and ecosystem management, Jim received a PhD in ecology from the University of Georgia and a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1985-1995, he worked at the interface of land management issues examining potential improvements of traditional agricultural systems and restoration of degraded pastures in Costa Rica, working with traditional farmers on inland fisheries development in West Africa, serving as an ecologist for the Nooksack Indian Tribe in western Washington State, and conducting training workshops on sustainable agriculture for agricultural extension agents in the state of Georgia.
James also taught at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Bard College. From 1996-2006, he was involved with the International Honors Program, as Traveling Faculty, as Academic Director, and Executive Director. Jim and his family live in an environmentally designed home using geothermal, passive solar, and a wood stove in the Town of Centerville in southern Manitowoc County.
Regional Outreach Coordinator
Sherrill brings a passion for writing, editing and capturing people’s stories, part of an extensive appreciation of nature and the environment to LNRP. Her formal education includes a BA in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from Western Michigan University, and a MS in Land Resources with an emphasis in Agricultural Journalism and Resource Policy from UW-Madison. Raised in the Detroit area, she served as a VISTA Volunteer at the New Mexico Solar Energy Association in Santa Fe, editing and writing, and worked with private and state government renewable energy ventures. She returned to Wisconsin in 1993 where she resides with her husband Rock, an LNRP board member. Along with assisting the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network and other regional programming areas, Sherrill edits and contributes to LNRP’s newsletter, The Source, and serves as media outreach coordinator for LNRP and its regional program partners. Sherrill enjoys working with the many facets of LNRP and its great extended community partners.
Community Relations Coordinator
Jenn was born and raised on the shores of Lake Michigan in Cleveland (Wis). She studied at Northern Michigan University until further pursuing a 2-year internship at Baird Family Farms in South Carolina. Her studies included organic methods of fruit and vegetable farming; raising goats, sheep, cows; beekeeping and community building. Jenn spent a summer at a small CSA farm in western Wisconsin, and then moved back to the area to work at Springdale Farm in Plymouth. She brings a passion for healthy lifestyles and the local food movement. Jenn has over ten years of administrative experience & leads a range of cross-organizational activities, manages the LNRP database and develops community outreach activities and programs.
Development & Communications Coordinator
Lisa is an educator, grant writer, and poet who comes to LNRP via a circuitous route, yet sees that all roads lead to water. Born in Chicago and raised in the Detroit area, she is the daughter of two artists. She earned her BA in Art History from Vassar College and her MA in art history from the University of Michigan. She worked for twenty years as an art museum educator, mostly in Los Angeles near the Pacific Ocean and more recently at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, bringing her back to the shores of Lake Michigan. She then shifted into Advancement at Lakeland College for eight years. She joins LNRP to use her grant writing, fundraising, and project management skills to help build capacity and support membership and development efforts.
Finance and Data Manager
Amy and her family moved to Manitowoc in December of 2012 when her husband, Titus Seilheimer, began working for Wisconsin Sea Grant. Raised in Racine, Amy graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton with a Biology major and earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay. Field work for her thesis involved sampling zebra mussels in the lower Green Bay and her thesis also focused on the history of the Fox River Watershed and its impact on Green Bay water quality. At UW, she served as the Student Board Member for the International Association of Great Lakes Research and helped to plan the Annual Conference held in Green Bay in 2001. In 2003, Amy moved to Hamilton, Ontario, while Titus earned his Ph.D. She spent three years working at Environment Canada where she sorted and identified benthic macroinvertebrates sampled from Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Titus’s postdocs led them to live in Stillwater, Oklahoma, followed by Ithaca, New York, and finally St. Paul, Minnesota. Amy can frequently be found enjoying the Lake Michigan beaches with her two young sons and has become an active member of the Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed. Amy and her family are excited to be back in Wisconsin and are amazed at their good luck to live on the shores of a Great Lake!