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Greg Hyer, President. Greg is Chair of the Town of Cross Plains Board of Supervisors and a member of the Town Plan Commission. He is also President of the Black Earth Creek Watershed Association that advocates for good stewardship practices. He has nationally recognized professional experience in real estate development for science and technology companies tied to universities and senior management experience in government. He has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Public Administration from Indiana University. Greg and his wife, Jane enjoy cycling, skiing, hiking and fishing in the Black Earth Creek Watershed, state and national parks, preserves and public open spaces.

Matt Frank, Vice President. Matt is an attorney with Murphy Desmond, S.C., where he practices environmental and energy law, and is a member of the firm’s practice group for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Matt served as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2007 through 2010, where he led efforts to pass the Great Lakes Compact, reduce mercury and phosphorous pollution in state waters, and expand the Knowles Nelson Stewardship program. He also led efforts to expand clean and renewable energy and address climate change. In his 30 years of public service, Matt also served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and as Secretary of the Department of Corrections. Matt received his B.A. degree from Carleton College and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He grew up in Cross Plains, where he fished the Black Earth Creek. Matt and his wife live in Middleton where they raised three boys.

Pat Leavenworth Secretary. Pat completed her career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in October 2012 after 33 years with the agency. She led Wisconsin NRCS as State Conservationist for 18 years. During this tenure in Wisconsin, Pat facilitated conservation partnerships to assure optimal conservation achievements for future generations. Pat has a BA in Biological Sciences from Mt. Holyoke College and an MA in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Pat and her husband, Phil, have operated a hay and grazing operation in Ridgeway, WI since 2001. They have a daughter and son and live in Mount Horeb where Pat serves as a director for the local Farmer’s Market. Pat’s interests include writing, photography, and raising golden retrievers.

Tom Krauskopf, Treasurer. Tom is a retired administrator and policy and budget analyst for the State of Wisconsin. He has a B.S. degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation and a M.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Professional responsibilities ranged from management of state facilities and police services to federal-state relations and from environmental, land information and tax policy to housing assistance. He is a past president of RSVP of Dane County; an organization with 2000 active senior volunteers. Tom lives in Madison with his wife Margie and can often be found biking, camping, kayaking and fishing. He is active in Trout Unlimited's efforts to improve Black Earth Creek and to provide fishing access for people living with disabilities.

Curt Bjurlin is an environmental practitioner who leads Stantec Consulting Inc.’s U.S. power business. He holds a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Utah State University. For the past 13 years, he has worked in the energy sector, conducting renewable energy and transmission line siting, stakeholder meetings, county and township meetings, and civic group discussions. Curt spent the first ten years of his career researching threatened and endangered species throughout the United States, primarily in the west. He has published numerous scientific papers on the ways in which desert tortoises and San Joaquin kit foxes interact with transportation and energy infrastructure. In his free time, he enjoys cross country skiing, gardening, canoeing, or just sitting outside on a beautiful day. He lives in Madison with his wife, Alex, and their twin boys.

Carrie Breunig is a youth worker, an aspiring farmer, and an artist at heart. She grew up in rural Wisconsin on a small farm and was raised to value all wild things. She has a BS from UW Madison as well as a graduate certificate from Edgewood Colleges Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership program. She is currently the Lussier LOFT Teen Center Girls Inc Coordinator at the Goodman Community Center where she provides education and outdoor recreation opportunities for teen girls. Her prior youth work involves over 7 years at Operation Fresh Start, where she led young people through a variety of construction and conservation projects. She has been active in the organic farming community in Madison for about 10 years, and spent 2 years living in the Kickapoo Valley coordinating the CSA and wholesale production at Driftless Organics. On the weekends, you can find her selling veggies for Driftless Organics at the Dane County Farmers Market, or out paddling with her partner Micah and favorite furry pal, Harl.

Anne M. H. Brindley grew up on a small, fifth-generation dairy farm next door to her grandparents. At an early age, they instilled in her an appreciation of Polka music, lutefisk and lefse, and family. Working with the elderly and families seemed a natural progression from where it all began, and has proven to be where Anne feels most at home. She is a shareholder at Haskins Short & Brindley LLC, where her practice includes estate planning and administration, Medicaid and long term care benefit qualification, guardianship, and small business and residential real estate matters. Anne is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division, Elder Law Section, and Real Property, Probate & Trust Section. Anne volunteers with the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Wills for Heroes clinic and the Veteran’s Law Center in Madison, Wisconsin. She is an advisor to the Portage Crossfit Cooperative. Anne is licensed to practice in Wisconsin and Colorado.

Vicki Elkin is the Executive Director of the Fund for Lake Michigan, a private foundation based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that is dedicated to enhancing the health of Lake Michigan and its shoreline and tributary river systems. Prior to joining the Fund for Lake Michigan, Vicki worked as a Policy Initiatives Advisor to the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection where she helped launch Wisconsin’s new Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) and Agricultural Enterprise Area programs. Before joining DATCP, Vicki worked at Gathering Waters Conservancy, a non-profit umbrella group for Wisconsin’s land trusts. Vicki served as Gathering Water’s Executive Director from 1998 to 2006 and led successful bipartisan efforts from 2006 to 2009 to renew and increase funding to $86 million a year for Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and to pass the sweeping Working Lands Initiative into law.

Cameron Field is an environmental attorney at Michael Best, where he provides counsel to businesses to meet their goals while obtaining and maintaining compliance with state and federal environmental regulations. Cameron studied Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College and obtained a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy and a law degree from Vermont Law School. In Madison, he enjoys celebrating the many beautiful public spaces—like those protected by Groundswell—by hiking, paddling, and skiing with his wife and dog.

Barry Perkel was born in Rapid City, SD. He grew up in the Jersey Shore after a bit of moving around. He attended Rutgers University graduating in 1982. After graduation, he worked as a planner in a variety of settings, including working in Maryland as the planning director for a rapidly urbanizing county on the Eastern Shore. He remained in Maryland for four years and ready for a change, went back to school at the UW-Madison to get a Masters Degree in Real Estate Investment Analysis & Appraisal. Graduating in 1990, they moved to Boston where he worked in consulting & appraisal. They moved back to Madison in 1994 and have been here ever since though he’s worked in senior housing, affordable housing finance and commercial real estate/development while in Madison. They live on the near west side.

Glenn Reinl is a CPA who retired as Chief Financial Officer for Shared Medical Services, a mobile CT, MRI and PET/CT medical provider which operates in 12 states in the Midwest, after 20 years with the company. He received his BS in Accounting from UW-Madison. In addition to his financial duties, Glenn was responsible for contracting and other legal documentation at SMS and, as a result, is especially interested in the legal aspects of Groundswell Conservancy. Glenn is an active outdoor person. His special interests are ice skating, hiking, cross country skiing and biking. In retirement, Glenn is enjoying gardening and working on improving his musical abilities.

Veronica Rueckert is a Peabody Award-winning communications specialist and the owner of Veronica Rueckert Coaching. She was the host of Wisconsin Public Radio's statewide news magazine Central Time and hosted the statewide call in program, The Veronica Rueckert Show. Earlier, she worked as a senior producer and contributor on the national program To the Best of Our Knowledge distributed by Public Radio International. Her essays have aired to a national audience via NPR and PRI. Currently, she conducts media training and national media outreach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She and her family love hiking and kayaking in the beautiful natural areas in Dane County and beyond.

Jediah White works in the Office of the Executive at TASC, the nation's largest privately owned third party administrator for employee benefits. He has previously held roles in business development and commercialization strategy for new biomedical products. Jed holds a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He and his wife Sharon want to make sure that future generations, including their young son and daughter, have the opportunity to enjoy natural spaces.

Tracy Wiklund recently retired from a 32-year career at University of Wisconsin-Madison that started in the campus Internal Audit Department and ended in a basic science department in the School of Medicine & Public Health. As a department administrator, her responsibilities included budgeting, human resources, financial oversight, facilities management and planning. She holds a BS in Accounting and a MS in Management. Tracy lives in a rural township near Madison with her husband and dog on 16 acres of restored prairie. For over a decade she served as a member (and then Chair) of the town’s Land Trust Commission, preserving farmland and natural areas through the town’s Purchase of Development Rights Program. Tracy enjoys painting (canvas, not walls), volunteering on the UW Credit Union’s Audit Committee, and spending time outside trying to keep honeysuckle and aspen out of the family prairie.

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