Matt Berg, Grantsburg High School
For the past 16 years Matt has taught biology at Grantsburg High School in northwest Wisconsin. He also owns and operates Endangered Resource Services, LLC – a biological contracting company that specializes in endangered species mitigation, inventory and monitoring surveys, habitat restoration, and public education and outreach about the challenges facing Wisconsin's natural resources as well as the opportunities for everyday people to get involved with conservation. Over the years, he and his students have participated in a number of CBM granted projects dealing with native freshwater mussels, dragonflies, frogs, bats, and aquatic invasive species. As much as he loves all of these groups, his first and real passion will always be birds and helping conserve the habitats that sustain them. Over the years, he’s seen how CBM offers youth and adults a window into the natural world that can be truly life changing, and he's honored to join the rest of the board as they help move the WCBM network forward.
Meg Domroese, Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts
As Gathering Waters' Land Trust Program Director, Meg coordinates training and facilitates collaboration among land trusts and partners. Previously, at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, she convened discussions on statewide water and energy issues. Meg served on the steering committee that launched the Citizen Science Association in 2014. She has a strong interest in the participant experience in citizen science and has conducted assessments of volunteers' motivations and learning gains. Meg led projects in Bolivia and British Columbia, among other places, in her previous position at the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. These projects all aimed to promote participation in conservation through partnerships among scientists, educators, and community leaders.
Anne Kretschmann, MSU Extension and Vilas County Lakes & Rivers Association
Anne is involved in water protection and environmental education in many ways. She was the Water Specialist at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, coordinating the center's water-related citizen science programming for many years. Currently, she works for MSU Extension just across the border in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Anne is also the treasurer for the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association. She holds a bachelor's degree in Conservation Biology and conducted graduate work in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and GIS. She has over 20 years of professional wildlife, fisheries, and environmental education experience, working with a wide array of species (everything from mosquitoes to elk to native fish to eagles and anything in between) nation-wide.
Nancy Turyk, UW-Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education
Nancy is a Water Resource Scientist for the Center for Watershed Science and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She conducts lake and river research to assess water quality and health of waterbodies and watersheds for citizen groups and county and federal agencies. All of the studies involve UWSP students in field work, data assessment, and communication. Nancy also instructs water resource courses and is affiliated with UW-Stevens Point's state-certified Water and Environmental Analysis Lab which has supported volunteer monitors since 1975.
Mandie Zopp, Riveredge Nature Center
As the Director of Research and Conservation, at Riveredge Nature Center, Mandie oversees all research, land management, and facility operations that occur on the Center's 379 acre sanctuary. Since 2011, Mandie has coordinated and taught adult education programs (including the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program), mentored student research interns, led volunteer land stewardship groups, has conducted and implemented citizen-science projects throughout the sanctuary, and most recently launched Riveredge's Community Rivers Program (CRP). The CRP is a community-based approach to increasing water quality within the upper Milwaukee River Watershed. In addition to these year-round activities, Mandie coordinates Riveredge's annual Student Research Symposium, an event for Wisconsin undergraduate and graduate students to present their research. Mandie has worked with local, state, and national agencies throughout her career. Currently, she serves on the leadership team for the Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network and is a member of the Wisconsin Association of Environmental Educators.