Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc.


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Meet our new Board Members

SEWISC has four new board members who greatly broaden the knowledge base and the geographic representation of the organization. The four new board members will serve three-year terms. They bring the current board size to 11 members. Please meet:

augustlauraAugust Wagner-Richardson has been with the Student Conservation Association since 2009. As program manager, she oversees Milwaukee community programming. She has worked in the non-profit sector facilitating education programs, organizing special events, program reporting and managing multiple budgets. She previously served as Youth Team Leader for AmeriCorps. August joined the SEWISC Board of Directors in September, 2012.

Laura Giese is a visiting assistant professor for Virginia Tech, National Capitol Region. She also performs consulting work part-time as an environmental scientist for GRAEF, and is a cooperating forester with WDNR. Laura is passionate about educating the public and controlling invasive species, since she has seen the impact of invasive species travelling across the states. Laura joined the SEWISC Board in September, 2012.




Drew Ballantyne completed his B.A. at Carthage College majoring in Environmental Science and Geography, and M.S. in Forest Science at Michigan Technological University in 2010. He is currently working as a restoration technician with various land stewardship companies, including Quercus Land Stewardship Services, and as a program assistant with Root-Pike WIN. cassieDrew’s interests include protecting wetlands and hardwood forests across the Great Lakes Region. Drew joined the SEWISC Board in January, 2013.

Cassandra (Cassie) Rincon is a student at Alverno College majoring in Environmental Science. She serves as the President of Alverno College Team Green as well as Alverno College Loves Animals, two student groups that address issues about the environment and animals. Cassie also works as an Academic Assistant in the Science Resource Center and as an intern at the Milwaukee County Parks System in the Natural Areas Program. Cassie joined the SEWISC Board in January, 2013.