Our thanks to past and our welcome to new members
2020 brought the departure of three treasured Board Members. Jean Weedman has served on the SEWISC Board of Directors for the past 4 years sharing her energy, creativity and vast expertise with many of our important projects and programs. Elected to the Board in 2017, Jeff Veglahn graciously contributed his knowledge of land stewardship, ecology and public outreach. Mandie Zopp joined the Board in 2019 and expertly managed our social media communications for a full year before she moved on to a new career. We thank Jean, Jeff and Mandie for their strong, thoughtful leadership and dedicated service throughout their terms of service on the SEWISC Board of Directors. Two new Directors joined our Board in January and will each serve initial three-year terms. Join us in welcoming:
Eric Hyde graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a BS in Natural Resource Management and a minor in GIS in 2010. After graduation he filled two Wisconsin DNR LTE positions as an Aquatic Plant Manager and Stormwater Specialist. From there Eric took a full time position with the Washington County Land & Water Conservation where he was a Conservation Technician for 6 years. Eric built relationships with landowners helping to implement conservation best management practices throughout the County and spent a significant amount of time working on point and non-point runoff modeling in the County. In 2017 Eric moved on to the position of County Parks & Trails Manager where he oversees the entire operation of the Washington County Park System’s. He lives in Waubeka with his girlfriend and enjoys camping, backpacking, kayaking, disc golf, golf, and basically anything outside.
Kacey Tait graduated with a BS in both Wildlife Ecology and Biology and an MS in Biological Teaching with a focus in Inquiry-Based Education. For 12 years, she has worked as a naturalist at forest preserve districts, nature centers, and nationally accredited zoos around the midwest to create meaningful and inspired connections between people and the natural world around them. Currently, she is the Inquiry-Based Curriculum and Instruction Manager at Riveredge Nature Center where she oversees the development and coordination of programming for the nearly 8,000 students who visit each year for environmental education. In her spare time, she enjoys fossil hunting, graphic design and art, and volunteering at the Milwaukee Public Museum.