University of Wisconsin-Madison (Geography, Education)
Woodbury College (Master's)
My deep roots in northern Wisconsin go back to birth. Though I was raised in Illinois, summers were spent in Burnett County with relatives and friends, who happen to own a long-standing resort – the old fashioned kind. As far back as I can remember, this is what felt to me like home. I’ve lived a lot of places, coast to coast but, mostly in northern Wisconsin. My family still has a cabin on a lake in up north and I spend as much time there as I can!
My professional history spans positions within several organizations. Early on, I held the position of Aquatic Biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in what was then the Northwest District Headquarters. During those years, I also monitored Eastern Timber Wolf populations in northern Wisconsin for distribution and population dynamics through ground tracking and radio telemetry.
I then accepted the position of “Environmental Section Leader” with Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. I was responsible for investigating and addressing environmental issues of concern to thirteen bands of Lake Superior Ojibwa in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Among other work, I conducted collaborative research with the DNR and the University of Wisconsin around the impact of ingesting PCB- and mercury-tainted fish tissue on human health, and subsequent impact on tribes’ usufructuary rights and their Traditional Way.
I held a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Teachers License from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - certified in Alternative Education, Geography, and Broadfield Social Studies - from 1987 through 2013. In 1994, an opportunity brought me to upstate New York where I taught secondary Environmental and Earth Sciences during the school year. In summer I taught hands-on aquatic ecosystems classes for Upward Bound at St. Lawrence University. Returning home to Wisconsin, I then taught At-Risk youth, grades 9-12, in the Bayfield School District’s “Alternative Program."
In 2006, I took a leap and went back to school to earn my Masters Degree in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies, graduating in 2007. One year after graduation, I moved to where I live now after accepting employment with the University of Wisconsin Extension. Recently, I've just begun to have fun in the next chapter of life, which includes working with youth facilitate their realizing their dreams, interests and educational needs!
I love music, to garden, kayak the islands of Lake Superior, swim, row crew, long-distance bike, and cross country ski, to name of few of my passions! I also have two cats who are attached at the hip:) And I travel to New York whenever possible, to visit my son and his family! My deep roots in northern Wisconsin go back to birth. Though I was raised in Illinois, summers were spent in Burnett County with relatives and friends, who happen to own a long-standing resort – the old fashioned kind. As far back as I can remember, this is what felt to me like home. I’ve lived a lot of places, coast to coast but, mostly in