Judy joined the Board in 2012 and is currently Chair of the Governance Committee. Her business career involved banking and the non-profit medical field in Milwaukee. She and her husband Chuck purchased and conserved 300 acres of wild lakes and forest in Sawyer County and although they no longer live on the property, it is preserved in perpetuity. She volunteers in several community non-profit organizations.
Bill Butsic and his wife Jane are both originally from upper Michigan and have lived in the Menomonie area since 1980. Bill retired in 2012 from a successful 40-year career in the food industry including as manager for ConAgra Food’s plant in Menomonie.He has been an active community volunteer with many organizations including the Rotary, Greater Menomonie Development Corporation, Dunn County United Way, CVTC Foundation Board and Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. In the business community Bill served for 11 years on the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce board of directors and was chairman of the board of First National Bank and Trust of Menomonie. Bill currently serves on the board of Dairy State Bank. He is an avid outdoorsmen who enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, and traveling to his fishing camp on the Kenai River in Alaska.
Rory has served as a circuit judge in Chippewa Falls since 1983. A native of Rice Lake, he is a member of Beaver Creek Reserve in Fall Creek and is president of the Beaver Creek Bird Club. Rory is passionate about birds and participates in annual owl, marsh bird, and Golden Eagle surveys. Others interests include running, biking, and playing the highland bagpipes. He also serves on the board of directors of Lake Atitlan Libraries, Inc., a non-profit organization that raises funds for purchasing books for libraries in Guatemala.
Larry is a retired partner in the Quarles & Brady law firm of Milwaukee. Upon retirement he and his wife Anne moved to the family farm near Alma, WI—land now protected with a conservation easement with WWLT. He serves on the board’s Finance and Audit Committee. An avid outdoorsman and life member of the Alma Rod and Gun Club, Larry also has a deep interest in the arts.
Laurie is an environmental volunteer who resides in Chicago but has deep family roots in Wisconsin. She and her husband Rich are directly responsible for the protection of over 1,400 acres of land in western Wisconsin through conservation easements conveyed to WWLT. In addition to serving as President of the WWLT Board of Directors, Laurie also serves on the board of American Rivers and the Women’s Board of the Field Museum of Natural History.
John grew up just to our south in Dubuque, Iowa. After graduating from Dartmouth he went directly to Cargill where his responsibilities included oilseed processing and grain trading. He retired after a 37-year career and has been enjoying that retirement for the last 9 years. He and his wife Sallie live in Minneapolis but spend much time making memories at Love Lake where Sallie’s family has had a cabin since 1923. They are both active in their church, the United Way and John also serves as a board member of the Boy Scouts Northern Star Council.
Bruce is a graduate of the University of Minnesota holding a B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife biology. Bruce worked for over three decades for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource until his retirement in 2005. In his position as Northern Regional Lands Leader he was responsible for supervising all land programs within the 16 county northern region. In his retirement Bruce has continued to be involved in the conservation community by serving on the boards of the Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse Society and the Friends of the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area. He also volunteers as an easement monitor for WWLT as well as serving on our board. Bruce and his wife Nora live in Spooner, which provides them with the ideal landscape to pursue their love of hunting, fishing, gardening and other outdoor activities.
Paula is a professor at UW-Eau Claire where she has instructed the next generation of conservation professionals in environmental science, conservation biology, and entomology for the last 23 years. She and her husband own property along the Rush River and the Eau Claire River and manage these properties according to their strong environmental ethic protecting the mature hardwoods, grasslands and rivers. Over the years Paula has worked in a professional capacity with WWLT staff. She has also served on other nonprofit boards including Beaver Creek Reserve, the West Central Chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts and the Chippewa Valley Sierra Club.
Originally hailing from Rockford, IL, Bill developed a love of Wisconsin wild places in his youth while spending his summers with family, fishing for trout on the Brule River. Bill is a true pioneer in the Wisconsin conservation movement being one of the first in the state to grant a conservation easement protecting his Brule River property. He currently serves as Vice President of Brule River Preservation, an organization dedicated to preserving the Brule River in its natural state. Bill and his wife Lynne, a retired teacher, live in Superior where they are both actively dedicated to the economic sustainability of the Twin Ports.
Peter joined the WWLT Board of Directors in 2009 and currently serves as Vice President of the board. A biologist by training with a doctorate in ecology and behavioral biology, Peter works as a research consultant to conservation organizations. He has a particular interest in innovative approaches to using entertainment communication to positively influence social issues—an area in which he has done extensive research and writing. Peter and his wife and family love spending time on land they hold in northern Wisconsin.
Steve joined the WWLT board in September 2011. Although currently living in Minneapolis, MN, Steve has deep family roots in western Wisconsin. He is an experienced investment banker currently working at RBC Capital Markets. Steve has served on several boards including the Minnesota Institute of Public Finance, where he was president, the University of St. Thomas Graduate School Advisory Board, and as a current member of the American Transmission Company board. He is committed to the conservation movement in western Wisconsin, with particular affection for the Brule River where he pursues his passion for fly-fishing.