Our Staff

West Wisconsin Land Trust Staff


Bob Fitzwilliam  |  Executive Director

Bob Fitzwilliam joined WWLT in February of 2012 after serving for seven years as the Deputy Director of Fresh Energy, an energy policy advocacy organization based in St. Paul, MN. Bob has an extensive background in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds. He has held management positions in a variety of non-profits serving rural communities and farm families including Project Head Start, Wisconsin Farm Unity, and WestCAP. In the private sector, he worked for over a decade in Eau Claire for Professional Education Systems, Inc and helped start and manage KRM Information Services, two related firms that provide publishing and educational services to a range of professions.

Bob was a long-time resident of rural Dunn County and now resides in Menomonie. He is a strong advocate for the protection of the natural character of Western Wisconsin. His avocations include reading, gardening, hiking, fishing, and camping. He earned his BA in Philosophy from Macalester College.

Rick Remington  |  Conservation Director

Rick is a native of central Wisconsin, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Rick worked throughout the Midwest, Maine and Kentucky in land management, restoration and protection, before joining the land trust staff in 2002. In his spare time, he enjoys “silent sports,” gardening, and spending time outdoors with his wife Heather and daughter Amber.

Jay Peterson  |  Development Director

Jay Peterson joined West Wisconsin Land Trust as Development Manager in March of 2013.  Jay brings a broad base of experience in non-profit resource development and marketing, having served in both a consulting capacity and as a staff member in a number of charitable organizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Jay has served his profession in leadership roles in trade organizations and is a recognized speaker on matters of fund raising and marketing.   Jay is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and resides with his wife Kathleen in Minneapolis.  Jay values time with his family and aspires to more time for reading, gardening, fishing, and playing and listening to music.

Jane Anklam  | Northwoods Land Conservation Manager

Jane serves the Northwoods region for West Wisconsin Land Trust. She concentrates her efforts on lakes, wetlands and forest land that drain to Lake Superior and the St. Croix River. Jane has worked throughout Wisconsin as a resource conservationist with the USDA. She is a registered Soil Scientist in Wisconsin and a Certified Crop Advisor with the American Society of Agronomy. Along with her family, Jane enjoys all the silent sports that the north has to offer.

Michelle Hunter Copley  |  Office Manager

Michelle came to WWLT in January of 2008 after a career in title work and real estate. She is a graduate of the Nonprofit Administration program at UW-Superior and has recently returned to school to pursue her accounting degree. In her spare time she enjoys fishing, hunting, quilting and roaming the hills and valleys near her home in Buffalo County with her husband Rocky and Scottish Terriers.

Andrew Norman  |  Conservation Specialist

Andrew is a Resource Management graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has dedicated his professional career to improving the ecological health of Wisconsin’s public and private lands. Before joining the WWLT team, Andrew worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and in the private sector. In his free time, Andrew likes to stay active by hiking, cross country skiing, playing disc golf, volleyball, football, and basketball.

Miranda Vandenberg  |  Conservation Associate

Miranda, who is originally from Appleton, is a senior at UW-Stout with an interest in aquatic biology.  She joined WWLT in October of 2013.  She provides support to land protection projects and land management activities as well as helping with general administrative tasks. She will also occasionally get out in the field for some on-the-ground conservation experiences.