Meet Our Staff
Administrative and Facilities Staff
Interim Executive Director
Dorothy is no stranger to the Discovery Center having served on the Board of Directors for six years and as President of the Board for two years and Secretary for three. Over the course of her career she has managed several non-profit health and human services organizations, worked in State Government, and brings a strong background in management, fund development, health care and human resources. She holds Bachelor and Master Degrees from U.W - Milwaukee, and a second Masters in Health Care Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. She moved to Mercer with her husband in 2007 and loves nature and the quality of life in the northwoods and is very active in several community organizations.
Contact Dorothy for questions on: Charitable Contributions, Volunteer and Partnership Opportunities, Community Outreach, and Programs
Membership & Development Coordinator
Karla joined the Discovery Center team in October 2014. She and her family moved to the Northwoods in 2012. Together, they participate in many of the outdoor activities the area has to offer, including hiking, camping, paddling, and downhill skiing. Karla has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and enjoys rooting for her Wisconsin Badgers. She is inspired to work for a non-profit and to share the beauty and peacefulness of the Northwoods with other families.
Contact Karla for questions regarding: Memberships, Registrations, Receivables, Payables, or General NLDC Information
Facility & Event Coordinator
Lynn joined the Discovery Center team in May 2012. Lynn and her husband moved to the Northwoods from southern Wisconsin in 1996 and love living and raising their family here. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Speech Communication and Public Relations, and is excited to use her marketing background to help the Discovery Center fulfill its mission and service opportunities.
Contact Lynn for questions on: Weddings and Cabin/Site Rentals
Grounds / Trail Coordinator
Ryan grew up in Boulder Junction, and has spent the last six summers building docks and decks in the Northwoods. He enjoys the outdoors as much or more than any man up here, and is an avid musky and walleye fisherman, and tournament angler. Ryan took the job here because he loves being part of a great place for kids to expand their outdoor experiences and education.
Contact Ryan for questions on: Trails, Buildings, and Grounds Maintenance
Annie joined the Discovery Center in October of 2016. She earned a B.S. from Montana State University and moved to the Northwoods in the fall of 2014. She enjoys all of the outdoor activities that the area has to offer including; skiing, paddling, hiking, hunting, fishing and biking. Annie is motivated by the unique programs and experiences that the Discovery Center offers all of its guests and visitors, and is excited to be a member of the NLDC team.
Contact Annie for questions on: program information, office management, bookkeeping, or front desk questions.
Naturalist/Interpretive Services Coordinator
Licia joined the Discovery Center team in spring 2007 as a seasonal Environmental Educator. In December 2007 she was appointed permanent staff. Licia graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Conservation and Geography. In addition to teaching, Licia is the coordinator for the Center's outreach programs.
Contact Licia for questions on: School Programs, Drop-in Activities, and Acoustic Bat Monitoring
Emily joined the Discovery Center in May 2015 as an Environmental Education Intern and returned in April 2016 as a Naturalist. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries & Wildlife Management, but discovered her love for environmental education during her Discovery Center internship. In addition to teaching, Emily coordinates environmental education volunteers.
Contact Emily for questions on: Nature Nook, Drop-in Activities, Volunteer Opportunites
Bird Banding Station Coordinator
Heather joined the Discovery Center in June 2013 as the Discovery Center's Research and Monitoring Coordinator. In July 2016 she got married and moved to Duluth, MN, but continues to coordinate the Discovery Center's Bird Banding program part time. Her love for the Northwoods was cultivated while earning a Masters in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Environmental Education through a UW graduate fellowship program at Conserve School in Land O Lakes, WI. She also has Masters in Zoology from UW-Madison where she studied the effects of climate and residential development on birds in the Appalachian Mountains.
Contact Heather for questions on: Bird Banding.
Water Program Coordinator
Emily joined the Discovery Center team in March 2017. She has a B.S. from Northland College in Natural Resource Management. She also has an M.S. from the University of Minnesota Duluth in Integrated Biosciences, where she worked on a whole-lake manipulation project right here in Vilas County. It was during this time that Emily found her love for living in an area surrounded by lakes. Emily is inspired to work at the NLDC where all staff members and volunteers have immense passion for their work.
Contact Emily for questions on: Water Program Events, AIS Coordination, Citizen Science, and Lakes Research
Our mission is to enrich lives and inspire an ethic of care for Wisconsin's Northwoods, through the facilitation of connections among nature, people and community.