Residence: Arbor Vitae, WI/ Ann Arbor, MI Career:  Retired commercial mortgage banker Married to Elizabeth Stone, father and grandfather Born and raised in New Jersey, Dick fell in love with the Northwoods when he married Liz, a lifelong visitor to northern Wisconsin.  Dick first became involved with the North Lakeland Discovery Center by attending the…

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Residence: Eagle River, WI Career:  Environmental Educator at Trees for Tomorrow, Eagle River, WI Even a professional environmental educator can learn from the Master Naturalist Course!  Raised in Ankeny, Iowa, nature activities were not an important part of Melanie’s youth.  Then, she became fascinated by environmental science at Grinnell College, from which she graduated in…

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Residence: Arbor Vitae, WI/ Ann Arbor, MI Career:  Retired pediatrician Married to Dick Theile, mother and grandmother Liz’s new granddaughter represents the fifth generation of her family to spend time in the Wisconsin Northwoods.  Liz has special interests in forestry and wildlife management, and is a member of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association and the…

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Residence: Park Falls, WI Career:  Retired from a career in I.T. (programming) Father, grandfather Autumn is a busy season for Russ.  On the water, he harvests wild rice, and in the woods, he hunts ruffed grouse with his trusted Drahthaar, or German Wirehaired Pointer.  In late winter, you will find him again in the woods,…

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Residence: Rhinelander, WI Career:  Environmental Educator at Trees for Tomorrow, Eagle River, WI Married to Marcus Sadak, a USDA Forest Service employee, and mother of two young children Jenny grew up in Laona, Wisconsin, and earned a B.S. degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay.  Before assuming her current position at…

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Residence: Crandon, WI Career:  President of Northwoods Lake Service, an environmental compliance laboratory in Crandon Father of a college age son. Ron moved to Crandon from Green Bay at age eight.  He grew up in a hemlock cabin deep in the woods and learned the lore of the North from his dad.  Now, he enjoys…

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Residence: Boulder Junction, WI/ Mount Vernon, IL Career:  Dental Hygienist when in Illinois Married to Todd Gessner, mother and grandmother Sally was thrilled to discover the North Lakeland Discovery Center and its many offerings.  She has been a summer visitor to the Northwoods for fifty years, and enrolled in the Master Naturalist Course because of…

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Residence: Boulder Junction, WI/ Mount Vernon, IL Career:  Professional fishing guide in northern Wisconsin and southern Illinois.   Previous employment in real estate and insurance, stained glass making, and public housing management. Married to Sally Gessner, father and grandfather Want to catch fish?  Todd is your man!  Inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as…

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Residence:  Manitowish Waters, WI./Novato, CA Career:  Retired from a career in food manufacturing materials management Mother Anita grew up as the daughter of a farmer and a school teacher in that state to our west- Minnesota!  After meeting her husband in Minneapolis in 1980, she became a yearly visitor to the Northwoods, even after moving…

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