Sandy Atkinson

Residence:  Madison, WI/Oxbow Lake, Presque Isle, WI Personal:. A Wisconsin native who grew up in Wausau, she holds a BS in Medical Technology and an MBA from UW Madison. Throughout her career she’s lived in a number of states east of the Mississippi and visited many others, but she always “comes home” to Wisconsin, where…

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Paula Hougan

Residence: Rockford, IL/Lac du Flambeau, WI Career: Retired school teacher Paula taught all ages, from birth to post-grad in her career.  Her particular interest in bilingual special education was developed as an undergradulate double major in French and Spanish, with graduate studies in Education and Child Development   She has presented at both national and international…

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Molly Griffin

Residence: Neenah, WI/Phelps, WI Career: Retired from a career in communications. Personal: The Griffins – Molly, Mark and their four kids – were very fortunate to be able to spend time over 30 summers at Mark’s grandparent’s cabin on Bass Lake near Eagle River. In 2017, the family purchased a four-season place of their own…

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Mary Myers

Residence: Minocqua, WI Career: Retired from a career as a professor of Landscape  Architecture at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA Personal: Mary loves plants, ecology and design. She can often be found hiking the shady paths of the north woods or exploring the watery landscape by canoe.  Mary is usually the last in line on an…

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Kim Bires-Jenich

Residence: Madison, WI/Presque Isle, WI Career: Retired teacher of 27 years in the field of Early Childhood and Elementary Special Education. Kim also owned and operated a family daycare business in her home. Personal: Kim is married with two grown sons. She enjoys biking, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing with her husband in the…

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Joan Sayre

Residence: Presque Isle, WI/Mexico Career: Health care field and medical research, school health curricula and programs, mental health teaching and counseling. Raised in Milwaukee, Joan raised four children then migrated to northern Wisconsin, where she built her “home in the woods.” She has worked and taught here and abroad, including Switzerland, Africa, and Arctic Alaska.…

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Jeff Craig

Residence: Madison, WI Career: Retired 8th grade science teacher. Passions: Spending time in the outdoors, trout fishing, nature photography, and travel. Why become a Master Naturalist? To participate in citizen science, stewardship, and to preserve and promote Wisconsin’s natural resources through education.

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Jay Joppa

Residence: West of Minocqua, WI Career: Retired middle school/high school science teacher; principal. Personal: Growing up in a city but loving his grandparents’ home in the Northwoods, Jay was inspired to pursue biology in his undergraduate and graduate course work after getting involved in the conservation movement.  Reading the works of Aldo Leopold and John…

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Holly Schmaling

Residence: Delafield, WI/Manitowish Waters, WI Married with two grown sons. A major in Wildlife Biology, Holly later became involved in habitat restoration in the forest preserves of northern Illinois, sparking an interest in native plants and invasive species that continues to this day. Between Lapham Peak in Delafield, the Ice Age Trail, and the many…

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Dorothy Skye

Residence: Rhinelander, WI Career: Retired from 30 years as an ob-gyn, veterinarian prior to that. Personal: Dorothy moved to Rhinelander in 1984 to practice medicine and raise a family. During her childhood she enjoyed going to US National Parks.   In her retirement she has pursued nature- and conservation-related activities including Northern Highland Citizen Science; DNR…

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